The Mumbai Rockets proved to be a superior threat than the Bengaluru Topguns as they claimed a 4-3 victory in Lucknow on Tuesday.
The opening fixture of the meeting saw Suo Di of the TopGuns play Han Li of the Rockets in the womens singles. Di ended up victorious after an entertaining game that went the full distance. The final score was 15-9, 11-15, 15-7 and so it was the TopGuns who went into an early 1-0 lead.
Next up it was the turn of Vladimir Ivanov and Mathias Boe for Mumbai to take on Khim Wah Lim and Hoon Thien How of Bengaluru in a mens doubles encounter. This was a Trump Match called by the Rockets. Under the added pressure of featuring in a Trump Match, it was Ivanov and Boe who responded best as they emerged 15-13, 15-11 victors. This result saw the Rockets jump into a 2-1 advantage in the meeting.
In the first mens singles match between RMV Gurusaidutt and Anand Pawar it was the former who put the Rockets 3-1 up in the meeting after he cruised to a 15-7, 15-13 triumph.
However, Kidambi Srikanth leveled the meeting at 3-3 when he won his mens singles duel with Mumbai's HS Prannoy. Crucially for the TopGuns this was their Trump Match and so Srikanth's victory was also worth two points.
All square at 3-3, the meeting went down to the final fixture which was a mixed doubles match between Ivanov and Liu Zi Diu for the Mumbai Rockets and Robert Blair and Ashwini Ponnappa for the Bengaluru TopGuns. The momentum of the match ebbed and flowed but it was Ivanov and Diu who took the deciding game of the match and with it the tie for the Rockets.