PBL 2017 | Warriors beat Delhi to dethrone Chennal as table toppers
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Awadhe Warriors notched up their second successive win in the Premier Badminton League with a 6-(-1) rout of Delhi Acers. The clash also saw Indian star Saina Nehwal secure her first win of the 2017 season when she convincingly overcame the challenge of Thai Nichaon Jindapon.
The match began with the men's doubles clash between Delhi's Vladimir Ivanov/Akshay Dewalkar and Warriors’ Goh Shem/Markis Kido. It turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Warriors pair decimated their opponents 11-4 in the opening game. The Delhi duo tried to claw back but could only keep pace with their opponents till 4-3 and only won one more point before losing the second game 11-4.
Warriors opted to use Nehwal's outing as their trump game as she went up against world number 27
Kidambi Srikanth took on world No 2 Jan Jorgensen in the
The Indian raced to a 6-2 lead in the second game but three unforced errors and some aggressive play by Jorgensen saw the Dane draw level at 7. The world No 2, then, went on to earn himself a game
It took Jorgensen two more game points to take the match into the decider as the match-up lived up to its billing. The third game was again a close one and the Indian found a way to beat the
Next up was the mixed doubles between Warriors’ Bodin Isara/Savitree Amitrapai and Vladimir Ivanov/Jwala Gutta. Warriors had already taken an unassailable lead in
The last match of the day was between