PBL-SEASON-3-FINAL-HYDERABAD HUNTERS VS BENGALURU BLASTERS

FINAL-HYDERABAD HUNTERS VS BENGALURU BLASTERS

Source: PBL

Final  of Premier Badminton League 3, held on Jan 14, saw the Hyderabad Hunters  play against Bengaluru Blasters.

Hyderabad Hunters defeated Bengaluru Blasters in a thriller by 4-3 to clinch their first title in PBL. 17-year-old Satwik’s phenomenal performance reeled in the title for the home side.

Match-1-Men’s Doubles

The first match of the tie was between Hyderabad’s M.Kido/Y.Y.Seong and Bengaluru’s K.S.Rang/M.Boe.

In the first set of the match, Blasters opened the account with Kim’s smash. Blasters leveled the scores at 3 points each after Seong’s shot hit the net. Blasters raced to a 7-3 with Seong’s backhand flick going wide. Blasters went into the break with a 4 point lead with Boe’s forehand shot. Bengaluru after the break increased their lead to 11-7 with Kim’s smash down the middle. Blasters further increased their lead to 13-8 after Seong’s poor service. Finally, Bengaluru won the set by 15-9 with Boe’s forehand shot.

In the second set of the game, Bengaluru leveled the scores at 1 point each with Seong’s service error. Bengaluru raced to a 5-2 lead with Seong’s unforced error. Bengaluru went into the break with a 4 point lead after Kido’s forehand shot went wide. Hunters brought down the deficit to 2 points with Seong’s fierce smash. Hunters leveled the score at 10 points each with Kido’s smash. Bengaluru raced to a 14-10 lead which set up match point for Bengaluru with a superb rally. Finally, Bengaluru won the set and match by 15-10 with Kim’s shot and drew the first blood in the final.

Match-2-Men’s Singles

The second match of the tie was between Hyderabad’s L.H.Il and Bengaluru’s S.Dey, where Lee is the World No 18 and Dey is the World No 63. It was a trump match for Hyderabad Hunters.

In the first set of the match, Lee picked the first point with a forehand smash down the line in a 35 shot rally. Dey picked his first point of the set after Lee’s unforced error in a 50 shot rally. Dey leveled the scores at 3 points each after Lee’s shot went wide in a 40 shot rally. Lee raced to a 7-4 lead after Dey’s smash went wide. Dey brought down the score to 6-7 with Lee’s shot going wide. Lee went into the break with a 4 point lead after Dey’s push went wide. After the break, Lee increased his lead to 11-7 after Dey’s shot went long.Finally, Lee won the first set by 15-7 after Dey’s shot went long.

In the second set of the match, Dey raced to a 2-0 lead after Lee’s shot went wide. Dey’s 319 Kmph cross-court smash gave him 3-0 lead over Lee. Lee picked his first point with a smash down the line. Dey brought down the score to 5-6 after Lee’s service error. Lee went into the break with a 3 point lead with a forehand shot near the net. After the break, Dey brought down the score to 9-10 with a backhand cross-court push from the net. Lee raced to a 14-13 with Dey’s shot going wide. Finally, Lee won the trump match by 15-13 after Dey’s smash caught the net. This helped Hunters to go 2-1 lead in the final.

Match-3-Men’s Singles

The third match of the tie was between Hyderabad’s B.S.Praneeth and Bengaluru’s V. Axelsen, where Praneeth is the World No 16 and Axelsen is the World No 1. It was a trump match for Bengaluru Blasters.

In the first set of the match, Viktor picked the first point with a smash down the line. Praneeth picked his first point with a well-placed push. Viktor increased his lead to 6-2 after Praneeth’s return hit the net. Viktor went into the break with a 5 point lead with his shot landing into Praneeth’s body. Viktor after the break increased his tally to 10-5 with a big smash. Viktor increased his lead further to 14-6 with a drop shot. Finally, Viktor won the first set by 15-8 after Praneeth’s push went long.

In the second set of the match, Viktor picked his first point with a forehand winner in a 29 shot rally. Viktor increased his lead to 3-0 with a big smash in a 33 shot rally. Praneeth opened his account in the set with a 359 Kmph smash down the line. Viktor raced to a 7-2 lead after Praneeth’s smash went wide. Viktor headed into the break with a huge lead of 6 points after Sai’s smash went wide. After the break, Viktor raced to a 12-5 lead with Praneeth’s shot hitting the net. Praneeth reduced the deficit to 4 points after Viktor’s overhead smash went wide. Finally, Viktor won the set and trump match by 15-10 and helped his team to go into the lead on the final.

