Kento Momota
Kento Momota eyes his second world championships medal on Sunday.Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Sixth seed Kento Momota takes on third seed and local favourite Shi Yuqi in the men's singles final of BWF World Championships in Nanjing on Sunday.

When does the match start and how to watch it live

The men's singles final will not start before 3:30 pm local time, 1 pm IST and 8:30 am BST.

Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Hotstar and BWF's offical YouTube channel. 

What to expect from the men's singles final

It's the battle between the world's best player and China's best player as Momota and Shi eye maiden world championships gold medal.

Momota, the world number seven, has been looking like a man on a mission ever since he came back from a lengthy gambling ban.

The 23-year-old had lost an opportunity to represent Japan at Rio Olympics due to the ban but Sunday's final gives him an opportunity to finish on the top step of the podium and officially be declared as the world's best badminton player. 

Since coming back in 2017, Momota has certainly raised the bar of men's singles badminton. With impenetrable defence and unbelievable on-court movement, the young Japanese shuttler has been on a title-winning spree.

The reigning Asian champion has won 30 of his last 32 matches on the tour and is looking set to capture the biggest title of his nascent yet controversial career.

Can Shi stop the Momota juggernaut?

Shi Yuqi
File photo of China's top-ranked men's singles player Shi Yuqi.Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Momota heads into the final as the overwhelming favourite. He defeated Shi in their only career meeting — Badminton Asia Championships earlier this year.

Nonetheless, Shi should be filled with confidence as has outclassed Olympic champions Lin Dan and Chen Long en route to the final.

The former youth Olympic champion is yet to capture a major crown at the senior level. Shi faces an uphill task against Momota but with the backing of the home crowd, the 22-year-old will be hoping to claim glory in Nanjing.

BWF World Championships 2018: Global TV guide

  1. Malaysia: TV - Astro Supersport 4; Live stream - Astro Go
  2. Singapore: TV - Hub Sports 1; Live stream - StarHub Go
  3. Thailand: TV - True Sport HD 3 & True Sport 7; Live stream - TrueVisions Anywhere
  4. China: CCTV5 +
  5. Chinese Taipei: SportsCast Tennis Channel
  6. Indonesia: Indovision