PBL Final: Hendra Setiawan, Mohammad Ahsan win the title for Bengaluru Raptors

Bengaluru Raptors wins the fourth edition of PBL, courtesy Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan's men's doubles victory over the pair of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae.

Home side Bengaluru Raptors plays Mumbai Rockets for a shot at PBL glory.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Bengaluru Raptors won the final 4-3 against Mumbai Rockets.

 

15-10 A forehand unforced error from Kim Gi Jung hands Bengaluru Raptors the game and match.

14-10 A forehand winner from Hendra Setiawan to give Bengaluru Raptors Championship point.

11-8 A forehand winner from Hendra Setiawan.

9-7 A backhand winner from Kim Gi Jung to reduce the lead.

8-3 An unforced error from Mumbai Rockets hands Bengaluru Raptors a five-point lead at the mid-game break.

6-3 A headstart from the Bengaluru Raptors pair in the second game. Mohammad Ahsan extends the lead to three points with a forehand winner down the line.

Second game.

15-13 Bengaluru Raptors takes the first game.

14-11 A forehand winner from Hendra Setiawan.

13-11 A forehand unforced error from Hendra Setiawan with Bengaluru Raptors still in the lead.

10-8 A forehand cross court winner from Hendra Setiawan.

9-8 Mohammad Ahsan with a backhand error.

8-7 A forehand unforced error from Hendra Setiawan.

8-6 The Bengaluru Raptors' pair takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break.

3-4 Lee Yong Dae with an ace.

3-2 Kim Gi Jung with a forehand unforced error.

1-2 A backhand error from Hendra Setiawan, forced by Lee Yong Dae's body smash.

1-0 A forehand winner down the line from Mohammad Ahsan.

Next up is the men's doubles match between Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan (Bengaluru Raptors) and Kim Gi Jung/Lee Yong Dae (Mumbai Rockets).

Sameer Verma beats Sai Praneeth 7-15 15-12 15-3 and draws Mumbai Rockets level in the tie, at 3-3.

3-15 Sameer Verma takes the third game and the match!

3-13 Sai Praneeth smashes the net and Sameer Verma is cruising.

3-8 Sameer Verma takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break in the third.

3-7 Another forehand winner from Sameer Verma.

3-6 He picks himself up immediately and produces a thumping forehand winner.

3-5 A backhand unforced error from Sameer Verma.

2-5 A forehand cross court winner from Sameer Verma.

2-4 Sai Praneeth's jump smash catches the net.

2-3 A forehand unforced error from Sameer Verma.

1-2 Sameer Verma produces a forehand winner.

1-1 Sai Praneeth's forehand is long, over the baseline.

1-0 A forehand unforced error from Sameer Verma.

Third game.

15-12 Sameer Verma takes the second game with a jump smash, forcing a forehand error off Sai Praneeth.

14-11 A backhand unforced error from Sai Praneeth.

13-11 Sai Praneeth's forehand is wide, again. His jump smash, trying to find the right-hand corner is well wide.

12-11 Sameer Verma with a forehand winner. He's back in the lead.

11-11 Sai Praneeth's forehand is long, helping Sameer Verma draw level.

10-11 Sai Praneeth's backhand is long this time.

9-11 A forehand cross court winner from Sai Praneeth.

9-10 Sai Praneeth's forehand is long, over the baseline. Sameer Verma shows good judgment to not play it.

8-10 Sameer Verma's forehand is wide.

7-8 Sai Praneeth takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break, courtesy a forehand unforced error from Sameer Verma.

7-7 A forehand winner down the line from Sai Praneeth.

7-5 Sai Praneeth catches the net with his jump smash. He has made a couple of unforced errors this game trying to go for the forehand winner.

6-5 Sameer Verma's forehand is marginally wide. Sai Praneeth shows good judgment to not the shuttle.

6-4 Sameer Verma with a delicate forehand drop shot.

5-3 Sameer Verma's forehand is long, over the baseline. Sai Praneeth shows good judgment to not play it.

5-2 Sai Praneeth with a backhand unforced error.

4-2 Sameer Verma's backhand catches the baseline flush. Sai Praneeth's challenge is unsuccessful.

3-2 A forehand unforced error from Sai Praneeth.

2-1 Sai Praneeth drags his forehand wide.

1-0 A forehand drop shot from Sameer Verma catches Sai Praneeth short.

Second game.

15-7 Sai Praneeth takes the first game with a body smash which Sameer Verma can't return.

14-7 Sameer Verma smashes the net with his forehand.

13-7 A forehand unforced error from Sai Praneeth. He goes for the cross court winner but smashes the net.

12-4 Another backhand winner from Sai Praneeth.

11-3 A backhand winner from Sai Praneeth, who has been terrific at the net so far.

10-3 Sameer Verma catches the net with his forehand.

8-3 A backhand unforced error from Sai Praneeth.

8-2 A forehand smash down the line from Sameer Verma.

