Saina Nehwal leads Awadhe Warriors past Bengaluru Top Guns 4-1 in Premier Badminton League

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Saina Nehwal plays an important role in Awadhe Warriors' victory on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

Lucknow: Thai player Tanongsak S of Awadhe Warriors had to bring his A-game after his team fell behind early, before Saina Nehwal led the Warriors to come back from behind to win the tie 4-1 against Bengaluru Top Guns in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) clash on Wednesday.Saina Nehwal plays an important role in Awadhe Warriors' victory on Wednesday. (photo: AFP)

Ashwini Ponnappa and Lim Kim Wah of Bengaluru Top Guns kicked off the tie by defeating Awadhe Warriors’ Bodin Issara and K. Maneesha 15-13, 11-15, 15-13 in 49 minutes to take a 1-0 lead.

Then men’s singles player Sameer Verma dismissed Sai Praneeth of Awadhe give Bengaluru a 2-0 advantage.

Next up, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand pulled off a massive upset win over World No. 9 Kidambi Srikanth in a Bengaluru’s Trump match to level the score at 1-1.

“I knew this match was important, especially after we’ve lost the first two matches. It was a Trump match for Top Guns, and I am proud to be able to beat Srikanth and to regain some breathing room for my team on the verge of defeat,” said Tanongsak after his match.

In a pulsating contest, Saina Nehwal took the court for Awadhe Warriors’ trump match against Sou Di. Nehwal drew first blood in a tense first set, winning 15-10. Sou Di showed some high quality badminton in the second set to bring the match into the decider by clinching the second set 15-13. But it was Nehwal who dominated the decider, crushing the Chinese player 15-8 to seal the tie for Awadhe Warriors 3-1.

The last match of the tie saw Cai Yun/Bodin Issara of Awadhe Warriors put on a masterclass to beat Hoon Thien How/Lim Khim Wah 15-12. Hoon/Lim of Bengaluru were left completely helpless under the aggressive play by Cai/Issara in the second set, allowing the Awadhe pair romp home to victory with a 15-6 second win and inflict yet another

The Men’s Doubles tie saw the Awadh pair put in yet another convincing performance as they clinched the opening game of the tie 15-12, but it was in the second tie that the Bengaluru pair were left totally clueless as Issara and Yun ran away with proceedings, clinching the game 15-6 to romp home to victory and inflicted second consecutive loss on the Top Guns in two days. Mumbai Rockets outclassed Bengaluru Top Guns 4-3 in a tie that was held on Tuesday.

Read article below to understand how the ‘Trump Match’ works:
India Premier Badminton League: Lee Chong Wei falls in upset loss to Kidambi Srikanth.

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