PBL: Kashyap, Sindhu win as Chennai edge Awadhe 4-3


Parupalli Kashyap and the mixed doubles pair of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock helped Chennai Smashers get past Awadhe Warriors 4-3 in the Premier Badminton League on Wednesday.

In the first match of the tie, Wong Wing Ki Vincent began the campaign for Awadhe on a high note by clinching the first match 6-11, 11-9, 12-10 against Chennai's Tanongsak Saesomboonsak.

Both Awadhe and Chennai have already qualified for the semifinals. Awadhe finished as table-toppers with 21 points and Chennai remained in third position with 17 points, behind Mumbai Rockets with 19 points.

It was the Adcock couple, who brought Chennai back by levelling the tie with a 11-4, 11-9 win in the second match against Bodlin Isara and Prajakta Sawant.

Taking advantage of the mixed doubles pair's victory, Parupalli Kashyap won the trump match 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, which put Chennai ahead of Awadhe 3-1.

Kashyap took a 6-5 lead into the first break after Aditya Joshi gave a tough fight, but the Chennai player hogged the limelight by clinching the first game.

Joshi roared back with a 6-1 lead in the second break. Kashyap fought back, making it 4-6, but could not build the tempo and lost to Joshi, who smashed down the line to take the third match.

In the decider, there was some excellent badminton from Joshi and Kashyap, but the Awadhe shuttler went into the break leading 6-5.

Kashyap's vicious smashes helped the Chennai shuttler make it 8-6 and eventually the Hyderabad lad pulled off a thrilling win over Joshi.

Down 0-1 in the tie, Chennai mixed doubles pair brought the team on par with their rival 1-1, after two matches.

The couple defeated Awadhe's counterparts - Isara and Sawant, who made her PBL debut. The pair won the first game easily, but had to fight back in the second game with Awadhe pair giving them a nagging time.

In the super match, PV Sindhu dominated the proceedings against her opponent Ritupurna Das. She began with a powerful jump smash to lead 4-2 early on. She then executed two superb drop shots to go into the break leading 6-2 and finally won the opening game 11-4.

Sindu then took a 4-0 lead in the second game winning the game 11-4 and gave Chennai an unassailable 4-1 lead in the tie.

In the inconsequential trump match, Kido Markis and V Shem Goh of Awadhe Warriors beat Mads Pieler and B Sumeeth Reddy of Chennai 12-10, 11-8.