PBL 5: Bengaluru Raptors thumps Mumbai Rocket 5-0 - As it happened

B. Sai Praneeth edged past Parupalli Kashyap in a fierce battle to win his Trump match and guide Bengaluru Raptors to a 5-0 thumping of Mumbai Rockets.

B. Sai Praneeth will be hoping to lead the Bengaluru Raptors to the semifinals.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Hello and welcome to the highlights the Premier Badminton League 2020. Bengaluru Raptors take on Mumbai Rockets at the G.M.C Balayogi Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.

 

That's all for today. Thank you so much for joining me. Until tomorrow, it's goodbye! CIAO!

Quick Recap:

Clinical performance from the Raptors in Hyderabad. It all started with Arun George and Rian Saputro losing to the Kims in a three-game battle. But that was the only taste of victory that Mumbai tasted as the wind flew in one direction after Tai delivered an emphatic reminder of her pedigree by beating Shreyanshi Pardeshi in straight games and bring Bengaluru level.

 

What folllowed next can be considered to be one of the best matches in the history of PBL. An hour-long battle between to two Indian stalwarts, Kashyap and Praneeth. The latter emerged victorious 15-14, 14-15, 15-14 to win his trump and give a two-point cushion to his team in the tie.

Mumbai's ordinary evening continued to worsen as Shreyansh Jaiswal, who threatened to upset Brice Leverdez, lost in three-game match.

 

Eom and Chan provided the finishing touch in the mixed doubles match against Kim Gi-jung and Pia to end an emphatic night for the Raptors.

 

SCORES READ [ BENGALURU RAPTORS - MUMBAI ROCKETS]

Chan Peng Soon/Eom Hye-won beat Kim Gi-jung/ Pia Bernadeth 15-8, 15-12

Game 2- Chan/Eom win 15-12

15-12 KIM'S BACKHAND IS INTO THE NET AS EOM AND CHAN COMPLETE A STRAIGHT-GAMES WIN AND HELP BENGALURU COMPLETE A 5-0 ROUT OF MUMBAI.

14-12 Match points for Raptors.

13-12 The lead with Eom and Chan now as Kim hits the overhead, forehand smash down the line just wide.

12-12 Make that two in a row. She nets a simple put away.

11-12 Rare unforced error from Pia as she drills her drive into the net.

10-12 What a rally and in then, Eom and Chan manage to smash their way past Kim and Pia.

9-12 Pia is a beast at the net. Great service return, forcing a loose return and then finishes the point with a great smash.

9-11 The deficit continue to reduce.

8-11 Lovely teamwork. First, Chan sends searing smashes down the court and Pia does well to fend them. Them Eom intercepts and taps home the winner.

7-11 Looks like Kim and Pia will force the decider.

4-8 PIA CANNOT BELIEVE SHE WON THE POINT. CHAN SMASHED THE BIRDIE AND IT WAS HEADING FOR PIA'S SHUTTLE AND SHE SIMPLY STUCK HER RACKET OUT TO SAVE HER FACE. LUCKILY FOR HER, THE SHUTTLE FELL IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND FLEW OVER INTO NO MAN'S LAND.

4-7 Chan, from way back, jumps and drops it short with soft hands.

3-5 Error in judgement from Eom, who lets Kim's  forehand drive fall inwards.

2-4 SMART FROM EOM, delightful drop to outfox the Mumbai duo.

1-3 Kim pounds the smash between the Raptors duo for the point.

1-2 WILD, WILD SERVE FROM CHAN.

1-1 Pia with a stroke of brilliance to win the point.

 

GAME 1- Chan, Eom win 15-8

15-8 RAPTORS WRAP UP THE FIRST GAME AS EOM SMASHES THE BIRDIE PAST KIM AND THAT WAS CONVINCING FROM THE RAPTORS DUO.

14-8 Kim errors again, this time nets the attempted cross-court drop from the baseline.

13-8 EOM IS ON FIRE! SENDS KIM TO THE CORNER WITH A SHARP PUSH AND THE KOREAN ISN'T ABLE TO GET THE RETURN OVER THE NET.

11-8 Fast, quick badminton. Typical mixed doubles stuff. Eom takes on Kim in a battle of flat jabs and emerges on top as Kim hits one wide. WOW.

9-8 Pia whips shuttle over the net after good anticipation.

9-7 A mini-battle between Eom and Pia and the latter comes out on top with a tap for a winner.

8-7 Gi-jung cannot believe that he missed the cross-court dribble. Should have been easy by his standards.

7-7 A bit of miscommunication between the Rockets duo results in a series of loose returns before Chan latches on to one and smashes it for a winner.

6-7 Eom slips and nets the forehand drop.

6-6 Kim lets Chan's lift alone as it travels long.

6-3 Chan smashes the shuttle into the net.

4-3 Chan nets the forehand return.

4-2 Gi-jung with a vicious smash down the line.

Up next , it will be the mixed doubles match between Chan Peng Soon/Eom Hye-won and Kim Gi-jung/ Pia Bernadeth.

 

 

Right, then. Time for the final match of the night.

Shreyansh will be happy with his performance today. After trailing 0-8 in the first game, it looked like Brice would run riot. But he hung in there and made Brice work very hard for his victory.

BRICE LEVERDEZ BEATS SHREYANSH JAISWAL 5-12, 10-15, 15-10 TO BREAK THE ROCKET TRUMP AS RAPTORS GO 4-0 UP

Game 3- Brice wins 15-10

15-10 BRICE LEVERDEZ, WHO HAD A TORRID GAME AS PER HIS STANDARDS, WINS THE MATCH AS JAISWAL NETS HIS FLICK AT THE NET.

14-10 Brice brings up match points with a huge cross-court smash.

13-10 He gets it now as Jaiswal's lift whips long.

12-10 Brice goes long as Shreyansh continues to survive.

12-9 Brice goes into the net as he flicks the birdie into the top of the net.

12-8 But he is still on his way to a wim.

10-8 How did Brice miss that? He sent Jaiswal deep to his backhand with a great smash and Jaiswal used his height to reach out and keep the shuttle in play. He then attacked the net and had an open court to play the winner. Instead, he tapped the return wide.

10-7 Humongous rally and Brice concedes the point with an unforced error by hitting the last forehand drive long.

8-5 Thumping smash from Brice as he leads at the break.

6-4 BRICE IS INTO THE LEAD! Attacks the net and taps it past Jaiswal.

3-4 Brice misses twice but gets the third smash spot on. Serious pace behind that.

2-4 Jaiswal smashes across the court and Brice's backhand smashes into the net.

2-3 Jaiswal's lift zips long.

1-3 Brice's lift flies long and Shreyansh begins to believe.

1-2 Brice on the board in the third game.

0-2 First two points to Jaiswal.

 

Game 2- Shreyansh wins 15-10

10-15 SHREYANSH TAKES HIS FIRST-EVER GAME IN PBL AND HE FORCED THE DECIDER! WELL, THIS HAS GOTTEN INTERESTING!

10-14 Mis-hit from Jaiswal as Brice hangs in there.

9-14 Out it goes, does Shreyansh's tumble.

8-14 SUPERB DROP FROM JAISWAL AND HE HAS SIX GAME POINTS.

8-13 Another smash, this time from the net, and Brice is in serious trouble.

8-12 Shreyansh inching closer to forcing a decider as he nails another inside out smash.

8-11 Brice's tumble doesn't have enough legs in it for it to cross over.

8-10 Thumping smash from Brice closes the gap to two.

7-10 What a smash from Shreyansh. Cross-court, half smash across the court.

7-9 Brice with a winner up and over Shreyansh.

6-8 Unforced errors beginning to creep into Brice's game, as he nets his cross-court, backhand tap, and Shreyansh enjoys a slender lead at the break.

6-6 Not the best shot Brice will play as the French taps a regulation return flat and wide.

5-5 42-shot rally and Brice undoes his hard work by misjudging  a lift from Shreyansh. Anticipates it to be long off the baseline and watches it land inside the white line.

4-2 Another body line smash to Jaiswal and the Indian hits the return into the net.

3-2  Brice breezes ahead with a body line smash at Jaiswal.

2-2 Brice levels the score with 324 kph smash.

 

GAME 1- Brice wins 15-12

15-12 BRICE LEVERDEZ PLACES THE RETURN DEEP AND IN THE CORNER AND JAISWAL CANNOT GET THERE AS BRICE BAGS THE FIRST GAME.

