Chennai Smashers made the best use of the "Trump Match" to outclass Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in the third tie of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) here on Sunday. (Read more badminton stories here)
The tie began with the mixed doubles match where Pia Zebadiah and Chris Adcock of Smashers beat Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov of Rockets 15-10, 7-15, 15-11 to take a 1-0 lead.
Next up was the men's singles match between H.S Prannoy of Mumbai and Brice Leverdez of Chennai. World No. 20 Prannoy defeated Leverdez 15-8, 15-11 in a one-sided affair to give his team the first point of the evening.
This was followed by the men's doubles match which was the 'Trump Match' for the Rockets.
Mumbai's Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov got off to a flier winning the first game 15-10. Their opponent Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra of Chennai came back sharply to win the second game 15-9 and take the match into the decider.
Boe-Ivanov used their experience to good effect to take the final game 15-13 and most importantly the bonus point (+2) to win the match. With the win, Mumbai got a healthy 3-1 lead.
The penultimate match of the tie saw World No.12 P.V. Sindhu beating Han Li 15-8, 11-15, 15-8 in the women's singles match to make it 3-2.
The last match of the day saw Gurusai Dutt of Mumbai facing off against Simon Santoso of Chennai which was a Trump Match for the Smashers.
Santoso used his skills to good effect to win the crucial match 15-9, 15-12 and gather two vital bonus points which helped the side win the tie 4-3.