The inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) 2013 kicked off on an impressive note in the cricket-crazy nation. The tournament proposed by Badminton Association of India (BAI) begun on 14 August and will come to an end on 31 August.
IBL may not be as popular as Indian Premier League, a sporting extravaganza of Twenty20 cricket, but the hype and frenzy it has created is encouraging. The presence of some of the biggest names in world badminton, including India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal (world No.4), Lee Chong Wei (world No.1 from Malaysia), PV Sindhu, who won a bronze in the recent World Championships has added spice to the tournament.
Six franchises - Hyderabad Hotshots, Banga Beats, Krrish Delhi Smashers, Awadhe Warriors, Pune Pistons and Mumbai Masters, will compete for the title. The top four teams will feature in the semi-finals and the winners of the semi-finals will progress to the final to be played in Mumbai on 31 August.
A total of 90 matches will be played and the teams will play matches in two legs - home and away.
|Wed, 14 Aug||8 pm||Krrish Delhi Smashers Vs Pune Pistons||DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, Delhi||PP win 3-2|
|Thur, 15 Aug||4 pm||Hyderabad Hotshots Vs Awadhe Warriors||DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, Delhi||HH win 3-2|
|Thur, 15 Aug||8 pm||Banga Beats vs Mumbai Masters||DDA Badminton and Squash Stadium, Delhi||MM win 3-2|
|Sat, 17 Aug||4 pm||Krrish Delhi Smashers Vs Hyderabad Hotshots||Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy, Lucknow||KDS win 3-2|
|Sat, 17 Aug||8 pm||Mumbai Masters Vs Pune Pistons||Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy, Lucknow||PP win 3-2|
|Sun, 18 Aug||8 pm||Banga Beats Vs Awadhe Warriors||Babu Banarasi Das U.P. Badminton Academy, Lucknow||BB win 4-1|
|Mon, 19 Aug||8 pm||Hyderabad Hotshots Vs Pune Pistons||Sardar Patel Stadium, NSCI, Mumbai||HH win 4-1|
|Tue, 20 Aug||8 pm||Krrish Delhi Smashers Vs Mumbai Masters||Sardar Patel Stadium, NSCI, Mumbai||MM win 4-1|
|Thur, 22 Aug||4 pm||Hyderabad Hotshots Vs Mumbai Masters||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Badminton Hall, Pune||HH win 3-2|
|Thur, 22 Aug||8 pm||Awadhe Warriors Vs Krrish Delhi Smashers||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Badminton Hall, Pune||AW win 4-1|
|Fri, 23 Aug||8 pm||Pune Pistons Vs Banga Beats||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Badminton Hall, Pune||PP win 4-1|
|Sat, 24 Aug||8 pm||Awadhe Warriors Vs Mumbai Masters||Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore||AW win 3-2|
|Sun, 25 Aug||8 pm||Banga Beats Vs Krrish Delhi Smashers||Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore||KDS win 4-1|
|Mon, 26 Aug||8 pm||Awadhe Warriors Vs Pune Pistons||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||AW win 3-2|
|Tue, 27 Aug||8 pm||Hyderabad Hotshots Vs Banga Beats||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||BB win 3-2|
|Wed, 28 Aug||8 pm||First Semifinal
HH vs PP
|Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||HH win 3-0|
|Thur, 29 Aug||8 pm||Second Semifinal
AW vs MM
|Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore||AW win 3-2|
|Sat, 31 Aug||8 pm||Final
HH vs AW
|Sardar Patel Stadium, NSCI, Mumbai||HH win 3-1|