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Clash of the Titans- Dabang Delhi take on Bengaluru Bulls.
Dabang Delhi will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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Welcome to game number 50 of this season. This season has seen close and unpredictable contests. The Bulls started off on a lazy note but have come back in style with Hi flyer Pawan Sehrawat scoring points by the dozen. Dabang Delhi was riding on a wave of success until they crossed paths with Jaipur Pink Panthers in the last match. They lost their first match of the season.
But this will be a contest between two top teams of the tournament. Dabang Delhi will be happy as this loss to the Pink Panthers can be a blessing in disguise as they would have like a wake-up call before the play off.
But the Bulls were give a rude shock by the UP Yodha in their last match. The Bulls lost by a difference of 15 points. Pawan Sehrawat was kept under control by the opposition and the Bulls defence shattered at crucial moments.
Young raider Bharat was more successful in the last match and he could be a breath of fresh air that the Bull are looking for.
Both teams will be eager to win as this could be the dress rehearsal of the finals this season.
One can say that Dabang Delhi has been the best team of the season. Though they lost their first match of the season to Jaipur Pink Panthers, they have been far ahead of most of the teams. They are on top of the charts after 8 matches with 32 points. Naveen Express has been the top most raider with 130 points in 114 raids.
Their defence has all the experience and has been very spicy since the first match. Jeeva Kumar, Manjit Chillar and Joginder have been spot on.
Except for the last match, none of the teams have been able to find a way to tackle Naveen Kumar. All rounder Vijay has been a consistent support radiator.
The best part for the Dabang's has been the contribution and initiative taken by each team member. Whenever the team has found itself in difficult situations, someone has turned up the heat on the opposition.
But with the season being long and demanding, the fitness of Naveen Kumar will be of prime concern. He twisted his ankle in the very first raid of the last match and was not comfortable throughout the match. If Delhi dream of staying on the top, they will need Naveen through the season.
Dabang Delhi has executed the most successful number of raids- 157 resulting in 179 raid points
They have inflicted 11 all outs but have conceded only 7.
They have conceded only 244 points in 8 matches.
Against the Bulls, Naveen will be expected to lead the raiding party with efficiency. Most teams have got the better of Pawan Sehrawat and the Dabang's will expect their defence to keep him out of play for long.
This will be a tough game for Dabang Delhi.
Inconsistencies of the last season still prevail for the Bulls, though they seem to have found some solutions for a long list of problems. They are placed 3rd in the points table with 28 points after 8 games. This will be one of their toughest matches as they take on Delhi Dabang. Bulls will be vary of Delhi as they lost their last match to UP Yodha. It was a heartbreak which also exposed chinks in their armour. Time and again Pawan has been isolated and kept off the mat.
In the match against the UP Yodha, Pawan earned just 5 raid points as well as a green card. Overall this season he has 95 points from 79 successful raids.
Sourabh Nandal is their most successful defender this season with 18 tackle points from 8 games.
They have conceded 275 points till now in 8 games and this is slightly on the higher side. They have played out high scoring games but they have leaked too many points too.
They have inflicted 10 all outs but they have also conceded 11.
If Pawan doesn't strike, Chandran Ranjith was the back up in earlier matches. But off late, Chandran has not been able to consistently deliver and the Bulls have to rely on veteran raider GB More and youngsters like Bharat, Deepak Narwal and Korean Dong Geon. Bharat picked up a Super 10 in their last match and he will have to be groomed well.
The defense will have to be alert as they take on the Naveen Express.
Defender Mahendra is talented but inconsistent. Left corner Aman, Mayur Kadam and Mohit Sehrawat will have to take their game to the next level when they face the Dabang raiders.
This is expected to be a tough match for both teams. Both come into this match with a loss in their previous game, though Bull were hammered by the UP Yodha's while Dabang Delhi fought hard against the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Delhi have got a set template and they will like to play around that plan. The Bulls will have to work hard and get back in the groove if they dream of beating Delhi.
Naveen Express looks too good to be tackled while Pawan Sehrawat has become a bit predictable.
The Bulls defence has been a bit sluggish which make them vulnerable. The Dabang's have their own bouts of inconsistencies.
Ideally this should end in a TIE but the Dabang's have the advantage.
Dabang Delhi will win.
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