HYDERABAD: Parupalli Kashyap’s poor form hurt Hyderabad Hunters and the hosts lost their second successive match at home on Sunday. Hunters, who lost to Awadhe Warriors on Saturday, went down to Chennai Smashers in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at SATS Indoor Stadium, Gachibowli.
The English-Indonesian pair of Chris Adock and Pia Zebadiah gave a perfect start to Chennai Smashers when they demolished the Dane-Indian pair of Carsten Mogensen and Jwala Gutta 15-7, 15-7 in the first match. Mogensen and Jwala looked rusty and disjointed. On the contrary, Adock and Zebadiah played with precision and power to dismantle the host pair. World No 5 Lee Chong Wei faced some resistance, particularly in the second game when he lost 12-15, from Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who is ranked 70th in the world now. But Chong Wei was too good in the third and deciding game.
Results: Chennai Smashers bt Hyderabad Hunters 4-3 (Chris Adcock/Pia Zebadiah bt Carsten Mogensen/Jwala Gutta 15-7,15-7; Sony Dwi Kuncoro lost to Lee Chong Wei 3-15, 15-12, 8-15; Simon Santoso bt P Kashyap 15-12, 15-12; (Trump) PV Sindhu bt Supanida K 15-8, 14-15, 15-5; Chirs Adcock/Pranaav Chopra lost to C Mogensen/Markis Kido 12-15, 13-15).