As it happened: PBL 2018-19, Tie 23

Son Wan Ho's straight-games victory ensured Awadhe Warriors won a close tie.

Ashwini Ponappa will play the mixed doubles match with Mathias Christiansen for Awadhe Warriors.   -  Getty Images

Good evening, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of tie 23 of Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2018-19, season IV, between Awadhe Warriors and Chennai Smashers.

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Son Wan Ho beats Rajiv Ouseph (Chennai Smashers) 15-6 15-6 and helps Awadhe Warriors win the tie 4-3.

15-6 And he gets the job done!

14-6 A forehand winner from Son Wan Ho gives him game point.

12-6 Son Wan Ho with a backhand unforced error.

8-5 Son Wan Ho takes a healthy three-point lead into the mid-game break and is seemingly in control of the match.

5-3 A forehand unforced error from Son Wan Ho gives Rajiv Ouseph two points in a row.

 

5-1 A forehand unforced error from Rajiv Ouseph.

Second game.

15-6 A forehand winner from Son Wan Ho gives him the first game, which he has completely bossed!

14-6 Rajiv Ouseph's backhand is long.

12-4 Rajiv Ouseph's forehand is long.

8-4 Great defence again from Son Wan Ho! Ouseph's forehand smash seemed destined to win the point... until Son's precise backhand catches Ouseph short.

7-4 Another backhand error from Ouseph.

6-4 Son Wan Ho forces a backhand error off Ouseph.

5-4 Rajiv Ouseph's forehand smash is wide.

4-2 A forehand cross court winner from Son Wan Ho (Awadhe Warriors).

2-2 Great defence from Son Wan Ho to produce a forehand winner after a ferocious smash from Rajiv Ouseph.

Next up is the men's singles match to decide the winner of the tie: Son Wan Ho of Awadhe Warriors takes on Rajiv Ouseph of Chennai Smashers.

 

Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock beat Ashwini Ponnappa/Mathias Christiansen (Awadhe Warriors) 15-13 9-15 15-14 to pull Chennai Smashers level (3-3) in the tie.

 

14-15 They pull it off! Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock come from 8-14 down to clinch the second game.

14-14 Six points a row! The latest courtesy a forehand winner from Chris Adcock.

14-13 A backhand error from Ponnappa takes Chennai Smashes to within a point of Awadhe Warriors.

14-12 A backhand winner from Chris Adcock.

14-11 Chris Adcock with a body smash at Ashwini Ponnappa.

14-10 Mathias Christiansen smashes the net with his forehand.

14-8 A forehand error from Gabrielle Adcock this time. Game point for Awadhe Warriors.

12-8 A forehand unforced error from Mathias Christiansen.

12-6 Chris Adcock smashes the net with his forehand. Great defence initially from Mathias Christiansen!

8-4 Four points in a row for Awadhe Warriors' pair sends them into the mid-game break with a healthy lead.

5-4 A forehand unforced error from Gabrielle Adcock.

Third game.

15-9 Awadhe Warriors (Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa) takes the second game and forces a deciding third game.

14-8 A body smash from Chris Adcock with Awadhe Warriors still with game point.

13-7 A forehand unforced error from Chris Adcock.

11-7 A forehand winner from Chris Adcock.

9-5 A forehand unforced error from Ashwini Ponnappa.

8-2 A forehand unforced error from Chris Adcock sends Awadhe Warriors into the mid-game break with a healthy six-point lead.

7-1 Mathias Christiansen produces a backhand cross court winner to extend Awadhe Warriors' lead.

4-1 A forehand winner from Mathias Christiansen this time. He pounced on a weak return initially!

2-0 A forehand winner from Ponnappa.

Second game.

13-15 Chennai Smashers' Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock complete the comeback to win the first game.

13-14 A forehand cross court winner from Chris Adcock.

 

12-12 A backhand unforced error from Ponnappa levels the score.

12-11 A forehand winner from Gabrielle Adcock.

10-9 Mathias Christiansen's forehand is long, over the baseline.

10-6 Ponnappa drags her backhand wide.

10-5 A backhand error from Chris Adcock.

8-5 Gabrielle Adcock smashes the net with her forehand, sending Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa into the mid-game break with a three-point lead.

7-3 A service fault from Gabrielle Adcock.

6-2 An ace from Ashwini Ponnappa. The Chennai Smashers pair review the umpire's call and the Hawk-eye shows that the shuttle clipped the line.

5-2 A backhand unforced error from Chris Adcock.

1-0 A forehand winner from Ashwini.

Next up is the mixed doubles match between Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa (Awadhe Warriors) and Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (Chennai Smashers).

Sung Ji Hyun beats Beiwen Zhang (Awadhe Warriors) 15-13 15-18 in her Trump Match and gets Chennai Smashers on board in the tie, which stands 3-2, with Awadhe still leading.

15-8 Sung Ji Hyun wins the game and match in straight games, putting Chennai Smashers on board in the tie.

