PBL-SEASON-3-SEMIFINAL-2-BENGALURU BLASTERS VS AHMEDABAD SMASH MASTERS

SEMIFINAL-2-BENGALURU BLASTERS VS AHMEDABAD SMASH MASTERS

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Semi Final 2 of Premier Badminton League 3, held on Jan 13, saw the Bengaluru Blasters  play against Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

Bengaluru Blasters defeated Ahmedabad Smash Masters by 4-3 in a tight encounter and booked a place in the final against Hyderabad Hunters. This is the first time Bengaluru are going to play the finals in PBL.

Match-1-Men’s Singles

The first match of the tie was between Ahmedabad’s S. Verma and Bengaluru’s C.W.Feng, where Verma is the World No 49 and Feng is the World No 45.

In the first set of the match, Sourabh picked the first point with a smash. Sourabh raced to a 3-0 lead with a cross-court drop. Feng got the first point of the set after Verma’s cross-court smash went wide. Verma increased his lead to 6-1 after Feng’s lob hit the net. Verma went into the break with a lead of 7 points with a 408 Kmph smash. Feng picked his 2nd point after Verma’s unforced error. Verma increased his lead to 13-2 with Feng’s unforced error. Verma won the set comfortably by 15-2 after Feng’s shot went wide.

In the second set of the match, Sourabh raced to a 2-1 lead with 358 Kmph smash. Feng leveled the scores at 2 points each after his shot fell inside of Verma’s court. Verma leveled the scores at 6 points each after Feng’s shot went wide. Feng went into the break with a 2 point lead. Feng increased his lead to 11-7 with a good cross-court smash. Verma brought down the score to 11-12 after Feng’s shot went out. Verma leveled the scores at 13 points each after Feng’s smash hit the net. Verma prevailed Feng in a 28 shot rally with a huge smash. Finally, Feng won the set by 15-14 with a cross-court smash and forced the game into the decider.

In the decider, Verma raced to a 2-0 lead after Feng’s shot hit the net. Feng got the better of Verma in a 24 shot rally after Verma’s shot went long and leveled the scores at 2 points each. Then the lead kept on fluctuating on either side. Verma went into the break with a slender lead of 1 points after Feng’s smash went wide. Feng after the break leveled the scores at 9 points each with a superb pass into the open court. Verma raced to a 13-9 lead with Feng’s unforced error. Finally, Verma won the set and match by 15-10 with a forehand shot and drew the first blood in the 2nd semifinal.

Match-2-Men’s Doubles

The second match of the tie was between Bengaluru’s K.S.Rang/M. Boe and Ahmedabad’s L.C.H.Reginald/K. Nandagopal. It was a trump match for Bengaluru Blasters.

In the first set of the match, Bengaluru raced to a 4-0 lead with Kim’s deceptive drop shot. Masters picked their first point after Boe’s shot went out. Bengaluru increased the lead to 7-3 with Boe’s smash. Bengaluru went into the break with a 4 point lead. After the break Blasters increased their lead to 12-7 after Lee’s shot trickled over the net. Masters brought down the score to 13-14 with Boe’s unforced error. Finally, Bengaluru won the first set by 15-13 after Lee’s shot hit the net.

In the second set of the match Masters raced to a 2-1 lead after Kim’s shot went wide. Blasters leveled the scores at 3 points each after Lee’s push found the net. Masters raced to a 6-3 lead after Boe’s shot hit the net. Blasters got the better of Masters in a 24 shot rally with a smash down the line and leveled the scores at 6 points each. Blasters went into the break with a 1 point lead with Kim’s smash. After the break Blasters increased their lead to 14-8 with Boe’s angled smash. Masters reduced the deficit to 2 points with Lee’s forehand shot. Finally, Blasters won their trump match by 15-12 with Kim’s smash.

Match-3-Women’s Singles

The third match of the tie was between Ahmedabad’s T.T.Ying and Bengaluru’s K. Gilmour, where Ying is the World No 1 and Gilmour is the World No 16.It was a trump match for Ahmedabad Smash Masters

In the first set of the match, Ying picked the first point after Gilmour’s shot hit the net. Gilmour picked her first point after Ying missed her shot. Ying raced to a 6-3 lead with a cross-court smash in a 21 shot rally. Gilmour leveled the scores at 7 points each with a good cross-court drop. Gilmour went into the break with a 1 point lead after Ying’s shot went wide. Gilmour raced to a 12-8 after Ying’s lob went wide. Finally, Gilmour won the set by 15-8 comfortably against the trump.

In the second set of the match, Gilmour picked the first point after Ying’s shot hit the net. Ying leveled the scores at 3 points each after Gilmour’s shot hit the net. Ying leveled the scores at 4 points each in a 30 shot rally with a shot straight to Gilmour’s face. Gilmour went into the break with a 3 point lead after Ying’s unforced error. Gilmour increased her lead to 10-8 with Ying’s unforced error. Ying brought down the score to 11-12 with a forehand shot. Finally, Ying won the set by 15-13 and forced the game into the decider.

