HYDERABAD, August 28: Despite narrowly losing 3-2 to Banga Beats on Tuesday evening, Hyderabad Hotshots stormed into the semifinals of the Indian Badminton League at the Gachibowli stadium here.
Hotshots topped the table with 17 points while Bangalore-based Banga Beats finished at the bottom of the table with 13 points.
Saina Nehwal-led side will face Ashwini Ponappa skippered outfit Pune Pistons in the first semifinal to be played at Hyderabad on Wednesday evening.
In another semifinals clash on Thursday, Lucknow’s Awadhe Warriors take on Mumbai Masters in Bangalore.
After powering Hotshots into the semifinals Saina said, “I am very excited to play the Semi-Finals tomorrow as it will be the first time for me to play in team championship and I am sure my team will give their best.
Results: Banga Beats bt Hyderabad Hotshots 3-2
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (HH) bt P. Kashyap (BB) 21-20, 21-18.
Saina Nehwal (HH) bt Ying Tai Tzu (BB) 21-17, 14-21, 11-8.
Carston Mogensen/ Akshay Dewalkar (BB) bt V Shem Goh/ Wah Lim Khim (HH) 15-21, 21-15, 11-1.
Jan O Jorgensen (BB) bt Ajay Jayaram (HH) 21-11, 21-8.
Carston Mogensen/ Aparna Balan (BB) bt Pradnya Gadre/ Tarun Kona (HH) 18-21, 21-16, 11-9.
Semifinals (Live on ESPN/ Star Sports):
August 28: Hyderabad Hotshots vs Pune Pistons at 8 pm.
August 29: Awadhe Warriors vs Mumbai Masters at 8 pm.