10-8 Sung Ji Hyun with a forehand unforced error.

8-6 Sung Ji Hyun takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break.

 

6-5 Sung Ji Hyun catches the net this time with his attempted cross court forehand winner.

6-4 A cross court forehand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

3-2 Sung Ji Hyun's jump smash forces a backhand error off Beiwen Zhang.

2-0 A forehand winner down the line from Sung Ji Hyun.

Second game.

15-13 Sung Ji Hyun takes the first game.

14-12 A backhand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

 

12-11 A forehand unforced error from Zhang puts Sung Ji Hyun ahead.

8-10 A backhand unforced error from Zhang.

7-10 Sung Ji Hyun goes for the forehand drop shot but catches the net.

6-9 Another uncharacteristic forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun. This is her third of the match.

6-8 A forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun hands Zhang a two-point lead at the mid-game break in the first.

5-5 Beiwen Zhang with a delicate drop shot.

4-4 A backhand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun levels the score in the first game.

Next up is the women's singles match between Beiwen Zhang (Awadhe Warriors) and Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai Smashers).

Lee Dong Keun beats Chong Wei Feng (Chennai Smashers) 15-7 15-13 to put Awadhe Warriors 3-0 ahead in the tie.

15-13 Lee Dong Keun seals the game and match with a forehand winner.

12-11 A forehand unforced error from Chong Wei Feng puts Lee Dong Keun in the lead for the first time in the second game.

 

10-11 A forehand smash down the line from Chong Wei Feng to seal the point that he dominated from start to finish!

9-9 A jump smash from Lee Dong Keun forces a backhand error off Chong Wei Feng.

7-8 A forehand unforced error from Chong Wei Feng.

6-8 A backhand unforced error from Lee Dong Keun hands Chong Wei Feng a two-point lead at the mid-game break in the second.

5-7 A jump smash down the line from Chong Wei Feng.

5-6 Great defence initially from Lee Dong Keun before sealing the point with a well-placed forehand winner!

 

3-5 A forehand unforced error from Lee Dong Keun.

3-4 Chong Wei Feng goes for the backhand cross court winner, but smashes the net with Lee Dong Keun deep in his court.

2-4 A jump smash from Chong Wei Feng, who has made a good start to the second game.

2-2 Chong Wei Feng's attempted forehand drop shot drops marginally wide.

1-2 Chong Wei Feng forces a backhand error off Lee Dong Keun with a jump smash.

Second game.

15-7 Lee Dong Keun takes the first game with a backhand winner.

13-7 Chong Wei Feng's forehand smash forces a backhand error off Lee Dong Keun, who's in the ascendancy still.

13-5 Lee Dong Keun's in exceptional touch! He's firing forehand winners for fun, the latest taking his lead to eight points in the first game.

11-5 A forehand winner from Lee Dong Keun to build on his already substantial lead.

10-5 Chong Wei Feng goes for the cross court forehand winner but drags it fractionally wide of the sideline.

8-4 Back to back forehand winners from Chong Wei Feng to cut the gap to four points.

8-2 A healthy six-point lead for Awadhe Warriors at the mid-game break in the first.

6-2 A forehand winner from Lee Dong Keun (Awadhe Warriors).

3-2 A jump smash down the line from Chong! The speed of that smash was 334kmph!

3-1 Chong Wei Feng's backhand is long and well over the baseline.

1-0 An unforced error from Chong Wei Feng (Chennai Smashers).

Next up is the men's singles match between Lee Dong Keun (Awadhe Warriors) and Chong Wei Feng (Chennai Smashers).

Lee Yang/Mathias Christiansen (Awadhe Warriors) beat Chris Adcock/Sumeeth Reddy (Chennai Smashers) 15-8 15-6 and put their team 2-0 ahead in the tie.

15-6 A forehand winner down the middle seals the game and match for Awadhe Warriors.

11-2 A forehand unforced error from Lee Yang.

 

10-1 A backhand unforced error from Chris Adcock.

8-1 Mathias Christiansen with a forehand winner to give Awadhe Warriors a seven-point lead at the mid-game break in the second.

3-1 Another forehand unforced error from Sumeeth Reddy. It ended a 25-shot rally.

Second game.

15-8 Lee Yang/Mathias Christiansen take the first game by a comfortable margin.

 

14-8 A forehand unforced error from Sumeeth Reddy.

10-8 Chris Adcock shows good judgment to not play the shuttle that drops well over the baseline.

 

10-7 Sumeeth Reddy catches the net with his backhand.

8-5 Lee Yang/Mathias Christiansen take a four-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-4 Lee Yang produces a backhand winner after some good work at the net.

6-4 Sumeeth Reddy's backhand is well wide.

The first match of the evening is the men's doubles between the pairs of Lee Yang/Mathias Christiansen (Awadhe Warriors) and Chris Adcock/Sumeeth Reddy (Chennai Smashers).  It's the Trump Match for Awadhe Warriors.

 

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