HYDERABAD: Out of the six teams competing for a podium finish in the progressing PBL 2016, Hyderabad Hunters became the first team to exit the Premier Badminton League (PBL).
The Hyderabad Hunters lost four out of their five matches in the league.
while Awadhe Warriors and Delhi Acers with each 17 points on the table assured their place in the semifinals.
Earlier, needing a big win to qualify for the knockouts, Hyderabad started off on a strong note winning the first two matches but suffered a big loss when Parupalli Kasyap lost the trump match against H.S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets 11-15, 13-15. Later, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt won the trump match for Mumbai with a convincing 15-12, 15-4 victory against A.S.S. Siril Verma, for Hyderabad Hunters. The mixed doubles team of Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl made it 4-1 for Mumbai as they defeated Markis Kido and Jwala Gutta 15-8, 15-8.
With this loss Hyderabad finished their league engagements with one victory and four losses. With a total tally of 11 points, Hyderabad are virtually out of PBL. Mumbai with 13 points have a very good chance of qualifying for the semifinals.
Hyderabad were signing on a low note even before start of the tournament as the star player of PBL, Lee Chong Wei, left for Malaysia late on Sunday as he was given permission by his federation to stay only till January 10 2016.
Mumbai Rockets bt Hyderabad Hunters 4-1(K Supanida (HH) bt Liu Zi Die (MR) 1315, 15-14, 15-14; Carsten Mogensen\Markis Kido (HH) bt T Chayut\Vladimir Ivanov 15-7, 15-14; HS Prannoy (MR) bt P Kashyap (HH) 15-11, 15-13; RMV Gurusaidutt (MR) bt ASS Siril Verma 15-12, 15-4; V Ivanov\Kamilla Juhl 15-8, 15-8).