PBL-SEASON-4-TIE 24-BENGALURU RAPTORS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

TIE 24-BENGALURU RAPTORS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

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Tie 24 of Premier Badminton League 4, held on Jan 8 ,saw the Bengaluru Raptors play against Mumbai Rockets.

Bengaluru Raptors defeated Mumbai Rockets by 5-0 at Sree Kanteerava Stadium at Bengaluru. This win took them to the fourth spot and boosted their chances of qualifying for the semifinals, while Mumbai Rockets moved to the third spot in the table.

MATCH 1 – Women’s Singles

The first match of the Tie was between S.Pardeshi of Mumbai Rockets and Vu Thi Trang of Bengaluru Raptors in the Women’s Singles Category. It was a trump match for Bengaluru Raptors. In the first game, Trang won the first point after Pardeshi’s shot went long before Pardeshi leveled it up with Trang’s unforced error. Trang took a 5-1 lead with a disguised drop shot in a 21-shot rally. Trang took a hefty 8-1 lead with a backhand winner. After the break, Trang extended her lead to 10-4 with a forehand winner. Trang further extended her lead to 12-4 after Pardeshi’s backhand error. Finally, Trang won the first game comfortably by 15-4 within 10 minutes.

In the second game, Trang won the first point after Pardeshi’s unforced error. Pardeshi leveled the scores at three points each with Trang’s forehand-unforced error. Pardeshi took a 6-4 lead with Trang’s forehand-unforced error before Trang leveled it up at six points each with a superb drop shot. Pardeshi took a 1-point lead after Trang’s forehand-unforced error. After the break, Trang leveled the scores at 10 points each after Trang’s backhand-unforced error. Pardeshi took a 13-11 lead after Trang’s forehand shot went long. Finally, Pardeshi forced the game into the decider by 15-11 with Trang’s backhand error.

In the third game, Trang won the first point after Pardeshi’s misjudgment. Pardeshi leveled the scores at three points each with a forehand winner by picking up three points in a row. Trang took a 6-4 lead after Pardeshi’s forehand shot went wide. Trang took a comfortable 4-point lead with a drop shot. After the break, Trang extended her lead to 11-6 after Pardeshi’s forehand shot went long. Trang further extended her lead to 13-6 with a forehand smash down the line. Finally, Trang won her trump match by 15-7 in a dominant fashion that gave Bengaluru Raptors a 2-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 2- Men’s Doubles

The second match of the Tie was between K.G.Jung and L.Y.Dae of Mumbai Rockets and M. Ahsan and H.Setiawan of Bengaluru Raptors in the Men’s Doubles Category. In the first game, Raptors won the first point of the match before Mumbai leveled the scores at two points each after Hendra’s backhand-unforced error. Mumbai took a 6-4 lead after Hendra’s forehand error. Mumbai took a 2-point lead at the break with Lee’s forehand winner. After the break Raptors leveled, the scores at eight points each after Lee’s forehand shot went wide and Raptors leveled the scores at 10 points each after Kim’s backhand-unforced error. Raptors took a 13-11 lead after Kim’s smash caught the net. Finally, Raptors won the first game by 15-11 on courtesy of some amazing play.

In the second game, Raptors picked up the first point with Ahsan’s cross-court drop before Mumbai leveled the scores at two points each with Ahsan’s forehand error. Raptors took a 4-2 lead with Kim’s backhand error. Raptors took a comfortable 4-point lead after Lee’s backhand error. After the break, Raptors extended their lead to 11-6 with Kim’s unforced error. Raptors extended their lead to 13-9 with Hendra’s forehand winner. Finally, Raptors won the match in straight games by 15-11 with Lee’s forehand-unforced error that gave Raptors a 3-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 3- Men’s Singles

The third match of the Tie was between A. Antonsen of Mumbai Rockets and K. Srikanth of Bengaluru Raptors in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Srikanth won the first point after Antonsen backhand error before Antonsen leveled the scores at two points each with Srikanth’s unforced error. Srikanth took a 6-5 lead with a delicate drop shot before he took a 3-point lead at the break after Antonsen backhand error. After the break, Antonsen leveled the scores at nine points each with Srikanth’s backhand-unforced error. From then both the players kept on exchanging points between them and kept the scorecard ticking. However, Antonsen took, a 13-11 lead with a jump smash before Srikanth leveled the scores at 14 points each with Antonsen forehand error. Finally, Srikanth won the first game by 15-14 with a forehand winner at the body of Antonsen.

