- Mumbai won 4-1
- Sameer Verma beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent
- Tian Houwei won against Son Wan Ho
With the third edition of the Premier Badminton League in full swing, Monday saw two heavyweights take on each other. Mumbai Rockets and Delhi Dashers squared off against each other in Guwahati in what was billed as a potential final. The talent and superpower at the show were in abundance as a plethora of star players took to the court on Monday as both teams looked to go one up against each other in their inaugural match of the tournament. Last year’s finalists Mumbai showed that they still have the same form as they cruised past Delhi with ease 4-1.
With much advertisement and publicity being done to make the tournament a huge success the Premier Badminton League 2018 season 3 witnessed fireworks after the match between the teams of two queens of the Indian badminton PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. Building from there on Mumbai and Delhi took on each other in what was perhaps the biggest match of the group stages. Playing in front of a capacity crowd who had come to see some fine badminton, both the teams obliged as some tight and intense matches were played out on the night.
The biggest upset of the night came after Sameer Verma of Mumbai Rockets thumped Wong Wing Ki Vincent 15-11, 15-12.In what was the Trump match for the capital outfit, Delhi found themselves in huge trouble after losing. It was a master class from Sameer, one that saw a combination of technique and guile overcome his world-class opponent with ease in straight sets. The win ended up putting Mumbai in the driver’s seat in the clash after having earlier taken a 1-0 lead when Lee Yong Dae and Boon Heong Tan gave came from behind to beat Delhi’s Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov 14-15, 15-14, 15-10 in men’s doubles. There was no coming back from there for Delhi who went on to suffer a 4-1 defeat.
This year teams have been increased from six to eight. Ahmedabad Smash Masters and North Eastern Warriors are the new teams and join alongside already-existing Chennai Smashers, Awadhe Warriors, Delhi Acers, Hyderabad Hunters, Bengaluru Blasters, and Mumbai Rockets in the quest to win the prestigious league.