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Highlights, PBL 2018, Final: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Pia Zebediah guide Hyderabad Hunters to maiden title

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Highlights, PBL 2018, Final: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Pia Zebediah guide Hyderabad Hunters to maiden title

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Jan 14, 2018 - 22:27 (IST)

What a final!!! It went till the last game and it is Hyderabad Hunters who lift their maiden title. The Hunters superbly lead by Carolina Marin managed to win the tie-decider to win the third edition of PBL. The duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Pia Zebediah were excellent in the final game to win the title for their team. 

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Jan 14, 2018 - 22:05 (IST)
Jan 14, 2018 - 22:05 (IST)

The Hyderabad camp was in raptures after winning their maiden title

Jan 14, 2018 - 22:04 (IST)

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:58 (IST)

WE HAVE A NEW WINNER! 

Hyderabad Hunters are crowned as the CHAMPIONS after putting up an outstanding show to beat Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 in front of the home crowd!

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:56 (IST)

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:51 (IST)

14-10! Satwik and Pia have played smartly from the forecourt to restrict the Blasters duo. They are just 1 point away from winning the title.

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:51 (IST)

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:49 (IST)

10-8! The Blasters hold on to their 2-point lead in the 2nd game. The players, the camp and the supporters will be hoping for a decider

Jan 14, 2018 - 21:47 (IST)

The Sikki Reddy fan section erupts in cheers with that drop shot 

Preview: After 22 days of action, it is time for the finals of the Premier Badminton League 2018. After league games and knock-outs, the league is down to two teams who will be featuring in their maiden final.

The Hyderabad Hunters led by former World No 1 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin will go up against the Bengaluru Blasters side led by World No 1 Viktor Axelsen.

Both teams have had contrasting paths into the finals.

Highlights PBL 2018 Final Satwiksairaj RankireddyPia Zebediah guide Hyderabad Hunters to maiden title

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The Hunters beat Delhi Smashers comprehensively 3-0 in their semi-final tie to book their berth, while Bengaluru Blasters had to labour past tournament debutants Ahmedabad Smash Masters 4-3 with the final mixed doubles match becoming the all-important tie.

The Hunters' road to final was a roller-coaster of sorts where after a rollicking start against the North Eastern Warriors, they lost to Ahmedabad Smash Masters in a close encounter but were completely outplayed in the subsequent group clash against Delhi Dashers.

After that defeat against the Dashers, the Hunters switched gears and completely annihilated their next two opponents Awadhe Warriors and Bengaluru Blasters. They continued their unbeaten run in the semi-final against Delhi Dashers to reach the final.

The Blasters won their first two matches against Delhi Dashers and Mumbai Rockets, but lost their following clashes against the Warriors, Chennai Smashers and the Hunters. The losses against Warriors and Smashers were very close games, similar to their semi-final encoutner against Ahmedabad Smaash Masters where they ended up on the right side.

In the previous encounter between the two finalists, the Hunters had completely decimated the Blasters and the Carolina Marin side boasting of names like B Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will hope to have a repeat of the performance against the Blasters side comprising players like Sikki Reddy, Chong Wei Feng and led by Axelsen.

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