PBL Highlights: Bengaluru Raptors defeat Pune 7 Aces 4-3 in close tie

Get the live score updates from today's Premier Badminton League (PBL) matches between Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Chennai Smashers, followed by Pune 7 Aces taking on Bengaluru Raptors.

Kidambi Srikanth will lead Bengaluru Raptors against Pune 7 Aces later tonight.   -  AFP

Pune 7 Aces 3-4 Bengaluru Raptors

B. Sai Praneeth encountered a tough fight against Lakshya Sen but still managed to win in straight games and win the tie 4-3 for Bengaluru Raptors.

Earlier, Pune 7 Aces' Line Kjaersfeldt and Vladimir Ivanov levelled the tie with a win against Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

Match 5 - Lakshya Sen vs B. Sai Praneeth

Second game

13-15 Lakshya saves two match points but he smashes into the net when he had a chance to equalise and Praneeth wins in straight games.

11-13 What a strong comeback from Lakshya Sen! Picks himself up after going nine points down and reduces the gap to just two points.

3-10 Lakshya Sen already looks defeated as Praneeth attacks with dominance. He's looked dangerous at the net.

2-8 This could get over quicker than we expected. Praneeth is proving too good for Lakshya and the teenager goes into the mid-game interval pondering.

2-7 With a pin-point smash to the corner, Praneeth extends his lead. That injured thumb looks like no hidrance at all to his game.

First game

9-15 Praneeth takes the first game but Lakshya Sen has shown signs of a better second game and we could even see the match going down to a decider here.

8-9 Praneeth is drawn into a silly mistake as Lakshya gets close.

5-8 Lakshya is fighting back as Praneeth maintains the lead.

3-6 Despite some really good smashes from Lakshya Sen, Sai Praneeth's movement on the court has helped him take the lead.

Pune's Line Kjaersfeldt and Vladimir Ivanov's win against Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis levels the score in the tie and it's all down to a men's singles match between Lakshya Sen and B. Sai Praneeth.

Match 4 - Line/Ivanov vs Ellis/Smith

 

Second game

15-9 That's the match to Pune! Line Kjaersfeldt and Vladimir Ivanov resist a minor comeback from the formidable Bengaluru pair.

12-5 Line and Ivanov look unbeatable at the moment! Ellis and Smith are playing with everything they've got but the calm pair on the other side of the net counters everything. 

9-3 Nothing gets past Ivanov whose towering figure in front of the net is proving too much of a hindrance for Ellis and Smith.

8-2 With two mistakes from Ivanov, Bengaluru Raptors get off the mark in the second game. But as things stand at the mid-game interval, Pune seems to be running away with this match.

7-0 Ivanov and Line are toying with their opponents. Ellis and Smith, meanwhile, are making too many unforced errors.

5-0 Line's smash gets lodged in Lauren Smith's racquet before she can react and that's a big lead.

First game

15-13 Marcus Ellis' shot goes long and that's the first game to Pune 7 Aces.

13-13 Ellen and Smith have come back strong and as Line smashes one into the court, they equalise.

11-7 Line and Ivanov have dominated the game, forcing the Raptors' pair into mistakes.

Pune 7 Aces' Line Kjaersfeldt and Vladimir Ivanov take on Bengaluru Raptors' Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in a mixed doubles battle. This will be followed by a mouth-watering fixture between Lakshya Sen and B. Sai Praneeth.

Bengaluru Raptors' captain Kidambi Srikanth comes from behind to win 10-15 15-12 15-14 against Pune 7 Aces' Ajay Jayaram. Bengaluru leads the tie 3-2.

15-14 A backhand error from Jayaram helps Srikanth seal the Trump Match for Bengaluru Raptors, coming from behind.

14-14 A backhand smash from Jayaram. We have a decider point here.

14-13 A forehand winner from Srikanth and a match point for him.

13-13 NERVY! Jayaram produces another winner! Again, the sideline comes to his rescue.

13-12 A forehand error from Srikanth, catches the net.

12-11 A forced backhand error off Jayaram.

 

11-11 Jayaram draws level with a forehand winner which catches the line flush.

11-9 Srikanth forces a backhand error off Jayaram.

9-9 Back to back points for Srikanth. The latest courtesy of an unforced forehand error from Jayaram.

