Later, Chennai Smashers upset hosts Mumbai Rockets 4-3 by clinching the deciding fifth rubber when Indonesian former world no. 3 Simon Santoso got the better of India's RMV Gurusaidutt in straight games in the victors' trump game. This was Mumbai's first defeat after their win over Awadhe Warriors yesterday.
By the time Srikanth stepped on court to play against his Malaysian opponent Lee Chong, commanding the highest price of USD 100,000 in the League along with Indian woman stalwart Saina Nehwal, the tie against Bengaluru had been wrapped up by the Hyderabad team at the NSCI Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium.
The Hunters started on a losing note by dropping the opening women's singles, but then made ample amends by clinching their trump game, the men's doubles encounter, as well as the other men's singles match-up won in straight games (15-14, 15-13) by London Olympic Games quarter finalist Parupalli Kashyap against Sameer Verma, nominted as the trump by Bengaluru.
With a 3-0 lead after the first three games, Hyderabad could not lose the tie even if they lost the last two matches, the mixed doubles clash and the prime slot face-off between Lee Chong and Srikanth.
And that was exactly what happened when Ashwini Ponnappa teamed up with Dane Joachim Fischer Nielsen to outsmart her regular women's doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Markis Kido 15-13, 15-13 to leave Srikanth to finish off the tie on a rousing note by upsetting Lee Chong.

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