PV Sindhu and Awadhe Warriors won the tie and inch a step closer to the semi-final spot while Mumbai Masters - Lee Chong Wei and co. - fell short on the day but still are joint table-toppers. All the day 9 highlights from the Indian Badminton League here: (Day 9 in pics)
The Player of the tie is PV Sindhu for her win over Tine Baun and leading her team Awadhe Warriors to a brilliant 3-2 win over Mumbai Masters. Sindhu thanks the crowd for their support and is happy for beating Tine Baun for the first time in her career, of course they have just played twice. Later today, Delhi Smashers take on Banga Beats in Bangalore itself. (The full match report as Awadhe edge Mumbai 3-2)
Match 5, decider - mixed doubles:
23:59(IST): Kido/Pia win the match and give the tie 3-2 to the Awadhe Warriors! They won the second game 21-15 vs Ivanov/Siki of Mumbai Masters. Mumbai though are joint top in the points-table on 15 points with Hyderabd but have exhausted all their matches. Awadhe stay 4th but now at 12 points and a match in hand vs Pune Pistons.
Still much the same as Kido/Pia ahead 14-10 at the second break.
23:48(IST): Kido/Pia maintain their momentum, lead Ivanov/Siki 7-6 after the first break in the 2nd game. The Mumbai pair though playing much much better.
23:42(IST): Kido/Pia take the first game 21-19 despite spirited comeback by Ivanov/Siki.
Kido/Pia edge Ivanov/Siki again. After the second break, score at 14-12.
23:31(IST): Level pegging in the initial phase. Kido/Pia edge the scores at 7-6 vs Ivanov/Siki.
M Kido/Pia Bernadeth of Awadhe Warriors against Ivanov/Siki of Mumbai Masters. Again, Awadhe favourites. Kido and Pia are brother-sister.
Match 4, men's singles:
Lee Chong Wei wins! Far too much class and authority by the world no.1 to take the last game 11-5 and win the match. Tie now level at 2-2 with the mixed doubles to go.
23:14(IST): Lee motoring along in the last game. Leads 6-1 vs Srikanth after the first break.
23:08(IST): Srikanth proving his worth in the second game and playing high-quality badminton to trouble world no.1 Lee Chong Wei. Lee though hangs on and beats the Awadhe player 21-15, 21-20 and the tie is now levelled at 2-2.
6 points on the trot for Srikanth to get it level pegging on 14-14.
23:01(IST): Lee well on track now. Leads Srikanth 14-8 now. Getting far too hot to handle for the Awadhe player.
22:56(IST): Lee Chong Wei takes a slender lead in the second game after the first break. 7-6 the score.
22:51(IST): Lee Chong Wei stamps his authority and takes the first game in spectacular fashion. Quite easy in the latter part as Srikanth wilted under pressure. 21-15 was the score.
22:46(IST): Neck-to-neck after the second break in the first game. Lee now showing his class though but Srikanth too holding fort. Score at 14-12 in the Malaysian's favour now.
22:41(IST): Some fine early duels as Srikanth not overawed by the occasion and fighting Lee Chong Wei tooth and nail. 20-year-old Srikanth slightly ahead at 7-6 after the first break.
The most awaited match of the day up next. Mumbai Masters' hero, icon Lee Chong Wei to take on talented Indian youngster, Awadhe Warriors' K Srikanth.
Match 3, men's doubles:
Kido/Boe win! The Awadhe pair beat Sumeet/Manu of Mumbai 21-16, 21-14 in a comfortable manner to give their side a 2-1 lead in the tie.
22:24(IST): Kido/Boe just about hold on to their lead in the second game. Sumeet/Manu though opening up now and some mistakes from the Awadhe players too. Score 14-12 in Kido/Boe's favour.
22:17(IST): Kido/Boe maintain the momentum in the second game, lead 7-3 after the first break.
22:12(IST): Sumeet/Manu did fight back well but Kido/Boe were way too good in the first game for Awadhe. They took it 21-16.
22:07(IST): Awadhe players Kido/Boe running away with it as of now but the Indian duo from Mumbai franchise fighting hard. The Indian pair are also the current national champions. Score 14-8 in favour of Awadhe after second break.
22:00(IST): Kido/Boe give Awadhe early lead vs Sumeet/Manu of Mumbai. Score 7-4 after first break.
Match between Markis Kido and Mathias Boe of Awadhe Warriors vs Sumeet Reddy and Manu Attri of Mumbai Masters. Important encounter and Awadhe will be the favourites.
Match 2, women's singles:
Sindhu beats Tine Baun to level the tie at 1-1 for Awadhe! Great display in the last game to win that 11-8 and thus keep Awadhe in the hunt. Sindhu won 21-12, 19-21, 11-8 overall.
