Bengaluru Raptors was the first team in the Premier Badminton League to win titles in a row when they beat Gachibowli Indoor Stadium 4-2 on Sunday against first-time finalist North-Eastern Warriors in fifth edition.
Mixed doubles are decisive
Once again, it was a double that decided the fate of the winner.
And this time, mixed pairs Chan Peng Soon and Eom Hye Won, who played the Trump Match for Raptors, met the expectations of their team and the joyful cheering fans, G. Krishna Prasad and Kim Ha Na, to win and win the trophy for her Team.
In the first individual match, Sai Praneeth, world championship bronze medalist and captain of the Raptors, returned strongly after a loss to Lee Cheuk Yiu, world champion 18.
It was a performance that should have pleased even the world's number two and Sai's teammate Tai Tzu Ying.
Although unpredictable in the first game, the crowd favorite entered a different zone in the next two games, especially after winning the 39-stroke rally point at the start of the second game.
The mixed pair of Chan Peng Soon and Eom Hye Won made Raptors laugh.
Best foot forward
In the men's doubles, the two warriors Bodin Isara and Lee Yong Dae, who had played the Trump match, had to put their best foot forward to ward off a brave challenge from Arun George and Rian Agung Saputro and keep their team on the hunt ,
In the decision, Saputro, who was brilliant through and through, hesitated with 13 points and a service error and then messed up a simple net point to hand over the match and give the opponent a 2-1 lead.
For Raptors, Tai Tzu Ying remained undefeated in this issue with another dominant feat to outsmart the world's number 10, Michelle Li, and lead the team in pairs.
Bengaluru Raptors vs. North-Eastern Warriors 4-2 (B. Sai Praneeth vs. Lee Cheuk Yiu 14-15, 15-9, 15-3; Arun George and Rian Agung Saputro lost to Bodin Isara and Lee Yong Dae (T) 11- 15, 15-13, 14-15; Tai Tzu Ying by Michelle Li 15-9, 15-12; Chan Peng Soon and Eom Hye Won (T) by G. Krishna Prasad and Kim Ha Na 15-14, 14-15 15-12),