Tian Houwei beat Tanongsak to keep Delhi Dashers alive against Chennai Smashers in Vodafone PBL

File Photo : Tain Houwei
SPORTINGINDIA|03-Jan-2018 21:33

Lucknow, January 3 - World No.22 Tain Houwei of China beat Chennai Smashers' Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk 15-14,15-10 to keep Delhi Dashers alive in the tie in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League played at the BBD UPBA here on Wednesday.

The tie is very crucial for both the teams as a win will put them in a strong position to enter the knock-out stages. With three matches played in the tie, Delhi Dashers have won two matches while Chennai have won one. However, they are tied 1-1 on points as Delhi were penalised a point for losing their trump match.

In the first game, the lone Chinese  started off well and breezed to establish an 8-2 lead at the interval. However, after the breather, Tian could not maintain his stronghold and Tanongsak fought his way back into the match. He showed great tenacity and snatched the lead from Tian for the first time in the match. With a striking distance from winning the game, his errors helped Tian save three game point to win the opening game.

In the second game, Tanongsak was leading 8-5 mid-way and should have tied the match. But he lost focus again and committed string of errors which allowed the Chinese to get back into the match and eventually emerge victorious. 15-10

In the second match of the day, Hong Kong's Vincent Wong Wing Ki registered a comprehensive 15-10, 15-13 victory over France's Brice Leverdez to reduce Delhi's deficit in the tie.

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World No.15 Vincent started off in a jiffy rushing to an 8-2 lead in no time and it looked like he would win the game without facing much of a challenge. Brice did improve gradually but could not stop the Hong Kong shuttler Vincent take the lead in the match.

In the second game, Brice showed better determination and grit but could not stop the Delhi juggernaut as Vincent made his way to victory.  

In the lung-opener of the day, the Indo/Taiwanese men's doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy/ Lee Yang scored a superb 15-13,15-11 victory over the Russian trump duo of Ivan Sozonov/Vladimir Ivanov to help Chennai Smashers draw first blood of the tie.

The win saw Chennai log in their first point of the evening, while condemned Delhi to a -1 by the virtue of losing the trump match.

In the first game, the Chennai got off a good start rushing to a 3-0 lead. However, the World No.8 Russian made shrugged off their initial sluggishness and got their act together and go 8-6 up in the match. After the break, the Delhi pair could not sustain their momentum and an error-prone play saw them go down in 0-1 in the match.

In the second game, Sumeeth/Yang grew into the game further combining well with the Taiwanese playing exceptionally well from the back court. His deceptive drops and powerful smashes caught Ivan/Vladimir off-guard and they could never recover from the early 4-8 deficit and eventually crashed to their third defeat of the season.

In tomorrow's clash, home team Awadhe Warriors will take on last year's runners-up Mumbai Rockets. Awadhe led by India's Saina Nehwal have been in sublime and are currently at the top of the table with 13 points and will look to come out triumphant from the tie as a win tomorrow will all but seal their berth in the knock-out stages. The contest will be a do-or-die clash for Mumbai who languishing at the bottom of the table with  as loss will spell a doom to their chance of making it to the last four stages. They will go into the tie after a whitewash against Bengaluru Blasters and will have to be really on top of their game to stop Awadhe Warriors.

Results - (Incomplete)

MD - B Sumeeth Reddy/Lee Yang bt Ivan Sozonov/Vladimir Ivanov [T] - 15-13,15-11

MS - Wing Ki Wong Vincent bt Brice Leverdez  - 15-10, 15-13

MS - Tian Houwei bt Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk - 15-14, 15-10

WS - P V Sindhu vs Sung JI Hyun (On Going)

XD - Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock vs Ashwini Ponnappa/Ivanov Vladimir- (Yet To Start)

Note: Each team has to nominate one match as its Trump match. It gains 2 points, instead of 1, for winning this match. It is deducted 1 point from the overall tally if it loses this match though.


The Vodafone Premier Badminton League is held under the aegis of the Badminton Association of India and is organised by Sportzlive, the official licensee partner of the league. It has already acquired the tag of being one of the richest badminton leagues with the teams battling for a total prize money of INR 6 crore.

·         8 current World Championship medalists

·         9 Olympic Medalists (including three multiple medal winners)

·         World No. 1 in both Men's singles and Women's singles

·         Prize Money: INR 6 Cr

·         Duration of tournament: 23 days

·         High footfall and stadium attendance Last year gate revenue was close to  1.4 cr.


About Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 3

The Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 3, is the world’s richest prize money badminton tournament offering a prize of INR 6 Cr. The league is conducted bySportzLive, licensee partners of PBL and is organised under the aegis of Badminton Association of India (BAI), led by President Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma. The league kick starts from December 23nd 2017-January 14th 2018 and will see 8 teams; Delhi Dashers, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Awadhe Warriors, Chennai Smashers, Bengaluru Blasters, Ahmedabad Smash Masters and North Eastern Warriors battle out in across 5 different locations of India including Guwahati, Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai and Hyderabad. Matches will be telecasted live on Star Sports Network and online streaming will be done on Hotstar.com.

About Sportzlive

Sportzlive is a Gurgaon based sports management and marketing company set up by highly experienced industry veterans! It's a venture capital funded company that acquires sports IPRs. It already has an impressive portfolio that includes the, Premier Badminton League, Indian Cue League (Snooker + Pool) and Men's, Women's and Beach Volleyball properties. Sportzlive currently has acquired rights for four different leagues and about 90 days of Live action content. Sportzlive, as part of its overall vision for development of the sports ecosystem in the country, has set up North India's largest Badminton Academy at Greater Noida in association with Pullela Gopichand. 

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