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Highlights PBL 2018, Chennai Smashers vs Awadhe Warriors, Badminton Match Score: Sindhu beats Rao in straight games; Awadhe win 4-3

The opening game of the PBL 2018 fixture between Chennai Smashers and Awadhe Warriors in Guwahati will be between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.

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Highlights PBL 2018, Chennai Smashers vs Awadhe Warriors, Badminton Match Score: Sindhu beats Rao in straight games; Awadhe win 4-3

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Dec 23, 2017 - 23:15 (IST)

That's it from us at Firstpost in our coverage of the opening tie of Premier Badminton League 2018. Awadhe Warriors won the first three matches of the tie convincingly to clinch it with two games left. Chennai though did well to salvage three points, with PV Sindhu winning two of those in her team's trump match. 

Do join us tomorrow in our coverage of North Eastern Warriors' debut, as they face Hyderabad Hunters. Till then, good night! 

Dec 23, 2017 - 23:14 (IST)

Dec 23, 2017 - 23:14 (IST)

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:57 (IST)

15-9 Easy as it gets for PV Sindhu, as she strolls to a straight games win over Sai Rao in Chennai Smashers' Trump match, giving her side two points. Awadhe Warriors though emerge winners of the tie by a 4-3 margin. 

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:45 (IST)

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:44 (IST)

15-10 PV Sindhu gets off to a winning start in the women's singles clash against Sai Rao! Looks like Chennai Smashers are on their way towards salvaging a couple of more points, unless the unfancied Rao draws level in the second game. 

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:28 (IST)

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:26 (IST)

In the final match of the evening, which happens to be the Trump match for Chennai Smashers, we have star shuttler PV Sindhu up against Sai Uttejitha Rao! Can Chennai salvage another couple of points? Or will Awadhe win the tie 5-0? Let's find out! 

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:24 (IST)

Dec 23, 2017 - 22:23 (IST)

15-11 First point of the season for Chennai Smashers, as Adcock and Yang defeat Setiawan and Chin Chung in the decider to win the men's doubles match! 

Preview: The most famous rivalry in Indian badminton will be on display once again on Saturday when global superstars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lock horns at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here and ensure a blockbuster opening to the third edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL).

In what promises to be an exciting opener, the Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers, who are the defending champions, will meet Saina's Awadhe Warriors, the most consistent team of the league.

Sindhu, currently ranked No 3 in the world, holds a 2-1 edge in her recent meetings against Saina, with her only loss coming in a riveting Senior National Championship final held at Nagpur last month.

Highlights PBL 2018 Chennai Smashers vs Awadhe Warriors Badminton Match Score Sindhu beats Rao in straight games Awadhe win 43

File image of PV Sindhu. Image courtesy: Twitter/@ChennaiSmashers

It is not just a personal battle of the two Indian girls as they would also be looking to guide their respective teams to glory in a highly competitive league that also features the world's top players including men's World No.1 Viktor Axlesson (Denmark) and women's No.1 Tai Tzu Ying (Taiwan).

On the eve of the league opener, Sindhu underplayed her duel with Saina instead emphasising on the stiff competition she would be up against in the next 23 days.

"I'm looking forward to our opening match against Awadhe Warriors. It is not just my match against Saina, every match will be tough as there are some really strong teams out there. The competition is going to be really good," Sindhu said on Friday.

With World No 1 in both men's and women's singles, eight 2017 World Championship medallists, nine Olympic medallists (including three multiple medal winners) competing in this edition, the league is easily the best among Olympic disciplines in the country.

The PBL is held under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and is organised by Sportzlive, the official licensee partner of the league. It has already acquired the tag of being one of the richest badminton leagues with the teams battling for a total prize money of Rs 6 crore.

Eight teams, including two new entrants Ahmedabad Smash Masters and North Eastern Warriors, will line up against each other in five cities beginning with Guwahati on Saturday.

And, each team will have one junior player travelling with their respective team to get the exposure and learn from the world's best.

Every day there will be one battle between two teams comprising five matches -- men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles. Each match will be a three-game affair of 15 points and played under the Rally Points Scoring System. If scores are tied 14-14, the team scoring the 15th point first will win that game.

The top four finishers will play the semi-finals and finals to be held in Hyderabad.

BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma believes the league will be a huge motivation for budding players.

"With 40 of the world's best players in action, many young players will be inspired to do well and take part in the league in future," he said on Friday.

With inputs from IANS

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