Chennai Smashers down Warriors

Both Warriors and Smashers have already qualified for the semifinals. However, Awadhe finished as table-toppers with 21 points.

By Author   |   Published: 12th Jan 2017   12:04 pm
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Chennai Smashers P V Sindhu plays against Awadh Warrior Rituparna Das during the Premier Badminton League match at Kormangla indoor stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Sindhu won the match . Photo; PTI

Bengaluru: Parupalli Kashyap and the mixed doubles pair of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock helped Chennai Smashers get past Awadhe Warriors 4-3 in a Premier Badminton League here on Wednesday.

Both Awadhe and Chennai have already qualified for the semifinals. However, Awadhe finished as table-toppers with 21 points and Chennai remained in third position with 17 points, behind Mumbai Rockets with 19 points.

It was the Adcock couple, who brought Chennai back by levelling the tie with a 11-4, 11-9 win in the second match against Bodlin Isara and Prajakta Sawant.

Taking advantage of the mixed doubles pair’s victory, Parupalli Kashyap won the trump match 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, which put Chennai ahead of Awadhe 3-1.

In the super match, P V Sindhu straightaway dominated the proceedings, treating her opponent with powerful jump smash to make it 4-2. She then executed two tantalising drop shots to go into the break leading 6-2 against Rituparna Das. Sindhu won the opening game 11-4 easily.

In the first match of the tie, Wong Wing Ki Vincent began the campaign for Awadhe on a high note by clinching the first match 6-11, 11-9, 12-10 against Chennai’s Tanongsak Saesomboonsak.

In the inconsequential trump match, Kido Markis and V Shem Goh of Awadhe Warrior defeated Mads Pieler and B Sumeeth Reddy of Chennai 12-10, 11-