Priyanshu stars in the victory of Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: In a battle to avoid the wooden spoon, the Hyderabad hunters shot down the Mumbai 4-3 rockets in the Premier Badminton League match here on sunday.

But the inconsequential link became the perfect setting for the launch of another promising shutter, Priyanshu Rajawat The 18-year-old, on behalf of Hunters, surprised world number 49 Lee Dong Keun of Korea 15-13, 15-9. Classified as No. 284 in the world, the cheerful teenager showed excellent skills near the net and far from it in equal measure. The way he executed the half strokes and the cross strokes was a delight to observe. The fans, who had come to see PV Sindhu , left home chanting the name of Priyanshu.

Even while engaging his rival in long rallies, Priyanshu never lost his composure and negotiated the tough situations with ease.

Meanwhile, the hopes in the Hunters semifinal, which hung on a thread, ended effectively as they secured only four points of the tie. Both Hunters and Rockets are at the bottom of the table with 10 points each.

Previously, the home team had a disastrous start as their pair of men's doubles Vladimir Ivanov and Ben Lane fell without fighting Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang of Mumbai 10-15, 8-15. The Koreans, who won the bronze in the World Championship twice, were too good for the Anglo-Russian couple of Lane and Ivanov. The duo of the Hunters was in the game only until the seventh point in both games.

Rocket pattern Parupalli Kashyap struck form after losing three matches on trot to beat Daren Liew. With Kashyap winning the trump 15-8, 15-13, Mumbai secured a 3-0 lead. Sindhu then won the trump match to revive Hunters' hopes before Priyanshu made it 3-3 for the home team. Sindhu hardly broke any sweat as she dismissed Shreyanshi Pardeshi in two games 15-5, 15-10.