PBL Highlights: Hyderabad Hunters 1-4 Awadhe Warriors

Presenting the highlights of the Premier Badminton League matches between Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Bengaluru Raptors, and P. V. Sindhu's Hyderabad Hunters and Awadhe Warriors.

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Kidambi Srikanth will play the third tie of the day for Bengaluru Raptors against Daren Liew of Ahmedabad Smash Masters. (file photo)   -  AFP

Good evening, welcome to the highlights of this evening's PBL matches.

First up, Ahmedabad Smash Masters takes on Bengaluru Raptors, which will be followed by Hyderabad Hunters' clash against Awadhe Warriors.

15-13 VICTORY! Bodin and Kim jump in joy as they get the first and only point of the night. Hyderabad, which started out favourites failed to capitalise and the scoreboard reads 4-1 in favour of Awadhe Warriors.

13-13 Oh my god! Warriors not letting go off things that easy now. A crafty punch from Lee sees things done. Kim misreads it completely.

13-11 Two points required for Hunters to get on the board, FINALLY!

10-11 Out of limits! Too much power on that shot by Lee Yang sees the shuttle sail out of bounds.

8-8 Wow! Lee lunges forward to land a smash in the rival court.

7-6 'Furious forehand' is the label apt for Bodin's last shot. Lee, well had no answer to that.

4-4 The advantage of having a left-hander in your team is being perfectly justified by Bodin. Smashes one cross-court but Lee misses the shuttle by miles.

2-2 Impressive! Bodin and Kim have been extremely athletic and attacking tonight against an Awadhe side which has its guards up. Working right for the Hunters as well!

1-0 Hyderabad on the board early in the second half as well. Some consolation for the night if they bag a victory here?

Second game

15-9 Hyderabad Hunters would be eager to take atleast one point from this tie now. Things, for the first time tonight, seems to be going its way.

11-8 Bodin jumps up and rains a fiery smash. Christiansen gets to it but doesn't get much on the shot. Point to Hyderabad.

9-6 Beat him completely there! Sindhu's supportive cheers do not work as Bodin misjudges a return from Yang.

7-6 World No 8 Christiansen (mixed doubles) trying to bring Awadhe back into the game here. Point to be noted, Bodin has been exceptional tonight.

6-2 Way out! Kim puts too much power in that shot.

5-2 An amazing 24-shot rally comes to an end with Awadhe bagging the point. Unfair on the part of Bodin who pulled off two exceptional dives in that rally.

First game

In the mixed doubles encounter, and the last fixture of the evening, B. Isara and K.S. Rang of the Hyderabad Hunters meet Y. Lee and M. Christiansen of Awadhe Warriors.

11-15 Son Wan Ho (Awadhe Warriors) beats Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) in what was Awadhe Warriors' Trump Match.

At the break of the second game, Son bounces back with a 8-6 lead.

 

A error at the net by Son as Lee holds on to a slender one-point lead in the second game of the Trump Match.

Second game

10-15 A jump smash cross court winner from Son seals the first game.

10-14 Lee's forehand drops inside the baseline.

9-14 A forehand unforced error from Lee. He went for the down the line the winner with a jump smash, only managed to catch the net.

9-13 Son's body smash at Lee goes unreturned.

9-12 Son forces an error off Lee with a cross court forehand which Lee can't return.

9-11 Another unforced error from Lee. This time, he drags his backhand wide.

9-10 Lee with a backhand unforced error.

9-9 An unforced error from Son. He went for the drop, but couldn't get the shuttle over the net.

8-9 Son's lob drops inside the baseline.

8-8 A backhand unforced error from Son. Three points in a row for Lee since the mid-game break.

7-8 A down the line winner from Lee.

6-8 Son's jump smash goes wide.

5-8 Son Wan Ho takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the first. Lee expects the shuttle to go long but it drops inside the baseline.

5-7 A forehand winner from Lee.

4-7 An unforced error from Lee. Catches the net with an attempted drop shot.

