Chennai Lions take on Puneri Paltan Table Tennis in second semi-final of IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4
Season 4 action is available on Sports 18 and streamed on JioCinema
Pune, July 29, 2023: Defending champions Chennai Lions will take on Puneri Paltan Table Tennis in the second semi-final of the ongoing IndianOil Ultimate Table Tennis Season 4 on Saturday at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge-Balewadi in Pune.
The franchise-based league is promoted by Niraj Bajaj and Vita Dani under the auspices of the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).
Chennai Lions lost their last tie against Dabang Delhi T.T.C and will look to bounce back to reach the final of Season 4. Achanta Sharath Kamal will be the key player for the franchise despite losing his last match to Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.
World No. 33 Benedikt Duda and Yangzi Liu will look to continue their winning performance in the last four stage.
"The last tie was a close one. We will give our best in the upcoming tie against Puneri Paltan Table Tennis. Our squad has a lot of quality. We are the defending champions and it gives us a lot of confidence when we play against any opponent in Season 4," commented Duda ahead of the next tie.
On the other hand, Puneri Paltan Table Tennis will bank on their young paddlers Manush Shah, who upset World No. 17 Quadri Aruna in the last league tie, and Archana Kamath apart from their international star World No. 21 Omar Assar who is also the former All-Africa Games champion.
Manush stated, "We have been in great form and performed well in the last tie as well which was a close one against U Mumba TT. Omar has been in great form and gives us a solid start. Chennai Lions are really competitve in this league and our focus is to win the next tie."
All the Season 4 ties start at 7.30 PM with broadcast on Sports 18 and streamed on JioCinema. The tickets are available on BookMyShow.
Coaches: Somnath Ghosh, Jorg Bitzigeio
Players: Achanta Sharath Kamal, Yangzi Liu, Benedikt Duda, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Payas Jain and Prapti Sen
Puneri Paltan Table Tennis
Coaches: N Ravichandran, Zoltan Batorfi
Players: Omar Assar, Manush Shah, Archana Kamath, Snehit SFR, Anusha Kutumbale and Hana Matelova