14-12 NASTY! Brice with a half-smash at Jaiswal, who does well to get out the way but concedes the point.

13-12 Brice gifts a point to Jaiswal by hitting a drop wide.

13-11 That's a classy down the line smash from Shreyansh.

13-10 Jaiswal continue to hang in there.

13-8 Complete mis-hit from  Brice but luckily for him, the attempted tap still lands inbounds.

12-8 Dribble by Jaiswal finds the net.

11-8 Misreads the drift, does Shreyansh, and easy point for Brice as the left-alone shuttle falls way in.

10-8 Jaiswal's smash is returned long by Brice.

10-7 A good comeback from Shreyansh as Brice nets the tumble.

10-5 Good winner from Jaiswal. Cross-court smash and Brice's backhand fails to cross the return over the net.

10-4 Brice with the error at the net. Tumble fails to fall over.

10-3 Service fault from Jaiswal.

9-3 Brice's lift shoots long.

9-2 Smash from Brice catches the tap and just tumbles over.

8-2 Make that two in a row. Set up for a down the line tap but outsmarts Brice with a cross-court one.

8-1 JAISWAL IS FINALLY OFF THE MARK WITH A TAP AT THE NET PAST BRICE'S BACKHAND.

8-0 BRICE IS ON FIRE! HE FENDS OFF THREE CONSECUTIVE SMASHES FROM SHREYANSH BEFORE FORCING AN ERROR FROM HIM.

7-0 Cross-court smash from back court and this is pure domination from the French.

6-0 Brice with a commanding lead here.

5-0 Brice running riot here as  Jaiswal nets the Brice smash on the return.

4-0 Shreyansh's dribble fails to cross over.

3-0 Great finish from Brice. Another long rally, 31 shots long, ends with Brice hitting a down the line winner.

2-0 Down the line smash off the forehand from Brice to win the point.

1-0 First point is a long one and it ends in Brice's favour as Shreyansh lifts the shuttle long.

Brice to serve first.

Up next , it will be the second men's singles match between, Shreyansh Jaiswal (Trump) takes on Brice Leverdez.
 

 

Wow, what a match! One gruelling encounter.

B. SAI PRANEETH WINS THE TRUMP MATCH 15-14, 14-15, 15-14 TO GIVE BENGALURU A 3-1 LEAD.

GAME 3- Praneeth wins 15-14

15-14 PRANEETH WINS ITTT!! B. SAI PRANEETH EDGES PAST KASHYAP IN AN ABSOLUTE THRILLER! Sai seals it with a tap.

14-14 Sai's dribble drifts wide and for the third consecutive game, it's time for the decider point.

14-13 Praneeth with match point. Kashyap nets with an attempted drop.

13-13 THIS IS BADMINTON AT ITS BEST! What a match this has been. Kashyap returns Sai's smash off his backhand into the net.

12-13 Next, Kashyap's sliced smash across the court finds the net.

11-13 Kashyap charges to the net and taps for a winner.

11-12 Kashyap rushes into the tap, tries  pass on Sai at the net, but he ends up smashing the birdie into the net. Sai knows he was lucky there.

10-12 WHAT DECEPTION FROM KASHYAP. Shot of the day? He takes the pace out of the shot and after 25 shots, wins the point with a delicious drop. Nerves of steel to do that at such a crucial time.

10-11 Good leave from Sai. He does well to fend off multiple smashes from Kashyap and then lets a lift from Kashyap fly long.

9-10 MUCH BETTER FROM KASHYAP! Pounces on a loopy return at the net and pounced on it with a jab for a winner.

9-9 Beautiful drop from Sai to win the point.

8-9 The lead is with Kashyap now. Sai's dribble, in response to Kashyap's tumble, ends up into the net.

8-7 SAI LEAVES THE DRIVE FROM KASHYAP ALONE AND HAS A SLENDER LEAD AT THE BREAK.

7-7 What a battle this has been as Kashyap draws level.

7-6 Loose on the return from Sai as the shuttle fails to even reach the net.

6-5 Kashyap's dribble doesn't have enough legs on it as it finds the net.

4-4 Kashyap is back level as Sai's forehand drive zips long.