4-6 A forehand down the line winner from Lee.

 

3-6 This time, Son makes the backhand unforced error. Lee showed good defence to turn the tables.

2-6 A backhand unforced error from Lee.

2-5 A cross court forehand winner from Son.

2-4 Son with a jump smash down the line.

2-3 A forehand winner from Son.

2-2 A cross court forehand winner from Son Wan Ho.

2-1 Lee goes for the drop again, but catches the net this time.

2-0 Lee with a delicate drop to win a 27-shot rally.

Lee 1-0 Son Son with an unforced error first up.

Next up is the men's singles match between Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) and Son Wan Ho (Awadhe Warriors), which is Awadhe Warriors' Trump Match.

Awadhe Warriors' Beiwen Zhang seals a 15-13 15-8 win over Hyderabad Hunters' captain. Awadhe Warriors now leads the tie 2-0.

8-15 Zhang seals the win with a forehand winner!

8-13 Amazing! Zhang in full stretch to her right manages to produced a forehand winner!

8-11 Zhang forces an error off Sindhu with a powerful smash. Sindhu doesn't manage to return with her backhand.

8-10 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

8-9 Zhang's forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

7-9 A body smash from Zhang.

7-8 A backhand unforced error from Zhang.

6-8 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu to hand Zhang a two-point lead at the mid-game break in the second.

6-7 A backhand unforced error from Zhang.

5-7 Zhang forces an error off Sindhu with a powerful smash that the Indian can't return with her backhand.

4-6 Another backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

 

4-4 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

4-3 A forehand winner from Sindhu. This time, misjudgment from Zhang.

3-3 An unforced error from Sindhu. Zhang gets the point after review confirmed the shuttled had dropped wide of the sideline.

3-2 Zhang's forehand is long.

2-2 A forehand unforced error from Zhang.

1-2 A body smash from Zhang, who wins back to back points.

Sindhu 1-0 Zhang Zhang's backhand is long, well over the baseline.

Second game.

13-15 Game, Zhang! From 6-10 down, Zhang shows tremendous character to win the game with a drop, making Sindhu stretch but the Indian doesn't manage to return.

13-14 A backhand unforced error from Zhang.

12-14 Sindhu's attempted body smash goes long and Zhang has a game point.

12-13 Another unforced error from Sindhu, this time with an overhead shot.

12-12 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu, catches the net.

11-12 Sindhu's lob goes long, well over the baseline.

10-12 A delicate drop from Zhang

8-12 A forehand unforced error from Zhang. She goes full stretch to her right to retrieve a drop shot from Sindhu and puts too much power on her return.

8-11 A forehand winner from Sindhu!

8-10 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu, whose attempted drop shot catches the net.

6-10 Zhang stretches to her right to retrieve a Sindhu drop shot but she only catches the net with her return.

6-9 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

5-9 A forehand down the line winner from Sindhu.

5-8 An unforced error from Zhang gives Sindhu a three-point lead at the mid-game break in the first.

5-7 Zhang tries to disguise her drop but catches the net with her attempted change of pace.

5-6 Another forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

4-6 Sindhu with a forehand unforced error, her third of the match.

3-6 Zhang's backhand is wide.

3-5 A forehand cross court winner from Sindhu. The smash speed was 315 kmph!

3-4 A body smash from Sindhu.

2-3 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu, who catches the net.

2-2 A cross court winner from Sindhu.

Zhang 2-1 Sindhu Zhang produces a backhand winner.

Next up is the women's singles between P. V. Sindhu (Hyderabad Hunters) and Beiwen Zhang (Awadhe Warriors).

Awadhe Warriors leads the tie 1-0 against Hyderabad Hunters after Mark Caljouw's win over Dong Keun Lee.

7-15 Caljouw clinches it! It's been an exceptional display from both the players but Caljouw's resistance and right balance between defence and attack gives him a 15-10 7-15 15-7 win against Lee.

