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BENGALURU Rap­tors edged the Mum­bai Rock­ets 4-3 to win their maiden Pre­mier Bad­minton League ti­tle on Sun­day. World No 18 An­ders An­ton­sen lost nar­rowly to the Bengaluru skip­per Srikanth when the two faced off in that bat­tle at the be­gin­ning of this week.

Any hope of a turn­around was dashed by a su­perb Srikanth who grabbed a 15-7, 15-10 vic­tory. The Bengaluru tal­is­man rode on his smashes to open up a 5-1 lead and ex­tended it to 10-4 in a com­pletely one-sided dis­play.

An­ton­sen used his tight spin­ning net game to trou­ble Srikanth in the first half of the se­cond game and made it 5-5. But that was all he could do against a de­ter­mined Srikanth who went up to 12-9 and closed out the match for his eighth win on the trot.Hen­dra Se­ti­awan and Mo­ham­mad Ah­san showed that age is just a num­ber.

With the en­tire sta­dium cheer­ing vo­cif­er­ously for the Rap­tors pair, the for­mer world cham­pi­ons never put their foot wrong and fin­ished off a 1513, 15-10 win.

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