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Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, Jan 3: Hosts Mumbai Rockets kick-started their Premier Badminton League (PBL) campaign on a winning note by beating Awadhe Warriors on the opening day here on Saturday.

Mumbai beat Awadhe 2-1 at the tiol Sports Club Of India (NSCI) here, despite losing their ‘Trump Match’.

Trump Match - the new rule introduced for the first time to make the tourment exciting for both players and fans alike- did not go well for either side in the tie. Both sides lost their Trump Matches.

The tie began with men’s singles match where Mumbai’s Gurusai Dutt defeated Sai Praneeth 14-15, 15-10, 15-8.

Next was the men’s doubles match, which was a Trump Match for the visitors. The Awadhe Warriors failed to capitalise on the crucial match. Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov defeated Cai Yun and Hendra Guwan 15-11, 15-11 in straight sets. With the loss, Awadhe lost (-1) points.

With two consecutive wins, Mumbai took a healthy 2-0 lead in the tie.

Things turned even better for Mumbai as they won the third match - women’s singles - also when Ruthvika Gadde defeated G. Vrushali 15-13, 15-10, making it 3-0 for the hosts.

In the crucial match for the visitors, world number 33 Tanongsak S. stunned world number 20 H.S. Prannoy 15-12, 14-15, 15-14 in a ilbiting clash. Losing the first game, Prannoy clawed back in the second. But Tanongsak was too skilled and give Awadhe their first win of the night. With the loss, Mumbai lost (-1) points to be 2-0 in the tie.

In the last match of the tie, Awadhe’s Bodin Issara and Christin Pedersen defeated Mumbai’s Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov 15-9, 14-15, 15-14 in the mixed doubles match to bag their first point of the night.

Despite the loss, Mumbai won the tie 2-1.

Mumbai next face Cheni Smashers on Sunday while Awadhe will take on Delhi Acers on Monday. IANS

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