Hyderabad Hunters Demolish Pune, as they Begin Title Defense
Ask any Championship winning side, and they’d tell you that defending a
title ranks as one of the hardest things to do. It’s relatively easier to reach
the summit, but to stay there you have to ward of both challenges
as well as the constant pressure that comes with being the champions.
But once the evidence of there demolition of Pune 7 Aces, someone
clearly forgot to handover this note to the PBL Season 3 Champions – the
The Hunters laid down an emphatic marker of defending their title with
a stunning resulting on the opening day of PBL Season 4. A great debut, some
tight matches, a legend raking up wins as is his wont, and the skipper winning
the marquee clash – the evening had everything and more that the die-hard
Hunters fans would have wanted.
Mark Caljouw opened the night with a tense encounter against Lakshya
Sen, who despite his young years has quite a pedigree. He took the opening game
and threatened to run away with a big win against his more fancied opponent.
But staged a come back to take the second game and level things up. The third
game also followed a similar pattern but once again Mark put all his experience
into play to win the thrilling encounter.
The first match proved to be the template for the Pune 7 Aces, as they
were so near and yet so far from win. Every they threatened to close a match,
the Champions would find the extra gear to wrest victory.
BodinIsara& Kim Sa Rang, took the trump against Mathias Boe&
Chirag Shetty to put clear distance between the Champions and the debutants;
while Lee Hyun outclassed Brice Leverdez to put the tie beyond Pune’s reach.
Then of course, nothing is over until its really over and the fourth
match of the tie was the one everyone had been waiting for – Sindhu v Marin –
the clash of the titans, the ex-skipper v the current one, the honorary
Hyderabadi v the resident Hyderabadi. The encounter didn’t disappoint one bit.
Marin taking the first game. Sindhu coming out all guns blazing to take the
second. And a tight third game, going down to the wire, before the Hunters
skipper romped home.
With the score line reading 5-(-1), the Pune 7 Aces had one last chance
to step out of the red and lend a bit more respect to the scorecard. But the
Champions were not letting off the pedal and they romped home to a win in two
That completed a comprehensive and an emphatic win for the Champions,
who must be clear favorites now to defend their title. However, its early doors
and plenty could change between now and the second week of January, and the
Hunters know it all too well. Confident, yet cautious – the Hunters will head
home having put behind the Mumbai jinx for now.
They’ve broken the first jinx, let’s hope they break the final one (no
champion has ever defended their PBL title) come January 13th