3-2 STAND, RISE AND APPLAUD!  44 shots. Sai Praneeth was diving all around for the gets. Brilliant net play. This point had everything. Eventually, Sai's dribble fails to cross over.

2-1 Jump smash from Sai smashes into the net as Kashyap opens his account in the decider.

2-0 Loose return from Kashyap and Sai latches onto it with a smash at the net.

1-0 Sai wins the first point with a down the line smash for the winner.

 

Game 2- Kashyap wins 15-14

14-15 WE ARE GOING THE DISTANCE AS KASHYAP BAILS HIMSELF OUT BY TAKING THE GAME 15-14 TO FORCE THE DECIDER. Does it with a lethal down the line smash.

14-14 BRUTAL DOWN THE LINE SMASH AND IT'S TIME FOR THE DECIDER.

13-14 IT'S GAME POINT TO KASHYAP AS SAI'S RETURN IS INTO THE NET.

13-13 KASHYAP HAS DRAWN LEVEL.

13-12 Kashyap is not done yet as he drills a huge cross-court smash from the centre of the court.

13-11 Audacious but it doesn't work out as Kashyap's sliced cross smash falls wide.

12-11 Kashyap continues to fight. Nice and quick on the serve return and pushes it to the back of the court for a winner.

12-10 Brilliant judgement from Sai. Lets the shuttle fly over his head it just dropped outside the white line.

11-10 This time, Sai finds the line with a forehand, cross-court smash. Finally.

10-10 SAI SOMEHOW ISN'T ABLE TO FIND, STEAL OR WIN A POINT AND KASHYAP IS SOLID ON COURT NOW. Sai's flick smashes into the net.

10-9 Exhausting rally, great defence and 28 shots. In the end, Sai rams the smash into the net.

10-8 Kashyap with a heavy-duty smash to Sai's forehand for a winner. 386 kph.

10-6 Kashyap's dribble grazes the net and trickles over. Sai flicks it back up but it catches the tap and falls back in.

9-5 A lovely cross-court smash and a lunging Kashyap can only manage to the return the shuttle as far as the net.

8-4 Praneeth with a four-point cushion on the turn.

7-4 Swing and a miss from Sai as he puts a return wide.

5-1 Oh how the tables have turned! The momentum is with Sai and its reflective in his game as he nails a wonderful inside out smash.

4-1 Sai puts it down on the ankle after a quick exchange at the net.

3-0 Praneeth at the net is way too strong as he forces Kashyap with multiple gets. Eventually, Kashyap skies a return that is way wide.

2-0 Next up, Kashyap's return falls wide.

1-0 Kashyap nets the service return.

Sai to serve first.

 

GAME 1- Sai Praneeth wins 15-14

15-14 WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE????? So much confusion AND PRANEETH HAS WON THE POINT AND THE GAME. Praneeth and Kashyap indulge in an intense battle at the net which ends with Sai hitting  cross-court tap for a winner. The point is awarded to Bengaluru and Kashyap challenges immediately. At first it looked like he wasn't considered but it was reviewed anyway. The replay showed the shuttle was on the line. What drama! Kashyap will be gutted that he squandered a 14-10 lead.

14-14 IT'S THE DECIDER POINT AS PRANEETH'S TAP HITS KASHYAP ON THE UPPER BODY.

13-14 Kashyap goes for glory with a smash but ends up slamming into the net.

12-14 Out it goes and Sai Praneeth saves one more game point with a great cross-court smash.

10-14 Error in judgement from Sai costs him the point. He leaves it till late thinking it's long but changes his mind at the lost moment and nets the return.

10-13 Kashyap fetches the shuttle from way back off his backhand but finds the net.

9-13 Shot of a man in confidence. Returns the serve with a flat, bodyline half-smash, does Kashyap.

9-12 Good response from Kashyap, who hammers down a massive 383 kph jump smash past Sai's backhand for a winner.

9-11 ANOTHER FANTASTIC RALLY AND YET AGAI, IT GOES SAI PRANEETH'S WAY. THIS IS EVEN LONGER, 51 SHOTS LONG. Sai seals the point with a down the line smash.

7-11 WHAT A RALLY! ALMOST NEVER-ENDING AND THE FANS LOVE IT.  46 SHOTS. Kashyap concedes the point by hitting his backhand drive, a tired-looking one, wide.

