PBL-SEASON-4-TIE 25-HYDERABAD HUNTERS VS DELHI DASHERS

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Tie 25 of Premier Badminton League 4, held on Jan 9 ,saw the Hyderabad Hunters play against Delhi Dashers.

Delhi Dashers defeated Hyderabad Hunters by 4-3 at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore. Delhi Dashers ended their season on a high note with a good win, while Hunters confirmed their spot in semifinals with these three points.

MATCH 1 – Men’s Singles

The first match of the Tie was between H.S.Prannoy of Delhi Dashers and Rahul Yadav of Hyderabad Hunters in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Prannoy won the first point of the match with a forehand winner and raced to a 3-0 lead after Rahul’s forehand-unforced error. However, Rahul leveled the scores at three points each with Prannoy’s forehand-unforced error. Prannoy took a comfortable 4-point lead at the break after Rahul’s forehand shot went long. After the break, Prannoy extended his lead to 11-6 with a strong backhand winner. Rahul reduced the deficit to three points with a cross-court forehand winner. Prannoy further extended his lead to 13-8 with a delicate drop shot in a 27-shot rally. Finally, Prannoy won the first game by 15-10 with Rahul’s unforced error at the net.

In the second game, Rahul picked up the first point before he raced to a 3-1 lead after Prannoy’s forehand-unforced error. Prannoy reduced the deficit to one point after Rahul’s shot went long. Rahul took a 6-2 lead after his shot safely landed inside the baseline and extended his lead to 7-4 with a 384 KMPH smash. Rahul took a comfortable 4-point lead at the break. After the break, Prannoy reduced the deficit to three points with a drop shot. However, Rahul extended his lead to 11-6 after Prannoy’s unforced error. Rahul further extended his lead to 13-9 after Prannoy’s shot went wide. Finally, Rahul forced the game into the decider by 15-9 with Prannoy’s unforced error.

In the third game, Prannoy took a quick 3-0 lead with a backhand winner. However, Rahul leveled the scores at four points each with a deceptive shot. Prannoy took a 6-3 lead after his lob landed inside the baseline before he took a 4-point lead at the break. After the break, Prannoy extended his lead to 10-4 after Rahul’s shot went wide. Prannoy further extended his lead to 12-7 with a 387 KMPH smash. However, Rahul reduced the deficit to two points with a 342 KMPH smash. Finally, Prannoy won his first match of the season by 15-12 after Rahul’s shot hit the net that gave Delhi Dashers a 1-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 2- Men’s Doubles

The second match of the Tie was between Chai Biao and M. Jongjit of Delhi Dashers and B. Isara and Arun George of Hyderabad Hunters in the Men’s Doubles Category. It was a trump match for Delhi Dashers. In the first game, Delhi won the first point of the game before Hyderabad took a 5-3 lead with Bodin’s forehand winner. However, Delhi reduced the deficit to one point after Arun’s shot went wide. Hunters took a 6-4 lead with Bodin’s powerful smash before they took a comfortable 4-point lead at the break. After the break, Hunters extended their lead to 10-5 after Bodin forced an error from Delhi from the net. Hunters extended their lead to 12-6 after Jongjit’s service fault. Finally, Hunters won the first game by 15-8 with Arun’s forehand winner.

In the second game, Delhi took a quick 3-0 lead after Bodin’s smash caught the net. However, Hunters reduced the deficit to one point after Jongjit’s unforced error. Delhi took a 6-4 lead after Bodin’s unforced error before they took a 2-point lead at the break. After the break, Delhi extended their lead to 12-8 with Jongjit’s forehand winner. Finally, Delhi forced the game into the decider by 15-9 with Chai’s cross-court backhand winner.

