Awadhe Warriors brother-sister pair of Markis Kido and Pia Bernadeth won the crucial fifth match and the tie 3-2 against Mumbai Masters in the second semi-final of the Indian Badminton League at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
After senior India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar enthralled the Mumbai Masters fans by turning up for star shuttler Lee Chong Wei`s match, it was the turn of another batting stalwart Rahul Dravid to root for his city franchise at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
Mumbai Masters will look to put behind the disappointment of the defeat at the hands of Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots in their previous match and focus on staying in hunt for the semifinal berth when they cross swords with resilient Awadhe Warriors in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) on Saturday.
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.
Legendary cricketer and one of the owners of Mumbai Masters, Sunil Gavaskar is waiting with bated breath to meet world`s numero uno shuttler Lee Chong Wei, and said it will be a "thrill" to watch the Malaysian in action in the inaugural Indian Badminton League.