6-11 Sai goes down the line with a hefty smash and Kashyap goes into the net with his attempted backhand lift.

5-11 Sai misses another backhand as the drive shoots way wide.

5-10 387 KPH SMASH. That's colossal from Kashyap, who is beaming with confidence.

5-9 Kashyap almost tripped during the 23-shot rally and Sai finishes the point with a cross-court smash.

4-9  A BIT OF LUCK GOING SAI'S WAY AS HIS BACKHAND DROP ACROSS THE COURT GRAZES THE TAPE AND TRICKLES OVER.

3-9 Sai's lift floats long off the baseline.

3-8 Kashyap goes into the net.

2-8 WHAT A BLISTERING START THIS HAS BEEN FROM KASHYAP. Great smash to set Sai off, who is forced with a poor, loopy lift and then attacks the net for the winner.

2-7 Yet another unforced error from Sai as his cross-court push at the net travels wide.

2-6 Kashyap asserting his authority in the game so far. Sai slams an attempted smash into the net.

2-5 Kashyap opens the court up for himself by sending a fast push up and behind and Sai's forehand. The latter stumbles with the return only for Kashyap to tap it for a winner with ease.

2-4 Sai waited too long with the return and paid the price by netting the forehand.

2-3 Sai goes down the line for a crisp winner off a smash that catches the line with ease.

1-3 Kashyap has made his intentions clear. He sets himself up and hammers a 367 kph smash across the court.

1-2 First point of the match for Sai

0-1 Aggressive start from Kashyap, who straightaway goes for a down the line smash that Sai returns under the net.

Kashyap to serve first.

Massive match coming up. The first Trump match of the night as two big names of Indian badminton lock horns.

Up next , it will be first men's singles match between B. Sai Praneeth, who has called the Trump, and Parupalli Kashyap.

 

TAI TZU-YING MAKES SHORT WORK OF THE MATCH AS SHE BEATS SHREYANSHI PARDESHI  15-8, 15-12 AND SHE REMAINS UNBEATEN IN SEASON 5. 1-1 TO BOTH THE TEAMS NOW.

Game 2- Tai wins 15-12

15-12 GAME AND MATCH TO TAI AFTER SHREYANSHI NETS THE CROSS-COURT FOREHAND GET.

14-12 She will have to wait as Tai hits the overhead forehand long.

14-11 Taps it over the net and Tai has three game and match points.

13-11 But then, you have such winners from Tai, who pulls off yet another stunning down the line smash.

12-11 A few unforced errors from Tai.

12-10 Shreyanshi's forehand drop catches the tape and falls back in.

11-10 Well done, Shreyanshi. Brilliant cross drop and even Tai couldn't return it.

11-8 Shreyanshi with a fast cross-court smash and Tai is unable to get enough racket on the return.

10-7 Lovely rally. Shreyanshi does well to keep up but the 28-shot rally goes Tai's way after Shreyanshi's backhand return rams into the net.

9-7 Error in judgement from Pardeshi as she lets the shuttle fall inside the baseline. Thought it was long, but it was good by a good margin.

8-7 Tai's forehand slice catches the tape and rolls back.

8-4 Tai hits the forehand drive long. She challenges the call and the replay shows that the on-court call is right as the shuttle was way long.

8-3 AS EASY AS YOU LIKE, SO PLEASING TO THE EYES! Tai is flexing her muscle a little more by every passing point. Shreyanshi's weak return off her backhand is punished as Tai plays a delightful drop across the court.

7-3 Shreyanshi does well to return a drop with a good drop and Tai flicks it into the net.

6-2 Shreyanshi attempts a flat, forehand return but ends up hitting it into the net.

5-2 Pardeshi hits the shuttle long on a regulation return.

4-1 First point of the game for Pardeshi as Tai's cross-court, forehand drop finds the net.

2-0 OH, WHAT A MISS FROM SHREYANSHI! Tai's drop is loose and loopy and Pardeshi has all the itme in the world to put it anywhere. Instead, she rams it into the net. Her smile says she knows it's a huge miss.

1-0 Pushes Shreyanshi deep to her backhand and the India returns it long.

Tai to serve first.

