Awadhe Warriors had a tough outing on the opening day of the Premier Badminton League against the Mumbai Rockets. But in their second match Saina Nehwal made her comeback from injury and led her team to victory over the Delhi Acers 4-3. The team received added morale playing in front of their home crowd in Lucknow.
Good use of trump game seals victory for Awadhe Warriors
The Awadhe warriors started with a defeat in the opening match of the night as Tanongsak S took on Tommy Sugiarto. Delhi Acers were largely in control of the game during the opening minutes but a minor injury on the leg put Sugiarto on the back-foot as Tanongsak looked to take the lead away. But the Indonesian was determined in his approach and did not let the injury take him away from his path as he took the match 15-13, 15-11.
Losing the first match of the night, Awadhe Warriors needed to respond strongly and Saina Nehwal made her way to the court in the Trump game for the team. Saina did not take too long to stamp authority on the court with her play as she took the match away comfortably winning 15-9, 15-10. With the win the Warriors were back on track and took a 2-1 lead in the tie.
Next up were the men’s doubles and the men’s singles encounter which were again comfortably taken by the Warriors. Extending their lead to 4-1 with B Sai Praneeth registering a win over Rajiv Ouseph, while Cai Yun and Bodin Issara took the doubles game.
In the final match of the tie, Delhi Acers played their trump game in the mixed doubles. The pair of Akshay Dawalkar and Gabrielle Adcock proved too hot to handle for the Warriors pair of Hendra Gunawan and K Maneesha. After a difficult two games, the match went into the decider and the Delhi Acers pair won comfortably 15-14, 13-15, 15-5.