PBL-SEASON-3-TIE-10-BENGALURU BLASTERS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

TIE-10-BENGALURU BLASTERS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

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TIE 10 of Premier Badminton League 3, held on Jan 1 ,saw the Bengaluru Blasters play against Mumbai Rockets.

Bengaluru Blasters won all their matches in the tie and defeated Mumbai Rockets by 6-(-1) and pushed them to the bottom of the table. Bengaluru started the New Year with a bang and moved to the top spot of the table with 11 points.

Match-1-Mixed Doubles

The first match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s N.S.Reddy/K.S.Rang and Mumbai’s G. Stoeva/Arjun M.R.

In the first set of the game Blasters picked the first point of the tie after Arjun fluffed his return. Mumbai got their first point after some good work by Arjun near the net. Blasters raced to a 6-2 lead after Kim’s smash was difficult for Arjun to return. Bengaluru headed into the break with a 5 point lead with Kim’s cross-court smash. After break, Bengaluru raced to an 11-4 lead after Arjun’s shot went out. Finally, Blasters took the first set by 15-8 with a quick smash in the middle of the court.

In the 2nd set, Mumbai picked their first point after Kim’s smash found the net. Mumbai then raced to a 3 point lead after Arjun’s powerful smash. But Blasters played well and reduced the deficit to 1 point after Arjun wasn’t able to respond to Kim’s smash. Mumbai went into the break with a 2 point lead after Kim’s shot found the net. After the break Blasters were trailing Rockets by 8-9 after a good drop shot from Kim. Rockets then raced to a 4 point lead after Sikki missed her shot near the net. Finally, Rockets forced the game into the decider after losing the first set and made a good comeback into the game.

In the decider, Mumbai picked their first point after Arjun hit a low smash. Rockets then leveled the scores at 2 points each after Sikki’s shot found the net. Blasters then took a 3 point lead on courtesy of some powerful smashes by Kim. Bengaluru headed into the break with an 8-4 lead after Arjun’s shot hit straight into the net. After the break Blasters raced to whopping 5 point lead after Gabriela’s shot went wide. After some good defensive play from Arjun Mumbai were trailing Blasters by 10-14.

However, in the end Blasters won the set as well as the game by 15-10 and drew the first blood in the tie.

Match-2-Women’s Singles

The Second match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s K. Gilmour and Mumbai’s B.Zhang.

In the first set of the game, Zhang was in total control of the game as she led Gilmour by 4-0 with a deceptive drop shot. Gilmour picked her first point of the game after Zhang’s backhand shot hit the net. Gilmour made a good comeback and reduced the deficit to 2 points after Zhang’s shot went wide near the baseline. Hang went into the mid-interval break with an 8-5 lead.Zhang increased her lead to 5 points with a good cross-court smash after the break. Gilmour then brought Zhang’s lead to 2 points after a good backhand pass to the baseline by her. Gilmour then leveled the scores at 12 points each after Zhang’s shot went long. Zhang then leveled the scores at 14 points each after Gilmour’s shot went wide. In the end, Gilmour won the first set by 15-14 with a superb smash down the line.

In the 2nd set of the game, Gilmour had a good start and raced to a 3-0 lead after a series of unforced errors by Zhang. Gilmour then headed into the break with a 6 point lead after a series of smashes. Zhang then trailed Gilmour by 7-11 with a good smash. Finally, Gilmour won the set and game in a dominating fashion by 15-8 with a good drop shot. This was Gilmour’s first win of the tournament.

Match-3-Men’s Singles

The Third match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s V. Axelsen and Mumbai’s S.Wan Ho and it was a trump match for Blasters.

In the first set of the game, Son leveled the scores at 2 points each with a cross-court smash. Viktor then went into the break with a 3 point lead after he smashed into the backhand side of Son. After the break, Viktor started to run away with the set as he raced to a 12-5 lead after Son’s shot hit the net. Viktor then took the set in a dominating fashion by 15-6 with a forehand shot on the line.

In the 2nd set of the game, Viktor started the game from where he left the set and raced to a 4-0 lead with a cross-court smash. A service error from Son gave Viktor 5 point lead at the break. After the break Son leveled the scores at 8 points each after Axelsen’s shot went long. After this, the lead kept on fluctuation on either end as both the players played some good badminton. Son was trailing Viktor by 13-14 after his cross-court smash. Finally, Viktor won the set as well as the trump match for his team by 15-13 with a leaping smash. Bengaluru leads Mumbai by 4-0 in the tie.

