PBL: Hyderabad Hunters thrashes North Eastern Warriors

The P.V. Sindhu-led Hyderabad Hunters thrashed Saina Nehwal's team North Eastern Warriors 5-0 in the Pune leg of Premier Badminton League.

Saina Nehwal will go head to head with compatriot P. V. Sindhu in the third match of the evening.   -  PTI

Key highlights from the Pune leg of PBL action on Tuesday between P. V. Sindhu-led Hyderabad Hunters and Saina Nehwal's North Eastern Warriors.

Key highlights:

15-14: The inconsequential last men's doubles tie was also keenly fought with Hyderabad Hunters clinching it 15-10, 12-15, 15-14. With the 5-0 rout of Saina-led North Eastern Warriors, the Pune leg of the PBL comes to an end. The action tomorrow moves to a new city, Ahmedabad. Thanks for tuning in to this space for the updates and until tomorrow, good night.

15-12: The Warriors stay afloat in the clash by clinching the second game and more importantly the Hunters on the other hand not throwing it away. The decider game promises to be a cracker.

12-12: Neck-and-neck contest as North Eastern Warriors fights for one consolation win.

15-10: The first games goes to the Hunters and the highlight was one rally which lasted for 56 shots. The pair of Isara and Rang dominating the inconsequential tie.

Next up is the men's doubles match between Bodin Isara/Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters) and Yoo Yeon Seong/Liao Min Chun (North Eastern Warriors).

Mark Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) beats Tian Houwei (North Eastern Warriors) 15-11 15-14 and gives Hyderabad Hunters 4-0 lead in the tie.

15-14 Some rally, that! In the end, Houwei's backhand goes long and Caljouw raises in celebration for winning the match and giving Hyderabad Hunters an unassailable 4-0 lead.

14-14 Body smash from Houwei and Caljouw can't return. We go into a decider point.

14-13 Caljouw's backhand catches outer edge of the line and he is successful with back to back reviews.

13-13 A forehand smash down the line from Caljouw.

12-13 Houwei's forehand catches the line.

12-12 Caljouw's forehand smash is wide.

12-11 Caljouw, with the points level, produces another forehand winner to nudge ahead.

 

11-11 Caljouw's forehand cross court goes wide.

11-10 Caljouw responds with a forehand winner of his own.

10-10 Houwei levels the score with a forehand winner down the line.

10-8 Another backhand error from Caljouw.

10-7 A backhand unforced error from Caljouw.

10-6 Houwei forces a backhand error off Caljouw. Again, great resilience from North Eastern Warriors man to turn defence into attack and win the point!

10-5 Caljouw forces a backhand error off Houwei with a jump smash.

9-5 Caljouw's forehand is long, over the baseline.

9-4 Houwei's forehand is wide.

8-4 A forehand winner from Houwei. He had been under pressure for much of that point, but he shows good composure to produced the winner and clinch the point.

8-3 Another backhand unforced error from Houwei.

7-3 Houwei's backhand is long, over the baseline.

6-3 A forehand winner down the line from Caljouw.

4-3 Caljouw's drop shot goes unreturned. Some good work at the net from him!

3-3 Body smash from Caljouw and Houwei can't return.

2-2 Caljouw's smash drops inside the baseline.

Second game.

15-11 Caljouw takes the first game with a forehand winner.

14-11 A well-disguised drop shot from Caljouw catches Houwei short.

13-11 Houwei forces a backhand error off Caljouw with a jump smash that goes unreturned.

 

13-10 Another forehand cross court winner from Caljouw. That's the sixth forehand winner of the match for Caljouw.

12-8 A forehand cross court winner from Caljouw. He turned defence into attack brilliantly to win the point.

11-8 Caljouw's smash is long, over the baseline.

11-7 Caljouw's forehand is wide this time. Houwei shows good judgment to not play the shuttle.

11-6 Caljouw's backhand is wide.

11-5 A forehand cross court winner from Caljouw.

10-5 Caljouw wins the point eventually, but Houwei made him play four extra shots than he will have thought.

