PBL 2017: Awadhe Warriors edge out Bengaluru Blasters 4-3
Wong Wing Ki Vincent vs Sourabh Verma
The opening game saw the Hong Kong shuttler get off the blocks faster as he took a 4-1 lead and then extended that lead to 6-2 at the break. Post the break, the Indian made a strong comeback into proceedings, winning three points straight to make it 5-6.
However, at that mark, Vincent began to take complete control of proceedings, winning 4 points straight, including coming out trumps in a 30-shot rally, to make it 10-6 in his favour.
But Sourabh refused to throw in the towel, clinching two points straight to make it 10-8 and then leveling the score at 10-10, much to the delight of the fans at the venue. Four points later, the Indian’s dramatic comeback was complete, as he won 3 out of the next 4 points to win the game 13-11.
The second game began on an even keel as both players won two out of the opening four points to make it 2-2, but it was Vincent, who took the lead at 3-2. But Verma got the lead back to his name soon enough at 4-3 and clinched a further two points to make it 6-3 in his favour.
At the other end of the break, the Indian continued to maintain a stronghold over proceedings, and at the 7-7 mark, won 4 points straight to clinch the game 11-7 and provide his side a 1-0 lead in the contest.
Final Scoreline: Sourabh Verma beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent 13-11 11-7
Savitree Amitrapai/Bodin Isara vs Sung Hyun Ko/Sikki Reddy
The Warriors pair began the doubles contest on a positive note, taking a 4-1 lead but the Blasters pairing, made a swift comeback, winning two points to make it 3-4. However, it was Isara and Amitrapai, who took a 6-4 lead at the break.
At the 5-10 mark, it looked all done and dusted for the Warriors, but Sung and Reddy made a superb comeback, winning 4 points straight to make it 9-10, however, an error from the Blasters pair near the net meant it was Isara and Amitarapai who won the game 11-9
The Blasters got off to a good start in the second game, taking a 4-2 lead and then extended that to 6-4 at the break. Following the interval, the Awadhe pair made an unusual amount of unforced errors, at the net to hand the Blasters 5 straight points and give them the game 11-4.
The trend of making unforced errors continued in the decider, and it was the Awadhe pair who went in front, taking a 6-2 lead at the break. It proved to be one-way traffic post the break, as the Awadhe pair clinched 5 out of the next 8 points to win the game 11-5.
Final Scoreline: Savita Amitrapai/Bodin Isara beat Sung Hyun Ko/Sikki Reddy 11-9 4-11 11-5
Kidambi Srikanth vs Viktor Axelson
It was the Indian who started proceedings on a positive note, taking a 4-1 lead but Axelson remained in the game and helped by a few errors from Srikanth, made it 5-5.However, a long hit on the part of the Dane gave the Indian a 6-5 lead at the break.
Post the break, Srikanth continued to march ahead in the game, but at the 6-10 mark, Axelson won three points straight to make things interesting. However, Srikanth clinched the required point and won the game 11-9.
Axelson had to start the second game positively and he got off to the ideal start, taking a 4-2 lead but Srikanth made a super comeback into the game, winning 4 out of the next 7 points to make it 6-5 in his favour.
Post the break, it seemed certain that Srikanth would clinch the game, but at the 6-10 mark, Axelson won three straight points to make it 9-10.However, Srikanth held his nerve and won the match point to win the tie 11-9
Kidambi Srikanth beat Viktor Axelson 11-9 11-9
Saina Nehwal vs Cheung Ngan Yi[Trump Match for Awadhe Warriors]
In the most eagerly anticipated contest of the day, it was Saina who took the early lead, going 4-1 in front and then carrying that lead forward to make it 6-3.Post the break, Cheung began well winning two points to make it 5-6. Saina looked set to win at 8-5, but Cheung made a superb comeback, making Saina move all around the court, clinching five points straight to make it 10-8 in her favour and winning the game point soon later to clinch the opening game 9-11.
The World Championships silver medalist had to begin Game 2 in a confident manner and that she did, taking a 4-1 lead before extending it to 6-1 at the break. Post the interval, the Indian maintained her grip over proceedings eventually winning the game 11-5 and take the match into a decider.
The decider saw the Indian carry the momentum forward as she took a 4-1 lead in the contest and then extended the advantage to 6-3 at the interval. Post the break, it seemed like Saina had developed a sudden rage for points , unleashing a series of superb winners to eventually win the game 11-5 and hand her side a 4-1 lead in the tie.
Final Scoreline: Saina Nehwal beat Cheung Ngan Yi 9-11 11-5 11-5
V Shem Goh/Markos Kido vs Sung Hyun Ko/Yeon Deong Yoo[Trump Match called by Bengaluru Blasters]
The opening game began on an even keel with both pairs, but it was the Awadhe pair, who took the lead at 6-5 at the break. Post the interval, Goh and Kido took gull control of proceedings, winning 5 out of the next 6 points to take the game 11-6.
The second game saw the Awadh pair completely dominate proceedings as the Blasters pair found it tough to match their opponents and eventually went 6-3 in front at the break. Post the break, it looked inevitable that Awadhe would win at the 9-5 mark, but the Blasters pair made an awesome comeback, winning six straight points to win the game 11-9.
In the decider, The Blasters pair began in strong fashion, taking a 6-2 lead at the break much to the delight of the fans at the venue. Sung and Yeon continued the charge after the break as well, winning 5 out of the next 9 points to win the game 11-6.
Sung Hyun Ko/Yeon Deong Yoo beat V Shem Goh/Markos Kido 6-11 11-9 11-6
V Shem Goh/Markos Kido