Match-4-Women’s Singles

The fourth match of the tie was between Hyderabad’s C.Marin and Bengaluru’s K. Gilmour, where Marin is the World No 4 and Gilmour is the World No 16.

In the first set of the match, Gilmour raced to a 2-0 lead with Marin’s shot finding the net. Marin leveled the scores at 2 points each with a fierce return to which Gilmour wasn’t able to respond. Gilmour leveled the scores at 3 points each with a 291 Kmph smash.Marin headed into the break with a 4 point lead after Gilmour’s shot hit the net. Marin increased her lead to 12-6 after Gilmour’s shot hit the net. Finally, Marin won the first set comfortably by 15-8.

In the second set of the match, Marin raced to a 4-0 lead with a big smash. Gilmour brought the score down to 5-4 with a shot at Marin’s body. Marin increased her lead to 6-4 with a jump smash down the line. Marin headed into the break with a 4 point lead. After the break, Gilmour leveled the scores at 8 points each after Marin’s shot caught the net. Gilmour increased her lead to 11-8 after Marin’s unforced error. Marin came back strongly and leveled the scores at 11 points each after Gilmour’s shot hit the net. Marin increased her lead to 14-12 with Gilmour’s shot going wide. But Gilmour leveled the scores at 14 points each after Marin’s shot went wide. Finally, Marin won the set and match by 15-14 with Gilmour’s error. This win took the final into the decider game.

Match-5-Mixed Doubles

The final match of the tie was between Hyderabad’s P.Z.Bernadeth/S. Rankireddy and Bengaluru’s N.S.Reddy/K.S.Rang

In the first set of the match, Hunters raced to a 4-0 lead with Satwik’s 343 Kmph smash. Bengaluru reduced the deficit to 2 points with Sikki’s smash. Hunters raced to a 6-3 lead after Kim’s shot went wide. Hunters headed into the break with a 3 point lead after Sikki’s shot hit the net. After the break Blasters brought down the score to 8-9 after Pia’s shot went wide. Hunters raced to a 13-9 lead after Pia’s angled shot was called in.Blasters brought down the deficit to 2 points after Satwik’s shot caught the net. Finally, Hunters won the first set by 15-11 comfortably.

In the second set of the match Blasters picked their first point after Satwik’s return found the net. Bengaluru raced to a 4-1 lead with Kim’s backhand shot winner. Hunters leveled the scores at 4 points each with Pia’s cross-court smash. Blasters then leveled the scores at 6 points each with Kim’s 327 Kmph smash. Bengaluru went into the break with a 2 point lead after Pia’s unforced error. Hunters after the break leveled the scores at 8 points each after Kim’s return went wide. Hyderabad increased their lead to 14-10 after Satwik’s shot was called in. Bengaluru brought down the score to 12-14 after Satwik’s shot caught the net. Finally, Hunters won the match by 15-12 after Sikki’s shot went wide. This gave the PBL title for Hyderabad Hunters.

FINAL MATCH SCORE

MATCH SUMMARY

MATCH NUMBERMATCH TYPEMATCH FORMATPLAYER NAME SCOREBB POINTS WONHH POINTS WON
1Men’s Doubles


Regular MatchK.S.Rang/M. Boe vs M. Kido/Y.Y.Seong 15-9,15-1010
2Men’s Singles Trump Match(HH)L.H.Il vs S. Dey15-7,15-1302
3Men’s SinglesTrump Match(BB)V. Axelsen vs B.S.Praneeth 15-8,15-1020
4Women’s SinglesRegular MatchC.Marin vs K. Gilmour15-8,15-1401
5Mixed DoublesRegular MatchP.Z.Bernadeth/S. Rankireddy vs N.S.Reddy/K.S.Rang15-11,15-1201

AWARDS

Vodafone Super Player of the Day  – LEE HYUN IL

Indian Oil Indian Player of the day  – SATWIK RANKIREDDY

Vodafone Super Player of the League  – CAROLINA MARIN

Indian Oil Indian Player of the League – SIKKI REDDY

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