Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap played his heart out before going down fighting to world number two Lee Chong Wei in a gruelling quarterfinal of the men's singles event at the London Olympics on Thursday.
Kashyap dived, smashed, retrieved almost everything thrown at him but still could not stop the top seed Malaysian as he eked out a 21-19 21-11 victory to advance to the semi-finals at the Wembley Areana.
In the first game, Kashyap dominated the show from the beginning and was dictating the pace of the game as he opened up a 11-8 lead at the interval.
But Chong Wei varied the pace of the rallies and clawed back to level the scores at 15-15. Kashyap matched his superior rival stroke by stroke and didn't give up and was leading 19-18.
But in the end, it was the experienced Malaysian who pocketed the game as he forced the Indian to commit errors and registered three quick points to edge past him.
In Image: India's Kashyap Parupalli, plays against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei