PBL 5: Shubhankar Dey Helps Awadhe Warriors Pip North Eastern Warriors

Shubhankar Dey (Photo Credit: PBL)

Shubhankar Dey (Photo Credit: PBL)

Awadhe Warriors pulled off a come-from-behind 4-3 win over North Eastern Warriors in the Premier Badminton League.

Chennai: An inspired Shubhankar Dey wore down Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-9, 15-14 to help Awadhe Warriors pull off a come-from-behind 4-3 win over North Eastern Warriors in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) match here on Thursday.

The 26-year old Dey got the better of the Thai, a former top-10 player in a match which saw several long rallies. The Indian unleashed some powerful smashes to counter the retrieving skills of his left-handed rival.

The match was tied at 3-all after K S Hyun and S B Cheal had rallied from a game down to beat K P Garaga and L Y Dae 8-15, 15-14, 15-12 in a close encounter.

North Eastern Warriors had earlier gone ahead thanks to a fine performance from world No. 18 Lee Cheuk Yiu to gain a 3-1 advantage after three matches. Fresh from reaching the semi-finals at the Indonesia Masters, Yiu carried on his scintillating form to deliver a second consecutive win for the Warriors, beating Wong Wing Ki Vincent 13-15, 15-10, 15-11.

Lee was initially troubled by Vincent's aggressive show but once he found his rhythm, he was able to take the match away from the former World No. 10.

His win gave the Warriors two points (from the trump match) as Christinna Pedersen and K S Hyun won the opening mixed doubles for Awadhe Warriors.

Pedersen, the Danish star, who has two Olympic medals to her name, displayed her skills in partnership with Hyun to get the Awadhe Warriors off to a tight 8-15, 15-11, 15-14 win over the North Eastern Warriors' Bodin Isara and Kim Ha Na.

Later, Michelle Lie beat Beiwen Zhang 15-13, 15-14 to put the North Eastern Warriors in front.

North Eastern Warriors had upset defending champions Bengaluru Raptors in their opening match on Tuesday.