IBL Final: K Srikanth defeats S Tanongsak, Awadhe Warriors lead 1-0
Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava
Mumbai: As Hyderabad Hotshots took on Awadhe Warriors in the Indian Badminton League final on Saturday, Awadhe Warriors' K Srikanth got his side to a terrific start as he defeated S Tanongsak 21-12, 21-20.
Tanongsak had been unbeaten in the tournament but Srikanth stunned him with his aggressive play. Tanongsak was looking clueless in the second game where he was trailing 5-13 at one stage. Srikanth lost his focus at that stage and towards the end, both the players had a game point each and Srikanth sealed the match with a cross court smash.
Awadhe Warriors now lead 1-0 against Hyderabad Hotshots in the IBL Final.
2nd GAME: SRIKANTH wins it 21-10
# Srikanth SEALS THE GAME AND THE MATCH WITH A DOWN THE LINE SMASH! 21-20.
# Good dribble from Srikanth, GAME POINT FOR SRIKANTH AS WELL, 20-20
# Srikanth tries another smash, finds the net this time, GAME POINT FOR TANONGSAK! 20-19.
# RALLY OF THE MATCH ended when Srikanth executed a perfect cross court smash, 19-19.
# Good dribble by Tanongsak, Srikanth's shot finds the net, 19-18 lead for Tanongsak.
# Cross court smash from Srikanth once again goes wide, 18-18.
# Point for Srikanth, Tanongsak's shot went out, 18-17.
# Wrong shot from Srikanth, 17-17. WHAT A COMEBACK FROM TANONGSAK!
# Srikanth's smash goes below the nets! 16-17.
# Srikanth's smash goes wide, 15-17.
# Tanongsak's shot is short, 17-14.
# Srikanth falls on the court after a tremendous rally, Tanongsak had ample time to target his area in the court, 14-16.
# Point won by Srikanth, 16-13.
# Srikanth's return of smash hits the nets, 13-15.
# Good play from Tanongsak once again, 12-15.
# Smash from Tanongsak, 11-15.
# Good dribble from Tanongsak, 10-15.
# Srikanth's drop shot falls short, 9-15.
# Tanongsak's smash goes wide, 15-8.
# Good reflexes from Srikanth, he now leads 14-8 at second break.
# Good body smash from Tanongsak, 8-13.
# Tanongsak wins another point, 7-13.
# Tanongsak wins a point, 6-13.
# Good down the line smash from Srikanth, WHAT A SMASH! 13-5
# Point won by Tanongsak, good play at the nets by him, 5-12.
# Wrong judgement from Srikanth, 4-12.
# Point for Srikanth, 12-3.
# Good play once again from Srikanth, his opponent has almost given up, 11-3.
# Another point for Srikanth, 10-3.
# Srikanth's backhand falls in, Tanongsak misjudges again, 9-3.
# Again Tanongsak's fails at the nets, 8-3 Srikanth leads now.
# Terrific cross court smash from Srikanth, 7-3 he leads at the first break.
# This time Srikanth's deception doesn't work, 3-6.
# Good play once again at the nets from Srikanth, 6-2.
# Second point for Tanongsak, 2-5.
# Tanongsak wins a point, 1-5.
# Tanongsak's shot falls short, 5-0.
# Good deception from Srikanth, 4-0.
# Cross court smash from Srikanth, 3-0.
# Another point for Srikanth, good return of serve, 2-0.
# Srikanth wins the first point, 1-0.
# And Srikanth wins the first game 21-12 with a cross court smash.
# Tanongsak wins a point, 12-20.
# Tanongsak's shot goes long, game point for Srikant, 20-11.
# Shuttle is in, wrong judgement from Tanongsak, 19-11 lead for Srikant.
# Good smash from Tanongsak, 11-18.
# Srikant controlling the game, 18-10 he leads.
# Srikant wins two more points, 17-10.
# Another point for Srikant, 15-10.
# Good dribble from Srikant once again, 14-10 Srikant leads at second break. Srikant is up for a fight against his unbeaten opponent.
# Point for Tanongsak, 10-13.
# Error of judgement from Tanongsak, 13-9.
# Another point for Srikanth at the nets, 12-9 he leads.
# Srikant's shot goes long, 9-11.
# Good smash from Srikanth, but it goes wide, 8-11.
# Point for Tanongsak, 7-11.
# Another point for Srikanth, 11-6.
# Back-to-back smashes from Tanongsak, 6-10.
# Aggression from Srikanth, 10-5 he leads now.
# Good play at the nets from Srikanth, 9-5 he leads now.
# Good serve from Srikanth, 8-5.
# Another point for Srikanth, he leads 7-5 at first break.
# Point for Srikanth, 6-5 he leads.
# Point for Tanongsak, 5-5.
# Good body smash from Srikanth, he now leads 5-4.
# Another point for Srikanth, 4-4.
# Good dribble from Srikanth, 3-4.
# Tanongsak wins a point, 4-2.
# Another smash that goes wide for Tanongsak this time, 3-2.
# Another smash from Tanongsak, 3-1.
# Tanongsak loses a point, 1-2.
# Another smash from Tanongsak, another point 2-0 he leads.
# Tanongsak wins the first point with a powerful smash, 1-0 he leads.
S Tanongsak has been unbeaten in the tournament while 20-year-old K Srikanth has impressed everybody in the tournament.
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