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Hyderabad Hunters rout Awadhe Warriors in PBL

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Rio Olympic champion crushed Indian ace Nehwal as Hunters thrashed 6-(-1) in a League (PBL) match at the here tonight.

The Spanish left-hander proved too good for Nehwal as she won 15-5, 15-7 in a jiffy to add to the Warriors' woes.

Hunters later won the mixed doubles encounter to register a clean sweep. and Pia Zebediah outplayed and 15 -9, 15-9 to finish the demolition job in style.

Earlier, world No. 16 Praneeth posted a stunning 15- 10, 15-10 victory over compatriot and World No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth in the Warriors' trump match to put the team on the road to a thumping win.

Praneeth who had beaten Srikanth last year in the Open to win his first Super Series title was completely dominant in the match and after the initial burst of points from the Open winner, it was Praneeth who controlled the opening game with his precision.

He went into the break with a slender 7-8 deficit but after the interval, displayed great precision to win the opening game.

In the second game, was playing like a man possessed and raced to an 8-0 lead. Though Srikanth did very well to reduce the gap and take points, the Hyderabadi sealed the match.

Earlier, World No.18 of registered a thrilling 13-15, 15-9, 15-14 win against Parupalli Kashyap to guide Hunters to an early 2-0 lead against Awadhe Warriors.

Kashyap who has been in stellar form this season started on a high note with his power smashes proving no match for the 37-year-old Korean. Even though the Lee gave him a tough fight it was the Indian who bagged the opening game.

In the second game, Lee got his act together and was quick off the blocks to head into the interval with an 8-3 lead. After the breather, Kashyap won three points on the trot to reduce the lead and was not in the mood to go down so easily.

However, Lee maintained his hold on the game and won it to force a decider.

Lee, the oldest to win a match in the PBL came out a different altogether and got on to the front-foot from the word go. He raced to an 8-3 lead and his combination of smashes, drop and deceptive cross court hits were too much the Indian to handle.

Though Kashyap tried to stay on in the hunt after the change of ends and saved six match points, Lee did not give him any chance of a comeback and cruised to win the match and give his side the advantage.

won the first point of the day after their men's doubles pair of Markis Kido/came back from a game down to win 14-15, 15-6, 15-11 against the combination of Or Ching Chung/Tang Chun Man.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 22:50 IST