PBL: Prannoy stars in Mumbai's win over Hyderabad


MUMBAI --- Mumbai Rockets overcame the loss of their 'trump' game to edge out Hyderabad Hunters 2-1 for their second straight victory in the Premier Badminton League.

Mumbai lost the trump game, the fourth of the rubber, to squander a 2-1 advantage before HS Prannoy clinched the deciding fifth match -- the second men's singles tie against fellow Indian Sameer Verma 11-6, 11-7. The victory took Mumbai to the top of the league table.

Mumbai won three out of five matches overall -- the opening men's doubles tie, the women's singles clash and the second men's singles match. Hyderabad won the mixed doubles and the first men's singles matches.

In the most-awaited match of the evening, Carolina Marin (Hyderabad) lost 7-11, 11-7, 12-14 to world No. 3 Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea. Hyun had lost to Marin, the world No. 2 from Spain, in the quarter-finals at last year's Rio Olympics. Marin lost the match after committing two unforced errors -- by hitting long and then burying a push into the net -- at 12-all in the third game. "I made some silly mistakes in the end," she said after the loss.

Earlier, in the men's doubles match, Yong Dae Lee of Korea and N Puangpuapech of Thailand beat the Malaysian pair of Boon Heong Tan and Wee Kong Tan 11-9, 11-5 to give Mumbai the lead.

England's Rajiv Ouseph brought Hyderabad back into the contest by outclassing Ajay Jayaram 11-7 11-8.

Then Hyderabad clinched the mixed doubles tie, nominated as a trump match by Mumbai. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Hong Kong's Hoi Wah Chau fought back to beat Yong Dae Lee of Korea and Poland's Nadiezda Zieba 11-13, 12-10, 15-14.