PBL Highlights: Hyderabad Hunters vs Chennai Smashers

Get the live score updates from today's PBL match between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers.

P.V. Sindhu will be in action in the third match of the evening against Sung Ji Hyun.   -  Luis Veniegra - BWF

Good evening, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of today's Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie between Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers.

-- It's the Hyderabad Hunters that prevails! The third game was perched at 14-14 and duo of Kim and Eom held on to clinch the game and with it, lead their side to a 5-0 win.

-- This match is going right down to the wire! Eom and Kim make a fine comeback to win the second game 15-13 and force the tie into a deciding third game.

-- The Smashers pair takes the first game 15-14.

The fifth and final match of the day will see Kim S and Eom H take on the Smashers' pair of Chris and Gabby Adcock.

Hyderabad Hunters' Mark Caljouw beats Parupalli Kashyap 15-11 14-15 15-13 in Chennai Smashers' Trump Match and helps Hyderabad take a 4-0 lead in the tie.

15-13 Caljouw seals the win in Chennai Smashers Trump Match and takes off his shirt in delight!

14-13 Match point for Caljouw.

13-13 Caljouw goes for the forehand winner, slightly prematurely, and he smashes the dipping shuttle into the net.

13-12 Caljouw forces a backhand error off Kashyap.

12-12 A forehand winner down the line from Caljouw.

11-12 Caljouw with an unforced error. He looks at his team-mates in frustration after the mistake.

11-11 Kashyap catches the net with a forehand smash.  Ninth forehand unforced error from the India.

9-11 Caljouw can't return Kashyap's drop. He catches the net again.

9-10 An unforced error from Caljouw.

9-9 This time, Caljouw with an overhead smash to level the score.

8-9 Kashyap wins the point with a opportunistic overhead smash after drawing Caljouw to the net.

8-8 Caljouw with a jump smash to Kashyap's backhand, which isn't strong enough to return.

7-8 A forehand error from Kashyap.

6-8 Kashyap pounces on a loose Caljouw return with a cross court backhand winner.

5-7 A forehand unforced error from Kashyap.

4-7 Great defence from Kashyap initially, but then clinches the point with a jump smash! He has all the momentum now.

4-6 A forehand unforced error from Caljouw.

 

4-5 A jump smash from Kashyap!

4-4 Kashyap goes for return through his legs after Caljouw's body smash, but he can't get it over the net.

3-4 A body smash from Kashyap and Caljouw can't return with his backhand.

3-3 A forehand winner from Kashyap.

3-2 Great defence from Caljouw to withstand the initial pressure from Kashyap and then clinch the point with a forehand smash! That is his 14th forehand winner of the match!

2-2 A jump smash from Kashyap!

2-1 A backhand unforced error from Kashyap.

1-1 A delicate drop from Kashyap, who disguised shot brilliantly: initially shaping up to unleash a smash, he reduces his racquet speed and plays the drop.

1-0 A fierce overhead smash from Caljouw.

Third game.

15-14 Mark Caljouw smashes the net with his forehand and Kashyap forces a decider!

14-14 Kashyap goes for too much power with his overhead smash and catches the net. Decider point!

14-13 Caljouw holding his nerve with Kashyap on a game point. He hits a backhand winner.

13-12 An unforced error from Caljouw, catches the net with an attempted drop shot.

12-12 An unforced backhand error from Caljouw. Goes for the delicate drop but drags his shot marginally wide.

10-12 Caljouw can't retrieve a clever drop from Kashyap.

 

9-11 Kashyap gets the point. Caljouw anticipated the shuttle to go out but it drops well inside the baseline.

8-11 Kashyap's forehand catches the sideline.

7-11 A overhead smash from Caljouw catches the net.

5-11 Kashyap with a forehand unforced error. Caljouw's overhead smash was powerful for the Indian to return.

5-10 A forehand unforced error from Caljouw.

4-10 Another unforced error from Kashyap.

4-9 Caljouw's forehand catches the outside edge of the baseline.

4-8 Kashyap with an unforced error, catches the net.

