North Eastern Warriors won the Trump matches of both the sides as they beat Bengaluru Blasters within the first three 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 took down Chong Wei Fang in straight sets to give Bengaluru their first jolt of the night.Michelle Li staived off a stiff challenge from Scottish Kirsty Gilmour and saved the Trump for North Eastern Warriors to seal the tie 3-0.However, led by Viktor Axelsen, the Bengaluru Blasters staged a comeback and won the last two matches to go home with two points on the board.With the win, the Warriors moved to the the fifth spot with 11 points while the crucial two points put the Blasters right on top of the table with 13 points.The @NEShuttlers come out on top! They win a hard-fought battle against @Blr_Blasters to win the tie.#BLRvNEW #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/owPS7P8kQz- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 5, 2018The first match of the night went Bengaluru’s way as the in-form team got an ideal beginning to the day.The men’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 began the match on a high with a comprehensive victory in the first game. However, the North Eastern pair fought back incredibly well to take the second game off Bengaluru 7-15. Boe and Rang, though, displayed immense resilience in the decider to dig out a 15-12 victory in the final game to win the match.advertisementALSO WATCHThe turnaround for the Warriors began with the second match of the night, which was Bengaluru’s Trump match. Chong Wei Fang was leading the line for the Blasters against Warriors’ captain Jayaram.Chong Wei Feng came into the match at the back of a win against world No. 15 Wong Wing Ki Vincent but failed to make the best of the momentum as an injury-troubled Jayaram beat him 15-8, 15-13.Jayaram put on display some incredible piece of defence and delightful net play as Fang failed to battle the Indian and committed a series of unforced errors to face a massive 8-15 defeat in the first game.Fang seemed to have gathered himself in the second game and stayed neck-and-neck with Jayaram. However, the Indian was in an enchanting 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, six 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 all have gone on to do the same.Michelle Li then came on as the Warriors’ Trump and even though it looked she would lose the match, her gritty performance got her through.Li came 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 first game 15-7.However, Li staged a remarkable comeback in the second game and displayed some beautiful drop shots and produced an incredible piece of badminton to claw back from the jaws of defeat and forced the game into the decider. Despite being tired in the third set, Li made the best of some errors from Gilmour and through a brilliant fightback sealed the win.The captain of the Blasters then came on and salvaged the pride of his team. Despite not playing the best of his badminton, she made it through a stiff challenge from Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei to bring a point for his team.Tzu displayed some beautiful drop shots and extraordinary cross-court smashes to put off Axelsen and take the first game 15-9.Quick strokes and all-court coverage helped Tzu to edge out Axelsen but the world No.1 bounced back in the second game, courtesy some intelligent gameplay and Tzu’s errors.The third game went to the wire even though Tzu had the upper hand for almost the entire game. Axelsen got the match point with a 330kph smash and clinched the game 15-14 and the match.advertisementIn the last encounter of the night, the Blasters’ pair of Sikki Reddy and Manu Attri also came 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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