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2016 Premier Badminton League: Awadhe Warriors inflict a 4-1 loss on the Bengaluru Top Guns

Awadh Warriors won in convincing fashion.

Saina Nehwal clinched her tie in three games

The Awadhe Warriors capped off their home leg in fine fashion, defeating the Bengaluru Top Guns 4-1 in Lucknow on Wednesday. The SainaNehwal-led side provided very little chance for the visitors and in the end, proved to be just too good for them.

Here’s how all the action unfolded:

1.Mixed Doubles: Bodin Issara/K Maneesha[AW] vs  Khim How/Ashwini Ponnappa[BTG]

The opening game saw the Awadhe pair start off on a positive note, taking a 4-1 lead before How and Ponnnappa fought back to equalise the scores at 4-4. But a few costly errors on the part of Maneesha and Issara meant  that it was How and Ponnappa who led 8-5 at the interval. After the interval, The TopGuns pair continued their domination and eventually sealed the game 15-13.

The second game saw the Awadhe pair make a fine comeback into proceedings, starting quickly off the blocks and eventually leading 8-5 at the break. After the interval, the Awadhe pair continued to have the upper hand but and eventually clinched the game 15-11.

The decider saw the TopGuns pair being in positive fashion butIssara and Maneesha made a fine comeback to first take the lead before going into the interval with an 8-4 advantage. The duo of Maneesha and Issara continued to hold the aces after the break but at the 11-11 mark, How and Ponnappa took the upper hand, winning 3 out of the next 5 points to lead 14-13 before clinching the game 15-13 and with that the tie as well.

Final Scoreline-Khim How/Ashwini Ponnappa beat Bodin Issara/K Maneesha 15-13 11-15 15-13

2.Men’s Singles: Sai Praneeth[AW] vs Sameer Verma[BTG]

The opening game saw a tight contest as both players won 5 out of the opening 10 points but it was Sai Praneeth who took the lead at the break, going 8-7 up at the interval. After the break it was Verma who took the upper hand, winning 6 out of the next 11 points to go 14-12 up and then clinching the opening game 15-13 to take a decisive lead.

The second game saw Sai Praneeth make a fine comeback into the match as he put pressure on his opponent right from the word go and led 8-4 at the interval mark. Sai Praneeth held on to his advantage after the break even as Verma kept the pressure on. But at the 14-13 mark, the Top Guns player stunned the crowd and his opponent, winning  out of the next 3 points to win the game 15-14 and clinch the tie.

Final Scoreline- Sameer Verma beat Sai Praneeth 15-13 15-14

3.Men’s Singles: Tanongsak Saensomboonsak[AW] vs Kidambi Srikanth[BTG][Trump called by BTG]

The opening game saw the Thai take the early upper hand. taking a 4-1 lead before further strengthening his position to 8-4 at the interval mark. The other side of the break saw the Indian make a fine comeback as he won 4 out of the next 5 points to close the gap to one before levelling the game at 9-9. The cat-and-mouse game continued after that, but at the 11-11 mark it was Saensomboonsak, who took control over proceedings, winning 4 points straight to clinch the game 15-11.

The second game saw the Thai carry the momentum forward as he took a 5-1 lead in the game before taking an 8-5 lead at the interval to put huge pressure on Srikanth.  Even as Srikanth tried to stay in the hunt, it proved to be futile as Saensomboonsak clinched the game 15-9.

Final Scoreline: Tanongsak Saensomboonsak beat Kidambi Srikanth 15-11 15-9

4.Women’s Singles: Saina Nehwal[AW] vs Suo Di[BTG][Trump called by AW]

The opening game saw Di take an early 4-1 lead before Saina made an entry into the contest, clinching 3 out of the next 5 points to reduce the deficit to 2 before levelling the score at 6-6 and then incredibly taking an 8-6 lead at the interval. Despite not looking 100% fit, the Indian made light work after that, clinching the opening game 15-10,

The second  game proved to be a thriller as the Chinese made a fine comeback into proceedings, to eventually clinch the game 15-13 and take the match into a decider.

The decider saw the World No.2 bring her ‘A’ game to the fore as she crushed her opponent 15-8 to seal the game and the match.

Final Scoreline- Saina Nehwal beat Suo Di 15-10 13-15 15-8

5.Men’s Doubles: Bodin Issara/Cai Yun[AW] vs Khim Wah Lim/Hoon Thien How[BTG]

The Men’s Doubles tie saw the Awadh pair put in yet another convincing performance as they clinched the opening game of the tie 15-12, but it was in the second tie that the Bengaluru pair were left totally clueless as Issara and Yun ran away with proceedings, clinching the game 15-6 to romp home to victory and inflict yet another loss on the Top Guns.

Final Scoreline: Bodin Issara/Cai Yun 15-12 15-6 beat Khim Wah Lim/Hoon Thien

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