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HS Prannoy vs Kazumasa Sakai, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Hong Kong Open Superseries 2017 Round 2

Sakai def Prannoy, 11-21, 21-10, 21-15 to enter the quarter-finals
Updated: 23 November 2017 17:10 IST - Published: 23 November 2017 15:55 IST
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Sakai continues to be a bad match-up for Prannoy. Saved 5 match points to deny Prannoy his 1st Superseries final at Indonesia. Now denies him Dubai spot!
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That is Sakai's third win in a row over Prannoy in as many matches! And with this loss, Prannoy's Dubai hopes are over!
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Final score: Sakai def Prannoy, 11-21, 21-10, 21-15 in 54 minutes to enter the quarter-finals.
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Sakai gets it done at 21-15
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Sakai has FIVE MATCH POINTS now at 20-15
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Prannoy gets a point again only to make it 15-18

He is not able to hold on to the little chances he is getting.
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Sakai goes up to 17-13
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16-12 lead for the Japanese now
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Prannoy's attacking game shows up and it lets him take 2 points in a row.

Trails 11-13
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It's 13-9 now for Sakai.

Time running out for the Indian
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Prannoy pulls one back and makes it 9-11
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It's an 11-8 advantage for the Japanese heading into the interval.
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Sakai goes up to 10-8
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And it's a one-point difference now with Sakai ahead at 9-8
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Prannoy grabs a couple of points to reduce the deficit to two points

7-9
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Prannoy trails 5-9 now
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Prannoy will be out of the race for the Dubai World Superseries Finals if he loses this match. A lot at stake for the World No. 10

Can he find an extra gear?
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It's an 8-4 advantage for the Japanese now
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Prannoy trailing 3-6 now
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A long rally ends in favour of the Japanese.

5-2
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Prannoy pulled back two points but Sakai inches ahead to 4-2
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THIRD GAME

Sakai opens up a 3-0 lead
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It's a tough task for Prannoy. He has never won a match against Sakai in their past two encounters.

Can he do it for the first time?
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Sakai wraps up the second game, 21-10
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Sakai surges to 18-9 now
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Clearly, the change of ends has favoured the Japanese.
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It's 17-8 in favour of Sakai now
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Sakai leads by a whopping EIGHT POINTS now.

14-6

Just what Prannoy did to him in the first game.
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Sakai leads 12-6 now

Prannoy currently very much the underdog
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Sakai has an 11-6 advantage going into the interval.
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Two fast and quick points grabbed by the Japanese.

He is up 10-6
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Sakai holds on to his lead of two points over the Indian.

8-6
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Sakai stops his comeback to soar to a 7-5 lead
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And makes it 5-6
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He is trying exactly that.

Pulls back one point for 4-6
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It's 6-3 for the Japanese.

Can Prannoy erase the deficit and storm back?
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Sakai maintains his two-point lead

Up 4-2
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Sakai jumps to a 3-1 lead
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SECOND GAME

First point to Sakai
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Sakai saved one but Prannoy made use of the very next point to take the game, 21-11.
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Prannoy has TEN game points now.

20-10
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19-10

Prannoy now 2 points away from taking this game
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It's 17-10 for the Indian
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Prannoy finally stops his march and goes up further to 16-9
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And the Japanese adds a couple more to make it 9-15.
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Sakai trying to fight back and gets three points on the trot.

He still trails by a big margin, 7-15
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And he extends it to 10 points!

14-4
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Nine-point advantage for the Indian

13-4
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After the break, Prannoy is up 12-3