first_imgIt was quite a night for Hyderabad Hunters, who won both the Trump matches of the night, and jumped straight from the bottom of the Premier Badminton League table to the top.Carolina Marin and B Sai Praneeth led the Hunters’ prawl as they ate up Saina Nehwal-led Awadhe Warriors 6-(1) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.An absolute turnaround for the Hunters and they now lead the table with 14 points after 20 matches whereas Awadhe, who were second on the table ahead of the tie, slipped to the third spot with 12 points after 25 matches.Awadhe, having played all their group matches, will now have to depend on other teams for semi-finals qualification.What an exceptional performance from @Hyd_Hunters tonight!The Hunters were simply rampant in their whitewash of the @awadhewarrior, who end the league stage in disappointing fashion.#HYDvAWD #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 7, 2018Hyderabad began the evening on a winning note as their men’s doubles pair of Markis Kido and Yoo Yeon Seong came from behind to beat Awadhe’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man 14-15, 15-6, 15-11.In the second match of the tie, which was a men’s singles battle between Parupalli Kashyap from Awadhe and Lee Hyun Il, the Indian went down fighting 15-13, 9-15, 14-15.Kashyap began the match well, taking Lee around and finding those hard smashes to edge Lee 15-13.However, Lee turned the match on its head from the second game and began to outwit Kashyap on the court.advertisementFinding easy gaps and leaving Kashyap stranded on the court, Lee dominated his way to a second game victory.ALSO WATCHLee dominated the decider right from the outset and reached the game point at the massive lead of 14-8.However, Kashyap pulled off an incredible comeback from there and forced Lee to make mistakes. A run of six straight points meant that the decider came to a sudden death at 14-14.Lee held his calm and his trademark light touch left Kashyap to deal with a heartbreaking defeat.B Sai Praneeth then came on for Hyderabad against Awadhe’s Trump Kidambi Srikanth.Leading the head-to-head record 5-2, Praneeth was always the favourite in the match and he proved just that by beating the world No.3 in straight games.Unable to deal with the stunning creativity and intuition of Praneeth, Srikanth slumped to a 10-15, 10-15 loss leaving his team at -1 compared to Hyderabad’s 3 and with that, Hyderabad had already won the tie.Srikanth, who is known to be a slow starter, began the match on the attack and picked up the first point of the match.He took the shuttles early and looked to stay on his powerful strokes and led the first game 8-6 at the break.However, Praneeth made his way into the game with smart strokes and exceptional anticipation and with Srikanth making a spate of unforced errors, he took a 12-8 lead.Srikanth did try to make a comeback at 10-12 but Praneeth closed down the game with three straight points at 15-10.Praneeth began the second game with his confidence on a whole different level and Srikanth was completely down the barrel.Unable to play anything that Praneeth threw at him, Srikanth went into the break without registering a single points as Praneeth led 8-0.At one point in the game, Praneeth led Srikanth 10-2 but the world No.3 began finding his groove and his smashes started coming along as he closed down the gap to 10-8.However, Praneeth got himself back in control very soon and won the game 15-10 and trumped Srikanth to register his first win this season.Carolina Marin then took on Saina Nehwal in what was Hyderabad’s Trump match and she had no trouble whatsoever in dispatching the Indian star 15-5, 15-7.With her remarkable court coverage and delicate drop shots, she completely outplayed Saina.The Awadhe captain, who is still struggling with her movement, was unable to match up with Marin’s change of directions and slumped to a crushing defeat.While Awadhe looked to salvage their pride in the mixed doubles in the final match of the night, Hyderabad had other plans.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Pia Bernadeth combined to deflate Awadhe’s Christinna Pederson and Hendra Setiawan 15-9, 15-9. With the win, they inflicted further misery on Awadhe and took Hyderabad to a massive victory sending their team into frenzy.Hyderabad will next play Bengaluru Blasters at home on January 11.last_img

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