4-7 A forehand winner from Caljouw.

4-6 Kashyap's backhand is wide.

3-5 Kashyap can't return a Cajouw forehand.

3-4 Another forehand winner from Kashyap, this time with a jump smash.

 

2-4 A forehand winner from Kashyap and Caljouw can't retrieve it with his backhand.

1-4 Make that three in a row! Caljouw seals the point with another forehand winner!

1-3 A forehand winner from Caljouw. The smash speed was 316 kmph.

1-2 A body smash from Caljouw and Kashyap doesn't return.

1-1 A forehand winner from Caljouw.

Second game.

11-15 Caljouw takes the first game with an unforced error from Kashyap.

11-14 Another Caljouw forehand unforced error. This time, he catches the net in going for the winner.

10-14 Caljouw's forehand smash is marginally wide.

9-14 Great defence from Caljouw! Kashyap produces a series of smashes and Caljouw digs out a backhand winner to clinch the point.

9-13 An overhead smash from Kashyap catches the net.

9-12 A 34-shot rally ends with Caljouw winning the point with a body smash.

 

9-11 Caljouw's backhand is marginally long and over the baseline.

8-11 Kashyap smashes the net with his forehand.

7-8 Caljouw's overhead smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

6-8 Great defence from Kashyap initially and he finishes off the point with a delicate backhand drop, leaves Caljouw on the floor!

5-8 Caljouw takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break.

5-7 A fierce overhead smash from Caljouw and Kashyap ducks for cover!

5-6 A backhand winner from Caljouw.

 

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

3-5 This time a forehand unforced error from Kashyap, who drags it wide.

3-4 Kashyap's backhand is long and Caljouw sees the shuttle drop over the baseline.

3-3 A forced forehand error from Kashyap. That was another fierce smash from Caljouw!

3-2 A fierce overhead smash from Caljouw. Kashyap has no answer!

3-1 An unforced error from Caljouw, who drags his backhand wide.

1-1 An unforced error from Kashyap, who catches the net.

1-0 A forehand down the line winner from Kashyap.

Kashyap to serve.

Next up is the men's singles match between Mark Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) and Parupalli Kashyap (Chennai Smashers), which will be the Trump Match for Chennai Smashers.

Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai Smashers) wins the match 15-13 14-15 15-7 against Hyderabad Hunters' P. V. Sindhu. The tie now stands Hyderabad Hunters 3-1 Chennai Smashers.

 

7-15 Sindhu's forehand is long and Sung Ji Hyun wins!

7-14 A fierce overhead smash from Sindhu!

6-14 Match point for Sung Ji Hyun.

6-13 A forehand smash from Sindhu after drawing Sung Ji Hyun to the net.

5-13 A 350 kmph smash from Sindhu!

4-13 A winner from Sindhu! Sung Ji Hyun finds herself in the middle of the court and the shuttle drops on the baseline.

3-13 A cross court forehand winner from Sung Ji Hyun. She's getting the job done in style!

3-12 Sindhu catches the net with an overhead smash.

 

3-11 A delightful cross court backhand winner from Sung Ji Hyun! Sindhu couldn't get anywhere near.

3-10 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu and Sung Ji Hyun's lead is a massive seven points!

3-9 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

3-8 Sung Ji Hyun takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break in the third.

3-7 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

3-6 Sindhu goes for a backhand drop but can't get the shuttle over the net.

3-5 A cross court forehand winner from Sindhu.

2-5 A backhand winner from Sindhu.

1-5 A series of overhead smashes from both players, but Sindhu's smash catches the net after a long rally. That was the 10th forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

1-4 Sindhu's forehand is long and over the baseline.

1-3 A forehand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

1-2 A cross court forehand from Sung Ji Hyun goes marginally over the sideline. Sindhu gets the point on review!

0-2 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

0-1 A backhand forced error from Sindhu.

Third game. Sindhu to serve.

14-15 Sindhu forces a decider! Sung Ji Hyun falters with her backhand!