Game 1- Tai Tzu-ying wins 15-8

15-8 TAI CLOSES THE FIRST GAME 15-8. TOO EASY FOR THE WORLD NO. 2 as she gets it done in no time. Once again, the deception gets the better of Pardeshi. She anticipates a quick, flat return off Tai's backhand, but the latter plays it cross-court with soft hands. Shreyanshi lunges forward but her get ends up in the net.

12-8 Pardesh is drawn forward and her return smashes into the net.

11-8 Cheeky but just out! Tai's cross-court drop falls just wide.

10-6 Tai with a massive smash down the line off her forehand and Pardeshi's return off her backhand fails to cross over.

9-6 A long exchange between the two and Shreyanshi nets her drop.

8-6 Tai looks more settled now as she leads with a two-point margin on the turn.

5-5 Oh, too good from Tai. Tai maneuvers the shuttle with great smartness and eventually forces Shreyanshi to play a lift long.

4-4 Shreyanshi's backhand, cross-court drop finds the net.

3-3 Tai has levelled the score. From back court, she deceives Shreyanshi with a drop winner after lining up for a smash.

1-2 Tai has arrived and in emphatic fashion as she sends down a parallel smash with searing pace.

0-2 Good start from Shreyanshi as she bags the first two points. Tai's return falls wide.

 

Daunting task ahead of Shreyanshi, who takes on world No.2 Tai Tzu-ying.

Up next , it will be the women's singles match between Tai Tzu-ying and Shreyanshi Pardeshi.

 

KIM SA-RANG AND KIM GI-JUNG WIN  13-15, 15-8, 15-10 TO GIVE MUMBAI A 1-0 LEAD. The two-time World Championships silver medallist proving their mettle again with a comprehensive victory in the end.

Game 3- Kim Sa-rang, Kim Gi-jung win 15-10.

10-15 KIM SA-RANG AND KIM GI-JUNG COMPLETE THE TURNAROUND TO GIVE MUMBAI A 1-0 LEAD OVER BENAGLURU.

10-14 What a rally and in the end, it's the net that prevails. After 32 shots, the tape decides the fate of the point as the tumble falls in no man's land of the Kims's court.

9-14 Match point as Arun nets the return from Sa-rang.

9-12 Once again, great movement and anticipation at the net from Saputro, who wins the point with a smash at the net. Gi-jung looks to return it from around the back, but fails.

8-12 Three points away from sealing the first point, are the Kims.

8-10 Quick hands from Saputro throws Gi-jung off at the net, who hits his flat return into the net.

7-10 Gi-jung's smash is slammed into the net.

5-9 HOW ABOUT THAT FOR TEAMWORK. First great deception by Gi-jung at the back. Sets up for a huge smash but plays a delightful drop. George is completely thrown off and has to dive forward to get the drop. He returns it with an easy lift and then Sa-rang does the rest with a half-smash at the net. WOW.

5-8 The Koreans have their nose ahead on the turn. They have really turned up after conceding the first game and by no means are taking their opponents lightly.

5-6 AS FAST AS FLASH! Gi-jung, at the net, shows incredible hands as he wins the point off a quick jab over George.

5-5 The Raptors level the score. This is going right down to the wire.

4-5 Saputro and Arun hanging in there. Gi-jung's backhand flat return zips long.

2-5 Saputro lines up for a huge smash at the baseline but hits its too low as the birdie finds the net.

2-4 That shuttle stuck in the racket of Saputro. 373 kph smash from Gi-jung and Saputro needs a change of gear. Well, you don't see that very often.

2-3 Quick flick at the net from Sa-rang and the Raptors pair had no chance with the deep return.

2-2 Another gruelling rally and Sa-rang slams the overhead, forehand push into the net.

1-1 Gi-jung loses his footing at the net and returns the shuttle with a high lift. The Raptors take full advantage as they force an error from the opponents.

0-1 Gi-jung's push is hit into the net by Arun.

Kim Sa-rang to serve first.

 

We have an interesting decider in hand. After letting loose in the first game, the Kims have bounced back and in some style.

GAME 2- Kim Sa-rang and Kim Gi-jung win 15-8.

8-15 THE KOREANS FORCE A DECIDER AS ARUN GEORGE PUSHES THE SERVICE RETURN WIDE

8-13 That's the attack you associate with Gi-jung, whose down the line smash off the forehand grazes the net before falling past Saputro's backhand.