7-9 Jayaram forces a backhand error off Srikanth with a jump smash.

7-8 Srikanth's forehand smash is marginally wide.

7-7 A jump smash down the line from Jayaram goes unreturned.

7-6 Jayaram goes for the forehand winner down the line. Drags his forehand marginally wide.

6-6 A forced forehand error from Jayaram draws Srikanth level.

4-6 Jayaram goes for the drop shot, but Srikanth is at the net to produce a backhand winner and gain the point.

3-6 Jayaram wins the point with a forehand cross court.

3-4 Srikanth's lob is long. Good judgment from Jayaram!

3-1 Srikanth forces a forehand error off Jayaram with a forehand smash.

2-0 A body smash from Srikanth after some good work at the net. That is his sixth forehand winner of the match.

Third game.

15-12 An unforced error from Jayaram hands Srikanth the second game and we go to the deciding third game.

14-12 Srikanth's forehand smashes into the net.

14-11 A forehand unforced error from Srikanth, in going for the forehand smash down the line.

14-10 Jayaram's lob is long and well over the baseline, giving Srikanth game point.

13-9 Srikanth with a backhand unforced error.

11-9 Srikanth's backhand is wide, confirmation after review by the Bengaluru Raptors captain.

11-6 A backhand winner from Jayaram. It couldn't have been placed any better: just inside the baseline, giving Srikanth no chance.

11-5 A forehand unforced error from Kidambi.

8-3 Srikanth takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break following a backhand error from Jayaram which goes long.

7-2 Jayaram hits a backhand winner after wonderful net play.

 

5-0 A backhand unforced error from Jayaram, catches the net going for the drop.

3-0 A delicate drop shot from Srikanth and Jayaram doesn't get his racquet to the shuttle.

1-0 Jayaram with a jump smash (370 kmph) which goes marginally wide.

Second game.

10-15 Jayaram takes the first game.

8-13 The HawkEye shows that the shuttle caught a piece off the baseline from Jayaram's lob.

8-12 Jayaram goes for the delicate drop shot but catches the net.

5-11 Another backhand unforced error from Srikanth.

5-10 Srikanth's backhand is wide.

 

5-9 Jayaram with a thumping forehand after forcing Srikanth deep in the court.

5-8 Jayaram takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

5-7 Jayaram makes a forehand unforced error, catches the net on his return.

4-7 Srikanth catches the net with his forehand.

3-5 Srikanth's lob is long, marginally over the baseline.

3-4 Jayaram's backhand is wide this time.

2-2 Jayaram's jump smash goes wide of the sideline.

1-2 A forehand smash down the line from Jayaram.

1-1 A backhand unforced error from Srikanth.

Next up, Bengaluru Raptors' captain Kidambi Srikanth faces Ajay Jayaram in the Trump Match for the away team.

Pune 7 Aces captain Carolina Marin beats Vi Thi Trang of Bengaluru Raptors 15-8 15-5 in the former's Trump Match and gives the home team a 2-1 lead in the tie.

15-5 Marin seals the deal with a forehand winner.

14-5 A cross court forehand winner gives Marin match point.

12-5 Marin unleashes a body smashes while in a backpedalling motion. Trang is unable to return.

10-5 Trang forces a backhand error off Marin. The Spaniard catches the net with a hit around the back of the head.

 

8-3 Trang's forehand is long and Marin takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break.

6-3 Marin forces a backhand error off Trang with a fierce smash.

3-2 Marin's backhand is marginally long, over the baseline.

3-0 A body smash from Marin. Trang appears to have no answer to Marin's offensive game.

1-0 Marin opens her account with a forehand smash down the middle.

Second game.

15-8 An unforced error from Trang hands Marin the opening game.

14-8 Marin catches the net with a jump smash.

14-7 A forehand error from Trang, catches the net.

13-5 Trang misses what appears a simple backhand. Another easy point for Marin.

 

11-4 Marin with a delicate drop shot, catching Trang short.

10-4 Marin's jump smash is well wide of the sideline.

8-3 Trang's forehand smash is well wide.

7-3 Marin with a delicate drop having forced Trang to the back of the court.

6-3 Trang's backhand catches the net. A couple of easy points for Marin.

5-3 Trang with an unforced error, catches the net with her forehand.