9-5 Caljouw's forehand is marginally wide.

9-4 Houwei's backhand lob is long, over the baseline.

8-4 Another forehand error from Houwei gives Caljouw a four-point lead at the mid-game break.

6-2 Houwei's forehand catches the net. That's the fourth forehand unforced error from Houwei.

5-2 Houwei drags his forehand wide. He intended to play the drop shot, but his forehand was marginally wide.

3-2 Houwei's forehand is wide. That was a 25-shot rally!

2-2 Houwei with a forehand winner.

2-1 Caljouw drags his forehand wide.

1-1 A forehand unforced error from Tian Houwei (North Eastern Warriors).

Mark Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) to serve.

Next up is the men's singles match between Mark Caljouw (Hyderabad Hunters) and Tian Houwei (North Eastern Warriors) in a Trump Match for the latter.

 

P. V. Sindhu (Hyderabad Hunters) beats Saina Nehwal (North Eastern Warriors) 10-15 15-9 15-5 and gives Hyderabad Hunters 3-1 lead in the tie.

5-15 A backhand unforced error from Saina gives Sindhu game and match.

5-14 Body smash from Sindhu to get herself match point.

5-13 Sindhu's smash is marginally over the baseline.

3-13 A forehand unforced error from Saina. Her shot goes long, well over the baseline.

3-12 A backhand winner from Sindhu this time.

3-11 An ace from Sindhu.

3-10 Sindhu's backhand is well wide.

3-9 A delicate drop shot from Sindhu, catching Saina short.

3-8 A body smash from Saina goes unreturned.

2-8 Sindhu with a healthy lead at the mid-game break in the third.

2-7 Sindhu forces a backhand error off Saina with a 362 kmph smash!

1-4 Saina with a forehand winner. Sindhu thought the shuttle had dropped beyond the baseline and goes for the review, but the shuttle had got a piece of the baseline.

0-4 A forehand unforced error from Saina, catches the net on her return.

0-3 Sindhu with a forehand winner to take a sizeable lead in the decisive third game.

Third game.

9-15 Sindhu takes the second game! She had to work really hard for the last point: Saina was resilient and kept returning Sindhu's smashes, but ultimately, one return catches the net. We go into the deciding third game.

8-13 Three points in a row for Sindhu! Her backhand lob drops inside the baseline.

 

8-10 Sindhu with a service fault.

6-10 Saina smashes the net with her forehand.

6-8 Sindhu's forehand drops just over the baseline. This was a 24-shot rally!

5-8 Saina forces a backhand error off Sindhu with a forehand cross court to win the point after a 31-shot rally!

4-8 A service fault from Sindhu.

3-8 A body smash from Sindhu and Saina can't even get her racquet to it.

3-7 A forehand unforced error from Saina.

3-6 A jump smash down the line from Sindhu.

 

3-5 Great judgment from Saina to not play Sindhu's forehand, which went long.

2-4 Sindhu's backhand lob is well wide.

1-3 Another backhand error from Saina.

0-1 A backhand unforced error from Saina.

Second game.

 

15-10 An unforced error from Sindhu and Saina, from 6-10 down, takes the first game.

14-10 Great defence from Saina to come up with a backhand winner! Sindhu's smash was pacey, but Saina showed great agility to pick out the open court on Sindhu's left.

12-10 A backhand unforced error from Sindhu.

11-10 Saina's on a roll now! Her lob drops inside the baseline. Sindhu looks on in despair.

10-10 Body smash from Saina and Sindhu can't return.  That was Saina's third forehand winner of the match!

8-10 Sindhu's lob is long. Saina watches the shuttle drop over the baseline.

7-10 Another forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

6-9 Close! Saina Nehwal's backhand drops just wide of the sideline and she can't believe her luck!

6-8 Sindhu's forehand is wide.

5-8 Sindhu goes into the mid-game break with a three-point lead.

5-7 A forehand unforced error from Sindhu.

4-7 Saina's backhand drops inside the baseline. Slight misjudgment from Sindhu.

