Blasters enter final with nervy win

Blasters enter final with nervy win

Bengaluru Blasters set up a potentially explosive championship match with Hyderabad Hunters, gritting their way to a hard-fought victory in the second semifinal of the third Vodafone Premier Badminton League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

The Blasters' star player Viktor Axelsen and their Mixed Doubles' pair Kim Sa Rang & Sikki Reddy won the last two matches of the contest to beat a valiant Ahmedabad Smash Masters 3-2 (4-3 on points).

The final will take place on Sunday.

Earlier, Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying came back from an error-prone defeat in the first game, to win her crucial Trump match and keep the Smash Masters alive in the tie beating a fighting Kristy Gilmour (Scotland) 2-1.

The Blasters' World No 1 Axelsen, however, levelled the tie 3-3, getting the better of HS Prannoy in the second Men's Singles. It proved to be an easy 15-11, 15-14 victory.

Kim Sa Rang & Sikki Reddy beat Law Cheuk Him & Kamilla Rytter Juhl 15-12, 13-15, 15-9 to the delight of the Blasters' fans.

India's Sourabh Verma set the ball rolling for the Smash Masters, overcoming Malaysia's Chong Wei Feng 2-15-2, 14-15, 15-10.

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