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Praneeth helps Hyderabad take lead in PBL semi-final

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

B Sai Praneeth helped gain a crucial 1-0 lead against Dashers in the first semi-final of the third League at the Indoor Stadium here today.

Sai Praneeth hurt as he downed Tian Houwei 15-9, 15-8 in their Trump match. The defeat undid their gains from the mixed doubles match and they were back to ground zero.

Sai Praneeth, ranked 16, rattled the Chinese World No22, with a flurry of down the line smashes and eased to a straight games victory.

had gained their first success of the evening when and overcame te duo of and 13-15, 15-10, 15-10.

Ashiwni and the tall Russian did not have a good start as they lost the first game but the Indian ensured Delhi's comeback with her decisive returns.

Once they gained control, Ashwini and Ivanov did let the grip loosen and surged to victory by wrapping up the two games 15-10, 15-10.

were in a advantageous position as Carolina Marina was lined up next in theit Trump match. The World No4 has not lost a game in the entire league this season.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 21:20 IST