7-14 A forehand winner from Lee.

6-14 A jump smash from Caljouw to give himself match point.

6-13 Lee's return is long, over the baseline.

6-12 Great defence from Caljouw, who returned a fierce smash from Lee and located a vacant spot to the right of Lee.

 

6-11 A jump smash from Caljouw proves too quick and powerful for Lee, who only manages to catch the net with his backhanded return.

6-10 A body smash from Lee and Caljouw couldn't return with his backhand.

5-9 Lee forces an error off Caljouw with a body smash.

4-9 An unforced error from Lee.

4-8 A backhand winner from Caljouw; misjudgment from Lee to not play it, expecting the shuttle to drop over the baseline.

4-7 A backhand winner from Lee after drawing Caljouw to the net.

3-7 A jump smash down the line from Caljouw. The speed of the smash was 417 kmph!

3-6 Lee catches the net with a smash.

3-5 Caljouw goes full stretch to his right to retrieve a fierce smash from Lee, but he doesn't manage to return.

2-5 Great defence from Caljouw! He seals the point by returning a Lee's smash at his body.

2-4 A forehand down the line winner from Caljouw. That was his 13th forehand winner of the match.

2-3 A forehand winner from Caljouw. He attacked Lee's serve and won the point.

2-2 Caljouw catches the net again with a jump smash.

1-1 Lee's backhand is marginally over the baseline. Caljouw shows good judgment to not play it.

1-0 Caljouw catches the net with his jump smash.

Lee to serve.

Third game.

7-15 Lee forces an error off Caljouw with a cross court forehand smash to take the match to a decider.

7-13 Caljouw's jump smash catches the net.

7-12 Lee gets the point after an unsuccessful review from Mark Cajouw (Hyderabad Hunters).

7-11 A down the line winner from Lee. It was his 10th forehand winner of the match.

7-10 A body smash from Lee.

7-9 An unforced error from Caljouw, catches the net.

7-8 Lee drags his attempted drop wide. Caljouw made a good call to review the initial decision.

6-8 Lee takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break in the second game.

6-7 An epic rally! Mark Caljouw comes out on top after a mesmerising 34-shot rally which Caljouw did extremely well to stay in and then an unforced error from Lee gifted him the point.

5-7 A service fault from Caljouw.

5-6 A forehand unforced error from Lee.

4-6 A forehand winner from Caljouw.

3-6 Caljouw forces an error off Lee with a shot at the body which Lee doesn't return.

2-6 A jump smash down the line from Caljouw this time.

1-6 A jump smash down the line from Lee.

1-5 Caljouw can't return Lee's jump smash on his backhand this time.

1-4 Lee's jump smash is too powerful for Caljouw to get enough power on his forehand and return; he catches the net.

1-2 Caljouw goes for the overhead smash but only manages to catch the net.

1-0 A forehand winner from Caljouw.

Second game.

15-10 Lee goes for the drop but only manages to catch the net and hand Caljouw the first game.

 

13-10 Caljouw's backhand is wide to hand Lee a point after showing great resistance initially.

13-9 Lee goes full stretch to his right to retrieve a fierce forehand cross court from Caljouw but doesn't get enough power on his shot and catches the net.

12-9 A jump smash down the line from Caljouw.

11-9 A forehand unforced error from Caljouw.

11-8 A forehand winner from Lee this time. He was excellent tactically to pull Caljouw to one side of the court to unleash a winner onto the other.

11-7 Caljouw produces a forehand winner!

10-7 Caljouw's smash goes long, well over the baseline.

10-6 A forehand smash to seal the point that Caljouw completely dominated!

9-6 A backhand unforced error from Lee.

8-5 An unforced error from Caljouw. Lee shows good judgment to watch the shuttle drop over the baseline.

8-4 Caljouw takes a four-point lead into the mid-game break in the first following a backhand unforced error from Lee.

7-2 A backhand error from Lee, who catches the net.