14-14 A overhead smash from Sindhu goes wide of the baseline. Decider point!

13-14 Sindhu's forehand is marginally long and over the baseline.

 

12-14 Game point for Sindhu following an unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun.

12-13 An unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun, but Sindhu shows good judgment to watch the shuttle dropping over the baseline.

12-12 Sung Ji Hyun forces an error off Sindhu with a fierce forehand smash which the Indian can't return.

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

11-11 A fierce forehand smash from Sindhu goes through Sung Ji Hyun, who ducks for cover!

11-10 Clever from Sung Ji Hyung! Moves Sindhu all over the court and forces an error off Sindhu's forehand, which catches the net.

10-10 Sindhu's backhand is long and over the baseline.

9-10 Another forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun. Careless!

9-9 A forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun.

9-8 An unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun, whose overhead smash is marginally wide.

9-7 Unlucky for Sindhu! The shuttle drops off the top of the net from a Sung Ji Hyun forehand.

8-7 A forehand unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun.

8-6 Sindhu's overhead smash is marginally wide.  Sung Ji Hyun shows good judgment to not play the shuttle that was drifting wide on her backhand.

7-6 Sung Ji Hyun gets the point from a Sindhu unforced error.

6-6 Another unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun, who catches the net again.

6-5 Sung Ji Hyun smashes the net with her forehand. Sindhu suddenly has some momentum.

6-4 A forehand winner from Sindhu.

6-3 Sindhu retrieves a Sung Ji Hyun drop but drags her forehand marginally wide of the sideline.

5-3 A forehand error from Sung Ji Hyun. Drags it wide and Sindhu shows good judgment to not play it.

4-2 A backhand winner from Sindhu.

4-1 A fierce forehand smash from Sindhu and Sung Ji Hyun cannot retrieve it on her backhand.

4-0 A forehand error from Sindhu.

3-0 A forehand smash from Sung Ji Hyun proves too quick for Sindhu, who sticks out her racquet, but can't return.

2-0 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

1-0 A backhand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

Second game. Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai smashers) to serve.

15-13 Sung Ji Hyun takes the first game with a delicate forehand drop. Sindhu was quite deep in her court on serve and Sung spotted it to play the drop shot to perfection!

 

14-12 Sindhu's judgment lets her down. She expects the shuttle to drift wide, but it catches the sideline flush.

13-12 Sindhu forces an error of Sung Ji Hyun with her patience.

13-11 Sindhu's forehand drops wide of the sideline.

12-11 Another unforced error from Sung Ji Hyun and Sindhu shows good judgment once again.

12-10 A forehand error from Sung Ji Hyun. Good judgment from Sindhu to not play the shuttle that was dropping wide.

12-9 Sindhu's backhand is long and well over the baseline. Sindhu reviews, but the point stands.

11-9 Another forehand error from Sindhu.

10-9 This time, Sung Ji Hyun's forehand is wide of the sideline.

10-8 Sindhu's forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

8-8 Misjudgment from Sindhu this time. Expects Sung Ji Hyun's serve to long but it drops inside the baseline.

7-8 Sindhu's forehand is long, over the baseline. That is the third forehand error from the Indian ace!

6-8 A service fault from Sindhu.

5-8 Misjudgment from Sung Ji Hyun and Sindhu takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

5-7 Sindhu with a fierce forehand winner. The smash speed was 276 kmph!

5-6 A forehand winner from Sung Ji Hyun.

4-6 Sindhu drags Sung Ji Hyun to the left, opens the court on the right and places the forehand there to go two points up.

4-5 Another forehand winner from P. V. Sindhu. The smash was 315 kmph!

4-4 Back to back points for Sung Ji Hyun.

 

2-4 P. V. Sindhu with a overhead smash. Sung Ji Hyun gets nowhere near.

2-3 Sung Ji Hyun with a forehand winner.

1-3 A carbon copy of previous point! P. V. Sindhu with a fierce cross court forehand to clinch the point.

1-2 A forehand winner from P. V. Sindhu. Locates the open court to Sung Ji Hyun's right.