In the decider, Ying raced to a 4-1 lead with a well-placed shot. Ying raced to a 6-2 lead with a smash down the middle. Gilmour brought down the score to 5-6 with an overhead smash. Ying went into the break with a 3 point lead after Gilmour’s shot caught the net. After the break Ying raced to a 13-7 lead with Gilmour’s unforced error. Finally, Ying won the match and set by 15-8 with a forehand winner. She won her trump match and gave Ahmedabad 3-2 lead in this tie.

Match-4-Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the tie was between Ahmedabad’s H.S.Prannoy and Bengaluru’s V. Axelsen, where Axelsen is the World No 1 and Prannoy is the World No 10.

In the first set of the match, Viktor picked the first point with a backhand shot. Viktor leveled the scores at 3 points each with Prannoy’s unforced error. Prannoy leveled the scores at 5 points each with a forehand shot. Prannoy went into the break with a slender lead with a cross-court drop. Prannoy leveled the scores at 10 points each after Viktor’s shot went wide. Viktor raced to a 14-10 lead by mixing up his shots cleverly. Finally, Viktor won the set by 15-11 with a big smash.

In the second set of the match, Viktor leveled the scores at 1 points each after he came up with a winner. Prannoy leveled the scores at 3 points each after Axelsen’s shot went long. Viktor raced to a 7-4 lead with Prannoy’s unforced error. Viktor went into the break with a 4 point lead after Prannoy’s smash hit the net. Prannoy leveled the scores at 8 points each with a 358 Kmph cross-court smash. Viktor increased his lead to 11-8 with a cross-court drop. Prannoy leveled the scores at 11 points each after Viktor’s lob went long. Prannoy got the better of Viktor in a 31 shot rally after Viktor’s shot went wide. Viktor leveled the scores at 14 points each with a cross-court smash. Finally, Viktor won the set and match by 15-14 after Prannoy’s return went wide.

Match-5-Mixed Doubles

The final match of the tie was between Ahmedabad’s L.C.Him/K.R.Juhl and Bengaluru’s K.S.Rang/N.S.Reddy.

In the first set of the match Blasters leveled the scores at 1 point each after Juhl’s return went wide. Masters leveled the scores at 3 points each after Kim’s shot hit the net. Blasters got the better of Masters in a 33 shot rally after Law’s shot went long.Blasters went into the break with a 1 point lead after Juhl’s serve hit the net. Masters leveled the scores at 11 points each after Sikki’s shot went wide. Blasters raced to a 14-12 lead after Law’s shot went wide. Finally, Blasters won the first set by 15-12 after Juhl’s shot hit the net.

In the second set of the game Masters leveled the scores at 1 point each after Sikki’s shot went wide. Blasters raced to a 4-1 lead after Law pushed his shot wide. Masters leveled the scores at 5 points each with Sikki’s service error. Masters went into the break with a 3 point lead with a cross-court return from Law. Blasters brought down the deficit to 1 point after the break with Juhl’s shot going wide in a 34 shot rally. Masters leveled the scores at 12 points each after Sikki hit her shot wide. Finally, Masters won the set by 15-13 after Sikki’s shot went wide and forced the game into the decider.

In the decider Master picked the first point after Sikki’s return went wide. Blasters leveled the scores at 3 points each with Kim’s smash. Blasters raced to a 7-4 lead with Kim’s huge smash. Blasters went into the break with a 2 point lead. After the break Blasters raced to a 11-7 lead with Juhl’s unforced error. Blasters further increased their lead to 14-9 with Law’s shot hitting the net. Finally, Blasters won the set and game by 15-9 after Law’s shot went wide. This win helped Blasters book a place in the final.

FINAL MATCH SCORE

MATCH SUMMARY

MATCH NUMBERMATCH TYPEMATCH FORMATPLAYER NAMESCOREBB POINTS WONASM POINTS WON
1Men's SinglesRegular MatchS. Verma vs C.W.Feng


15-2,14-15,15-1001
2Men's DoublesTrump Match(BB)K.S.Rang/M. Boe vs L.C.H.Reginald/K. Nandagopal15-13,15-1220
3Women's SinglesTrump Match(ASM)T.T.Ying vs K. Gilmour8-15,15-13,15-802
4Men's SinglesRegular MatchV. Axelsen vs H.S.Prannoy15-11,15-1410
5Mixed DoublesRegular MatchK.S.Rang/N.S.Reddy vs L.C.Him/K.R.Juhl15-12,13-15,15-910

AWARDS

Vodafone Super Player of the Day  -VIKTOR AXELSEN

Indian Oil Indian Player of the day  -SIKKI REDDY

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