8-1 A forehand cross court winner from Sai Praneeth to take a seven-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-1 Sameer Verma goes for the forehand cross court winner but catches the net.

5-1 Sameer Verma's backhand catches the net after Sai Praneeth's forehand drops off the top of the net.

4-1 Sai Praneeth's backhand is straight at Sameer Verma, who can't return with his backhand.

3-0 A backhand unforced error from Sameer Verma, his shot long, over the baseline.

1-0 A forehand winner from Sai Praneeth to begin proceedings.

Next up is the men's singles match between Sai Praneeth (Bengaluru Raptors) and Sameer Verma (Mumbai Rockets). This is a must-win match for Mumbai Rockets.

Vu Thi Trang beats Shriyanshi Pardeshi 15-6 15-9 and puts Bengaluru Raptors 3-2 up in the tie.

9-15 A backhand cross court winner from Vu Thi Trang.

9-14 A forehand winner from Vu Thi Trang sets up game and match point for her.

8-9 Vu Thi Trang forces a backhand error off Pardeshi with a delicate forehand drop shot.

7-8 Pardeshi's forehand is wide.

7-7 Pardeshi forces a backhand error off Vu Thi Trang with a backhand cross court of her own.

6-7 Pardeshi's forehand is long.

6-6 A forehand unforced error from Vu Thi Trang.

5-6 Pardeshi's forehand is long, over the baseline.

5-5 Vu Thi Trang's forehand is wide. Pardeshi shows great defence to win the point.

3-4 This time a backhand winner from Vu Thi Trang.

3-3 A forehand winner from Vu Thi Trang. That's her fourth forehand winner of the match.

3-2 A backhand unforced error from Pardeshi.

3-1 A forehand unforced error from Pardeshi gets Vu Thi Trang off the mark.

3-0 Pardeshi forces a backhand winner off Vu Thi Trang.

2-0 A backhand winner from Pardeshi.

1-0 A forehand winner from Pardeshi. A 20-shot rally ends with Vu Thi Trang choosing to not return Pardeshi's forehand, which drops inside the baseline.

Second game.

15-8 Vu Thi Trang takes the first game after having been 3-6 down.

14-8 Vu Thi Trang forces a backhand error off Pardeshi with a body smash.

13-8 A backhand error from Vu Thi Trang.

13-7 A forehand drop shot from Vu Thi Trang catches Pardeshi short.

12-7 Vu Thi Trang's forehand is wide and Pardeshi is back on serve.

11-6 Pardeshi is unable to return Vu Thi Trang's forehand smash.

10-6 A ferocious forehand winner down the line from Vu Thi Trang.

9-6 A backhand error from Pardeshi.

8-6 Pardeshi's forehand is wide and Vu Thi Trang takes a two-point lead and momentum into the mid-game break in the first

6-6 Three points in a row for Vu Thi Trang, the latest courtesy a forehand unforced error from Pardeshi.

6-3 A backhand error from Vu Thi Trang.

3-3 A well-disguised drop shot from Vu Thi Trang catches Pardeshi short.

3-2 Vu Thi Trang goes for the forehand winner down the line, but drags her shot wide.

2-1 A backhand unforced error from Vu Thi Trang.

1-0 Vu Thi Trang's forehand smash is wide.

Bengaluru Raptors' trump match is nest, the women's singles between Vu Thi Trang and Shriyanshi Pardeshi.

Kidambi Srikanth bt. Anders Antonsen 15-7, 15-10.
Bengaluru Raptors 1 - 2 Mumbai Rockets

15-10 Antonsen goes long again at the same spot and Srikanth wins the match.

14-10 Game and match point to Srikanth. He lets Antonsen's return go wide. That was a straightforward call but the Dane challenges it. To delay the inevitable perhaps. Loses the challenge.

12-10 Antonsen's smash forces Srikanth to return from behind his body and the shuttle goes into the net.

12-9 Backhand winner from Srikanth, with his back turned towards the net. Fantastic stuff from the World No. 8.

11-9 Srikanth is just long from a cross court shot.

11-7 Srikanth, smash, point. Rise and repeat. Antonsen challenges desperately but loses. That was well on the line.

10-7 Srikanth smash and, well, you know what next. That's his tenth forehand winner today.

8-7 Well left from Antonsen.

8-6 And Srikanth takes the lead at the break in the second game too.

7-6 Beautiful cross court backhand shot at the net from Srikanth.

4-3 In a game of who can pull off the better drop shot, Antonsen loses.

2-3 Srikanth goes for a smash and it lands inside his own half. Looks like the strings on his racquet broke.

1-2 Drop shot from Srikanth and the return goes into the net.

Game two: 0-1 Into the net from Srikanth and that's a good start for Antonsen.

STAT: Distance covered -  270m for Srikanth and 300m for Antonsen.

15-7 Wide from Antonsen and Srikanth takes the first game with relative ease.

14-7 Game point to Srikanth. Throws another smash at Antonsen and the Dane returns into the net.