1-1 A backhand error from P. V. Sindhu.

Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai Smashers) to serve.

Next up is the women's singles between P. V. Sindhu (Hyderabad Hunters) and Sung Ji Hyun (Chennai Smashers).

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Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) beats Chennai Smashers' Chong Wei 15-11 15-13 to put Hyderabad 3-0 up in the tie.

15-13 A forehand winner from Lee Hyun to seal the win for Hyderabad Hunters.

14-13 A backhand unforced error from Chong Wei, who can't retrieve Lee Hyun's forehand smash.

13-13 Another unforced error from Lee Hyun.

13-12 Lee Hyun's forehand catches the net. We're set for an enthralling finish to this game.

12-11 Chong Wei with an unforced error.  His forehand drops over the baseline.

 

11-10 Chong Wei with a forehand unforced error.

10-10 A backhand winner from Chong Wei.

10-9 A backhand unforced error from Lee Hyun.

10-7 Lee Hyun's forehand wins the point. He was slightly fortunate in the way the point was set up with Chong Wei retrieving the shuttle after it had clipped the net. The meek return made Lee Hyun's job easier.

9-7 Lee Hyun's forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

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

7-6 Lee Hyun cannot retrieve Chong Wei's delicate drop. Four points in a row for Chennai Smashers' man.

7-5 A backhand unforced error this time, from Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters).

7-4 Lee Hyun goes for the forehand winner, but catches the net.

7-3 A backhand unforced error from Chong Wei, who catches the net.

 

6-2 A forehand winner from Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters).

5-2 An unforced error from Chong Wei. It was a 24-shot rally!

2-2 Chong Wei with a forehand winner.

2-1 A forehand winner from Lee Hyun, locating the open court on Chong Wei's backhand.

1-0 Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) with a fierce forehand smash that Chong Wei can't return.

Second game.

 

11-15 Lee Hyun takes the first game.

11-14 Lee Hyun's smash forces a backhand error of Chong Wei.

11-13 Chong Wei's backhand drops off the top of the net.

10-13 Lee Hyun returns and then trips. No worries of an injury, though.

9-13 A forehand smash winner from Lee Hyun.

9-12 Lee Hyun comes up with a backhand winner.

9-11 Lee Hyun's forehand is long, over the baseline.

7-10 Chong Wei catches the net with his backhand.

7-9 Chong Wei's forehand is marginally long, confirmed on review.

7-8 Lee Hyun goes into the mid-game break in the first with a one-point lead. A forehand winner finds the open court to Chong Wei's left.

6-6 Chong Wei catches the net once again.

6-5 Chong Wei with an unforced error this time.

6-4 Great defence from Chong Wei initially but chose the right moment to turn defence into attack and won the point with a forehand winner.

 

3-3 Chong Wei with an unforced error.

1-0 Chong Wei (Chennai Smashers) draws first blood.

Next up is the men's singles match between Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) and Chong Wei (Chennai Smashers).

Bodin Issara/Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters) beat B. Sumeeth Reddy/Chin Chung (Chennai Smashers) 13-15 15-12 15-10 and give Hunters a 2-0 lead in the tie.

10-15 Kim Sa Rang seals the Trump Match for Hyderabad Hunters with a backhand winner.

10-14 Hyderabad Hunters' resistance is broken with Chin Chung sealing the point with a forehand winner.

9-14 Chin Chung's forehand is long and over the baseline.

9-13 Issara forces an error from Sumeeth Reddy.

9-12 Kim Sa Rang with an unforced error this time, mishits his backhand.

8-12 An unforced error from Chin Chung.

 

7-11 Kim Sa Rang redeems himself and comes up with a forehand winner immediately.

7-10 An unforced error from Kim Sa Rang.

6-9 Sumeeth Reddy with a winner to get Chennai Smashers back on serve.

5-9 A forehand winner from Bodin Issara.

5-8 An unforced error from Chin Chung and Hyderabad Hunters takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the third.

5-7 Great defence from Hyderabad Hunters, but Issara can't keep his backhand inside the sideline.