4-3 Marin with a forehand cross court winner.

2-3 Marin smashes the net with her forehand.

2-2 Trang forces a backhand error off Marin with a thumping forehand smash.

2-0 A forehand smash down the line from Marin.

1-0 Marin off the mark.

Next up is the women's singles, Pune 7 Aces' Trump Match, between Carolina Marin and Vu Thi Trang.

Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Bengaluru Raptors) beat Vladimir Ivanov/Chirag Shetty (Pune 7 Aces) 15-12 15-11. Bengaluru Raptors lead the tie 1-0.

11-15 Chirag makes a backhand unforced error to concede the game and match.

11-14 Chirag Shetty with a forehand cross court winner to keep Pune 7 Aces alive.

10-13 Hendra Setiawan produces another forehand winner.

9-12 Mohammad Ahsan gives Raptors a three-point cushion. Again, Chirag and Ivanov are camped in the back of the court, making Raptors' job easier.

9-9 Hendra Setiawan hammers another smash down the line to draw Bengaluru Raptors level.

9-8 Hendra Setiawan with a jump smash down the line.

9-7 Hendra Setiawan comes up with a backhand winner to reduce the points gap.

 

9-6 Another unforced error from Pune 7 Aces. Chirag's jump smash catches the net.

9-5 Ivanov misses what seems an easy forehand smash.

8-4 Chirag with a fierce forehand smash to five Pune 7 Aces a four-point lead at the mid-game break in the second.

7-4 Service fault from Hendra Setiawan.

6-3 An unforced forehand error from Ivanov.

4-2 Hendra Setiawan with a delicate drop while Ivanov and Chirag were camped in the back of the court.

2-1 Ivanov with a thumping forehand winner down the line.

1-0 Vladimir Ivanov forces a backhand error off Mohammad Ahsan with a body smash.

Second game.

15-12 A forced forehand error from Chirag gives Bengaluru Raptors the first game.

14-12 Chirag's backhand goes long, over the baseline.

13-11 Hendra Setiawan produces a forehand cross court winner.

12-11 A smash down the line from Hendra Setiawan.

10-10 Ivanov forces a backhand error with a body smash.

 

10-9 A forehand down the line winner from Chirag.

10-8 Chirag's forehand is long, well over the baseline.

8-7 Bengaluru Raptors takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-7 A backhand error from Mohammad Ahsan.

7-6 A forehand down the line winner from Chirag Shetty.

5-3 A backhand error from Chirag Shetty.

3-3 A backhand unforced error from Ivanov.

2-3 An unforced error from Setiawan, who smashes the net.

1-1 Hendra Setiawan (Bengaluru Raptors) plays a delicate drop to catch Chirag short.

0-1 A backhand unforced error from Chirag Shetty.

First up will be the men's doubles match between Vladimir Ivanov/Chirag Shetty (Pune 7 Aces) and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Bengaluru Raptors).

 

Next, Carolina Marin-led Pune 7 Aces takes on Bengaluru Raptors, led by Kidambi Srikanth.

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B. Sumeeth Reddy/Chris Adcock take the second game 15-12 and seal the match 15-11 15-12 against the Ahmedabad Smash Masters' pair of Satwik Rankireddy/Lee Reginald. Chennai Smashers wins the tie 6 - (-1).

B. Sumeeth Reddy/Chris Adcock take the first game 15-11 against the Ahmedabad Smash Masters' pair of Satwik Rankireddy/Lee Reginald.

 

Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Satwik Rankireddy/Lee Reginald take on Chennai Smashers' B. Sumeeth Redd/Chris Adcock.

Sung Ji Hyun beats Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Kirsty Gilmour 15-11 15-9. Chennai Smashers leads the tie 5 - (-1).

9-15 Sung Ji Hyun seals the match.

8-14 Gilmour can't return Sung Ji Hyun's drop shot.

8-13 Gilmour with a delicate drop after being moved around the court by Sung Ji Hyun.

7-13 Gilmour's forehand is wide. Sung Ji Hyun running away with the match.

7-12 A forehand down the line winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

 

7-11 Sung Ji Hyun's lob is long, well over the baseline.

6-11 A forehand unforced error from Gilmour.

6-10 Sung Ji Hyun goes for the delicate drop but catches the net in the process.

5-10 A forehand unforced error from Gilmour.

