PBL: Mumbai Rockets joins Bengaluru Raptors in final

Anders Antonsen beat Lee Hyun in straight games to seal Mumbai Rockets' place in the final.

In her first season with Hyderabad Hunters, captain P.V.Sindhu will be hoping to guide the team into tomorrow's PBL final.   -  K.Murali Kumar

Good evening. The second semifinal of this Pro Badminton Season sees Hyderabad Hunters taking on Mumbai Rockets at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru. You can catch all the live updates from today's match here.

 

15-6 Antonsen seals the game and match, to send Mumbai Rockets into the final.

13-6 Misjudgment from Lee Hyun to not play Antonsen's backhand, which drops inside the baseline.

10-4 A backhand error from Lee Hyun, whose attempted drop shot catches the net.

9-4 Lee Hyun's forehand is wide.

8-4 Antonsen takes a four-point lead into the mid-game break of the second and is in command!

5-3 A forehand winner down the line from Antonsen.

4-2 Another forehand unforced error from Antonsen.

3-1 Antonsen goes for the forehand winner, but catches the net.

2-0 A couple of easy points for Antonsen, courtesy back to back unforced errors from Lee Hyun.

Second game.

15-13 A forehand winner from Antonsen to seal the first game! This has been some comeback having been 8-12 down.

14-13 A backhand winner from Antonsen. Pounces on Lee Hyun's own weak backhand return.

12-13 A forehand winner from Antonsen, just evades the outstretched Lee Hyun.

9-13 A forehand cross court winner from Lee Hyun. Right in the corner, leaving Antonsen flat-footed!

8-12 Antonsen's backhand is long, over the baseline.

8-11 Lee Hyun goes for the forehand cross court but drags his shot down and under the net.

7-11 A forehand error from Lee Hyun.

6-10 Lee Hyun has all the momentum. Antonsen with a deficit of four points.

6-8 Lee Hyun produces a forehand winner to take a two-point lead into the mid-game break.

6-6 A forehand unforced error from Lee Hyun.

4-3 A forehand winner down the line from Lee Hyun.

3-3 Antonsen's forehand is wide.

3-1 A jump smash from Antonsen to the forehand of Lee Hyun, who doesn't return.

2-0 A forehand winner from Antonsen.

1-0 Antonsen forces a backhand error off Lee Hyun with a body smash.

Next up is the men's singles match between Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) and Anders Antonsen (Mumbai Rockets).

P. V. Sindhu beats Shriyanshi Pardeshi (Mumbai Rockets) 15-5 15-6 in her Trump Match, with Mumbai Rockets still lead 3-2 after three matches.

15-5 A forehand winner down the line from Sindhu to take the game and match.

13-5 A backhand error from Pardeshi this time.

12-5 A forehand unforced error from Pardeshi.

8-3 Sindhu's forehand smash goes unreturned and she takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

7-3 Three points in a row for Pardeshi, the latest courtesy a forehand which goes unreturned.

7-1 Pardeshi off the mark in the second game with a backhand drop shot.

5-0 A 23-shot rally ends with a body smash from Sindhu which Pardeshi doesn't return.

2-0 Pardeshi with a forehand unforced error.

Second game.

15-6 Sindhu takes the first game.

14-6 A forehand cross court winner from Sindhu.

12-6 Unforced errors mounting for Pardeshi. She has made two consecutive unforced errors, one a forehand and the other a backhand.

10-6 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

9-6 A body smash from Sindhu and Pardeshi doesn't return.

8-6 Sindhu takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-6 Pardeshi forces a backhand error off Sindhu with a ferocious forehand.

7-5 Sindhu's attempted forehand drop shot catches the net.

7-4 A forehand unforced error from Pardeshi.

6-4 Shriyanshi Pardeshi with a backhand drop shot to reduce the gap to two points in the first game.

The third match of the day is the women's singles and Hyderabad Rockets' trump match: P.V Sindhu vs Shriyanshi Pardeshi.

Hyderabad Hunters 0 - 3 Mumbai Rockets
Sameer Verma bt. Mark Caljouw 15-8, 15-7.

7-15 Sameer seals the trump match with a smash and Mumbai Rockets in a good position in this semifinal.

7-14 Game and match point to Sameer with a cross court shot from the net.

7-13 Sameer smashes into the net.

5-13 Mark tries to reply Sameer's drop shot with one of his own but the shuttle doesn't clear the net.

5-12 Jump smash from Mark. It is cross court, Sameer dives but can't reach the shuttle.

4-11 Sameer is teasing Mark now. Three straight drop shots from the Indian, each more delicate than the previous.

4-10 Watchful from Sameer to let a return go long.

4-9 Into the net from Sameer.

3-8 Mark shows off what he can do now. A good smash and Sameer nowhere close to reaching for the return.

2-8 Sameer is walking away with the match here. Goes over Mark again, shuttle lands on the baseline and that's a six point lead at the break.

2-7 Disguised drop shot from Sameer. He jumps, lines up a smash and then goes for the delicate drop.

2-5 Smart from Sameer to spot Mark rushing to the net and he goes high and over Mark with the return.

