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Delhi Acers beat Chennai Smashers, register first win in PBL

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PBL: Delhi vs Chennai (2:00)

Highlights from Delhi's clash against Chennai in the PBL 2016-17. (2:00)

Defending champions Delhi Acers defeated Chennai Smashers 5-2 to register their first win in the Premier Badminton League at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.

Acers, who won three matches on the trot to go up 3-0 in the tie, needed their men's doubles pair of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov to pick up a win over the pair of Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding to put the tie out of Chennai's reach.

Coming in with huge expectations and playing in a trump match, the Delhi pair won 11-6 11-6 to take an unassailable 5-0 lead over Smashers.

In the last match of the tie, it was PV Sindhu, playing in the trump match for the Smashers against Tanvi Lad.

Sindhu won the match 11-6 11-7 to help Chennai go to the third position on the points table with 10 points.

Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Vladimir Ivanov beat the pair of Chris Adcock and PV Sindhu of Chennai Smashers to hand defending champions Delhi Acers a 2-0 lead in the tie.

In the third match of the tie, Son Wan Ho beat P Kashyap of Smashers 12-10 11-4.

In the first match of the tie, Jan O Jorgensen put Acers on the winning path after he beat Tommy Sugiarto. Jorgensen came back from a game down to beat Sugiarto 10-12 11-4 11-6.

Delhi, who are currently lying at the bottom of the table and are virtually out of contention for the knock-outs, finally got their winning mojo back and salvaged some pride.

Awadhe Warriors are now leading the points table with 14 points followed by Mumbai Rockets at 12 points and Chennai Smashers at 10 points.