PBL 2018: Chennai Smashers vs Delhi Dashers match preview, schedule and live telecast information
Can Sindhu lead her team to a win tonight?
PV Sindhu will be the biggest star to watch as the Chennai Smashers take on the Delhi Dashers in Tie No. 12 of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2018 at the Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy in Lucknow on Wednesday. The Smashers are the defending champions, but so far their campaign hasn't gone the way they would have liked.
Sindhu's team conceded defeat in the PBL 2018 opener. Even though they won their next assignment against the Mumbai Rockets, the score was quite a close one. From those two outings, they have garnered just seven points and are now placed at the seventh position in the points table.
The Delhi Dashers are in the fifth place after playing three matches. On paper, they look quite a balanced team, but their results haven't gone according to predictions, even though they did blank the Hyderabad Hunters 5-0 in their last match. The Dashers might just be the kind of team the Chennai franchise was looking for to get a confidence-boosting win, if the former shows indifferent form again.
Sindhu will be Chennai's talisman as usual and she faces the World No. 6 Sung Ji Hyun, where the Indian is expected to reign supreme. Sindhu will need the Chennai mixed doubles combine of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock to fetch a win against the Delhi pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ashwini Ponnappa.
A lot will depend on the outcome of the men's singles, where Tanongsak will be locking horns with Wong Wing Ki Vincent and Brice Leverdez will be meeting Tian Houwei. This will be a test of nerves for both teams and the one who can step up to the challenge, will emerge victorious.
Here is all the information you need to know
Tournament name: Premier Badminton League Season 3
Venue: Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy, Lucknow
Date: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Time: Chennai Smashers vs Delhi Dashers at 7pm IST
Channel: Star Sports 1/Star Sports 1 HD
Livestream information: Star Sports Hotstar
Chennai Smashers - Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Brice Leverdez, Aditya Joshi, Daniel Farid, PV Sindhu, Vrushali Gummadi, Yang Lee, B Sumeeth Reddy, Chris Adcock, Gabrielle Adcock.
Delhi Dashers - Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Tian Houwei, RMV Gurusaidutt, Sung Ji Hyun, Shreyanshi Pardeshi, Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Sozonov, Ashwini Ponnappa, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Arathi Sara Sunil.