Hyderabad Hunters’ Carolina Marin on Sunday beat Chennai Smashers’ PV Sindhu in first game of the tournament. The second edition of the Premier Badminton League, which started on January 1, 2016, brought high-profile players straight into a face-off. The Hyderabad Hunters will play Chennai Smashers followed by Bengaluru Blasters against Delhi Acers. Game consists of 11 points.
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7.39 pm: Carolina Marin wins third set and match. Beats Sindhu 11-8, 12-14, 11-2. Marin gives her team the lead Hyderabad the lead against Chennai
7.36 pm: Disappointing start for Sindhu after break. Trails by 7-1 now.
7.34 pm: Sindhu trails Marin 6-1 at break.
7.33 pm: Sindhu trails 0-4.
7.32 pm: Sindhu trails 0-3.
7.32 pm: Sindhu trails 0-2.
7.28 pm: PV Sindhu wins second game 12-14. It looked very difficult in the starting. But last moment effort worked for Sindhu.
7.27 pm: PV Sindhu levels Marin 12-12.
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7.24 pm: Marin lead 11-9 now. Things difficult for PV.
7.23 pm: Marin takes lead 7-8
7.23 pm: Marin levels 7-7.
7.22 pm: Sindhu takes lead, its 6-7 now.
7.20 pm: Sindhu leads by three points on the trot to lead Marin 6-5 at the break.
7.18 pm: Game over at 11-8. The Spanish player was pulling and pushing Sindhu back and forth across the court at will. Sindhu needs to get back into the next game. She has never lost in this tournament.
7.14 pm: Another 3 point winning spree brings Marin to a massive lead – 9-6. Sindhu is making too many mistakes as Marin forces the tempo up. Sindhu looks too nervous. Has wound herself up for the match and is now turning that into mistakes rather than scoring winners. The crowds may have something to do with it. Marin is getting a lot of support from the crowd that is rooting for their specific team. May well have unnerved Sindhu.
7.10 pm: The rallies are getting longer, but Marin is getting the better of Sindhu. Marin takes 3 points in a row. Remember, a player in this tournament has to win just 11 points to win the game – provided the gap with the rival is 2 points.
7.08 pm: Thankfully, Sindhu got the the initiative back before Marin ran away with the match. A longish rally ends when Marin’s backhand return goes wide. Sindhu leads 4-2.
7.07 pm: PV Sindhu claws back the next point after Marin smashes a return into the net.
7.05 pm: The initial exchange is fast and furious. Marin makes a fantastic start. Marin wins the first point with a perfect drop shot at the net.
7.03 pm: Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu faces up to the reigning gold medal winner Marin. In their careers Marin has won 5, while Sindhu has won thrice.