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Premier Badminton League: HS Prannoy Stars As Ahmedabad Smash Masters Beat Hyderabad Hunters

29 December, 2017 4:57 PM
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Premier Badminton League: HS Prannoy Stars As Ahmedabad Smash Masters Beat Hyderabad Hunters

World No. 10 HS Prannoy continued his sublime form as Ahmedabad Smash Masters outplayed Hyderabad Hunters 4-3 in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on Friday. Prannoy defeated Sai Praneeth 15-10, 15-8 in the second men's singles to give his team an unassailable 4-1 lead in the tie. Ahmedabad's trump player Prannoy started in his usual flamboyant manner and took a lead of 6-2. But World No.16 Praneeth did not let him off the hook so easily and overturned the deficit to take six straight points to lead at the interval.

After the break, Prannoy got his act together and after initial exchange of points, won four straight points to race to a 14-10 lead. Praneeth delayed the inevitable by saving a game point but Prannoy took the next one to win the opening game 15-11.

The current National champion was unstoppable in the second game as well and his combination of power smashes, deceptive drops and net play was too much for Praneeth to handle and he went down 8-15 to see his team go down 1-4 on points. This is Prannoy's ninth win on the trot in the competition.

Earlier, Lee Reginald and Kamilla Ryter Juhl gave Masters early advantage as they notched up a superb come- from-behind 4-15 15-12 15-8 win over Hunters' Satwiksairaj and Pia Zebadiah in the opening mixed doubles.

Hunters, however, levelled affairs with Masters after the 37-year-old Lee Hyun II outclassed Sourabh Verma 15-9 15-11 in the first men's singles.

Source: sports.ndtv.com

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