Indian Badminton League: Top interesting facts

It's first day first show for the Indian Badminton League (IBL) on Wednesday. The Pune Pistons and Delhi Smashers, led by two of India's doubles specialists, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta, will be in action. Jwala and Ashwini though will feature only in the Mixed Doubles in the tie, as Women's Doubles isn't a part of the competition.

updated: August 14, 2013 20:26 IST
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Top-10 pointers

# The million-dollar Indian Badminton League, trumpeted as the sport's richest event, will be played over a fortnight between six city teams, using a more attacking style of play designed to excite the fans. (What's in store)

# The standard two-point gap to win a game has been abandoned in favour of a race to 21 points for the first two games and 11 points for the decider, if needed. There will also be a minute's commercial break after the seventh and 14th points in the first two games and after the sixth point in the decider.

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