Parupalli Kashyap and Nichaon Jindapon won their respective singles as hosts Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers were locked 1-1 in their Indian Badminton League (IBL) match. Also Read: Work ethic-wise Saina has a huge drive,Sindhu is still a little kid
Coming into the do-or-die tie,Beats icon player Kashyap downed giant-killer B Sai Praneeth 21-15 21-11 in the mens singles tie to give his side a 1-0 lead.
However,Jindapon brought Smashers back in the tie with a 21-17,15-21,11-9 win over home player Carolina Marin in the her womens singles.
Praneeth began well for Smashers as he was going neck and neck with Kashyap in the first game. However,Kashyap fought back to grab a 14-7 lead after the second break. The world number 14 played some delectable smashes across the court,dismantling the confidence of Praneeth. Having bagged the first game,Kashyap kept the match in his grip. He took 7-2 lead over his opponent,ranked 37 in the world. Also Read: Sindhu beats Tine Baun
Kashyap hardly allowed Praneeth to play his game as he overpowered him with his bodyline smashes,sometimes at a speed of 251km per hour.
In the womens singles,Jindapon was dominating as she took a 7-3 lead at the opening break in the first game. However,Marin fought her way back by taking a narrow 14-12 lead against Jindapon after the second break.
In the see-saw match that ensued,Jindapon pocketed the the first game but Carolina refued to throw in the towel. The two players were 10-10 at one stage in the second game and soon the Spanish girl stretched her lead to 19-15 and forced a decider.
Carolina though could not continue with the momentum and allowed her rival to win and level the tie 1-1.
Hidayat an asset
Hyderabad: The vast experience of veteran Taufiq Hidayat is a great asset to Hyderabad Hotshots,star shuttler and teams icon player Saina Nehwal said. Taufiqs experience is definitely a great asset to the team, the world no 3 told reporters here. I am surprised to know that I have many fans across India and the support from the crowd is very inspiring, she said.
After winning four matches,the Hyderabad Hotshots team has now arrived in their hometown to play the last league match with Bangalore team Banga Beats. Mens singles player for Hyderabad Hotshots,Ajay Jayaram,expressed happiness over playing for the Hyderabad franchise.
Hyderabad Hotshots is a perfect team to play with. I am happy to be a part of this team, said Ajay,who played an impressive match against Mumbai Masters player,world no 1,Lee Chong Wei,recently.