PBL: Mumbai Rockets, Awadhe Warriors Strengthen Semi Berth


In a double header at Hyderabad, the home team played Mumbai Rockets and continued their dismal run at home losing three out of three. On the other hand Awadhe Warriors defeated the Chennai Smashers to take themselves on top of the table.

Mumbai Rockets _ HS Prannoy

HS Prannoy

Mumbai Rockets sink Hyderabad Hunters at home

Mumbai Rockets thrashed Hyderabad Hunters 4-1 and knocked them out of the semi-final race in front of their home crowds.

The way the Hunters started off their match, no one would have thought the final result would be so. Supanida K took the first match for the home side against Liuz Di in a neck-to-neck 13-15, 15-14, 15-14 finish. Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido took the second point for the Hunters as they beat Chayut Triyachart and Vladimir Ivanov 15-7, 15-14. This took the Hyderabad Hunters 2-0 up and the team put faith on their experienced singles player Parupalli Kashyap to deliver the final point for the team.

However, things turned awry for the home side in the trump match and Kashyap found himself on the losing side to HS Prannoy in straight games 15-11, 15-13. This loss put the teams back on level. RMV Gurusaidutt was given the responsibility of playing the Mumbai Rockets trump match and he did not disappoint. He defeated Siril Verma in straight games 15-12, 15-4 putting Hunters hopes of a comeback to the bed as the visitors took 3-1 lead.

Jwala Gutta and Markis Kido played the final match for the Hunters where they lost to Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov and ended the tie with a4-1 win.

Awadhe Warriors take lead with a win over Chennai Smashers

The Awadhe Warriors have almost assured themselves of a semi-final berth with a 4-1 win over Chennai Smashers. Both teams put their faith in the mixed doubles as that was the trump match for both the sides and it was Bodin Issara and Christina Pedersen who took the match for Awadhe Warriors against Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah.

B Sai Praneeth took the first point for the Warriors with a hard-fought win over Sony Kuncoro that went to a decider. Praneeth won the match 12-15, 15-8, 15-13. The pair of Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan added points with a win against Pranaav Chopra and Toby Ng of Chennai Smashers. The Warriors won in straight games 15-13, 15-11.

Chennai ace PV Sindhu scored an overwhelming victory over Vrushali in straight games 15-7, 15-3 to extend her unbeaten run in the Premier badminton League (PBL) 2016. And Brice Lavardez scored a point over Tanongsak S of the Awadhe Warriors winning 15-13, 15-9.

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