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Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

DOME by NSCI, Mumbai

HARYANA STEELERS won the match

Deflated Bengal Warriors take on the struggling Haryana Steelers.

  • Bengal Warriors have not won a match in their last 5 outings.
  • Haryana Steelers are placed 7th in the points table after playing 9 matches.
  • Bengal has won just 3 out of their 9 games.

Haryana Steelers will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: DOME by NSCI, Mumbai

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Welcome to the contest of struggling teams. Former champions Bengal Warriors are looking fatigued and tired. On the other hand the Haryana Steeler's surprise everyone once in a while only to breakdown in their next match. The Bengal Warriors have not won a match in their last 5 outings. They went down fighting to the Gujarat Giants in their previous encounter. This was a high scoring game as the Giants punched 51 points in the contest. It was a raider’s delight of the Warriors as their trio of Maninder, Srikant Jadhav and Nitin Kumar earned 32 raid points in the match. But it was their defense which leaked points through the match. Gujarat raider Prateek Dahiya created a whirlpool of 25 points to drown the Bengal Warriors.

The Haryana Steeler's lost to the defending champions by a margin of 11 points. Veteran Chandran Ranjit as back in action as he scored a Super 10. But Siddharth Desai disappointed once again as the match saw a total breakdown in the Haryana defense. Defenders Naveen Kundu and Rahul Sethpal have impressed but could not take their team past the finish line. This will be a crucial game for both the teams as they are in the bottom half of the points table.

Bengal Warriors Preview

Former champions are at the crossroads in the season. They seem to be preparing for a different journey. The Bengal Warriors wobbled a bit in the beginning but they got back on track very soon. They were in the top 5 after playing 4-5 matches. But suddenly they are going through a drought especially with their defense. They have lost 3 consecutive matches apart from not winning any of their last 5 games. This is primarily due to the breakdown in their defense. Their success rate in team tackles has dropped down to about 36% after 9 matches. 

They lost to the Gujarat Giants in their last match. Captain Maninder Singh and raider Nitin, both scored a Super 10. But their defense leaked 25 points to Gujarat raider Prateek Dahiya alone. In another match when their defense was on target, their raiders could not earn enough raid points. They were forced to settle for a TIE against the UP Yodha. This was a match that the Warriors should have won. But a last minute tactical blunder cost them. Placed 9th in the points table, the Bengal Warriors do not have much time to revitalize themselves. Defender Shubham Shinde is in the top 10 with 30 successful tackles in 9 matches. But he has not got a consistent support from other defenders. Vaibhav Garje has been impressive but Darpan and Harsh Lad have performed in patches. The Warriors have also conceded 352 points in the season. They have conceded 13 all-outs which has forced them to panic in a few games. The only bright spot for Bengal is their raiders. Captain Maninder Singh has been in top form as he has earned 89 raid points from 71 successful raids. Young Nitin Singh has punched about his weight while veteran Srikan Jadhav has been below par.

As the Bengal Warriors take on the Haryana Steeler's, their fans will be worried about their future in the season. The Warriors have an abysmal record against the Steeler's. Bengal has won just once in their 8 encounters. This was way back in season 7. Though the Steeler's are struggling, the Bengal Warriors will find it extremely difficult to beat the Haryana Steeler's.

Haryana Steelers Preview

The Haryana Steelers are riding their luck in this season. After hitting a few speed breakers at the beginning, the Steelers still have not gathered enough pace. Placed 7th in the points table, they are still searching their X factor. They drafted Siddharth Desai for a hefty amount during the auctions but he has failed to impress. Coach Manpreet has been trying out different combinations in order to win games consistently as well as survive the entire season. They lost to the Jaipur Pink Panthers in their last match. Young raider Vinay has punched above his weight, but he was off-color against Jaipur. Hence Haryana got back veteran Chandran Ranjit who did not disappoint.

He scored a Super 10 while veteran Prapanjan too contributed to the teams cause. But once again Siddharth Desai failed. Apart from the raiding issues, Haryana melted in their defense. Before this game, the Steeler's lost to the Patna Pirates in a similar fashion. Hence this encounter with the Bengal Warriors becomes very important. Haryana’s raiding efficiency is just about 32% which is slightly better than Telegu Titans who are at the bottom of the points table. Their success rate in team tackles is about 42% which is much better. Defenders Rahul Sethpal and Mohit Nandal have worked in tandem but none of them are in the top 10. A collective defensive effort is missing from the Steelers. Another headache for the Steeler's is that they have conceded 14 all-outs in 9 matches. Vinay has been their most successful raider in the tournament.

Hence with no defender or raider in the respective top 10 list, Haryana Steeler's have their backs to the wall. Fortunately they have a fantastic record against the Bengal Warriors. Haryana has won 7 out of their 8 encounters with the Warriors. They have not lost to them since September 2019. This will be the only cause for happiness for the Steelers who are in danger of drowning into the bottom half of the points table if they do not win this match.

Welcome to the Super Sunday clash between the Bengal Warriors and the Haryana Steelers. Both teams have struggled in the last few matches. Hence this contest is expected to be highly entertaining. The Bengal Warriors need to worry about their defensive combination. Shubham Shinde will shine once again. Captain Maninder Singh and Nitin will score freely and one of them will get a Super 10. But the Bengal Warriors have to worry about not conceding too many all-outs. Bengal may lose a bit of intensity in the second half. 

The Haryana Steelers may be struggling but they will take this match as an opportunity to exploit the Bengal Warriors. Coach Manpreet will use veteran Chandran Ranjit and Vinay as both will complement each other. Overall the Steelers will earn handsomely via their raiding. Captain Jaideep Dahiya and Rahul Sethpal will be lethal in their hunting while defender Mohit Nandal will target Bengal captain Maninder. This will be a very entertaining match as the Haryana Steelers will try to keep Bengal Warriors guessing. The first half may drag a bit but the second half will be full of exciting moves by both teams.

Haryana Steelers will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino