Hunters Bow Out of Premier Badminton League Season 4
Hyderabad Hunters bowed out of the Premier Badminton LeagueSeason 4, as they
lost 4-2 to Mumbai Rockets. The Hunters began on the backfoot at the men’s
doubles team of BondinIsara& Kim Sa Rang lost a closely fought first game
14-15. The Rockets pair of Lee Yong Dae and Kim Gi Jung then kept up the
pressure on the Hunters by winning the second game and the match.
Mark Caljouw then
went up against Sameer Verma in the trump match for the Rockets, and was
clearly on the backfoot from the start. Sameer raced into a lead and maintained
it through the duration of the match. A 15-8 15-7 win gave the Rockets a
commanding 3-0 lead and the Hunters had their work cut out, in order to make it
to the finals for the second time in a row.
PV Sindhu played the
trump match for the Hunters and with the Hunters down for the count, she
clearly had all the pressure on her shoulders.
Playing against Shriyanshi – Sindhu clearly started the favorite and demonstrated
it from the word go.
The first dozen
points were competitive but then Sindhu pressed the accelerator and ran away
with the first game. The second game went the same pattern and Sindhu hauled
her team back into contention.
At 3-2, the Hunters
were very much back in the tie, but Mumbai just had to win one of the final two
matches. Lee Hyun Il playing against Anders Antonsen started well and was ahead
with just 2 points to win the first game. But Antonsen, roared back into
contention – took the first game 15-13.
This clearly rattled
Lee, and he was well outplayed in the second game, as the Hunters bowed out at
the semifinals stage. They played some sparkling badminton through the course
of the tournament but were caught cold in the knockout game.