North Eastern Warriors qualified for their first-ever Premier Badminton League final after beating Chennai Superstarz in the semi-final.
North Eastern Warriors became the first team to book their berth in the final of the 2020 Premier Badminton League after a 3 - (-1) win over Chennai Superstarz in Hyderabad on Friday.
Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ha Na won the mixed doubles clash, Lee Cheuk Yiu emerged triumphant in the men’s singles match and Bodin Isara and Krishna Prasad Garaga won the men’s doubles contest to help book North Eastern Warriors’ spot in the final of PBL 2020.
The first contest of the evening was a high-intensity mixed doubles match-up featuring North Eastern Warriors’ Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ha Na and Chennai Superstarz’s B Sumeeth Reddy and Jessica Pugh. Both teams began the match with a lot of intent and aggression, but it was North Eastern Warriors that found themselves 8-7 up at the turn.
North Eastern Warriors then went on to win the first game 15-12 but Chennai Superstarz struck back in dominant fashion in the second and won it 15-9 to take the match into the decider. The final game saw the South Korean pair of Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ha Na build early momentum and lead 8-4 at the turn.
B Sumeeth Reddy and Jessica Pugh did change gears after the turn and took the game down to the wire for Chennai Superstarz after saving a game point to make it 14-14. However, Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ha Na held their nerve and got the all-important deciding point to give North Eastern Warriors the early lead.
North Eastern Warriors extended their lead in the next match after Lee Cheuk Yiu got the better of Chennai Superstarz’s Tommy Sugiarto in straight sets, beating him 15-12, 15-12 to put his team in a strong position.
The next match-up was especially crucial for Chennai Superstarz with it being their trump match. B Sumeeth Reddy and Dhruv Kapila were entrusted to get Chennai Superstarz back into the match but they fell short in the first game after Bodin Isara and Krishna Prasad Garaga won it 15-13 for North Eastern Warriors.
The second game saw both teams produce some sensational shots and incredible rallies with neither side refusing to give the other an inch. However, B Sumeeth Reddy and Dhruv Kapila showed their resolve and got the crucial deciding point at 14-14 to take the match to the distance.
That was about as good as it would get for Chennai Superstarz, though, as Bodin Isara and Krishna Prasad Garaga made quick work of B Sumeeth Reddy and Dhruv Kapila in the third game, beating them 15-10 to win the match and book North Eastern Warriors’ spot in the final.
North Eastern Warriors will now face either Bengaluru Raptors or Pune 7 Aces in the final at Hyderabad on Sunday. Bengaluru Raptors take on Pune 7 Aces in the second semi-final on Saturday.