1-4 Jump smash from Sameer. A 406 kmph smash that. Yikes!

0-3 Mark goes long and that's a three point lead at the start of the second game.

Game 2: 0-1 Sameer take the starting point, again.

STAT: Sameer Verma's winners: 58% backhand, 25% forehand.

8-15 Sameer on the ground, stretches to a return and manages to put it well beyond Mark. That was a mostly comfortable game for Sameer and Mark has a mountain to climb here, especially after the dominance the Indian has had over him.

8-14 Game point to Sameer. A 326 kmph smash down the line.

8-13 Fantastic rally. Mark in the defensive throughout and a 53 shot rally (!) ends with Sameer trying to aggressive and hitting it wide.

7-13 Drop shot from Sameer and he begins rebuilding his lead.

7-11 Sameer into the net this time.

6-10 Mark has pulled back two more points and is starting to look a little comfortable now.

4-10 The first rally of the match where Mark has looked in control and he wins the point after Sameer misjudges a return and lets it go, but the shuttle lands right on the line.

2-9 Sameer isn't giving Mark space to breath. A smash followed by a drop shot and then a smash into Mark body. Mixing his returns and keeps his opponent guessing.

2-8 Sameer has raced to a six point lead at the break after Mark shoots into the net. The trump match is going according to plan for Mumbai here. Can Mark bounce back?

2-7 Jumo smash from Sameer and Mark return, at full stretch, goes wide.

1-5 Sameer isn't allowing Mark to play his usual shots. He is forcing Mark around the court and playing into his body whenever possible. Considering Mark has a mean smash in his arsenal, that's good work from the Indian.

1-2 Sameer's jump smash from the baseline goes into the net.

Match 2, Game 1: 0-1 Mark wide at baseline and Mumbai picks the first point.

Sameer Verma comes into this game on back-to-back losses. He has lost one trump match and won one this season. Mark Caljouw also comes into this game on the back of two defeats.

Next up in the men's singles and Mumbai's trump match: Mark Caljouw vs Sameer Verma.

Hyderabad Hunters 0 - 1 Mumbai Rockets
Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae bt. Bodin Isara and Kim Sa Rang 15-14, 15-12.

12-15 Lee finishes the match the way he started it. Down the middle, takes the point and wraps up the match.

11-14 Game and match point to Mumbai Rockets after a return goes wide at baseline.

11-12 Fantastic rally. 28 shots, a couple of quick smashes, a pair of drop shots and it ends with the shuttle going into the net. Probably the best rally of the day. Brilliant reflexes from all four players.

11-11 Kim Sa Rang into the net this time and the score has levelled here.

11-9 Aggressive from Bodin at the net to win the point.

10-9 Bodin is down on the floor after getting to a return and the Hyderabad pair does well to make Kim Sa Rang stretch for the following return and he doesn't reach in time.

8-7 Two errors from the Hyderabad pair after the break. Cooled down a little too much in the break?

8-5 Kim Gi Jung puts an easy return into the net and Hyderabad with a three point lead at the break.

5-5 Good net play from Kim Gi Jung.

5-4 Kim Gi Jung goes wide with a return.

4-3 And Lee goes wide with a shot now. Hyderabad, like in the first game, has come back after going down initially.

3-3 Bodin did well to get a backhand return and then makes the right call to let a shot go wide.

2-3 Unforced error from Kim Sa Rang.

0-2  Kim Sa Rang challenges this time and he wins the challenge. Good call, the shuttle landed just on the line. Good placement or got lucky?

Game 2: 0-1 Bodin goes for a challenge on the first serve and he loses it.

14-15 Mumbai Rockets takes the first game. Lee is a relieved man. He blew hot and cold after a strong start but is visibly glad to win the first game.

14-14 Backhand error from Kim Gi Jung.

13-14 Game point to Mumbai after the 23 shot rally ends with a jump smash from Kim Gi Jung at the net.

13-13 Kim Sa Rang gets a shot onto his body and he can't return it.

13-12 Kim goes into the net this time. Lack of concentration?

12-12 Another error from Lee  and Hyderabad has levelled things here.

11-12 Kim goes long at the baseline.

10-11 This time the serve goes long!

9-11 Bodin goes long returning a serve.

9-9 Good pressure from Mumbai. The pair hit side to side in the 24 shot rally and, after multiple smashes are returned, one finally gives them the point.

9-8 Nervous net play from Lee. Makes another mistake.

8-7 Lee smashes into the net and Hyderabad with the lead at the break. The pair has done well to take the lead, however slender it is, at the break. Lee started the match well but finished with too many errors before the break.

6-7 Service error from Lee.

5-5 Bodin does well to let a shot go out in the last second. It looked like he touched the shuttle but replays show that he pulled out at the last moment.

4-5 Into the body from Bodin and he's helped Hyderabad recover after a mixed start.

2-4 Lee has started strong for Mumbai. Takes a point this time with a smash.

1-2 A 0.35 second reaction from Lee to get a return and he does well to put it down the middle.

Match 1, Game 1: 0-1 Smash down the middle from Lee and Mumbai takes the first point.

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