PBL: Ajay Jayaram, Michelle Li star as North Eastern Warriors register first win : Badminton, News


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    North Eastern Warriors beat Bengaluru Blasters 3-2

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    Ajay Jayaram beat Chong Wei Fang in Bengaluru Blasters’ Trump match

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    Viktor Axelsen salvaged a point for the Blasters with his win

North Eastern Warriors won the Trump matches of both the sides as they beat Bengaluru Blasters within the very first 3 matches to register their first win in the Premier Badminton League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Friday.Ajay Jayaram

overturned Bengaluru Blasters’ Trump when he removed Chong Wei Fang in straight sets to provide Bengaluru their very first jolt of the night.Michelle Li staived off a stiff difficulty from Scottish Kirsty Gilmour and conserved the Trump for North Eastern Warriors to seal the tie 3-0.

Nevertheless, led by Viktor Axelsen, the Bengaluru Blasters staged a resurgence and won the last 2 matches to go house with two points on the board.With the win

, the Warriors moved to the fifth spot with 11 points while the vital 2 points put the Blasters right on top of the table with 13 points.The @NEShuttlers triumphed! They win a hard-fought fight versus @Blr_Blasters to win the tie. #BLRvNEW #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown

– PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 5, 2018 The very first match of the night went Bengaluru’s way as the in-form team got an ideal start to the day.

The guys’s doubles pair of Mathias Boe and Kim Sa Rang spread their magic with a 15-12, 7-15, 15-12 win over Kim Gi Jung and Shin Baek Cheol.Boe and Rang started the match on a high with a thorough triumph in the very first video game. The North Eastern pair fought back incredibly well to take the 2nd video game off Bengaluru 7-15. Boe and Rang, however, showed immense resilience in the decider to remove a 15-12 triumph in the final video game to win the match.The turnaround

for the Warriors started with the 2nd match of the night, which was Bengaluru’s Trump match. Chong Wei Fang was leading the line for the Blasters versus Warriors’ captain Jayaram.Chong Wei Feng entered the match at the back of a win versus world No. 15 Wong Wing Ki Vincent however cannot reconcile the momentum as an injury-troubled Jayaram beat him 15-8, 15-13.

Jayaram placed on display some unbelievable piece of defence and delightful net play as Fang cannot fight the Indian and devoted a series of unforced mistakes to face a huge 8-15 defeat in the very first game.Fang seemed to have collected himself in the second game and remained neck-and-neck with Jayaram. The Indian was in a captivating form on the night and eked out a close 15-13 win and put the Blasters on the backfoot.With the loss, the Warriors went 1-0 up as the Blasters got a negative point for losing the Trump.Interestingly, 6 Trump matches have been lost this season and four of them

have come in men’s singles. While Delhi Dashers’Vincent was the first to lose the Trump against Mumbai Rockets’Sameer Verma, Hyderbad Hunters’Lee Hyun Il, Sameer and today Fang, they have actually all have actually gone on to do the same.Michelle Li then came on as the Warriors’ Trump as well as though it looked she would lose the match

, her gritty efficiency got her through.Li originated from behind to beat Gilmour 7-15, 15-14, 15-13 to hand the Warriors a 3-0 lead and the tie. Gilmour, with those powerful smashes of hers, breezed past Li to win the very first game 15-7.

Li staged an exceptional comeback in the 2nd game and displayed some lovely drop shots and produced an incredible piece of badminton to claw back from the jaws of defeat and forced the video game into the decider. In spite of being tired in the 3rd set, Li made the best of some mistakes from Gilmour and through a dazzling fightback sealed the win.The captain of the Blasters then came on and salvaged the pride of his team. Despite not playing the very best of his badminton, she made it through a stiff difficulty from Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei to bring a point for his team.Tzu displayed

some stunning drop shots and remarkable cross-court smashes to delay Axelsen and take the very first video game 15-9.

Quick strokes and all-court coverage assisted Tzu to edge out Axelsen however the world No. 1 recovered in the 2nd video game, courtesy some smart gameplay and Tzu’s errors.The third video game went to the wire despite the fact that Tzu had the upper hand for almost the entire game. Axelsen got the match point with a 330kph smash and clinched the video game 15-14 and the match. In the last encounter of

the night, the Blasters’ set of Sikki Reddy and Manu Attri likewise originated from behind to beat Prajakta Sawant and Shin Baek Cheol 15-12, 8-15, 15-9 to salvage another point for the Blasters.The Blasters will next be up against Chennai Smashers in Chennai on January 8 while North Eastern Warriors will play their last group tie against Delhi Dashers in Hyderabad on January 10.


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