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Gladiators Bengaluru Bulls take on Haryana Steelers.
Haryana Steelers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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The Haryana Steelers are back in the driver’s seat as they are placed 4th in the points table. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games which has helped them get a waiting list ticket for the next stage. In contrast the Bengaluru Bulls seem to have gone through a brain fade as they have not been able to maintain the same intensity in the games as they used to have earlier in the season. While other teams have been quietly rising up in the points table, the Bulls seem to have lost their way. They are placed 6th and may just miss the bus. This is their last game and this becomes a virtual quarter final for the Bulls. They have migrated from one of the stronger side to a fatigued unit. The Haryana Steelers have got their form on their side and they have an extra game yet to be played. This gives them another chance if they lose to the Bulls today. This will be one of the most epic battles as the Bulls will have to rampage all the steel barbs. It is a do or die situation for them. Hope Hi Flyer Pawan Sehrawat has kept his best for the last.
It is very surprising to see the Bulls slipping consistently in the points table in the last few weeks. They were steady in the top 3 throughout the season but they have been hit by fatigue and bad luck. They have been able to win just 2 out of their last 5 games and this has sent them down the grand canyon. This is their last league game and post this they will have to wait and watch the results of the other matches which may decide their fate. The Bulls would have never thought that they would have to depend on others for charity.
It all started earlier in the week as Gujarat Fortune Giants upset the Bulls. Their raider Pradeep Kumar rampaged the Bulls defence and forced them into submission. Then the Bulls beat the Pink Panthers only to lose to the Patna Pirates in the next game. They have had some break downs with their defence which has cost them crucial points. Hi flyer Pawan Sehrawat has been consistent along with Bharat for support. But whenever the opposition is able to isolate Pawan, the other raiders as well as the defenders are not able to compensate for this loss. This has led to the Bulls not winning games and slowly going down the slope. A loss to Haryana Steelers would end their campaign in this season.
They beat the Steelers by 14 points in their last meeting, but a lot has changed for both teams since then. Bulls have steadily lost their sharpness while the Steelers have improved on all counts. Bengaluru Bulls fans would expect their team to get back together and go for the killer punch. A win in this game will keep them in the hunt for the next stage.
Haryana Steelers have been studious students who have worked hard after every failure. They started off slowly in the season realizing that they can win only on the basis of teamwork. They are blessed with 2 dynamic players, raider Vikash Kandola and defender Jaipdeep. After playing 20 games they are placed 4th in the points table ready to secure their berth in the eliminators. They still have 2 league games to play and it will be better for them if they win both. This will not force them to wait for alms from other teams. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games and look in good rhythm. The only blemish for them was the loss to Puneri Paltan last week. Post that they beat U Mumba by a good margin.
Backup raider Ashish has been a boon for them as they could not play regular raiders like Meetu and Rohit Gulia. A fresh and talented bench has supported them during tough games. Defenders like Jaideep, Mohit and Surender Nada have been exceptional in their hunting skills which mounts the pressure on the opposition.
Jaideep has executed 56 successful tackles including 4 High 5’s. Vikash Kandola has earned 169 points from 20 games. He has executed 140 successful raids which has helped him earn 8 Super 10’s.
Coach Rakesh Kumar has rotated his players intelligently which has kept them fresh and injury free. Haryana Steelers would be obliged to exploit the fragile Mumba defence. Their defenders will also make it difficult for the Mumba raiders to earn. The Steelers can squeeze U Mumba slowly like a phython and earn valuable points. They have one more game if incase they lose to U Mumba today.
U Mumba enter this contest with their backs to the wall. This will be their last league match and they are placed 9th in the points table. A loss here would ensure a return ticket for them. They look fatigued and out of ideas. U Mumba will have to roar back and play as if there is no tomorrow if they want to beat the Steelers. If Mumba can isolate Vikash Kandola they will be in with a chance. Haryana Steelers will look forward to play the same way they have been playing. Unleash Vikash early, support him with raiders like Ashish and Meetu. The Steelers will have to careful about unforced errors from their defence. Jaipdeep and Mohit form a lethal combination and Mumba raiders will have a tough time escaping from their trap. The Steelers will try and avenge their earlier defeat to U Mumba and secure themselves a place in the eliminators.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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