5-2 A forehand unforced error from Lee.

4-1 Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) produces another winner to seal point at the end of an epic 34-shot rally.

Caljouw 2-1 Dong Keun Lee Lee with a thumping cross court forehand winner.

Next up is the men's singles between Mark Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) and Dong Keun Lee (Awadhe Warriors).

Awadhe Warriors takes a 1 - (-1) lead in the tie against Hyderabad Hunters, thanks to Ashwini Ponnappa/Mathias Christiansen's 15-12 9-15 15-11 Trump Match win over Kim Sa Rang/Eom Hye Won.

15-11 Kim Sa Rang with a backhand unforced error.

14-11 Ponnappa with a forehand unforced error after some good defence initially.

14-10 Christiansen with a backhand unforced error, catches the net.

14-9 Christiansen with a marauding forehand, down the line winner to give Awadhe Warriors match point.

 

13-8 Christiansen forces an error off Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters).

12-8 Kim Sa Rang with a forehand winner.

11-7 Eom Hye Won's smash is long, well over the baseline. Awadhe Warriors with a comfortable four-point lead.

9-7 Christiansen with a jump smash that catches the net.

9-6 A winner from Ponnappa.

8-6 Ponnappa misses her forehand. On the second attempt after a missed first, she puts it wide.

8-5 Kim Sa Rang with a forehand unforced error to hand Awadhe Warriors a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the third.

7-5 He makes a service fault this time.

 

6-5 An ace from Kim Sa Rang.

6-4 Kim Sa Rang's jump smash catches the baseline flush.

5-3 A body smash from Christiansen. Eom Hye Won ducks for cover.

4-3 A backhand error from Ponnappa. It was a powerful smash from Kim Sa Rang and Ponnappa couldn't put enough power on her return.

4-2 A forehand unforced error from Kim Sa Rang. He goes for the cross court winner but drags it wide.

3-2 An unforced error from Kim Sa Rang.

1-1 A forehand winner from Ponnappa, who has been excellent with her net game tonight.

Third game.

9-15 Hyderabad Hunters (Kim Sa Rang/Eom Hye Won) levels the match.

9-14 Ponnappa produces a forehand winner.

8-14 Another unforced error from Awadhe Warriors. Game point for Hyderabad Hunters.

8-13 Kim Sa Rang forces an error off Awadhe Warriors with a fierce jump smash.

8-12 Christiansen, this time, drags his forehand wide.

 

8-10 Christiansen with a backhand error. Stretching to retrieve the shuttle, he puts too much power on his backhand.

8-9 Kim Sa Rang with a backhand unforced error.

7-9 A forehand winner from Ponnappa.

6-9 Kim Sa Rang with a jump smash to seal a point that Hyderabad Hunters completely dominated.

5-8 Great resilience from Hyderabad Hunters to take a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

5-7 Ponnappa goes for a forehand smash, but catches the net.

5-5 Eom Hye Won catches the net with her backhand.

4-5 Eom Hye Won with a backhand winner.

4-4 Eom Hye Won comes up with a backhand winner.

 

4-3 Ponnappa's smash is marginally over the baseline.

2-2 Ponnappa misses the forehand.

1-2 Christiansen can't keep his backhand inside. Hurried into the shot, he drags his backhand wide.

1-1 Christiansen's jump smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

1-0 Ponnappa produces a backhand winner.

Second game.

15-12 Ponnappa/Christiansen take the first game.

14-12 A forehand unforced error from Kim Sa Rang.

13-12 What a point! A forehand winner from Ponnappa seals the point for Awadhe Warriors but not before the two pairs had been engaged in a thrilling rally.

 

12-12 A backhand winner from Kim Sa Rang, who nonchalantly flicked back a 313 kmph jump smash from Christiansen.

12-11 Christiansen's review comes out in favour of Awadhe Warriors after the initial call had given Hyderabad Hunters a point. It had seemed to be a backhand winner from Eom Hye Won. But the shuttle had dropped marginally over the baseline.

