Badminton

PV Sindhu triggers Hyderabad Hunters’ comeback in thrilling win over Mumbai Rockets

Both the teams won their trump matches before Priyanshu Rajawat emerged as the differentiator for Hyderabad.

By Subhayan Dutta ·

Mumbai Rockets succumbed to yet another defeat in the Premier Badminton League as they lost 3-4 to Hyderabad Hunters in the 16th tie of the season. The Rockets had gotten off to a bright start thanks to Parupalli Kashyap’s trump match win before the Hunters came back with PV Sindhu leading their way.

Mumbai Rockets get a strong start

Struggling Mumbai Rockets got a great start against the Hyderabad Hunters on Sunday as they won both the men’s doubles and the singles matches.

Mumbai Rockets’ pair of Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang took on Hyderabad’s Ben Lane and Vladimir Ivanov in the men’s doubles match with the former registering a 15-10, 15-8 straight games win in no time to lead 1-0.

The second match of the day saw world no. 25 Parupalli Kashyap going up against world no. 31 Daren Liew. Playing the trump match for Mumbai Rockets, the Indian veteran was shouldering a big responsibility and he carried it out well with a 15-8, 15-13 straight games win to give his team a 3-0 lead.

PV Sindhu inspires Hyderabad Hunters’ comeback

Trailing by three points after the first two matches, Hyderabad Hunters had to do something, and fast. They unleashed their ace, PV Sindhu, in the third match of the tie to play their trump match against Mumbai Rockets’ Shriyanshi Pardeshi.

Young Shriyanshi Pardeshi was no match for the world no. 6 PV Sindhu as the world no. 371 was upstaged 5-15, 10-15 by Indian no. 1. The win brought Hyderabad Hunters back into the tie with the scoreline reading 3-2.

While PV Sindhu did bring her team alive, it was young Priyanshu Rajawat who headlined the tie with a brilliant win over world no. 49 Lee Dong Keun.

The 18-year-old Indian is currently ranked 284 in the BWF world rankings, but it didn’t stop him from punching above his weight as he got the better of the South Korean 15-13, 15-9 in straight games.

With the tie levelled at 3-3, the last match of the mixed doubles turned out to be the decider, where Hyderabad Hunters’ Vladimir Ivanov and N Sikki Reddy took on Mumbai’s Kim Sa Rang and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth.

Hyderabad had momentum on their side and the Indo-Russian pair of Sikki Reddy and Ivanov capitalized on it to win the decider 15-8, 15-8 in straight games with Hyderabad Hunters winning the PBL 2020 tie 4-3.

Premier Badminton League points table

The win sees Hyderabad Hunters leapfrogging Mumbai Rockets into the sixth position as they now have 10 points. Mumbai is also tied at 10 points with Hyderabad Hunters on the Premier Badminton League points table, but they have lost more matches as well as trump matches and sit rock bottom in PBL 2020.