8-12 Two great serves from Arun.

6-12 WHAT A POINT FROM THE RAPTORS. Both Saputro and Arun kept multiple smashes out before Arun drilled a smash right through the opponents.

5-11 Arun's flat push shoots long and Gi-jung does well to leave the birdie alone and let it fly out.

5-10 Great defence from Saputro as he pulls one back.

4-9 Bodyline smash to Arun from Gi-jung as the Koreans continue to make merry.

4-8: Easy lift from Arun George and Gi-jung obliged with a monstrous down the line, forehand smash past Arun's backhand.

4-7 The drift takes Gi-jung's lift long.

3-6 Much better from the Kims. They have been attacking from the onset of this game. On this occasion, Sa-rang was proactive at the net and increased their lead with a half-smash at the net.

3-5 Oh,no! Easy put away at the net and Saputro overhits the smash as it falls wide.

3-4 Smart return from Arun George.

2-4 HUGGGE SMASH FROM GI-jung from the baseline for a winner.

2-2 This time, Sa-rang returns Rian's serve into the net.

1-2 Gi-jung nets the forehand, cross-court slice.

0-1 The first point to the Korean pair as Gi-jung's smash is returned with a loose lift and Sa-rang put the point to bed with a dig.

Rian to serve first.

 

GAME 1- Arun/Saputro win 15-13.

15-13 LOVELY ANTICIPATION FROM ARUN GEORGE AS THEY TAKE GAME 1 15-13. George shuffles to his left extremely quickly, anticipates the play from the Kims and seals the game with a half-smash at the net.

14-13 The Koreans refuse to give up as Kim Gi-jung hits a great smash from close range, at the net.

14-12  This time, Arun's backhand return from the baseline slams into the net.

14-11 Gi-jung saves one game point with a winner up and over the Raptors duo.

14-10 Four game points as Kim Sa-rang's dribble fails to cross over the net.

13-10  This time, Arun's backhand flat jab finds the net.

13-9 COLOSSAL SMASH FROM SAPUTRO. Down the line to Kim Sa-rang who had no chance of returning it.

12-9 What a start this, for the Raptors as the Rockets duo hits another lift long.

10-9 Too good from Kim Sa Rang, who shows quick hands at the net and plays the jab for a winner with ease.

8-8 Saputro with great hands at net, as he wins the point with a great drop.

Here we go!

Up first, it will be the men's doubles match between Bengaluru's Rian Agung Saputro and Arun George taking on Mumbai's Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang

 

SQUADS

Mumbai Rockets squad: Kuhoo Garg, Parupalli Kashyap, Pranav Chopra, Ramchandran Shlok, Shreyansh Jaiswal, Shriyanshi Pardeshi, Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth, Kim Gi-jung, Kim Sa-rang, Lee Dong-keun

Bengaluru Raptors squad: Ansal Yadav, Arun George, B. Sai Praneeth, Medha Shashidharan, Tai Tzu-ying, Brice Leverdez, Rian Agung Saputro, Chan Peng Soon, Eom Hye-won

 

ORDER OF PLAY

MatchesBengaluru RaptorsMumbai Rockets
MD

Rian Agung Saputro/ Arun George

 Kim Gi-jung/Kim Sa-rang

WS

Tai Tzu-Ying

Shreyanshi Pardeshi

MS1

B. Sai Praneeth  (TRUMP)

Parupalli Kashyap

MS2

Brice Leverdez

Shreyansh Jaiswal (TRUMP)

XD

Chan Peng Soon/Eom Hye-won

Kim Gi-jung/ Pia Bernadeth

 

The second tie of the day is between Bengaluru Raptors and Mumbai Rockets.

Teams will be looking to seal their spot in the last four as we come to the business end of the tournament. The first clash of the day was between North Eastern Warriors and Chennai Superstarz in what was a top of the table clash. As expected, both Chennai and North East to tested their bench strength with their semifinal spot all but sealed. Click here to read how that tie happened. PBL 5: North Eastern Warriors pips Chennai Superstarz 4-3 - As it happened
 

Where to watch Premier Badminton League Season 5?

The Star Sports Network will telecast the PBL 2020 match live from 7 PM IST. Hotstar will be providing the live online streaming.