PBL: Chennai Smashers beat Delhi Acers, register 2nd win
Chennai Smashers put up a clinical display to outplay Delhi Acers 4-3 and register their second consecutive win in an exciting Premier Badminton League (PBL) encounter on Tuesday.
The Smashers had earlier defeated Mumbai Rockets 3-2 in their opening tie two days ago. For Delhi Acers, it is their second straight defeat, having lost 2-3 to Sania Nehwal-led Awadhe Warriors on Monday.
It was the Smashers who started the tie on a positive note winning the men’s doubles match. In the opening match of tie, the pair of Chris Adcock and Pranaav Jerry Chopra got the better of Malaysian duo of Koo Keat Kien and Tan Boon Heong 15-12 15-14 in the men’s doubles match to give Chennai the lead. But India’s Ajay Jayaram brought Delhi Acers back in contention with a dominating performance to tame Simon Santosa 15-6 15-9 in just 26 minutes in the first men’s singles to level
the scores for his side. Jayaram, playing his first match of the league, was understandably happy with the positive start.
“This was my first match of the league and plus I had the responsibility of opening my team’s account in the tie today, so a win was the only option for me. I enjoyed the game especially the drop shots which never allowed Simon (Santosa) to get settled,” he said after the win.
The mixed doubles match was a battle between husband and wife, Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock.
While Chris turned out for Chennai Smashers partnering Pia Zebadiah, Gabrielle paired with Koo Keat Kien and represented Delhi Acers. It was a hard-fought encounter which went down to the wire but in the end Chris had the last laugh as he and his partner Pia came from a game down to edge past his wife Gabrielle and Koo Keat Kien 14-15 15-4 15-14 in a neck-and-neck fight that went for 42 minutes to give Chennai Smashers a 2-1 lead.