Delhi Acers played Hyderabad Hunters in the tie, hoping to get some points in front of their home fans. The Acers managed to win both trump matches in the tie that helps them take a 4-1 victory over their opponents from the south.
Trump win saves Delhi Acers at home
The Acers suffered a poor start in the tie with women’s singles going unexpectedly sideways. India’s PC Thulasi managed to dominate over her 18 year-old opponent in the first game but Supanida Katethong made a strong recovery and took the next two games away from the Indian pro. The Hunters win the first match 12-15, 15-9, 15-13.
Next up, Rajiv Ouseph took Delhi back on level with a fine victory over one of India’s best men’s shuttler Parupalli Kashyap. Sadly the Indian failed to provide much competition to his British counterpart and lost the match 15-9, 15-10. Now it was turn for the Hyderabad Hunters captain Jwala Gutta to step onto the court with partner Markis Kido in the mixed doubles match. Gutta and Kido won the match with complete domination against Gabrielle Adcock and Akshay Dewalkar. The final scores read 15-7, 15-8 and the lead was restored by Hyderabad Hunters.
It is time for the trump game for Hyderabad Hunters and Lee Chong Wei enters as the favourite on court against Delhi’s Tommy Sugiarto. And Lee overpowered Sugiarto in the first game winning 15-9. But Sugiarto had lots of fight remaining and he showed that winning the second game 15-10 taking it to the decider. In a much closely contested battle in the final game Sugiarto managed to take the final point and win 15-14 taking the lead back for Delhi Acers.
Tom Boong Heong and Koon Kiet Keat came out in the do or die trump game for the hosts against K Nandagopal and R Satwik Sai Raj. A win would take Delhi higher up the table and a loss would see them lose the tie. Keat and Heong with the home support behind them won the final match of the tie 15-12, 14-15, 15-13.