PBL 2017 Final, Chennai Smashers vs Mumbai Rockets, Highlights: Chennai Smashers are champions
CHENNAI SMASHERS ARE CHAMPIONS!
Ajay trails 3-9. Chennai Smashers on the brink of glory
Chennai just five points away from winning title. Ajay Jayaram trails 6-3 at the interval
Chennai Smashers make it 1-1. It's all down to the last game to decide the champion
Ajay Jayaram wins first game 11-6, Mumbai just a game away now from winning the title
Ajay Jayaram leading 6-4 at the interval in the 1st game in the decisive match
HS Prannoy wins it! Beats P Kashyap in three games who showed great fight despite injury
1-1! Parupalli Kashyap shows great fight to win second game 11-8
Kashyap fighting back. Leads second game 6-3 at the interval. Great fighting spirit!
Prannoy cruises to victory in first game, beats Kashyap 11-4
Prannoy on fire! Takes 6-1 lead at the interval against Kashyap
Next up is Parupalli Kashyap vs HS Prannoy. Prannoy is unbeaten this tournament and in sublime form. But a chance to win the title for his side might motivate Kashyap to bring out his best
Mumbai right back in it! Win their trump match 12-10, 11-6. Chennai's lead now just 3-2
Mumbai leading 6-2 at the 2nd game interval. Need to win this trump match to stay alive
Mumbai win first game of their trump Men's Doubles match. This is a must win for them
Mumbai lead 6-5 at the interval in the 1st game of their trump match
Dominance! PV Sindhu beats Sung Ji Hyun 11-8, 11-8 to give Chennai a 3-0 lead after two matches
PV Sindhu has her nose in front in the second game interval. Leads Sung Ji Hyun 6-5
PV Sindhu wins 1st game against Sung Ji Hyun. She has started from where she left off
PV Sindhu takes 6-4 interval lead in the first game against Sung Ji Hyun
PV Sindhu is in action next as she faces Sung Ji Hyun. Chennai lead 2-0
What a turnaround! The Adcocks hit back to win the trump match 11-9, 11-6, Chennai 2-0
Mumbai bouncing back in the second game. Lead 6-4 at the interval. Exciting match!
Adcocks and Chennai Smashers win the first game 11-9. Costly errors from Nipitphon
Very tight so far but the Adcocks hold a 6-5 lead at the interval in the 1st game
Gabrielle and Chris Adcock feature for Chennai Smashers in the first game of the day and it is their trump match. Pressure right from the start on the Smashers
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the Premier Badminton League 2017 final as Chenaai Smashers take on Mumbai Rockets for the title. Can PV Sindhu inspire Chennai to a win or will HS Prannoy fire Mumbai to the title. Stick around for all the Live updates
That's all from us tonight. We will be back with live coverage of the big final as the curtains come down on the Premier Badminton League 2017 tomorrow. Do join us for what will be an absolute humdinger of a grand finale.
There will be no more matches tonight in the Mumbai vs Hyderabad tie as Mumbai have already entered the final. Hyderabad will be mighty disappointed, having gone down with only two matches of the five played. However, what we can say is that the contest was much closer than the scores suggest.
A recap of the night's proceedings:
First semi-final: Chennai Smashers beat Awadhe Warriors 4-1.
Second semi-final: Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters 3/-1.
What can we look forward for tomorrow? Well, it has to be PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun. What a contest that promises to be!
PBL 2017 semi-finals report: Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu inspired the Chennai Smashers to beat Awadhe Warriors 4-1 in the first semi-final and storm into the finals of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.
Chennai will now take on the winner of the second semi-final between Hyderabad Hunters and Mumbai Rockets, which will take place later in the night.
As expected the marquee Trump match for Chennai between the two poster girls of Indian badminton -- Saina Nehwal and Sindhu -- turned out to be a pulsating contest with the Rio Olympics silver medallist clinching it 11-7, 11-8.
World No.9 Saina started off well to edge past Sindhu 6-5 in the break before the 21-year-old World No.10 bounced back in style to take four consecutive points and clinch the first game 11-7.
The second game witnessed Sindhu quickly taking a 6-3 lead in the break before a resilient Saina used all her experience to inch closer and make it 8-9 but the lanky Sindhu held her nerve to clinch two crucial points as Chennai took back the lead 3-2.
Earlier, Awadhe Warriors grabbed the lead in the first game of the evening, as World No. 10 Thailand duo of Bodin Isara and Savitree Amitrapai came back from a game down to defeat England's Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock 9-11, 11-8, 11-5.
The first game witnessed fast-paced rallies from either side as the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist English pair came from behind to win it.
Bodin and Savitree bounced back well in the second game to take a 6-2 lead in no time and consolidated their position to reach 10-6 when Chris hit the net.
A couple of errors at the net by Bodin and Savitree helped Warriors save two points but Chris misjudged the length and sent the shuttle long as Chennai roared back to contest.
The third game was no different as the Thia duo extended their lead to 5-2 before exerting more pressure on the English husband-wife combo to convincingly pocket it 11-5.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap then opened the account for Chennai Smashers with a dominating display over Hong Kong's World No. 18 Wong Ki Vincent in the first men's singles tie.
World No. 62 Kashyap capitalised on the many unforced errors from Vincent as he took the opening game 11-4 before using all his experience to pocket the second game 11-6.
World No. 13 Kidambi Srikanth then handed back the lead to the Warriors with a hard-fought 14-12, 11-7 win over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto.
Both Srikanth and Sugiarto matched each other shot for shot before the South Asian Games gold medallist prevailed in the extended points to take the first game.
In the second game, the Guntur-born shuttler did not let any scoring opportunities go and took full advantage of the many unforced errors from the Indonesian to clinch the tie.
With Chennai leading 3-2, the first semi-final went down to the wire with the men's double match, the Trump match for the Warriors turning out to be the decider.
The Chennai duo of Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding wasted no time in thrashing the Warriors' pair of V. Shem Goh and Markis Kido 11-3 in the first game before the Warriors hunted back to take a 6-5 lead in the break of the second game.
The Chennai duo, however, kept their calm and clawed back to win the contest 12-10 as the Warriors' pair failed to capitalise on their lead early in the game.
With IANS inputs.
Published Date: Jan 14, 2017 10:06 pm | Updated Date: Jan 15, 2017 12:24 am