Chennai and Mumbai emerge victorious on PBL, Day 3
Day 3 of the Premier Badminton League witnessed the clashes of Bengaluru Blasters with the Chennai Smashers, and the Delhi Acers with the Mumbai Rockets.
The League system is such that the tie consisted of 5 matches – 2 Men Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Singles, Mixed Doubles. The 10 matches yesterday witnessed fireworks, with leading players such as PV Sindhu, Viktor Axelsen and Sung Ji Hyun battling for glory.
Chennai Smashers pummel Bengaluru Blasters, 5 – 0
PV Sindhu and P Kashyap powered Chennai’s victory over the Bengaluru shuttlers on 4th Jan 2017.
PV Sindhu won the trump match, adding a bonus point to the Smashers’ tally. The other trump match, was won by Ko Sung-Hyun and Yoo Yeon Sung , the men’s doubles team of Bengaluru.
Bengaluru fought back valiantly, with ace shuttler Viktor Axelsen downing Tommy Sugiarto. On his birthday, nonetheless. Here’s the Tweet posted by the PBL offcial account, with Axelsen posing with his birthday cake.
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 4, 2017
That said, this league was won in style by the Chennai Smashers.
Mumbai Rockets whiz past the Delhi Acers
With Sachin Tendulkar in attendance, the Mumbai Rockets’ confidence seemed to be well-boosted. (See what we did there? ;))
So much so, that the Delhi Acers were pushed to negative scores, while Mumbai scored a solid sixer!
— Mumbai Rockets (@Mumbai_Rockets_) January 4, 2017
That’s right. Mumbai won all the games of the night, along with the bonus-point giving trump match. Ajay Jayaram beat Jan O Jorgensen 14-14, 4-11 in the Men’s singles, while HS Prannoy went on to Son Wan Ho and receive the Bajaj Electricals Inspiring Player of the Tie.
The ladies fared well too, Rockets’ Sung Ji Hyun posting a win against Aces’ Tanvi Lad, and grabbing the trump match point.
Here are the team standings as on Day 3 (as available here: http://www.pbl-india.com/team-standings/ )