Awadhe Warriors took on Northeast Warriors in Tie 26 of the ongoing Premier Badminton League (PBL) on Wednesday. It was the clash of the Warriors but Northeast had their task cut-out to match the second-ranked opposition. In the end, Awadhe took the tie courtesy a 5-0 scoreline.
The fixtures of the tie were as follows
The men's singles was the first match of the tie. It was Lee Dong Keun up against Northeast's Tian Houwei. Lee had the lead from the initial moments and won the first game 15-10. Eventually, he summed up the clash in straight games (15-10, 15-13) to handover the lead (1-0) to Awadhe Warriors.
The second fixture was in the mixed doubles category. Mathias Christiansen and Ashwini Ponnappa locked horns with Liao Min Chun-Kim Ha Na. It was the trump match for the Awadhe Warriors, and a chance to consolidate their lead.
The same happened with much ease for Mathias-Ashwini. They were in their elements and even though managed some fight in the second game, they walked away with a straight game win (15-7, 15-14). As a result, Awadh were 3-0 ahead.
Women's singles was the third fixture wherein Beiwen Zhang and Saina Nehwal took forward the procedings. Northeast's skipper Saina was playing after a break and had to keep her side in the hunt (in their trump match). Saina started with a bang. She was in the lead with a first game victory, 15-11, but once again managed to concede the momentum. Her knack of failing to manage the lead came to the fore (a common reason her downfall) here as well.
Saina lost the match, losing the other two games 11-15, 7-15. Zhang managed to spread her wings after getting an opportunity. Till then, Awadh were 4-(-1) up.
In the penultimate clash, Son Wan Ho battled against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk. This remained the only clash wherein Northeast prevailed. Tanongsak was clinical but unfortunately only managed to wipe off the negative marking of his side. He emerged on top of Son Wan with a 15-8, 15-10 scoreline.
The last match saw Yang Lee-Arjun M.R. faceoff with Northeast's Dhruv Kapila and Yoo Yeon Seong in the men's doubles. Lee-Arjun were quick with their returns and complimented well to pocket the match in straight games: 15-5, 15-12. By the time Dhruv-Seong looked like competing, the overall tie was over.
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