Prannoy remains unbeaten this season. Chennai 4 – 3 Mumbai
The 2017 edition of the premier badminton league will get underway in the IT capital of India-Bangalore- on Tuesday. The fourth day of the Bangalore leg saw the visitors, the Chennai Smashers took on Mumbai Rockets.
The first match was the men’s singles contest between P Kashyap of Smashers and Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets. The first set saw a good start by both the players with Prannoy having a lead one point at the break. Prannoy maintained the lead till 9-8 and won the set. Kashyap started the second set strongly by playing some terrific net play. Kashyap was leading at the break of the second game by 6-3 but Prannoy fought back and leveled the score by 11-11. Rocket’s Prannoy flew high and won the game by 11-9, 13-11 with sizzling shots. Prannoy continued his winning run & remains unbeaten this season.
The second match was mixed doubles between Shetty/Zieba of Rockets and Adcock/Adcock of Smashers. This was a trump match for Smashers. The Rockets had a comfortable lead at the break of the first set and finished the set by 11-9. The Smashers were leading at the break of the second set and won the set in storming fashion 11-2. The Smashers had an excellent defense, finished the proceedings with a thumping victory 9-11, 11-2, 11-7.
The third match was men’s singles between T Sugiarto of Smashers and Ajay Jayaram of Rockets. Ajay got a substantial lead of 6-5 at the break of the first set and clinched an opening game by 11-8. Brilliant smashes by Sugiarto at the start of the second set. The early lead by Sugiarto in the second set and completely dominated the set. Sugiarto displayed fine performance and won against Ajay by 8-11, 11-2, 11-5.
The fourth match was women singles between world number 6 Sindhu of Smashers & world number 3, Sung Ji Hyun of Rockets. Smashers delivered terrific cross-court smashes. Sung Ji was also fighting back and pushing shuttle to the back of court making hard to Sindhu but nothing was stopping her. Sindhu won the first game by 11-8. Both the shuttlers were sweating it out to win the match for their team but Sindhu won the second set and ended at 11-7, 12-10. An impressive game by Sindhu.
The fifth match was mixed doubles between Nipithphon/Lee Yong-Dae of Rockets & Adcock/Pieler of Smashers. Rockets had a comfortable lead of 6-2 at the break of the opening game and finished it at 11-3. The game was dominated by Rockets in the second set. The Rockets comfortably win the game in straight sets 11-3, 11-5. This was the trump victory for Rockets.