5-8 Sung Ji Hyun takes three-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

Third game.

11-15 A forehand smash from Sung Ji Hyun seals the first game for her and Chennai Smashers.

11-14 Gilmour goes for the jump smash down the line but drags it wide.

9-10 Gilmour's attemped smash down the line is wide.

9-9 Sung Ji Hyun forces an error off Gilmour.

9-8 A jump smash down the line from Sung Ji Hyun.

9-7 A forehand winner from Gilmour.

8-6 A forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun.

7-6 A forehand winner from Sung Ji Hyun. It was well-disguised and well-placed!

7-5 Sung Ji Hyun with a forehand error.

6-5 A body smash from Sung Ji Hyun and Gilmour can't return with her backhand.

6-3 A body smash from Gilmour and Sung Ji Hyun catches the net with her backhanded return.

5-3 A forehand cross court winner from Gilmour.

3-3 A backhand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

3-2 A forehand error from Sung Ji Hyun.

2-2 Sung Ji Hyun forces a forehand error off Gilmour with a fierce forehand smash.

2-1 Gilmour's forehand is long, over the baseline.

2-0 A backhand error from Sung Ji Hyun.

Kirsty Gilmour to serve.

Next up is the women's singles match between Kirsty Gilmour (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) and Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai Smashers). Trump Match for Chennai Smashers.

Chennai Smashers Rajiv Ouseph beats Viktor Axelsen of Ahmedabad Smash Masters 15-12 7-15 15-3. Chennai Smashers leads the tie 3 - (-1).

13-15 Ouseph seals the game and match, and Axelsen loses Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Trump Match.

 

13-14 Ouseph's forehand is long, over the baseline.

12-14 A forehand down the line winner from Ouseph.

12-13 Ouseph smashes the net on his return of Axelsen's serve.

11-13 Axelsen's backhand drifts wide and Ouseph has a two-point lead.

11-12 A forehand cross court winner from Ouseph.

11-11 A forehand unforced error from Ouseph.

 

9-9 Axelsen finishes off the rally with a forehand winner after drawing Ouseph to the net.

8-9 Ouseph forces a backhand error off Axelsen.

8-8 A backhand winner from Axelsen.

7-8 Ouseph takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break. His clever drop shot goes unreturned by Axelsen.

7-7 A backhand unforced error from Axelsen.

4-4 Axelsen's jump smash goes marginally wide.

4-3 A backhand error from Axelsen.

4-2 Axelsen delivers a backhand winner after drawing Ouseph to the net.

3-2 Axelsen's jump smash catches the net. Good defence from Ouseph to draw the error from the Dane.

3-1 Axelsen this time forces a forehand error off Ouseph.

2-1 Ouseph forces a backhand error off Axelsen.

1-0 A backhand winner from Axelsen, helped by Ouseph's misjudgment and choosing to not play it.

Third game.

7-15 Axelsen levels the match at one game apiece.

7-14 Axelsen brings up game point with a bit of fortune. His forehand drops off the top of the net.

7-13 Axelsen's forehand is wide.

6-13 A forehand cross court winner from Axelsen.

6-12 A forced backhand error from Ouseph.

5-11 Ouseph's forehand catches the net. It was a casual shot at the end of a 20-shot rally.

5-10 Axelsen produces a forehand cross court winner.

5-8 Axelsen's jump smash catches the net. A couple of easy points for Ouseph.

4-8 A service fault from Axelsen.

3-8 Axelsen takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

 

3-6 A forced forehand error from Ouseph, trying to return Axelsen's smash.

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

2-5 Axelsen produces a forehand winner.

1-4 Another Ouseph lob drops over the baseline.

1-2 Ouseph's forehand is wide.

1-0 A forehand unforced error from Axelsen.

Second game.

12-15 Ouseph seals the first game.

12-14 Ouseph's forehand drops inside the baseline and he gets a game point.

12-13 A forehand unforced error from Ouseph.

11-12 Axelsen slips trying to return a drop shot from Ouseph and drags his shot wide.

11-11 A forehand unforced error from Ouseph, who sends his shot long, well over the baseline.

10-11 A forehand cross court winner from Axelsen.

9-11 A backhand unforced error from Axelsen.

9-10 Ouseph shows good judgment to win a point after reviewing the umpire's call.

