BENGALURU: Chennai Smashers qualified for the semifinals after beating Bangalore Top Guns 3-2 in the last league match of the Premier Badminton League 2016 at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, here today.
Chennai opted for the trump match in their very first game of the tie and Bangalore Top Guns then had to win all their matches to gain five points to make it difficult for the hosts.
Chennai’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro defeated Sameer Verma to dash the hopes of Bengaluru Top Guns by winning the match 15-10 10-15 15-8.
After Kuncoro’s triumph, there was no much interest left for the Bangalore side, but played to the delight of the fans by clinching the men’s doubles match 15-7 15-8.
The Bangalore pair of Hoon Thien How and J F Nielse beat Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra.
Srikanth Kidambi then got Bangalore race past Chennai with a 2-1 lead when he overwhelmed his rival Brice Leverdez 15-4 15-12. The Indian star was too hot for the French shuttler.
P. V. Sindhu, defeated Suo Di 15-12 15-7 in straight games.
Later, Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah, of Chennai Smashers defeated Ashwini Ponnappa and Joaquim Fisher Nilesen in the mixed doubles tie 15-14 15-12, thus clinching the tie 3-2.