2-7 A forehand unforced error from Saina.

1-6 Sindhu on a roll! She plays a delicate backhand drop to win her fifth straight point.

1-5 Saina's forehand is long, over the baseline.

 

1-4 Sindhu with a delicate drop shot to catch Saina short!

1-3 Saina smashes the net with her forehand. A couple of easy points back to back for Sindhu.

1-1 Saina gets off the mark with a body smash that goes unreturned.

0-1 Sindhu's lob drops inside the baseline.

Saina Nehwal to serve.

Next up is the pick of the matches this evening: Hyderabad Hunters captain P. V. Sindhu faces compatriot and North Eastern Warriors' skipper Saina Nehwal. Saina is playing her first match of the fourth edition of PBL.

Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) beats Tanongsak (North Eastern Warriors) 10-15 15-13 15-9 in the former's Trump Match and gives it a 2-1 lead in the tie.

9-15 Lee Hyun seals the Trump Match for Hyderabad Hunters, coming from a game down.

9-14 A forehand cross court winner from Lee Hyun, who's on the verge of sealing a come-from-behind victory.

8-13 A forehand winner down the line from Lee Hyun. He has been slamming them time and again since the second game.

8-12 A forehand unforced error from Lee Hyun.

7-12 Consecutive points for Tanongsak, the latest courtesy a forehand winner.

5-12 Lee Hyun seals the point that he completely dominated. The winner is a body smash on the backhand of Tanongsak, who can't return.

5-9 A forehand winner down the line from Lee Hyun, who's starting to take control of this game and match now.

5-8 Lee Hyun takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break. Tanongsak with a forehand unforced error.

 

5-7 Back to back forehand winners from Lee Hyun.

5-6 A forehand winner down the middle from Lee Hyun.

4-4 A delicate backhand drop shot from Lee Hyun.

4-3 Tanongsak's lob lands inside the baseline. Lee Hyun looks stunned! For the second time in seven points, that has happened.

2-2 A forehand cross court winner from Tanongsak.

1-2 Lee Hyun makes Tanongsak stretch with a well-disguised drop shot and seals the point! That was a 27-shot rally!

1-1 An unforced error from Tanongsak.

1-0 A backhand winner from Tanongsak. His lob drops inside the baseline.

Third game.

 

13-15 Lee Hyun takes the second game and levels the match, courtesy a forehand error from Tanongsak.

13-14 A forehand cross court winner from Lee Hyun.

13-13 Fortuitous! For the second time in three points, Tanongsak's backhand drop shots drops off the top of the net and he wins the point again!

12-13 Lee Hyun's lob goes wide.

10-13 A forehand cross court winner from Lee Hyun.

9-12 Tanongsak forces a backhand error off Lee Hyun. Tanongsak moves his opponent all over the court and then with a lob-drop combination sealed the point.

8-10 Lee Hyun's smash is wide. Tanongsak gets the point after successfully reviewing the umpire's call.

7-10 A jump smash from Lee Hyun stretches Tanongsak to his right but he can't return.

6-9 A forehand unforced error from Lee Hyun.

4-8 A forehand drop shot from Lee Hyun to evade Tanongsak and take a four-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

 

4-7 A backhand unforced error from Lee Hyun on his return of Tanongsak's serve.

3-7 Lee Hyun's forehand is wide.

2-7 This time a forehand winner from Tanongsak, who turned defence into attack brilliantly to win the point.

1-7 A forehand winner down the line from Lee Hyun.

1-5 A forehand unforced error from Tanongsak trying to return Lee Hyun's drop shot.

1-4 A backhand unforced error from Tanongsak. Lee Hyun has injected more pace into his game at the start of the second.

1-3 A forehand cross court winner from Lee Hyun.

1-2 Tanongsak's forehand proves too quick for Lee Hyun, who completely misses the shot.

0-2 This time, a forehand error from Tanongsak.

0-1 A backhand error from Tanongsak.

Second game.

15-10 Tanongsak takes the first game with an unforced error from Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters).

