World number 4 Saina Nehwal will take to the court for the first time in front of her home crowd in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) as table-toppers Hyderabad Hotshots face bottom-placed Banga Beats on Tuesday.
Hosts Banga Beats have a humongous task of winning their last two ties with big margins to remain in semifinals hunt as they clash with laggards Krrish Delhi Smashers in their penultimate round tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL), on Sunday.
Banga Beats` hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Badminton League went up in smoke after they lost their must-win match against hosts Pune Pistons 0-3 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi here on Friday.
World No 1 and Mumbai franchises` icon player Lee Chong Wei missed his first Indian Badminton League (IBL) rubber but the Masters still managed to eke out a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Banga Beats in their opening encounter of the inaugural million dollar tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
India`s top shuttler Parupalli Kashyap suffered a straight-game defeat against lower-ranked Vladimir Ivanov but Tai Tzu Ying brought Banga Beats back into the contest against Mumbai Masters with a hard-fought victory over Tine Baun.