North Eastern Warriors rise to third with easy win over Mumbai Rockets

Apart from their trump match in men’s doubles, Mumbai lost all other matches of the tie.

North Eastern Warriors finished the tie in the first three matches on Thursday by winning all three of them, and conceding just one game in the process, as Mumbai Rockets were outclassed 2-5 in the second tie of Premier Badminton League 2020 on Thursday.

The tie started with an evenly matched mixed doubles clash with Mumbai Rockets’ Kim Sa Rang and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth taking on Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ha-Na of North Eastern Warriors.

Though the Warriors took the first game comprehensively at 15-7, the tie was far from over as the Rockets levelled the match at 1-1 by winning the second game 15-5. The decider was the most competitive game of the match which the Rockets lost 10-15 despite starting strongly.

Leading 1-0 in the tie, North Eastern Warriors sent world no. 10 Michele Li in their trump match to take on Mumbai Rockets’ Shriyanshi Pardeshi.

The 21-year-old was hardly a match for the in-form Canadian, who won 15-9, 15-11 in no time to further consolidate North East’s lead to 3-0 early on.

Parupalli Kashyap lets Mumbai Rockets down

With the tie slipping out of their grip, Mumbai had to turn to their experienced shuttler Parupalli Kashyap. The veteran was up against world no. 18 Lee Cheuk You, against whom Kashyap was expecting a tough battle.

And the 33-year-old Indian got exactly that as both the games went deep but the world no. 25 failed to win on both occasions, as the match ended 15-12, 15-11 in the Hong Kong shuttler’s favour. North East had now sealed the tie with an unassailable 4-0 lead, with two matches remaining.

Mumbai wins trump match, loses tie

Mumbai’s miserable start to the tie finally got some relief when they sent in the men’s doubles pair of Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang for their trump match against North Eastern Warriors’ Krishna Prasad Garaga and Lee Yong Dae.

It was too hot to handle for 19-year-old Garaga and the Warriors duo lost 9-15, 8-15 in straight games. Mumbai opened their accounts on the evening to make the scoreline 2-4, but it was too late by then.

The final match of the tie was a mere formality where South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun took on Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand. The Warriors’ shuttler remained true to his world ranking of 38 as he got the better of 49th ranked Keun 15-10, 15-7 in straight games.

Premier League Badminton points table

North Eastern Warriors moved to the third place on the Premier League Badminton points table with the win as Awadhe Warriors now sit fourth, having played one less tie. Despite the loss, the two points from the trump match helped Mumbai Rockets to move up from the bottom place to sixth with a tally of six points.