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PBL moves to city of Nawabs: Lucknow will host 4 ties

Lucknow, Jan 24 (UNI) After five days of exciting action in Chennai, the Premier Badminton League now moves to Lucknow, which will host the second leg of the league from January 25 to 28.
With Awadhe Warriors pulling off a stunning 4-3 win over the North Eastern Warriors in their only match so far on Thursday, expectations will be high from the home team.
The matches will be held at BBD Academy from 1900 hrs from Saturday.
Awadhe’s World No 46 Subhankar Dey was the star of the show against the Guwahati-based franchise yesterday, who bagged the win for his team after the two sides were locked at 3-3 on completion of the first four matches.
“It is a great start for me personally as well as for the team in the way we came back to win the match and the crucial point. We are starting the home leg and look forward to the support and hope to continue with the wins,” said Dey.
While he is definitely a valuable asset for the team, the former PBL semi-finalists have also been strengthened by the comeback of two-time Olympic medallist Christinna Pedersen, who fetched the mixed doubles win alongside fellow former World No 1 Ko Sung Hyun.
Looking pretty robust as a team, the blue brigade will aim to continue their winning streak against former champions Hyderabad Hunters on January 26 and Mumbai Rockets on January 28 in front of a roaring home crowd at Babu Banarasi Das UP Badminton Academy.
Besides the hosts, Pune 7 Aces will be another team to watch out for as they make their first appearance in the fifth edition of the world’s most popular badminton league. In a blockbuster Maharashtra derby on Saturday, the Pune team will be facing off against the Mumbai Rockets.
With reigning world champion Hendra Setiawan being in the squad along with India’s very own Chirag Shetty, Pune will be looking to impress. Commonwealth Games gold medallists Chris and Gabrielle Adcock will spearhead the mixed doubles challenge while World No 36 Low Kean Yew will lead the attack in men’s singles with Syed Modi International semi-finalist Rituparna Das in women’s singles.
They will pose a stiff challenge for the Rockets who will be itching to get back to winning ways after losing their opener to Chennai Superstarz.
Pune’s second match will be against the defending champions Bengaluru Raptors who too suffered a 3-4 loss at the hands of the North Eastern Warriors in a blockbuster tie here in Chennai on the second day of the fifth season.
With four enthralling ties on the card, Lucknow leg is up for an array of smashes from some of the world’s top shuttlers before moving to Hyderabad.
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