POSTED DAE : Oct. 4, 2014
In the second semifinal between Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) and Adam Murrills of England, Sandhu picked up where he left off, keeping all the intensity of his game yesterday, and started with an early lead. Sandhu kept Murrills pinned to the back corners with some amazing l
Harinder Pal Singh (IND) v Adam Murrills (ENG)
3-1 to Singh
11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-2
In the second semifinal between Harinder Pal Sandhu (Ind) and Adam Murrills of England, Sandhu picked up where he left off, keeping all the intensity of his game yesterday, and started with an early lead. Sandhu kept Murrills pinned to the back corners with some amazing length and width to win the first game comfortably 11-5 in just 10 minutes. Sandhu continued in the same spirit, and the second game seemed to repeat the first, before Murrills bounced back from 3-8 down to level terms at 9-9 and won five points in a row to take the game. The third game saw Murrills build pressure and pull out a slender lead of 4-1. But Sandhu came back and leveled the match at 7-6. At that point, the fight went out of Murrills, and Sandhu topped out at 11-6 to take a two games to one advantage. Game four was Sandhu all the way till he reached 9-2. It looked like he would finish things off comfortably, but Murrills found his fight again and moved the ball around the court in some very quick rallies to all corners. At 9-6 Sandhu got an unforced error from Murrills to get his first match ball. Murrills dug deep again and, after some amazing rallyies and unbelievable retrieving, fought back to within a point at 10-9. Sandhu played some awesome squash across two more long rallies and a few lengths, keeping the ball deep and tight as he desperately tried to close out the game. Finally, Murrills was the one to hit the ball out by inches, giving the match to Sandhu.
Sandhu will face Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) in tomorrow’s all-Indian men’s final for maximum world ranking points and the first-ever JSW Indian Squash Challenger Circuit title at the Jaipur Club.
Adam Murrills: “It took me a game to get going. I got a bit more control after the first. I thought he played pretty well and just controlled the T a bit more than I did, which led to me doing a bit more work than him consistently.”