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Bengaluru Raptors beat Awadhe Warriors to enter PBL final

The unbeaten Kidambi Srikanth combined with Sai Praneeth to guide Bengaluru Raptors to a win over Awadhe Warriors in the first semi-final of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League here Friday. With the two teams tied at 2-2 on completion of the two men s singles and mixed doubles rubbers, it was left to the Raptors Trump pair of Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan to deliver the win for their team, and they duly obliged. The Bengaluru team will hope to erase their setback from the previous season in which they lost the final narrowly to the Hyderabad Hunters. Srikanth had accounted for the former World No. 1 Son Wan Ho twice on his way to winning four Superseries titles in an incredible 2017 season. Showing every bit of that hunger and determination, the Bengaluru skipper blew away the Awadhe icon player 15-7, 15-10. The win enabled him to remain unbeaten in seven matches this season. Srikanth s smashes absolutely ruled the court and he even displayed his finesse in a superb 22-shot ...

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