PBL: PV Sindhu leads Chennai Smashers to win, heartbreak for Sameer Verma

first_imgPV Sindhu put up a gritty performance on Wednesday to come back from behind against world No. 11 Beiwen Zhang of USA to eke out a 4-3 win for Chennai Smashers in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie against Mumbai Rockets in Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.Sindhu had to battle against Zhang 12-15, 15-7, 15-9 to consolidate Chennai’s position in the tie with a 2-1 lead.Sindhu’s match was the third match of the day and Zhang was at the top of her game in the initial half of the match. Zhang smashed and rallied her way over Sindhu to down the Indian.However, the Indian world No.2 bounced right back and put all her smashing prowess on display in the second game. Zhang also began to look a bit tired by the second half of the second game and eventually surrendered to Sindhu’s power.The world No.2 continued with the same strategy in the third game and despite Zhang matching toe to toe initially, she failed pose any real threat to [email protected]’ @Pvsindhu1 is the IndianOil Indian Player of the Day after her hard-fought victory against Beiwen Zhang.#CHEvMUM #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/Wr8rNDvgOG- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 27, 2017Earlier, Sameer Verma had a heartbreak against Chennai’s Brice Leverdez as the Indian lost 14-15, 15-10, 14-15, which got the Smashers to a 1-1 tie with Mumbai.Sameer won the first point of the match and his net drops troubled Leverdez from the outset, which helped the Indian go into the break with an 8-6 lead.advertisementHowever, Leverdez came back hard despite being 10-14 down and levelled the game at 14-14.With the factor of sudden death, Leverdez clinched the decisive last point to win the game 15-14.Sameer made a strong comeback in the second game with his deceptive shots and started to play Leverdez at the back which started giving him spaces to attack.With the right strategy and implementation, Sameer raced to a 13-9 and it was only a matter of time from there and Sameer took the second game to force the match into the decider.The third game turned out to be equally interesting with both Sameer and Leverdez staying neck-and-neck.Leverdez found his stride in the right moment and raced to a 13-10 lead, only for Sameer to hit a wonderful patch, where he levelled the game 14-14.However, Leverdez dictated the pace of the final rally and Sameer hit the net to lose the match.The first match of the tie had gone to Mumbai’s favour when Lee Yong Dae and Tan Boon Heong crushed B Sumeeth Reddy and Lee Yang 15-9, 15-6Former world No.1 Son Wan Ho brought Mumbai Rockets right back into the tie in a dominating fashion, pulling off a commanding 15-11, 15-5 win over Tanongsak Saesomboonsuk in Mumbai’s Trump match.With two points at stake, Son Wan Ho brought his A game to the table and Tanongsak had no answers to him.Son Wan Ho, who is essentially a defensive player, began on an attacking note and maintained his momentum and tempo throughout the match.Tanongsak attempted to play Wan Ho up front but with the strong rally game of Wan Ho, it proved to be no real roadblock.Wan Ho completely outplayed the Thai player to put Mumbai 3-2 up and decision of the tie went to the final match, the mixed doubles match, which was Chennai’s Trump match.Some scintillating shots and a victory in straight games against TanongsakSaensomboonsuk, Son Wan Ho is tonight’s Vodafone Super Player of thetie!#CHEvMUM #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/2witwGC4fL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 27, 2017The mixed doubles tie between Chennai’s Chris and Gabrielle Adcock and Mumbai’s MR Arjun and Gabriela Stoeva proved to be a fitting finale to the night.With absolutely the win on the line, both teams gave it their all but the Adcocks emerged victorious 15-9, 13-15, 15-9.Adcocks absolutely dominated the Mumbai pair in the first game of the match with Chris’ smashes being the biggest takeaway of the game.However, it was the second game that turned the tables when world no.41 in men’s doubles Arjun and Stoeva began playing some brilliant net drops and started putting up a fabulous defensive show.Blocking each of Chris’ smashes with equal vigour and conviction, Arjun and Stoeva led 8-6 at the break.They eventually raced to a 13-10 before the Adcocks drew level 13-13, only for Arjun and Stoeva to step up the tempo to take the game 15-13.advertisementAdcocks began the third game with absolute vengeance and smashed their way to a 6-0 lead.Arjun and Stoeva, thereafter, put Gabriela in some tough spots and managed four points back, before the Adcocks lead 8-4 at the break.Despite some excellent fight from Mumbai,  Chris and Gabrielle handed Chennai their first win of the season with 15-9 win in the final game.last_img

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