New Delhi: Awadhe Warriors’ Parupalli Kashyap maintained his good run of form defeating Ahmedabad’s Smash Masters’ Sourabh Verma 11-15, 15-13, 15-14 in the trump match of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The win put Awadhe in a strong position, who were ahead 2-0 (3-0 on points) in the early stages of the tie.
Verma looked in great touch in the opening game and managed to dominate the proceedings early on.
The second game was a pulsating affair with Kashyap taking the challenge to his opponent. Kashyap showed great determination to restore parity in the match and the send the crowd into a frenzy.
In the decider, Verma was quick to get off the blocks and raced to an 8-3 lead. After the interval though, Kashyap launched a scathing comeback and tied the scores 9-9. Vermna fought back hard, again leading at 14-10 but Kashyap showed great resiliency and saved four match points to finally seal the match at 15-14.
Earlier, Awadhe logged the first point of the tie after their mixed doubles pair Christina Pedersen and Tang Chun Man beat Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Law Cheuk Him 14-15, 15-12, 15-14.