9-9 Axelsen's forces a backhand error off Ouseph.

8-9 Service fault from Ouseph.

7-9 Axelsen's jump smash catches the net.

7-8 Axelsen's backhand is marginally long, over the baseline.

7-7 A forehand down the line winner from Axelsen.

5-6 Axelsen's forehand is long. Ouseph shows good judgment to not play the shuttle that drops over the baseline.

5-5 Axelsen's forehand catches the net.

5-4 A forehand smash down the line from Axelsen.

4-4 Axelsen's backhand is wide.

4-3 A forehand cross court winner from Axelsen.

3-3 A body smash from Ouseph and Axelsen doesn't return.

3-1 Axelsen shows good judgment to not play Rajiv's forehand. And it's wide indeed!

2-1 A backhand winner from Axelsen.

1-0 A forehand unforced error from Rajiv.

Viktor Axelsen (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) to serve.

Next up is the men's singles match between Viktor Axelsen (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) and Rajiv Ouseph (Chennai Smashers). This is Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Trump Match.

Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (Chennai Smashers) beat Satwik Rankireddy/N. Sikki Reddy (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) 15-14 15-13.

13-15 Another backhand unforced error from Sikki Reddy gifts the game and match to Chennai Smashers.

 

13-14 A backhand unforced error from Sikki Reddy.

13-13 An ace from Chennai Smashers at an opportune time.

13-12 A backhand unforced error from Sikki Reddy amid confusion as to who among the two wanted to play the shot.

13-11 Rankireddy forces an error off Chris Adcock.

12-11 Gabrielle Adcock with a forehand cross court winner.

12-10 Sikki Reddy with a forced backhand error.

11-9 A forehand error from Rankireddy.

11-8 Chris Adcock with an unforced error, trying to return Rankireddy's smash.

 

10-8 Chris Adcock with a service fault.

9-7 Sikki Reddy forces an error off Chris Adcock.

8-6 Gabrielle Adcock with a forced error, smashing the nt.

7-6 An ace from Rankireddy.

6-6 A jump smash down the line from Rankireddy!

5-6 A forehand unforced error from Gabriel Adcock.

4-5 Gabrielle Adcock's forehand is well wide.

3-5 Sikki Reddy smashes the net with her forehand. Pressure's telling on the Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

 

3-4 Sikki Reddy goes for a backhand winner but drags it wide.

3-3 Sikki Reddy with another forehand error this time.

3-2 Sikki Reddy drags her forehand well wide.

3-1 A backhand unforced error from Gabriel Adcock.

2-1 A forehand cross court winner from Rankireddy!

1-1 Gabrielle Adcock plays a delicate drop that catches Rankireddy short.

Second game.

14-15 A backhand unforced error from Rankireddy and the Adcocks take the first game.

14-14 Rankireddy hits a winner. The point was played so frantically that Chris Adcock misses the backhand.

13-13 A backhand unforced error from Sikki.

13-12 A forehand unforced error from Gabriel Adcock.

12-12 A backhand winner from Sikki.

 

11-12 A forehand winner from Rankireddy. The Ahmedabad pair of Rankireddy and Sikki is combining really well.

10-12 Gabrielle Adcock's forehand is well wide.

9-12 A backhand error from Chris Adcock.

8-12 A forehand unforced error from Gabriel Adcock.

6-12 Gabrielle Adcock forces an error off Sikki Reddy, whose backhand goes wide.

6-10 A winner from Sikki Reddy.

5-9 Sikki Reddy's backhand cross court is well wide.

5-8 Chris Adcock with a backhand unforced error this time. He went for power to return a meek lob from Sikki Reddy and drags his shot wide.

5-7 Chris Adcock's forehand smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

5-6 A forehand cross court winner from Sikki Reddy.

5-5 Chris Adcock with a forehand winner. The reaction time for Sikki Reddy was 0.35sec!

4-4 Gabrielle Adcock with a fierce forehand smash down the line.

3-4 Service fault from N. Sikki Reddy (Ahmedabad Smash Masters)

2-4 A backhand error from Gabrielle Adcock.

2-3 Service fault from Gabrielle Adcock.

1-1 Chris Adcock with a swift return of serve that the Ahmedabad pair can't react to quickly.

