RAPTORS WIN PBL-4 TITLE
BENGALURU, Jan 13 (PTI)
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.