In the second game, Antonsen took a quick 2-1 lead with a forehand winner before Srikanth leveled it up at three points each with a forehand winner. Both the players from then on exchanged points between them and the lead kept on swinging like a pendulum. Antonsen leveled the scores at seven points each with a 362 KMPH smash. However, Antonsen took a slender lead of one point at the break with a forehand winner down the line. After the break, Srikanth took an 11-10 lead with after Antonsen’s forehand-unforced error before Antonsen leveled the scores at 11 points each with a forehand winner. Srikanth once again leveled the scores at 13 points each after Antonsen’s forehand shot went long. Finally, Srikanth won the match in straight games by 15-13 with a forehand winner that confirmed the Tie for Raptors with an unassailable 4-0 lead.

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MATCH 4- Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the Tie was between S. Verma of Mumbai Rockets and B.S.Praneeth of Bengaluru Raptors in the Men’s Singles Category. It was a trump match for Mumbai Rockets. In the first game, Sameer won the first point of the game before Praneeth raced to a quick 4-1 lead with Sameer’s forehand error. However, Sameer reduced the deficit to three points after Praneeth’s backhand error. Praneeth took a comfortable 4-point lead at the break after Verma’s forehand shot went long. After the break, Sameer leveled the scores at 10 points each after Praneeth’s cross-court shot caught the net. Praneeth took a 12-10 lead after Sameer’s backhand shot went wide before Verma took a 14-12 lead with a backhand winner. Finally, Sameer won the first game by 15-12 with a forehand winner.

In the second game, Praneeth won the first point after Sameer’s backhand error before he raced to a 3-0 lead with a forehand drop shot. However, Sameer reduced the deficit to one point after Praneeth’s forehand shot went long. Praneeth extended his lead to 6-2 with a forehand winner before he took a hefty 6-point lead at the break with a backhand winner. After the break Praneeth extended his lead to 11-4 after Sameer’s jump smash caught the net. Praneeth further extended his lead to 13-4 after Sameer’s forehand error. Finally, Praneeth forced the match into the decider by 15-5 with Sameer’s backhand-unforced error.

In the third game, Verma won the first point with a forehand winner before he raced to a 3-1 lead after Praneeth’s forehand shot went wide. Verma extended his lead to 6-1 with a forehand winner. Sameer took a hefty 7-point lead at the break after Praneeth’s backhand error. After the break Praneeth reduced the deficit to one point after Sameer’s forehand shot went long. However, Sameer extended his lead to 11-8 after Praneeth’s backhand shot went wide. Praneeth leveled the scores at 11 points each after Sameer’s forehand shot went wide. Both the players kept on exchanging points between them and the lead kept on swinging like a pendulum until 13 points. Finally, Praneeth won against the trump match by 15-13 with Sameer’s forehand error that gave Raptors a 5-(-1) lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 5- Mixed Doubles

The fifth match of the Tie was between K.G.Jung and P.Z.Bernadeth of Mumbai Rockets and M.Ellis and L.Smith of Bengaluru Raptors in the Mixed Doubles Category. In the first game, Raptors picked up the first point after Pia’s forehand error. However, Mumbai leveled the scores at three points each with Pia’s delicate drop shot before they took a 5-3 lead. Mumbai took an 8-5 lead after Marcus service fault. After the break, Raptors leveled the scores at nine points each after Pia’s backhand error. From then both the teams exchanged points between them and the lead kept on swinging like a pendulum until 14 points. Finally, Mumbai won the first game by 15-14 after Marcus backhand shot went long.

In the second game, Raptors won the first point with Marcus forehand winner. However, Mumbai leveled the scores at two points each with Pia’s forehand-unforced error. Raptors took a 7-4 lead with a forehand cross-court winner. Mumbai took a 1-point lead at the break by picking up three points in a row. After the break, Mumbai leveled the scores at 11 points each with Kim’s forehand smash down the line. Mumbai once again leveled the scores at 13 points each after Marcus backhand error. Finally, Mumbai won the match in straight games by 15-13 with Kim’s forehand winner, managed to win the first match of the Tie, and avoided a complete sweep.

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FINAL MATCH SCORE

MATCH SUMMARY

STANDINGS

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