Gabrielle Adcock (Chennai Smashers) to serve.

Next up is the mixed doubles match between Satwik Rankireddy/N. Sikki Reddy (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) and Chris Adcock and Gabriel Adcock (Chennai Smashers).

Chong Wei Feng of Chennai Smashers beats Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Sourabh Verma 8-15 15-14 15-9. Chennai is 1-0 ahead in the tie.

9-15 Chong completes his back and in the end, sealed a rather comprehensive win.

9-14 Fortuitous! Chong gets the rub of the green, with the shuttle dropping off the top of the net/

9-13 Chong forces a forehand error off Verma with a forehand smash of his own.

9-12 Chong drags his forehand wide.

8-12 Chong with a forehand smash down the line.

8-10 Another body smash from Chong and he finds success with that ploy again.

8-9 Chong's jump smash catches the net. Verma's staging a comeback.

7-9 A forehand unforced error from Chong. He tries to return Verma's drop shot but catches the net.

6-9 Chong with a forehand unforced error after dominating the point. In the same token, Verma showed great composure amid the pressure Chong put him under with a series of smashes.

5-9 A body smash from Chong and Verma's backhand is not good enough to get the shuttle over the net.

5-8 Verma goes for a drop shot but catches the net.

5-7 A delicate drop from Chong and Verma's return smashes the net.

5-6 A backhand unforced error from Chong.

 

4-5 A forehand down the line winner from Chong.

4-4 Chong forces an error of Verma with a body smash.

4-2 Chong smashes the net with a forehand that he should really have dispatched easily.

3-2 Chong forces a forehand error off Verma with a fierce smash.

3-1 A forehand winner from Verma.

2-1 Chong's backhand lands flush on the baseline. Verma challenges the call and is unsuccessful.

Third game.

14-15 Chong produces a brilliant backhand to evade the outstretched Verma and seal the second game.

14-14 Chong smashes the net with his forehand.

13-14 A forehand cross court winner from Chong, who has won five points in a row.

13-13 A forehand unforced error from Verma.

13-12 Chong forces a backhand error off Verma.

13-11 A delicate drop from Chong, dexterity with his backhand!

13-10 Another backhand unforced error from Chong.

 

12-10 A backhand error from Verma trying to return Chong's forehand smash.

12-9 Great defence from Verma and Chong drags his forehand smash wide.

11-9 A forehand smash winner from Verma.

10-9 A service fault from Verma.

10-7 Verma with a forehand winner at the net. Chong was too defensive and kept going for the drop shot. Verma chose his moment to seal the point.

8-6 A forehand smash winner from Chong, who set up the point well.

8-5 Verma (Ahmedabad) takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in th second.

6-4 Verma with a backhand winner to pull two head.  Chng expected the shuttle to go out and chosen to not play it.

 

5-2 A forehand unforced error Chong.

4-2 Verma's body smash proves too quick for Chong to set himself for the return.

3-1 Chong's forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

2-1 Another unforced error from Chong.

1-1 Verma with a body smash at Chong, who

0-1 Verma with a forehand unforced error at the start of the second game,

Sourabh Verma to serve.

Second game.

15-8 Chong's backhand is long, over the baseline, and the Indian has comfortably won the first game.

13-6 A backhand winner down the line from Verma.

12-6 A backhand unforced error from Chong at the net.

11-6 A forehand smash winner from Chong.

 

11-5 Verma's long drops inside the line. Chong didn't play it expecting the shuttle to drop out.

8-5 Chong produces a forehand smash down the lline. Verma goes to retrieve with his forehand but can't get enouh oi

8-4 Chong forces a backhand error off Verma.

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

7-1 Chong smashes the net in going for the winner! Indescribable how he managed to catch the net.

6-1 A forehand error from Chong.

5-0 A body smash from Verma; Chong is unable to return with his backhand.

4-0 Chong's forehand smash i long.

2-0 Verma's overhead smash drops inside the baseline.

1-0 A delicate drop from Sourabh Verma.

Chennai Smashers' Chong Wei Fong to serve.

First up will be the men's singles match between Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Sourabh Verma and Chong Wei Feng of Chennai Smashers.

 

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Pune 7 Aces and North Eastern Warriors were the victors Saturday, beating Mumbai Rockets and Delhi Dashers respectively.