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PBL 2018: Ahmedabad Smash Masters vs North Eastern Warriors, Live Match Updates

Ahmedabad Smash Masters def North Eastern Warriors, 4-3
Updated: 26 December 2017 22:22 IST - Published: 26 December 2017 19:23 IST
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Goodnight!
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The PBL caravan now moves to Delhi, which is the second leg of the PBL 2018. We can't wait to see what unravels there!
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But what a smashing debut by the Ahmedabad Smash Masters! Their two star players -- HS Prannoy and Tai Tzu Ying -- delivered just what was expected of them. And they are looking absolutely all determined to take the title on debut!
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The Ahmedabad Smash Masters thus win the tie, 4-3. But those two wins in doubles will do a world of good to North Eastern Warriors' confidence as they head to the Delhi leg.
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The NE team wins their Trump Match and gets the vital 2 points!
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And the NE duo grabs the win soon after!

Final score: Cheol & Jung of NE Warriors def Reginald & Him of Ahmedabad, 15-8, 15-11
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What a rally it is!

Ahmedabad saves one point through some incredible defence!
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And they have match points.

14-10
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The NE pair is up 13-10
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The crowd just can't get enough of it!
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What a topsy-turvy match!

The home pair has stormed back to leap to 12-10
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The Ahmedabad pair has rebounded well and has inched ahead to 8-7 at halftime
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And the home pair is continuing from where they left.

They are up 5-3
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That was fantastic recovery from the home team. Can they do it for one more game?
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Ahmedabad collapsed in a heap of errors.


The home duo took every advantage of it to bag the first game, 15-8
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It's a four-point lead for the home pair
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And the home pair looks reinvigorated and goes up to 8-6 at halftime
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Big smashes from Cheol. We saw exactly this earlier in the mixed doubles match.

And the crowd is totally loving this!

The scores are all even now!


6-6
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The Ahmedabad pair looks more settled of the two.

Up 6-4
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It's 4-3 to Ahmedabad 
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It's upto Cheol & Jung to deliver this win to the home team. They face Reginald & Him.
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The home team will play for pride now. They have a Trump in the men's doubles match and will try to get two points to reduce the deficit.
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And Prannoy's win gives the Smash Masters an unassailable lead of 4-1, which pretty much wraps up the tie.
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That was excellent recovery from Prannoy after falling behind mid-way!
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And now with eight wins on the trot, HS Prannoy now has the longest winning streak in the history of PBL.
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Prannoy takes the win!!!!

Final score: Prannoy of Ahmedabad def Wang of NE Warriors, 15-10, 15-14
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Nail-biting stuff!

It's 14-14
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Under pressure, Prannoy grabs a couple of points!

12-14
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What a smash from Wang!!!!

14-10
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It's 12-9 to Wang now!


What a turnaround!
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We suddenly have a match in our hands!

The Warriors dugout can't stop screaming!
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And Wang has inched ahead to 10-9
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Suddenly Wang is all fired up and there is a spring in his steps!

8-8
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And the World No. 11 is just a mere spectator!


Prannoy has marched ahead to 7-4
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He is raining down  smashes!

5-3
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Prannoy is unstoppable!

3-1
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Prannoy doesn't have to work hard much.

First game is already in the bag.

15-10
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It's 13-9 for the World No. 10.


His aggression is such a treat to watch!
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Prannoy still maintaining his four-point lead.

10-6
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He races ahead to 8-4 at halftime
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The anticipation and defence are just brilliant from Prannoy tonight!
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Prannoy has now opened up a two-point lead.


6-4
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It's already a tightly-contested match, as expected.

4-4
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And we are back to level.


2-2
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Look at those smashes from Prannoy!


He leads 2-0
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Next up is a cracker of a match!

It's World No. 10 HS Prannoy vs World No. 11 Tzu Wei Wang.

Prannoy is the costliest player of PBL 2018 at Rs. 62 lakhs and he remained unbeaten last season. Can he continue that streak when he turns up for Ahmedabad tonight?
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That was a Trump win for Ahmedabad. So they get 2 points and now lead 3-1.