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PBL 2018: Hyderabad Hunters vs Delhi Dashers semi-finals, Live Match Updates

Hyderabad Hunters def Delhi Dashers 3-0 to reach the final.
Updated: 12 January 2018 21:29 IST - Published: 12 January 2018 17:44 IST
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That wraps up our live coverage of the first semi-final of the PBL 2018.

Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates from the second semi-final.

Till then, keep following Sportskeeda for the latest updates from the world of sports.

Goodnight!
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Tomorrow the Ahmedabad Smash Masters will take on the Bengaluru Blasters in the second semi-final.

Can Ahmedabad join Hyderabad in the final or will there be another Hyderabad vs Bengaluru match in the Hyderabad leg?

We'll find out tomorrow.
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Sai Praneeth and Carolina Marin did the job for the Hyderabad Hunters!

What a performance from the Hunters! And what amazing support from the crowd!

Marin will surely look to carry on this form and give Hyderabad their first PBL title!
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This will be the first final for the Hyderabad franchise!
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Hyderabad Hunters finish the semi-final with a 3-0 win
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People are jumping and celebrating...the entire dugout acknowledging the crowd's cheers!

Just fantastic scenes!
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WITH A DOWN THE LINE SMASH WINNER, MARIN WINS!!!!!!



HYDERABAD HUNTERS INTO THE FINAL!
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Marin makes 2 errors in her urgency to finish
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And Marin has MATCH POINTS!

14-7
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This is irrepressible Marin!

Pushes Sung to her backhand wing and finishes the point at the net on her forehand wing.

12-6
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WHAT A POINT!

Marin falls on the court but still manages to win the point with a lob!

Crowd on their feet!

11-4
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Marin is totally in control of the proceedings now!

10-4

Surely, there's no stopping the Spaniard?
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It's 8-3 to the reigning Olympic champion at the mid-game interval.
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Carolina is varying the angles and cutting down the angles on Sung's side.

5-2
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What a crosscourt smash from Carolina!

3-1 up in Game 3
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Marin takes the second game

15-10
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Marin lured Sung to the net and puts the shuttle away in the open court!


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Gorgeous volley at the net from Marin!

She is continuing to surprise the Korean!

13-10
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Marin at her best is SUCH A TREAT TO WATCH!

She just lifts the shuttle over Sung's head for a great lob!

Such intelligence!

12-8


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Just a flick of the wrist from Marin and she finds the corner!

10-7
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A few errors still coming from Marin's racquet....she really has to be careful here if she wants to ensure a decider.

9-7
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Big powerful smash from Marin to take a lead of 8-6 at the mid-game interval.
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THIS IS SOME GAME!

Sung is moving Marin to every part of the court in order to draw an error from her.

Sung trails 4-6
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Blazing start for Marin in Game No. 2.

She is finding EVERY CORNER OF THE COURT!

4-0
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Marin let go of one shot from Sung that landed right on the backline.

Poor judgement from the Olympic champion!

Sung takes the first game 15-12
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And Marin now forcing Sung into errors at the net

12-14
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And game points to Sung as Marin continues to struggle with the depth of her shots!

14-10
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The Korean is still ahead!

13-9
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Marin now making an attempt to keep the points short and taking the shuttle early as well.

7-11
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The shuttle goes long again from Marin.

Trails 5-10
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A 26-shot rally ended in Sung conceding a point.

8-5
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A few errors at the net from Marin gives an early lead of 8-4 to the Korean going into the mid-game interval.
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But Sung has regrouped....keeping Marin on the backcourt and finishing points at the net.

Sung up 6-3
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Marin already on the prowl!

She has stationed herself on the forecourt here.

3-3
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And it is 2-2 very, very quickly
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Sung attacking Marin's backhand and goes up to 2-0
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It's the BIG MATCH OF THE DAY NOW!

Carolina Marin vs Sung Ji Hyun

If Marin wins, Hyderabad will be through to the final because she is Hyderabad's Trump tonight!
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Sai has beaten the Trump!

With that, the Hunters now lead 1-0
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It's a 15-9, 15-8 win for Sai Praneeth!

WHAT A PERFORMANCE

HE CAME, HE SAW, HE CONQUERED!

HIS BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LONG., LONG TIME!
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Match points galore now at 14-8
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The pace at which Sai has been playing has been unbelievable. Tian finding it hard to keep up with his speed.

Besides, Sai has been anticipating extremely well.
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Tian has been very error-prone tonight but he is trying to make a comeback here.

Lags behind 8-10
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Kids in Hyderabad are going crazy! Cheering so loudly for their team!

Sai leads 8-5 going into the interval
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Tian struggling with the drift and there's been errors in judgement.

Trails 4-6
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Ivanov trying to urge Houwei on.

He finds a crosscourt smash to come to 3-5
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It's a slender 2-1 edge to Sai in Game 2
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Sai can do NO WRONG!

This is just a sensational performance!

He bags the opener, 15-9