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IBL 2013 – Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons at New Delhi – Pune Pistons Win 3-2

Krrish Delhi Smashers played Pune Pistons in the opening match of IBL 2013 on 14th August, 2013 at 8pm IST.

While we predicted a 3-2 victory for Delhi Smashers, Joachim and Ashwini of Pune Pistons had other plans to spoil the Delhi party and upset the hosts 3-2 to win the opening tie of the IBL 2013 in the deciding match.

Krrish Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons – IBL 2013 Match Results

Winner: Pune Pistons

Score: 3-2

Player of the Tie: Sai Praneeth

 

Ashwini Ponnappa and Joachim Fischer

Ashwini Ponnappa and Joachim Fischer

  • Mens Singles 1: Sai Praneeth of Delhi Smashers defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Pune Pistons 21-16, 21-20 to give a good start to Delhi Smashers.
  • Womens Singles: Juliane Schenk of Pune Pistons defeated Nichaon Jindapon of Delhi Smashers 21-15, 21-6 to help Pune roar back with their first point of the IBL 2013.
  • Mens Doubles: Boon Hoeng Tan/Kien Keat Koo of Delhi Smashers defeated Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar of Pune Pistons 21-13, 21-16 in the third match to give a 2-1 lead to Delhi Smashers.
  • Mens Singles 2: Saurabh Varma of  Pune Pistons defeated H.S.Prannoy of Delhi Smashers 21-16, 19-21 11-5.
  • Mixed Doubles: Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa of Pune Pistons defeated Kien Keat Koo and Jwala Gutta of Delhi Smashers 21-19, 16-21, 11-3 to help Pune Pistons win the decider and also gain the valuable bonus point for winning the tie.

Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons Videos

Match 1: Tien Minh Nguyen of Pune Pistons vs Sai Praneeth of Delhi Smashers


Match 2: Juliane Schenk of Pune Pistons vs Nichaon Jindapon of Delhi Smashers


Match 3: Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar of Pune Pistons vs Boon Hoeng Tan/Kien Keat Koo of Delhi Smashers


Match 4: Saurabh Varma of Pune Pistons vs H.S.Prannoy of Delhi Smashers


Match 5: Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa of Pune Pistons vs Kien Keat Koo and Jwala Gutta of Delhi Smashers


Prediction

While it might turn out to be a Ashwini vs Jwala showdown, we are prediciting a Delhi Smashers victory. (Reasoning given below)

Ashwini Ponnappa vs Jwala Gutta

Ashwini Ponnappa vs Jwala Gutta

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Team Composition:

Krrish Delhi Smashers

Jwala Gutta

Jwala Gutta

Players of Krrish Delhi Smashers in IBL 2013:

Pune Pistons

Ashwini Ponnappa

Ashwini Ponnappa

Players of Pune Pistons in IBL 2013 are:

 Initial Analysis

While on paper both teams appear to be strong, Delhi Smashers might have the edge over Pune Pistons. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. Mens Singles 1: Wing Ki Wong from Delhi Smashers will have to fight it out with Tin Min Nyugen if he plays him. If Delhi smartly escapes this one, he might win this hands down – but of course Delhi will lose the second one also very easy.
  2. Mens Singles 2: Sai Praneeth from Delhi Smashers might have to battle it out and carve this one, as it appears to be a close call here.
  3. Womens Singles: Juliane Schenk from Pune Pistons is going to have it her way, unless someone from the Delhi Smashers team spring up with a surprise (Arundhati?). So this point appears to be a foregone conclusion for Pune Pistons in this match.
  4. Mens Doubles: Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat are undoubtedly the best pair in IBL 2013 and hence will be able to win their Mens Doubles match hands down.
  5. Mixed Doubles: Diju and Jwala have already played together for many years and might be quite formidable to defeat, unless Pune Pistons come up with an idea of playing Ashwini along with Joachim. This is a close one and hence no clear winner here.

Prediction Conclusion

With two sure wins (Mens Singles 1 and Mens Doubles), Delhi Smashers just have to work hard enough to win either the second Mens Singles match or the Mixed Doubles match, which appears to be quite a possibility. Hence the thought is Delhi Smashers are going to win this one 3-2 over Pune Pistons. Lets wait and watch :-)