PBL: Tai Tzu meets to defeat Sindhu

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Hunters hopes to improve their semi-final chances vanished when they lost their PBL match against Bengaluru Raptors at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Friday.

Tai Tzu Ying He won a crucial match against PV Sindhu 15-11, 13-15, 15-9 to give the first victory of the season for the Raptors. The hunters were badly placed with (-1) point later Sourabh Verma lost the win game against Brice Leverdez 12-15, 15-10, 6-15.

Previously, the Raptors had a winning start after their men's doubles pair Chan Peng Soon & Rian Agung Saputro shot down Vladimir Ivanov & Ben Lane in three games 15-13, 9-15, 15-12. With the scores 1-(-1) in favour of Raptors, the onus was on Sindhu to pull her team out of the woods. The contest between the world champion & the former world No.1 lived up to its top billing as both shuttlers fought fiercely before Tai took control in the third game.

Tai got off to a brisk start in the first game & won the first three points. But once Sindhu got her range, she started hitting the lines consistently. Though Tai made a valiant bid, Sindhu was too good for her in the first game.

The second game was quite close, before Tai's trickery came to the fore. In the decider, Tai upped the ante by pushing the bird hard & producing seven smash winners.