11-11 A forehand, down the line winner from Kim Sa Rang, pouncing on a meek return from Christiansen.

11-10 Christiansen's backhand goes wide. Hyderabad Hunters gets the point after Awadhe Warriors chose to review the umpire's call.

11-8 Kim Sa Rang catches the net with his forehand. Six points in a row for Awadhe Warriors.

10-8 A winner from Christiansen. Lucky, in that the shuttle dropped off the top of the net.

8-8 An ace from Ponnappa. Eom Hye Won, for some reason, didn't play it.

6-8 Another body smash at Kim Sa Rang and another point for Awadhe Warriors.

5-8 Ponnappa forces an error off Kim Sa Rang with a body smash.

4-8 Ponnappa smashes the net.

4-7 Christiansen with a jump smash that splits Kim Sa Rang and Eom Hye Won, who were camped deep in the court.

3-7 Ponnappa misses her return.

3-5 Eom Hye Won (Hyderabad Hunters) can't return Ponnappa's fierce forehand smash.

2-5 Kim Sa Rang with another backhand winner, dispatching a meek return from Christiansen.

2-4 A brilliant rally ends with an unforced error from Eom Hye Won.

1-3 Kim Sa Rang with a delicate backhand drop with Ponnappa and Christiansen camped deep on the court.

1-2 Kim Sa Rang with a backhand winner.

0-1 A forehand unforced error from Christiansen (Awadhe Warriors), for which this is a Trump Match.

First up is the mixed doubles match between Hyderabad Hunters' pair of Kim Sa Rang/Eom Hye Won and Awadhe Warriors' Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa.

Next up is the tie between P. V. Sindhu's Hyderabad Hunters and Awadhe Warriors.

Kirsty Gilmour's 15-8 15-3 win over Bengaluru Raptors' Vu Thi Trang seals the tie 4-3 for Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

15-13 A body smash from Kirsty seals the win for her and the tie for Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

14-12 Trang's backhand is wide. Match point for Kirsty.

13-12 On a roll! Another unforced error from Trang gives Kirsty her fourth consecutive point.

12-12 Kirsty's delicate drop is too good for Trang.

 

11-12 Trang with a forehand unforced error trying to return Kirsty's jump smash.

10-12 Fortuitous! Kirsty's backhand drops off the top of the net, leaving Trang helpless.

9-12 Kirsty's forehand smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

9-10 Kirsty corners Trang and unleashes a unreturnable forehand to seal the point. That was her 10th forehand winner.

8-10 Trang's backhand goes wide.

8-9 This time, Kirsty catches the net with her backhand, attempting a drop.

8-8 Trang's backhand catches the net.

7-8 Kirsty's forehand catches the net and Trang takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

6-7 Trang with a jump smash which locates the open court to Kirsty's right-hand-side.

5-6 Trang's forehand drops off the top of the net. Kirsty can't get her racquet to it.

5-5 Trang is unable to return with her backhand.

4-5 A forehand winner from Trang.

4-4 Kirsty's smash is too powerful for Trang to return with her backhand.

 

3-4 Kirsty's forehand drops on the sideline. Trang is shocked! She thought it was heading out.

2-4 A forehand unforced error from Kirsty.

2-3 Trang with a backhand at Kirsty's body, which goes unreturned.

2-1 A jump smash from Kirsty to locate the open court on Trang's right-hand-side.

Kirsty 1-1 Trang Kirsty with a backhand unforced error.

Second game.

15-8 Trang with another forehand unforced error to hand Kirsty the first game.

14-8 Kirsty's jump smash is too powerful for Trang, who is unable to return.

13-8 A forehand winner from Trang, leaves Kirsty on the floor trying to return.

13-7 A forehand winner from Kirsty.

12-7 Trang seems surprised at the pace of Kirsty's jump smash. Her return catches the net.

11-7 Kirsty goes for a drop but only catches the net with her forehand.

