Lakshya Sen bagged his second successive BWF World Tour Super 100 title with a thrilling win over China’s Weng Hong Yang in SaarLorLux Open.


India’s Lakshya Sen bagged his second successive BWF World Tour Super 100 title with a thrilling win over China’s Weng Hong Yang in an exciting final at the SaarLorLux Open here on Sunday. Lakshya, seeded eighth, needed 59 minutes to overcome Weng 17-21 21-18 21-16 in the summit clash for his third successive singles title of the season. He had clinched the Belgian International challenge and Dutch Open Super Tour 100 in his last two outings. He had also reached the Polish Open final this year. 

World number 51 Sen, who has won the Asian Junior championship, a silver at the Youth Olympics and a bronze at World Junior Championship last year, continues to impress on the senior circuit. 

The 18-year-old from Uttarakhand had come into the final with a 1-2 head-to-head record against the Chinese but it didn’t matter as he rallied his way after squandering the first game to complete a thrilling win here. 

After this win, Lakshyaa is set to break into the top 50 when the BWF rankings are released on Tuesday. Lakshya had a good start as he was leading 14-11 but he couldn’t sustain the pressure on his opponent who turned the tables to win the opening game. Stung by the reversal, Lakshya jumped to a 8-4 lead in the second game. The Indian quickly moved to 13-6. 

Weng reduced it to 10-14 but Lakshya managed to stay ahead of his rival and take the match into the decider. In the third game, Lakshya fell behind 5-7 but managed to claw back at 10-10 before Weng moved to a 16-13 lead.

A fighting Lakshya then stepped on the gas and reeled off the remaining eight points to leave his rival stranded. Lakshya is likely to participate in two International Challenge events, the Irish Open (November 13-16) and Scottish Open (Nov 21-24) — before featuring in the Syed Modi International Super 300 (Nov 26-Dec 1).

Zimbabwe is the only other team that took as many matches to beat an opponent (Afghanistan) in the T20I cricket.

“We are all happy as it our first T20I win against India. 140 was a good total and they bowled well, but we managed to get over the line,” Soumya Sarkar, who contributed with 39 runs, said after the match.

“We were not nervous. We were cool, calm and positive of chasing the target down. We miss Tamim and Shakib but the rest of the XI had a positive mindset,” he added.

Bangladesh came on their month-long tour of India without opener Tamim Iqbal and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. While Tamim pulled out of the series as his wife is expecting their second child, Shakib was handed a two-year ban (one year suspended) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report corrupt approaches on three occasions.

Amid concerns over air pollution in Delhi, Bangladesh opted to bowl and restricted India to 148 for six in 20 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India with 41 runs, with the help of three boundaries and a six.

Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant contributed with 27 runs, while Shreyas Iyer managed to score 22 for India.

It was late blitz by Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar, including a boundary and three sixes, that led the home team to a confident total.

Aminul Islam and Shafiul Islam took two wickets each, while Afif Hossain impressed with a caught and bowled dismissal of debutant Shivam Dube (1).

Deepak Chahar struck in the first over to derail Bangladesh’s chase and got Liton Das for seven. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal joined the party in the eighth over after dismissing Mohammad Naim for 26.

Khaleel Ahmed castled Soumya Sarkar (39) in the 17th over to keep India’s hope alive. However, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah didn’t give any other chance to the Indian bowlers after that and Bangladesh chased down the target with three balls to spare.

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