The opening day of the Ahmedabad Leg of the Premier Badminton League Season 4 saw Bengaluru Raptors led by Kidambi Srikanth eke out a narrow win of 2-1 against the Delhi Dashers at the Transtadia, Ahmedabad.
The evening also saw both the trump matches being won by opposing teams. The first match of the day which was a trump match for the Dashers saw their icon HS Prannoy lose in a see-saw battle against compatriot B Sai Praneeth. The 3-game match saw all the games close on thin margins with Bengaluru Raptors winning it 15-12, 14-15, 15-13. The win gave Dashers a (-1) to begin with.
But the Dashers came back strongly via their Mixed Doubles pair M Jongjit & E Kosetskaya and won the Raptor’s Trump match to even out the score at 0-0. The Raptors pair of M Ellis and L Smith was no match for the Dashers as they lost in straight games 13-15, 9-15.
The third match of the evening featured a mouth-watering clash between India’s top shuttler & Raptors’ icon Kidambi Srikanth and Delhi Dasher’s Tommy Sugiarto in Men’s Singles. The match went into 3 games and saw the Indian take the first and third game with ease and conceding the 2nd game in a close affair. The match ended with a scoreline of 15-6, 12-15, 10-15 for the Bengaluru based team. The match put the Raptors at 1-0 on an overall score of the tie.
The fourth match of the tie saw the Bengaluru Raptors take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the tie when their Vietnamese import Vu Thi Trang produced an exceptional performance to come from a game down to beat Lee Chia Hsin of Delhi Dashers in imposing fashion. The Women’s Singles match was won with the scoreline of 12-15, 15-3, 15-8.
The final match of the tie saw the Bengaluru Raptors Men’s Doubles pair of Hendra Setiawan & Mohd. Ahsan, getting tested for the first time in the league. The Dashers pair of Maneepong Jongjit and Chai Biao took the first game in quick time with 15-7 but the Raptors’ pair then fought back to take the second game with 15-11. It was down to the last game of the evening and the game saw an intense battle between the two teams where the Dashers held the nerves to win the game and the match with 15-14.
This was Bengaluru Raptors’ second win on the trot.
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