11-6 An unforced error from Trang.

9-6 Trang comes up with a delicate drop which Kirsty can't return.

9-5 Trang's backhand is wide.

8-5 Fortuitous! Kirsty's forehand drops off the top of the net and she takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-5 Kirsty forces an error off Trang with a powerful smash. Trang catches the net with her forehand.

6-5 A backhand unforced error from Trang.

5-4 Trang with a 258 kmph forehand smash which Kirsty is unable to return.

4-3 Kirsty comes up with a forehand winner. Trang challenges the umpire's call and HawkEye shows that the shuttle got a piece of the baseline.

3-3 Kirsty plays a forehand cross court and Trang can't get her racquet to it to return.

2-3 Kirsty's jump smash catches the net, again.

2-2 This time Kirsty smashes the net with her forehand.

2-1 Kirsty with a backhand unforced error.

Kirsty 1-0 Trang Kirsty smashes a forehand winner to get off the mark.

 

Next up is the women's singles between Kirsty Gilmour of Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Bengaluru Raptors' Vu Thi Trang.

Bengaluru Raptors' Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan beat Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Nandagopal Kidambi/Lee Reginald 15-13 15-9 to level the tie 3-3.

9-15 Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan level the tie 3-3 by winning Bengaluru Raptors' Trump Match.

9-14 A forehand unforced error from Nandagopal, smashes the net.

9-12 Nandagopal's backhand drops off the top of the net.

7-11 Lee Reginald with a forehand smash down the line winner.

6-11 Mohammad Ahsan with a body smash at Nandagopal, who is unable to return.

6-9 A forehand unforced error from Mohammad Ahsan.

5-9 Mohammad Ahsan with an unforced error for Bengaluru Raptors.

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

3-7 A backhand unforced error from Lee Reginald.

3-6 A winner from Mohammad Ahsan for Bengaluru Raptors.

3-4 A backhand winner from Hendra Setiawan.

3-3 A service fault from Lee Reginald.

 

Ahmedabad 1-2 Bengaluru Lee Reginald with an unforced error.

Second game.

13-15 Nandagopal's backhand error hands Bengaluru Raptors' pair of Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan the first game.

13-14 Nandagopal with a forehand winner for Ahmedabad.

12-13 Lee Reginald with an unforced error from Ahmedabad.

12-12 Nandagopal produces a forehand winner to level the score for Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

11-12 Nandagopal with a jump smash.

8-11 An unforced error from Nandagopal, who catches the net with his forehand.

7-9 Lee Reginald with an unforced error from Ahmedabad Smash Masters. Remember, this is Bengaluru's Trump Match.

6-8 Nandagopal forces an error with a body smash.

4-8 Hendra Setiawan smashes a forehand winner to give Bengaluru Raptors a four-point lead at the mid-game break in the first.

4-7 An unforced error from Bengaluru.

3-4 A forehand unforced error from Nandagopal.

3-2 A backhand unforced error from Bengaluru Raptors.

2-1 A service fault from Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

Ahmedabad 1-0 Bengaluru An unforced error from Ahmedabad Smash Masters.

Next up is the men's doubles match between Nandagopal Kidambi/Lee Reginald (Ahmedabad Smash Masters) and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Bengaluru Raptors).

Bengaluru Raptors' Kidambi Srikanth beats Ahmedabad Smash Masters' Daren Liew 15-9 6-15 15-11. Ahmedabad leads the tie 3-1.

 

15-11 Srikanth finishes it off with a jump smash. He made it difficult for himself but importantly, wins the last two points to seal the win.

14-11 Match point for Srikanth after a forehand winner.

13-11 A backhand winner from Liew.

13-10 This time Srikanth commits a backhand unforced error.

13-9 Liew forces a backhand error off Srikanth.

13-8 Srikanth's forehand smash is long, well over the baseline.

13-7 Liew comes up with a forehand winner. Srikanth thought the shuttle was going out but it dropped well inside the baseline.

13-6 An unforced error from Srikanth.

13-5 Srikanth produces a forehand winner to clinch the point after having Liew on the defensive for much of the point.

12-5 A backhand unforced error from Srikanth, who catches the net.

12-4 Srikanth forces an error off Liew with a powerful overhead smash. Liew's return is wide.

11-3 Three points in a row for Liew. Srikanth with a forehand unforced error, which he has made numerous times this evening.

11-1 A forehand unforced error from Srikanth gets Liew off the mark in the third and decisive game.

9-0 Srikanth in ruthless mode! He comes up with another forehand to win a ninth consecutive point.

8-0 Another forehand winner from Srikanth. Liew has no clue despite having the momentum after winning the second game.

7-0 Sensational! Srikanth produces another forehand winner to finish off a point which he completely dominated!

5-0 Another forehand winner from Srikanth. That was his seventh forehand winner of the match.

4-0 Srikanth with a delicate drop which Liew can't return.

3-0 Srikanth corners Liew and then unleashes a powerful smash to the open court.

2-0 Liew goes for another forehand winner, but drags it wide, again.

1-0 Liew's forehand is wide.

Third game.

15-6 Srikanth's forehand smash is long, over the baseline. Liew levels the match 1-1 after losing the first game 9-15.

14-5 Srikanth's forehand smash is marginally wide.

13-5 Srikanth misjudges again. Liew's backhand drops inside the sideline!

12-4 A forehand unforced error from Srikanth, who catches the net.

11-4 Srikanth can't return Liew's backhand, which had dropped off the top of the net.

10-4 A forehand winner from Srikanth.

9-3 Liew with a delicate drop. Srikanth chooses to not play it, but it was well-placed from Liew.

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

7-3 Liew's backhand is wide. That is the sixth backhand unforced error from Liew.

6-2 Liew's jump smash is marginally wide.

5-1 Liew shows good judgment to not play the shuttle that goes long, over the baseline.

1-0 A forehand unforced error from Srikanth.

Second game.

15-9 Srikanth takes the first game.

 

14-9 Another backhand unforced error from Liew. He tries to send Srikanth deep in his court but sends the shuttle long, well over the baseline.

13-9 Srikanth's smash is marginally long, which is evident after review.

13-8 Srikanth forces an error off Liew with a body smash.

12-8 Liew makes another unforced error on his backhand. Some free points for Srikanth here.

11-8 Liew's attempted drop is well wide.

10-7 Liew catches the net with his backhand, attempting to return a drop from Srikanth.

9-7 Another thumping forehand smash from Srikanth, after wrongfooting Liew.

8-7 Srikanth smashes a winner to take a one-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-7 Liew shows good judgment to not play the shuttle that dropped just over the baseline.

7-6 A backhand unforced error from Kidambi Srikanth (Bengaluru Raptors).

7-5 A 325kmph forehand smash from Liew locates the open court on Srikanth's forehand.

7-4 Liew's forehand smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

6-4 Srikanth produces another winner. Liew expects this one to go long, but it drops inside the baseline.

5-3 Four points in a row now, for Srikanth. Liew's lob is long, well over the baseline.

2-3 A forehand winner from Srikanth.

1-3 Liew plays a delicate drop which Srikanth is unable to return.

1-2 Srikanth with a forehand unforced error.

1-1 Daren Liew with a jump smash winner to level the score.

1-0 Kidambi Srikanth opens the score.

Next up is, Daren Liew's clash against Kidambi Srikanth.

 

Ahmedabad Smash Masters holds a 3-0 lead against Bengaluru Raptors after the Mixed Doubles match, which Satwik Rankireddy/N. Sikki Reddy won against Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith won, and Sourabh Verma beat Sai Praneeth 15-11 11-15 15-14.

 

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Yesterday, North Eastern Warriors beat Mumbai Rockets thanks to Rituparna Das's success in the crucial Trump Match.