On the second day of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers recorded wins against their respective opponents. The Hunters played neighbours Bengaluru Top Guns, on the other hand Chennai smashed its way against the Mumbai Rockets.
Too little too late for Bengaluru Top Guns
Bengaluru Top Guns were provided with a strong start by Suo Di who defeated K Supanida of the Hyderabad Hunters in the opening match of the tie 15-8, 15-11. The match soon turned sideways for the Top Guns as the Hunters played their trump game as Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido took to the court against Hoon Thien How and Khim Wah Lim. The Hunters lost the opening game, making way for a remarkable comeback and win the match.
Next up, Hunter’s men’s singles star Parupalli Kashyap against Sameer Verma in the Top Guns trump match. Verma came close in both the games against Kashyap but failed to deliver the final blow as Top Guns lost their trump match 15-14, 15-13 and let the Hunters take a 3-0 lead.
In the mixed doubles, India’s golden pair Ashwini Ponappa and Jwala Gutta were up against each other. And the young Ashwini Ponappa took the victory lap with partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen winning 15-13, 15-13 for the Bengaluru outfit.
The final match of the tie was a nail biter for the Indian audiences as India’s top ranked men’s singles player Kidambi Srikanth took upon the former world no. 1 Chong Wei. The match had its moments and Srikanth seemed to take early control. Losing the first game Wei did not back down and struck back with great force to take the second game. The match, however, belonged to the Bengaluru boy Kidambi Srikanth as he defeated Chong Wei 15-12, 6-15, 15-7.
Simon Santoso wins it for Chennai Smashers
In the second tie of the day, Mumbai Rockets faced Chennai Smashers. And it was not such a good sight for the supporters of the home team as Chennai smashed its way to cut the Mumbai Rockets from flying high.
Pia Zebadiah and Chris Adcock of the Chennai Smashers started strong by winning the opening mixed doubles match against Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov 15-10, 7-15, 15-11. While, Mumbai HS Prannoy equalised in the next match defeating Brice Leverdez 15-8, 15-11.
Mumbai put its trump game in the hands of their doubles pair of Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov, and they did not disappoint the home fans defeating Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra 15-10, 9-15, 15-13 taking a 3-1 lead. Chennai Smashers star player PV Sindhu came up next and took the point of her opponent to keep Chennai hopes alive. She won the match 15-8, 11-15, 15-8 against Han Li.
The final match of the night saw Chennai playing their trump game with Simon Santoso against Mumbai’s RMV Gurusaidutt. Gurusaidutt boasted an impressive performance against fellow countryman B Sai Praneeth on the opening day. However, his skills proved insufficient against the expertise of Simon Santoso who took the bonus giving Chennai a 4-3 win in the tie.