4-7 Kim Sa Rang with a backhand winner.

4-6 A service fault from Bodin Issara.

3-6 Chin Chung can't return a fierce body smash from Issara.

3-4 Chin Chung with an unforced error.

3-3 A service fault from Bodin Issara.

2-2 A backhand unforced error from Chin Chung.

1-0 A forehand winner from Chin Chung.

Third game.

12-15 Wow! This has been some comeback from Hyderabad Hunters' pair of Bodin Issara and Kim Sa Rang. From 7-11 down, they take the second game.

12-11 Issara shows good anticipation to get a point after Sumeeth's forehand drops over the baseline.

 

11-10 Kim Sa Rang forces an error of Chin Chung, whose backhand is wide. Three points in a row for Hyderabad Hunters.

11-9 Kim Sa Rang with a backhand unforced error.

11-7 A forehand winner from Sumeeth. Issara showed great defence to keep the shuttle in play by returning a body smash but Sumeeth was able to hit a winner.

 

10-7 A backhand unforced error from Sumeeth Reddy.

10-6 Chin Chung's forehand is wide.

10-5 A forehand winner from Issara, finds the open court.

9-4 A backhand unforced error from Issara.

8-4 Issara's forehand is long. The points were short and Chennai Smashers takes a four-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

7-3 Kim Sa Rang's overhead smash is wide. Hyderabad Hunters can't cut down on the unforced errors.

5-3 Issara's backhand is long, well over the baseline.

4-3 Sumeeth Reddy redeems himself and unleashes a forehand smash which wins the point for Chennai Smashers.

3-3 B. Sumeeth Reddy's forehand is wide.

3-1 Issara with another unforced error. An easy point for Chennai Smashers.

1-1 A backhand unforced error from Issara.

 

Second game.

13-15 Chennai Smashers wins the first game after an unforced error from Kim Sa Rang.

13-13 Chin Chung pounces on a meek return and punishes Hyderabad Hunters with a powerful forehand winner.

13-12 Fortuitous! Chin Chung's forehand catches the top of the net and drops off it. Issara can't get his racquet to it.

12-11 B. Sumeeth Reddy makes a forehand unforced error, smashes the net.

11-11 Kim Sa Rang comes up with a winner to level the score for Hyderabad Hunters.

10-11 A service fault from B. Sumeeth Reddy.

 

9-11 Chin Chung forces an error off Kim Sa Rang with a powerful forehand smash.

9-10 Chin Chung's forehand catches the net this time.

8-10 Kim Sa Rang smashes the net with his forehand.

8-9 Chin Chung with an unforced error. He initially decided to play the shuttle which seemed to be heading wide.

7-9 A forehand down the line winner from Issara.

6-9 B. Sumeeth Reddy serves and wins the point with a backhand winner.

6-8 B. Sumeeth Reddy with a forehand smash to give Chennai Smashers a two-point lead at the mid-game break in the first.

5-7 Issara with a service fault.

4-5 Issara hits his backhand wide. Numerous unforced errors at the start of this match.

3-4 A forehand winner from B. Sumeeth Reddy.

3-3 A service fault from B. Sumeeth Reddy.

2-3 Chin Chung's forehand smash is too powerful for Issara to return.

2-2 Chin Chung smashes the net with his forehand.

1-2 Issara's forehand is wide of the sideline.

1-1 This time, Hyderabad Hunters make an unforced error.

1-0 B. Sumeeth Reddy with an unforced error first up.

Bodin Issara (Hyderabad Hunters) to serve.

The first match of the evening is the men's doubles: Bodin Issara/Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters) against Or Chin Chung/B. Sumeeth Reddy (Chennai Smashers). This will be Hyderabad's Trump Match.

 

The big match of the evening is the women's singles between P. V. Sindhu and Sung Ji Hyun, which will be played third. The Indian leads the head to head record in international matches by 8 to 6.

 

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Awadhe Warriors edged Pune 7 Aces yesterday in a tie that went all the way down to the wire.