Rockets pip Hunters in a thriller 2-1.
The hosts Mumbai rockets took on the Carolina Marin-spearheaded Hyderabad Hunters, experienced a new 11-point system and a sudden death to 15, which is expected to keep the interest till the end of a tie.
The first match was between Tan Boon/ Tan Wee of Hunters and Lee Yong Dae/ Nipitphon P of Rockets. The Rockets kept an early lead against the hunters at the break of the opening game. Rockets thrilled the home crowd with their performance. A classic game was displayed by Yong Dae and Nipitphon who won the match in straight sets 11-9, 11-5.
The second match was women singles between Marin of Hunters and Sung Ji Hyun of Rockets. The first set saw some intense rallies, fantastic smashes and fall in favour of Korean. Spaniard dominated the second set. The third set had a superb comeback and then turned out to be a complete humdinger. A sensational match which ended Marin’s unbeaten run by Korean Sung Ji Hyun 11-7, 7-11, 14-2.
The third match was between Rockets’s Ajay and Hunters’s Ouseph. Most of the first set Ouseph kept the lead against Ajay showed his quality and then went on to take the game. Ajay had an early lead in the second set but got vanished soon by a brit. Ouseph defeated Ajay in straight sets 11-7, 11-8.
The fourth match was a thrilling mixed doubles between Satwik/ Wah of Hunters and Yong Dae/Zieba of Rockets. An absolute cracker of a match which saw deception, aggression and passion. The third set was a roller-coaster and had reached to a 15 point decider which turned in favour of Hunters 11-13, 12-10, 15-14. This was a trump defeat for Rockets.
The fifth match was a trump match for Hunters, playing Sameer Verma against HS Prannoy of Rockets. This match was crucial for Hunters as it might turn the table score. In the first set Sameer took an early lead but went in favor of Prannoy 11-6. The second set went neck-to-neck resulted in a victory for Prannoy 11-6, 11-7.