The Malaysian postponed his travel plans but the delay didn't matter as world number 41 Vladimir Ivanov of Russia rose to the occasion and notched up a straight-game win over India's top shuttler Parupalli Kashyap in the opening match.
    
Kashyap, who rose three places to world number 14 in the BWF ranking, could not quell the challenge from the Russian and lost 18-21 18-21 to concede the early lead to Mumbai Masters in the USD one million event.
    
However, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei brought Banga Beats back into the contest with a thrilling victory over three-time All England Champion Tine Baun in the women's singles. Tai Tzu notched up a 21-17 21-18 victory over Denmark's Tine, ranked 11th.
    
Bangalore then made it 2-1 when their men's doubles pair of Carston Mogensen and Akshay Dewalkar thrashed Mumbai's Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Manu Attri 21-13 21-12.
    
The second men's singles match was another interesting clash between two equal players as Marc Zweibler of Germany and Hu Yun of Hong Kong clashed, cheered on by a vociferous crowd of around 200 spectators even as the match ended at midnight.
    
After an intense battle, which saw fortunes fluctuate on both the sides, it was Marc who was awarded for his resilience as he stunned Hu 17-21 21-17 11-6.

(Agencies)

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