12-7 Well well well. A successful review from Antonsen.

12-6 Antonsen had a reply to everything Srikanth threw at him, including a good smash. But a simple return goes wide and he gives away that point.

11-6 And now the Indian goes long.

11-5 And the Dane follows it up by going long at the baseline.

10-5 Antonsen with the smash now.

10-4 Delicate drop shot from Srikanth. He keeps Antonsen guessing with every return and wins the point with the drop shot.

9-4 Srikanth smash, Srikanth point.

8-4 Antonsen puts it on the plate for Srikanth and he takes the lead at the break with yet another smash.

7-4 Antonsen pushes Srikanth to get to the net and that was way too tight from the Dane. The Indian tries to get a return but only manages to find the net.

7-3 Another smash from Srikanth, another point to him.

6-3 Long from Srikanth.

5-1 Srikanth at the net. Smashes into Antonsen's body and gets the point.

4-1 Srikanth's drop shot doesn't come off and that's Antonsen's first point.

4-0 Antonsen goes wide with his smash.

3-0 Another jump smash from the edge, another point to Srikanth.

Match two, Game one: 1-0 Cross court jump smash from the edge of the court and he picks the first point.

This could be a tough tie for Antonsen. Srikanth hasn't lost a match this season, he's on a seven match winning streak. And Srikanth defeated Antonsen 2-0 just a few days ago.

The second match of the final is the men's singles: Kidambi Srikanth vs Anders Antonsen.

Kim Gi Jung and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth bt. Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith 15-8, 15-14.
Bengaluru Raptors 0 - 2 Mumbai Rockets

 

 

14-15 Mumbai Rockets wins its trump match! Bengaluru Raptors did better in the second game but that wasn't enough. Too many errors in the game from Lauren and Marcus.

14-14 Marcus' backhand goes into the error. Big error on an important point. Game point to Bengaluru Raptors, match point to Mumbai Rockets.

14-13 Game point to the Bengaluru Raptors after Kim is forced to return into the net. The players and the fans go crazy.

13-13 Kim tried to catch the Bengaluru duo with a drop shot from the baseline after lining up for a smash and he doesn't pull it off.

12-13 Pia screams and celebrates after Lauren fails to get a return.

12-12 Pia with another aggressive move at the net and she forces Marcus to shoot into the net.

11-10 Service from Marcus goes long.

11-9 Pia tries to be cheeky by going for a drop shot but the shuttle doesn't sail over the net.

10-9 Bengaluru back in the lead after Kim shoots into the net returning a serve.

9-9 Pia goes wide trying to return Marcus' jump smash from the baseline.

8-8 Lauren and Marcus chase the same shuttle this time.

8-7 Lauren goes wide. Too many errors from her and her partner today.

8-6 Bengaluru with the lead at the break. And the pair has picked up as many point already as it did in the first game. Have come back stronger in this game. 

7-6 Pia at the net and she gives it back to the Bengaluru pair for targeting her earlier. Smashes, drop shots and another smash to wrap that point.

6-5 Into the net from Marcus. Losing count of how many times he has done that today.

6-3 Pai targeted, again. And she shoots into the net this time.

5-3 Good pressure from Marcus and Lauren. Both attack Pia continuously and she shoots wide.

4-3 Service fault from Pia.

3-3 Marcus into the net. Again.

2-2 Kim smashes to Lauren and she returns. He does it again, she returns again. The third time, she fails to get a return in. Kim went harder and harder with each smash. Targeted assault!

2-1 Marcus with a jump smash this time!

Game 2: 0-1 Marcus starts the second game with another error.

STAT: Mumbai Rocket's winners - 44% backhand and 42% in the middle.  The rest, obviously, are forehand winners.

8-15 Marcus goes wide and that's the game for Mumbai.  It was was too easy for the pair, though the score makes it look like it was a lot closer.

8-14 Game point to Mumbai Rockets.

8-13 Jump smashes from the baseline by Kim and the Bengaluru pair has no reply to that.

8-12 Another error from Marcus. Into the net again.

8-11 Huge jump smash from Kim and the return goes wide.

8-10 Good stab from Lauren from Pia's serve. That's something a fencer would be proud of!

7-10 And Marcus puts it into the net this time.

7-9 Wide from Marcus and that is well left by Kim.

6-8 Lovely cross court forehand from Marcus.

Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand in attendance at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

5-8 Aggressive from Laurena and Marcus but Kim and Pia stay on the defensive, return everything that is thrown at them and a frustrated Marcus shoots wide. Mumbai, in its trump match, with the lead at the break.

5-5 Another great service from Lauren and Kim could only return into the net. Score has been levelled!

3-5 Marcus with a simple forehand into no man's land to pick the point.

2-4 Pia goes long, Bengaluru picks its second point and the crowd celebrates it more than the players. Deafening noise when the point was won.

1-3 Deceptive cross court drop shot from Pia!

1-2 First point for Bengaluru and the crowd loves it!

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