2016 Premier Badminton League: Chennai Smashers thrash home favourites Bengaluru TopGuns
The fate of the Bengaluru TopGuns was sealed as early as the opening game itself, which they needed to win to stay in contention. They eventually lost the match 4-1 to the Chennai Smashers at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, much to the dismay of the cheering fans.
Here’s how all the action unfolded:
1. Men’s Singles: Sameer Verma (BTG) vs Sony Kuncoro (CS) [Trump Match called by CS]
The opening game saw both players win two out of the opening four points before Kuncoro took a two-point lead to go 4-2 up. The Indian levelled the scores soon after at 4-4, but at the halfway mark it was the Indonesian who took the upper hand, clinching 4 out of the next 6 points to lead 8-6 at the interval.
The break provided no respite for the Verma as Kuncoro romped to a 15-10 first game win.
The second game started off in a similar fashion to the first as the score was tied at 2-2 after the opening 4 points. But at the 4-4 mark, it was Verma who grabbed the initiative by taking a 6-5 lead, which turned to 8-6 at the break.
The other side of the break saw the Indonesian take the lead in the game but at the 10-9 mark, Verma made a terrific comeback clinching two out of the next three points to go 12-10 up. He managed to hold on to that advantage and sealed the game 15-10.
In the decider, the two players once again reached a deadlock at 2-2, but the decisive turn in the game came at the 5-7 mark when Kuncoro won one of the two points that was needed to go 8-6 up.
Despite putting in his best efforts, it proved to be futile in the end for Verma as Kuncoro clinched the game 15-8 to seal the game and the match.
Final Scoreline: Sony Kuncoro beat Sameer Verma 15-10 10-15 15-8
2. Men’s Doubles: Hoon Thien How/Joachim Fisher Nielsen (BTG) vs Chris Adcock/Pranaav Chopra (CS)
The first game saw both pairs win 2 out of the opening 4 points before the pair of Adcock and Chopra took a 4-3 lead. However, the TopGuns fought back very well to take a 7-4 lead and went to the break 8-6 to the good.
The other side of the break saw the TopGuns pair further dominate proceedings and they eventually clinched the game 15-7.
The second game saw both pairs win 3 out of the opening 6 points. But at the 4-4 mark, it was the duo of How and Nielsen who went ahead, winning 4 out of the next 5 points to lead 8-5 at the interval.
After the break the pair continued to hold all the aces and they clinched the game 15-8 to get their team off the mark on the night.
Final Scoreline: Hoon Thien How/Joachim Fisher Nielsen beat Chris Adcock /Pranaav Chopra 15-7 15-8
3. Men’s Singles: Kidambi Srikanth (BTG) vs Brice Leverdez (CS)
The opening game saw Srikanth take a 3-0 lead before the Indian stretched it to 5-1 and then extended it to 8-4 at the break. A similar story unfolded at the other end of the break as the World No. 9 demolished his opponent 15-4.
The second game saw both players win 3 out of the opening 6 points and after a topsy-turvy game, it was Leverdez who went 8-7 ahead. Following the interval, it was Srikanth’s racquet that did all the talking as he clinched 7 out of the next 12 points to seal the game and the match in straight games.
Final Scoreline: Kidambi Srikanth beat Brice Leverdez 15-4 15-12
4. Women’s Singles: Suo Di (BTG) vs PV Sindhu (CS)
The opening game saw Suo Di take the upper hand as she took a 4-2 lead, before stretching that advantage to 8-7 at the mid-game interval. The other side of the break saw Di take her lead to 9-8 at which point the Indian took over, winning 6 out of the next 10 points to seal the game 15-12.
The second game started off on an extremely positive note for the Indian as she took a 5-2 lead before stretching it to 8-3 at the break. The other side of the interval saw the Indian absolutely boss proceedings and she clinched the game 15-7.
Final Scoreline: PV Sindhu beat Suo Di 15-12 15-7,
5. Women’s Doubles: Joachim Nielsen/Ashwini Ponnappa (BTG) vs Chris Adcock/Pia Zebadiah (CS) [Trump called by BTG]
The opening game saw the pair of Nielsen and Ponnappa take a 3-1 lead but the Smashers pair fought back to level the score at 4-4. It was the TopGuns pair, however, who took control at that point, going 6-5 up before entering the mid game interval with an 8-6 advantage.
The other side of the break saw the pair further extend their lead, but at the 14-11 mark, the pair of Adcock and Zebadiah came back strongly to win the game 15-14 in a sudden death.
The second game saw both pairs win 2 out of their opening 4 points but after a topsy-turvy start, it was the Smashers who went 8-5 ahead at the break. The other side of the break saw the Smashers pair further stretch their advantage and they sealed the game 15-12.
Final Scoreline: Chris Adcock/Pia Zebadiah beat Joachim Mielsen/Ashwini Ponnappa 15-14 15-12