Delhi Acers lead the points table at the end of the League phase of the Star Sports Premier Badminton League as they thrashed Mumbai Rockets 5-0 at Bengaluru today. Mumbai Rockets took the court with an intention to bag as many points as possible but they couldn’t do anything to suit that. They won the first match, grabbing the first point of the Tie but they lost all the matches including their Trump resulting in the score reading 0-5 against them.
Mumbai Rockets can now only wait for the results of the Tie between Chennai Smashers and Bengaluru Rockets which if in favor of them, can lead them to semifinals. Delhi Acers, on the other hand, now leads the points table with 20 points.
The first match was Mixed Doubles between the teams and it was the Rockets who won the first game. Though the Acers pair, Akshay Dewalkar and Aparna Balan should be given due credit for the challenge they gave to Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov. Eventually it was the latter who stamped their name on the victory tag giving Mumbai Rockets the first point on the scoreboard.
In the second match, which was trump match for Mumbai Rockets and they fielded young Ruthvika Gadde who lost 11-15,15-8,13-15 to PC Thulasi. The loss meant Mumbai lose the 1 point they had in their name and Delhi Acers now were leading the tie at 1-0. The third match between HS Prannoy and Tommy Sugiarto couldn’t change the direction of tide as Delhi Acers increased the lead to 2-0. Then was the Men’s Doubles match between Vladimir Ivanov with Mathias Boe against Acers Koo Keat Kien with Tan Boon Heong. This match was crucial for both team and as was expected the match was electrifying. While the first game was won by the Delhi Acers, the Mumbai Rockets bounced back to take the second game. The third game proved to be full of speed and smashes and it was the Acers who kept their nerves intact to win the game and the match. The win here for Delhi Acers had the scoreboard read 3-0.
And then was the time for Delhi Acers Trump match as Rajiv Ouseph took the court to clash against Gurusai Dutt from the Acers side. Playing without any pressure, Rajiv dominated the entire proceedings as he won both the game convincingly. This gave Delhi 2 points and they obtained 5 points, an ideal situation which any team would love to have in their name in the Star Sports Premier Badminton League. The final score read 5-0. With this win Delhi Acers posted their dominance at display on the points table which has them leading the chart with 20 points.