Match-4-Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s C.W.Feng and Mumbai’s S. Verma and it was a trump match for Rockets.

In the first set of the game, Feng picked the first point of the game after Sameer’s shot went wide. Sameer then leveled the scores at 2 points each after an unforced error by Feng. Sameer then leveled the scores at 4 points each with a 350 Kmph forehand shot. Feng then leveled the scores at 6 points each after Sameer mistimed a shot which came straight to him. Sameer then headed into the break with a slender lead after an unforced error by Feng. After the break, Sameer was in total control of the game as he raced to a 14-9 lead after Feng’s shot went long.Finally, Sameer won the set by 15-9 after an unforced error by Feng.

In the 2nd set, Feng with his determined approach raced to a 5-1 lead with a superb cross-court drop at the net. Feng then headed into the break with a 5 point lead. Sameer then trailed Feng by 6-9 after a superb drop shot in a 36 shot rally. Sameer then reduced the deficit to 2 points after Feng’s shot went long. Finally, Feng finished the game in style by sending a smash straight to Sameer and forced the game into the decider.

In the decider, Feng raced to a 3 -0 lead after Sameer’ shot went wide. Feng increased the lead to 4 points after Sameer’s smash hit the net. But Sameer played superbly and got better of Feng in a 58 shot rally. Feng then headed into the break with a slender lead of 2 points. Feng then raced to a 13-6 lead with a powerful smash and was not allowing Sameer to make a comeback. Finally, Feng won the set as well as the game in a dominating fashion by 15-6. Mumbai lost their trump match and entered the negative zone.

Match-5-Men’s Doubles

The final match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s M.Boe/K.S.Rang and Mumbai’s L.Y.Dae/B.H.Tan.

In the first set of the game, Mumbai started the last match of the tie in a positive note as they raced to a 5-1 lead after a lot of errors by Blaster’s players near the net. Mumbai then went into the break with a comfortable 4 point lead. Mumbai then raced to an 11-4 lead after there were no takers from the Blaster’s side near the net. Finally, Mumbai won the set comfortably by 15-9 after Rang’s shot went wide.

In the 2nd set, Mumbai leveled the scores at 1 points each after an unforced error by Rang. Bengaluru made a strong comeback into the game after a superb smash by them at the net and raced to a 5-1 lead. Bengaluru then headed into the break with a 5 point lead. Bengaluru then increased their lead to 10-3 after Boe finished off a loose return with a superb smash in the middle. Mumbai then reduced the deficit to 1 point after Lee won a point with his forehand smash. Finally, Blasters forced the game into the decider after Tan’s shot went wide by 15-10.

In the decider, Mumbai leveled the scores at 1 points each after Boe’s sot hit the net. Mumbai then trailed Blasters by 3-4 after Boe’s shot went wide. But Blasters went into the break with a 2 point lead after Tan’s shot went wide. Mumbai then leveled the scores at 9 points each after Rang let a shot go but it fell on the baseline. Bengaluru then raced to a 13-10 lead after a deceptive drop shot by Rang. Mumbai then scored 3 points on a trot to level the scores at 13 points each after Rang’s shot hit the net. Finally, Blasters won the set by 15-14 after Tan’s shot went wide in a 46 shot rally.

FINAL MATCH SCORE

MATCH SUMMARY

MATCH NUMBERMATCH TYPEMATCH FORMATPLAYER NAME SCOREBENGALURU BLASTERS POINTSMUMBAI ROCKETS POINTS
1Mixed Doubles




Regular MatchN.S.Reddy/K.S.Rang vs G. Stoeva/Arjun M.R15-8,10-15,15-1010
2Women’s SinglesRegular MatchK. Glimour vs B.Zhang15-14,15-810
3Men’s SinglesTrump Match(BB)V. Axelsen vs S.Wan Ho15-6,15-1320
4Men’s SinglesTrump Match(MR)C.W.Feng vs S. Verma 9-15,15-8,15-620
5Men’s DoublesRegular MatchM. Boe/K.S.Rang vs L.Y.Dae/B.H.Tan9-15,15-10,15-1410

LEAGUE STANDINGS

AWARDS

Vodafone Super Player of the Day  –  K.GILMOUR

Indian Oil Indian Player of the day  – N.SIKKI REDDY

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