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2016 Premier Badminton League: Delhi Acers beat Mumbai Rockets 4-3 to win the title

A review of the final of the Premier Badminton League.

Tommy Sugiarto pulled off a tight three game win

The Delhi Acers beat the Mumbai Rickets 4-3 in the final of the 2016 Premier Badminton League in front of their home fans in the capital to lift the inaugural edition of the competition.

Here’s how all the action unfolded:

1.Mixed Doubles: Akshay Dewalkar/Gabrielle Adcock(DDA) vs Vladimir Ivanov/Kamilla Juhl(MR)

The opening game saw both pair win 2 out of their opening 4 points before Rockets pair went 4-2 up before a fast smash attacking the body from Ivanov ensured that they went 8-5 up at the interval. 

It didn't help the Acer cause that they made hit several shots on to their own net and that meant that the lead continued to rise and eventually, the pair of  Ivanov and Juhl clinched the game 15-6.

The Acers duo needed a good opening to the second game and they got that when Dewalkar and Adcock went 3-1 up early in the game. However, Ivanov and Juhl made a fine comeback winning three points to go 4-3 up. However, Dewalkar and Adcock regained the lead soon enough, winning 5 out of the next 6 points to go 8-4 up at the break.

 However, the other side of the interval saw the Rockers fight back and courtesy some fine net play and poor errors from Acers clinched 7 out of the next 8 points to 12-9 up. It didn't take too much after that for the Rockets duo to seal the game 15-12 and get their side off to a positive start.

Final Scoreline- Vladimir Ivanov/Kamilla Juhl beat Akshay Dewalkar/Gabrielle Adcock 15-6 15-12

2.Men’s Singles: Tommy Sugiarto(DA) vs HS Prannoy(MR)

It was Sugiarto who got off the blocks quickly, taking a 3-1 lead but the Indian made a good comeback, winning 3 out of the next 5 points to make it 4-5. However, a shot straight into his own net didn't help Prannoy’s cause and he trailed his Indonesian opponent 8-5 at the break.

The other side of the break saw te Indian make a superb comeback as he won 4 out of the next 5 points to level the score at 9-9. It was a real tight affair after that as both players refused to give an inch away, but at the 11-13 mark, it was the Indian who went ahead as he combined  good smashes with fine net play to win 2 out of the next 3 points to seal the game 15-12.

Requiring a comeback to stay in the hunt, the Indonesian started the second gam positively, taking a 3-0 lead and despite Prannoy showing glimpses of some good play, extended that advantage to 8-3 at the break. The domination continued at the other side of the break as well as Sugiarto seemed to have regained his mojo and he sealed the game 15-9.

The decider began on a close note but at the 3-3 mark, it was Sugiarto  who went in front despite an enthralling rally, clinching 5 points straight to go 8-3 up. The situation only got worse after that for the Rockets as Sugiarto totally dominated proceedings, to win the game 15-8. 

Final Scoreline- Tommy Sugiarto beat HS Prannoy 15-12 9-15 15-8

3.Men’s Doubles: Tan Heong/Koon Kien Keat(DA) vs Mathias Boe/Vladimir Ivanov(MR) 

The opening game began on an even note as both pairs won 4 out of their opening 8 points, but at that point, the Acers raced away with advantage and helped by a few errors from Bow and Ivanov went into the break with an 8-5 advantage.The other side of the break saw the Rockets pair made a fine comeback as they clinched 4 out of the next 5 points to reduce the deficit to 1. 

However, the Acers further strengthened their lead after that, winning 4 out of the next 6 points to go 14-12 up but Boe and Ivanov made a fantastic comeback to first level the score at 14-14 before clinching the game in dramatic fashion 15-14.

The second game began with Acers pair taking a 4-1 lead but at the 5-1 mark, Boe and Ivanov made a spirited comeback to level the score at 5-5. It was a thrilling affair after that and at the 7-7 mark, thanks to a service fault from Ivanov, the Acers went 8-7 in front.

The other side of the break saw the duo of Heong and Keat further extend their lead and thanks to a straight hit  from Ivanov into his own net, clinched the game 15-10. 

The decider started off with the Acers pair carrying forward their momentum, taking an early 6-3 to put pressure on the Rockets before stretching it to 8-3 at the break. They continued to dominate proceedings after the interval, leading 12-5 at one point and looked good to seal the deal but at the 14-11 almost made the comeback of comebacks from Boe and Ivanov as they played some unbelievable badminton to induce errors in their opponents to make it 14-14 and take it into a sudden death.  
 
But at the nerve-wracking stage, Boe and Ivanov couldn't hold their nerve and the Acers clinched the game 15-14 and with that the tie as well.
 
Final Scoreline- Tan Heong/Koon Kien Keat beat Mathias Boe/Vladimir Ivanov  14-15 15-10 15-14
 
4.PC Thulasi[DA] vs Han Li[MR][Trump Match called by MR]
 
The opening game saw Han take the upper hand at the 4-4 mark as she took the lead, but the Indian made a fine comeback into the match, leveling back the score at 6-6 before taking the lead at 8-6 thanks to a wide hit from the Chinese.
 
The other end of the break saw the Indian put further pressure on her opponent and combined by some excellent play from her side and errors from her opponent won the game 15-12.
 
The second game began on an even note but it was Han who held her nerve taking an 8-6 lead at the interval. It was after the interval though that the real domination began as Han won 7 out of the next 8 points to win the game 15-8.
 
The decider proved to be a one-sided affair for a large part as Han showed her class, racing away to a 3-0 lead before stretching it to 8-4 at the break. Just like in the seccond game, Han held the upper hand for a large part after the break as well and eventually sealed the game 15-8.
 
Final Scoreline- Han Li beat PC Thulasi 12-15 15-8 15-8
 
5.Men’s Singles: Rajiv Ouseph(DA) vs RMV Gurusaidutt(MR)[Trump called by DA]
 
The opening game saw the Indian begin in  positive fashion as he took a 4-2 lead before the Englishman made a comeback to equalise the score at 5-5. It proved to be a tight affair after that as both players exchanged but it was Ouseph who eventually went 8-7 up at the interval. 
 
The other side of the interval proved to be a very keen contest as neither players refused to give an inch away, matching one another shot for shot until Ouseph broke the deadlock at the 11-11 mark, winning two points courtesy errors from his opponent and then sealed the deal 15-11.
 
The second game Ouseph take an early 3-0 lead to put further pressure on the Indian before the latter came back to make it 2-3. However, that proved to be the closest that Gurusaidutt could close the gap as Ouseph dominate proceedings and he took an 8-4 lead at the break.
 
It seemed as if Ouseph wanted to seal the game as quickly as he could, continuing his absolute domination over his opponent to clinch the game 15-6 and the Championships
 
Final Scoreline- Rajiv Ouseph beat RMV Gurusaidutt 15-11 15-6
 
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