CHENNAI SMASHERS DEFEATED AWADHE WARRIORS 4-1 to enter the finals of the Premier Badminton League season 2.
In a much awaited match between Sindhu and Saina, the result going in favour of the former made all the difference as she was playing the trump.
Bodin Issara/Savitree continued their winning streak as they overcame the Adcock couple from Chennai. After being down in the first game 9-11, the Thai pair showed amazing grit to get back and win the following two games 11-8, 11-5. Chris/Gabby Adcock tried their best to win points but the Warriors duo made sure they kept the lead and were dominant throughout.
The final game saw second longest rally of the league, 63 shots and the point was won by Warriors. The win put Awadhe in lead 1-0.
Parupalli Kashyap got his team back in the tie by winning his match over Vincent. It was a straight game victory for the veteran Indian shuttler, 11-4, 11-6. He looked fit as ever and finally finding his rhythm, he struck the right shots in order to win crucial points for his team.
Vincent, on the other hand committed just too many silly errors and that was the main reason for his loss. He did try to get back in the second game but it was too late as the damage was already done by the Indian.
Kidambi Srikanth puts his team back in the lead by defeating the experienced Tommy Sugiarto. The Indonesian put the Indian under immense pressure initially but Srikanth showed great fight to get back and win the first game 14-12. In the second game, the Indian was trailing 1-6 at the interval but after the short break, there was no stopping Srikanth from winning the game and the match.
With some amazing shots, Srikanth took the game 11-7 and earned points for his team.
PV Sindhu was put under immense pressure as she was playing the Trump against Saina Nehwal. This was the much awaited match of the league, as two of the best from India were up against each other. But the Olympic Silver medallist overcame the challenge with flying colours as she won the match in straight games, 11-7, 11-8.
The match wasn't an easy one though as Saina kept on pushing Sindhu and finally gave in at certain smashes that were put in by the 21-year-old. By winning the trump, Sindhu put her team in the lead 3-2.
It went down to the final match to decide the winner of the tie. It was the men's doubles contest and it was the Trump for the Warriors. But Markis Kido/Goh V Shem couldn't keep control of the match as Mads Kolding/Chris Adcock of the Chennai Smashers were dominant throughout the game. They stunned the experienced duo of Warriors by taking a lead of 6-0 at the first game interval and then continuing to keep the lead won the game 11-3.
In the second game, Kido/Shem put up a fight but it wasn't enough to tame the Smashers pair as they won 12-10.
Chennai Smashers eliminating their opponents trump match gave them 4 points to 1, the final score.
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