After witnessing non-stop badminton action from the top players in the world for over fifteen days, we now await for the final match of the tournament – the Grand finale between Hyderabad Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors on Saturday. Road to Finals Hyderabad Hotshots was always at the creamy layer of the points table with their consistent performance and their celebrations after the semifinal victory passes a message that their confidence level is pepped up after a 3-0 victory over Pune Pistons in the semifinals. Awadhe Warriors rose up from an early dip and was fighting neck to neck with Banga Beats for a spot in semifinals. Bangalore team’s below-par performance at the crunchy moments spoiled their chances. In the semifinals, they competed with an inconsistent Mumbai Masters side and won the tie 3-2 after losing both the men’s singles matches. Team watch: Hyderabad Hotshots
Indian Badminton League Before the start of tournament, many plotted Hyderabad Hotshots as a strong favourite for the title and they have lived up to the expectations. Strength: Saina Nehwal’s Unbeaten run will give the side a good feel of air and we witnessed her taking an additional responsibility of captain and getting herself involved in the mixed doubles match in the semifinals. Trustable Men’s Singles Contenders in the form of Ajay Jayaram who has been good all through the tournament even vs. the likes of Lee Chong Wei while T Saemsoomboonsuk is the likely player to play the second match. Malaysian Men’s doubles pair V Shem Goh and Wah Lim Kim is no inferior to any side in the tournament and their experience of playing together will serve as an advantage. Weakness: Mixed doubles pair has always been a problem for the Hyderabad side which was crystal clear when Saina Nehwal chose herself to play the tie as it will be the decider match in case of 2-2 score line. Expected side: Ajay Jayaram [MS], Saina Nehwal [WS], V Shem Goh and Wah Lim Kim[MD], T Saemsoomboonsuk [MS] , V Shem Goh and Saina Newhal [XD] Team Watch: Awadhe Warriors
Indian Badminton League Starting from the Icon player, this side is filled with young and enthusiastic players. It has not been a path of roses for them so far in this tournament. Strength: PV Sindhu’s never say die attitude will come handy when she takes on Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles match. It is the best match one could hope for in the finals and PV Sindhu will be raring to go trying to unsettle her senior. Experience of Mathias Boe and Markis Kido in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles category will be handy. Mathias Boe seems to have enjoyed his stay in India after the initial controversies. Weakness: Pressure, Pressure, and Pressure: Hyderabad Hotshots have a good knack of pushing their opponents out of comfort zone and they will try to do the same on Saturday evening especially against K Srikanth and Guru Sai dutt. Expected Side: Guru Sai dutt [MS], PV Sindhu[WS], M Boe and M Kido[MD], K Srikanth[MS], M Kido and P Bernadet [XD] Saina Newhal vs. PV Sindhu – A Must watch affair
Indian Badminton League Owing to the current form it will be tough to take sides in this match. PV Sindhu should try and play her aggressive game and fetch a flurry of points to put the world no.04 under pressure. Saina has more experience of playing big match and will look to complete the tournament undefeated. Overall, this final match is going to be mouth watering. Get ready to experience the edge of the seats, taste of nails when you tune into Espn Starsports on Saturday night to see who lifts the twisted silver. Wishing both teams all the best!