14-9 Tanongsak forces a forehand error off Lee Hyun with a jump smash at the body.

13-8 Lee Hyun with a beautiful lob that Tanongsak misjudges and the shuttle drops inside the baseline.

13-7 Another forehand winner from Tanongsak, who's cruising towards a victory in the first game.

11-7 A forehand unforced error from Lee Yun. Catches the net going for the drop shot.

10-7 A jump smash down the line from Tanongsak.

9-7 A forehand winner from Lee Hyun.

8-6 A forehand unforced error from Tanongsak; his jump smash drifts marginally wide.

8-4 Tanongsak produces another forehand winner to take a four-point lead into the mid-game break.

7-4 A forehand winner down the line from Tanongsak; the winner speed was a mindboggling 382 kmph!

 

6-4 Lee Hyun with a forehand cross court winner. He gets the review in his favour after the shot had initially been called out. 

6-2 Tanongsak draws a forehand error from Lee Hyun with a jump smash.

5-1 Lee Hyun's forehand is marginally over the baseline.

4-1 Another forehand cross court winner from Tanongsak, this time to the right of Lee Hyun.

3-1 A forehand cross court winner from Tanongsak (North Eastern Warriors).

2-1 Tanongsak's cross court is wide. Lee Hyun shows good judgment to not play it.

Next up is the men's singles match between Lee Hyun (Hyderabad Hunters) and Tanongsak (North Eastern Warriors). This is a Trump Match for Hyderabad Hunters.

Liao Min Chun/Kim Ha Na (North Eastern Warriors) beat Kim Sa Rang/Eom Hye Won (Hyderabad Hunters) 15-8 15-14 in the first match of the tie.

15-14 A service fault from Eom Hye Won (Hyderabad Hunters) hands game and match to North Eastern Warriors.

14-14 A backhand unforced error from North Eastern Warriors.

14-13 Kim Sa Rang responds with a forehand winner into the open court. Still match point for North Eastern Warriors.

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

13-12 Kim Ha Na (North Eastern Warriors) forces a backhand error off Kim Sa Rang with a body smash.

10-12 A 39-shot rally ends with Eom Hye Won's backhand sending the shuttle long.

7-11 A backhand winner from Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters).

7-9 Kim Ha Na smashes the net with her forehand.

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

6-7 A body smash from Kim Ha Na to seal the point for North Eastern Warriors.

5-7 Another backhand error from Kim Ha Na (North Eastern Warriors).

5-6 Liao Min Chun's (North Eastern Warriors) backhand is long, over the baseline.

5-5 Three points in a row for Hyderabad Hunters. The latest courtesy a backhand error from Kim Ha Na.

4-2 Fortuitous! Kim's forehand drops off the top of the net and she shows an apologetic hand to Hyderabad Hunters!

 

2-2 Kim Sa Rang's forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

0-1 A backhand error from Eom Hye Won.

Second game.

15-8 Kim Sa Rang's backhand is wide, handing the first game to North Eastern Warriors.

 

13-8 A delicate drop shot from Liao Min Chun (North Eastern Warriors) to extend the lead.

10-6 Kim Sa Rang (Hyderabad Hunters) goes for the cross court winner, but his disguised drop shot catches the net.

9-5 Eom Hye Won smashes the net with her forehand. Unforced errors piling up for Hyderabad Hunters.

7-5 Another winner from Kim. With Kim Sa Rang and Eom Hye Won deep in the court, Kim Ha Na plays the drop shot to win the point.

6-4 Eom Hye Won drags her forehand wide.

5-4 Kim with a forehand winner.

4-3 Liao Min Chun with a backhand unforced error.

2-1 Kim misses what appears to be a regulation forehand. Eom Hye Won gets Hydeabad Hunters off the mark.

2-0 Kim with a forehand winner for North Eastern Warriors.

 

First up will be the mixed doubles match between Kim Sa Rang/Eom Hye Won (Hyderabad Hunters) and Liao Min Chun/Kim Ha Na (North Eastern Warriors).

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