Chennai Smashers coach Arun Vishnu on Friday said "the home support will hopefully help the team do well" when it takes on the Ahmedabad Smash Masters in its first-ever home tie on Saturday here, especially when the team's placed at the bottom of the points table. Chennai has lost two ties and won one so far, with only two still to be played.
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Over a phone call, Arun said the team got unlucky in its last tie versus Delhi Dashers in Lucknow. "Sindhu lost her singles match closely, conceding the last game 14-15. Gabby (Gabrielle Adcock) was unfortunately injured as we lost our trump match," he said. He added that Gabrielle, who picked up an ankle injury, hasn't recovered yet. Asked if anyone is set to replace her, he said, "No. As to who will play the mixed doubles match (with Chris Adcock), you will see tomorrow."
He picked P. V. Sindhu and the English mixed doubles couple, Chris and Gabrielle Adcock, as the team's strengths, and said that the team has to do better in the men's singles when asked for the team's weakness.
"We need to win the two ties so that we can finish third or fourth. That's our aim now," he said.
Chennai will face Bengaluru Blasters here on Monday in its last fixture of the league stage.