In the third game, Delhi took a quick 2-0 lead with Chai’s cross court winner before they raced to a 5-0 lead after Bodin’s shot caught the net. Delhi extended their lead to 7-1 after Bodin’s shot went wide before they took a hefty 7-point lead at the break after Bodin’s unforced error. After the break, Delhi extended their lead to 11-5 after Arun’s forehand-unforced error. Delhi further extended their lead to 14-7 with Jongjit’s forehand winner. Finally, Delhi won their trump match by 15-8 after Bodin’s smash went wide that gave Delhi Dashers a 3-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 3- Women’s Singles

The third match of the Tie was between E.Kosetskaya of Delhi Dashers and P.V.Sindhu of Hyderabad Hunters in the Women’s Singles Category. It was a trump match for Hyderabad Hunters. In the first game, Sindhu won the first point of the game after Evgenya’s shot went wide before Evgenya took a 2-1 lead after Sindhu’s shot went long. However, Sindhu leveled the scores at four points each with a delicate cross-court shot. Sindhu took a 7-5 lead with a 375 KMPH jump smash before Evgenya leveled it up at seven points with Sindhu’s unforced error. Sindhu took a 1-point lead at the break. After the break, Sindhu extended her lead to 10-7 after she prevailed over Evgenya in a 31-shot rally with a backhand cross-court winner. Sindhu further extended her lead to 13-7 after Evgenya’s shot went long. However, Evgenya reduced the deficit to four points with Sindhu’s unforced error. Finally, Sindhu won the first game by 15-11 after Evgenya’s shot went long.

In the second game, Evgenya took the first point of the game before she leveled the scores at four points each with a forehand smash. Sindhu took a 3-point lead at the break with a forehand winner. After the break, Evgenya reduced the deficit to one point with a forehand winner. However, Sindhu extended her lead to 11-7 with a cross-court smash. Sindhu further extended her lead to 14-9 after Evgenya’s shot went long. Finally, Sindhu won her trump match by 15-9 with a forehand winner that helped Hunters to reduce the deficit to one point in the Tie.

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MATCH 4- Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the Tie was between T. Sugiarto of Delhi Dashers and M. Caljouw of Hyderabad Hunters in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Tommy took a quick 2-0 lead after Caljouw’s unforced errors. Tommy took a 5-1 lead with a delicate drop shot. Caljouw reduced the deficit to three points after Tommy’s shot went long. Tommy took a 5-point lead at the break with a jump smash. After the break, Tommy extended his lead to 11-4 with Caljouw’s unforced error. Tommy further extended his lead to 14-6 before he won the first game by 15-6 after Caljouw’s unforced error.

In the second game, Tommy took a 2-1 lead before Caljouw reduced the deficit to two points with a sensational smash. Tommy took a 7-5 lead after Caljouw’s backhand went wide before he took a 2-point lead at the break. After the break, Caljouw leveled the scores at eight points each with a powerful smash. Tommy took an 11-8 lead after he got the better of Caljouw in a 48-shot rally after Caljouw’s smash caught the net. Tommy further extended his lead to 13-8 with Caljouw’s unforced error. Finally, Tommy won the match in straight games by 15-11 with Caljouw’s unforced error that confirmed the Tie for Delhi with an unassailable 4-2 lead.

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MATCH 5- Mixed Doubles

The fifth match of the Tie was between W. Sijie and L.C.Hsin of Delhi Dashers and K.S.Rang and E.H.Won of Hyderabad Hunters in the Mixed Doubles Category. In the first game, Delhi made a spectacular start to the game by taking a 3-0 lead. However, Hunters took a 6-3 lead by taking six straight points in a row before Hunters took a comfortable 4-point lead at the break. After the break Hunters extended their lead to 11-5 with Kim’s forehand winner. Hunters further extended their lead to 13-6 with a delicate drop shot. Finally, Hunters won the first game by 15-12 with a backhand winner.

In the second game both the teams made a competitive start to the game and were leveled at two points each. Hunters took a 4-point lead at the break. After the break, Delhi reduced the deficit to two points with Wang’s forehand winner. Hunters extended their lead to 14-11 with Kim’s backhand winner. Finally, Hunters won the match in straight games by 15-12 with Wang’s forehand-unforced error that confirmed a place for Hunters in the semifinals.

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