21:43(IST): Baun bringing in her depth of experience and Sindhu finding it hard to cope here. After the only break in the decider, score 6-5 in Baun's favour.
21:37(IST): Tine Baun comes from the dumps to take the second game 21-19. Match tied at 1-1 now now and into the decider game of 11 points.
21:29(IST): Tine Baun clawing her way back but Sindhu sticks on for a slight lead at 14-12 after the second break in the 2nd game.
21:23(IST): PV Sindhu maintains her composure and lead even in the second game. After the first break she lead Baun 7-5.
21:16(IST): PV Sindhu takes the first game 21-12 in convincing and confident fashion. Remarkable display of badminton by the youngster.
21:12(IST): Sindhu maintains her lead which has now become 14-9 after the second break.
21:08(IST): PV Sindhu leads Tine Baun 7-4 at the first break. The youngster is slowly opening up after a slow start.
Tine Baun of Mumbai Masters and PV Sindhu of Awadhe Warriors. Should be a good contest. Sindhu lost in the only match between the two earlier this year in three games.
Match 1, men's singles:
Vladimir Ivanov gives Mumbai Masters 1-0 lead in the tie! He beat RMV Gurusaidutt of Awadhe Warriors 21-18, 20-21, 11-9 to win the match despite trailing 3-6 in the final game.
20:50(IST): Gurusaidutt leads 6-3 in the third game (remember this will only last 11 points).
20:44(IST): Ivanov fights back brilliantly in the latter half but somehow Gurusaidutt manages to win the second game and keep Awadhe alive. He won 21-20. Into the deciding game now.
20:36(IST): Dutt looked ominous for Ivanov but the tall Mumbai lad fought back. Awadhe's Dutt though still a bit ahead in the second game at 14-11.
20:29(IST): Gurusaidutt gets the better of Ivanov in the early part of the second game, leads 7-5 after the first break.
20:22(IST): Awesome badminton in the latter part of the game but Ivanov takes the first game 21-18 even as Gurusaidutt fought hard till the end. Great smashes by the tall Ivanov and Dutt probably lacking on net play too.
20:13(IST): Fightback from Gurusai, he even led for a bit. Ivanov though hangs on for a slender lead after second break at 14-13.
20:07(IST): Fine exchanges between the players early on. Mumbai's Ivanov just edges the initial battle, leads Dutt 7-4 after first break.
19:57(IST): The men's singles match between Vladimir Ivanov of Mumbai Masters playing against RMV Gurusai Dutt of Awadhe Warriorsis first up at the Kanteerva Indoor Stadium in Bangalore.
Last encounter and form guide:
Awadhe Warriors won their first tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) in style by drubbing Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
With the victory, the Lucknow-based team bagged five points (four with each match win and a bonus point) to jump to fourth place on eight points in 3 matches in the points table while the Delhi Smashers are last with eight points in 4 matches. (Pics from the match)
Mumbai Masters: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal shepherded the Hyderabad Hotshots to a comfortable 3-2 victory over Mumbai Masters in the inaugural Indian Badminton League at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi.
Despite a thrilling victory by world number one Lee Chong Wei of Mumbai Masters in the opening match, the Hotshots bounced back with Saina winning her women's singles, followed by triumph of men's doubles combo of V Shem Goh and W L Khim and later men's singles player Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk emerged victorious to seal the tie in Hyderabad's favour.
Having registered three victories from four outings, the Hotshots are at the top of the table with 15 points.
Mumbai Masters will look to put behind the disappointment of the defeat at the hands of Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots in their previous match and focus on staying in hunt for the semifinal berth when they cross swords with resilient Awadhe Warriors in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) here on Saturday.
Despite a thrilling victory by world number one Lee Chong Wei of Mumbai Masters in the opening match on Friday, they lost the script after Hotshots bounced back with Saina guiding the team to a 3-2 win.
Mumbai will be expecting Chong Wei (Malaysia), Marc Zwiebler (Germany), Tine Baun (Denmark) and Vladimir Ivanov (Russia) to perform to their potential.
The form of icon player Sindhu, who had lost her first two matches in the tournament, overcame her slump to get back to winning ways by pulling off the match against Arundhati Pantawane yesterday. She will be hoping to give a much-needed boost to overwhelm a formidable Mumbai.
On the other hand, the likes of Malaysian Weng Fei Chong, R M V Gurusaidutt and Thailand Open champion K Srikanth in the Warriors line-up could not considered as world beaters.
The mixed doubles pair of Ivanov and Sikki Reddy have been exceptional in the tournament so far. Mumbai will be hoping they can replicate their performance against the patchy Warriors in this segment.