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Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Bengal Warriors, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru

A repeat of the finals of season 7- Dabang vs Bengal.

  • Dabang Delhi lost their first match of the season to Patna Pirates.
  • Bengal Warriors are struggling to pick up as they are placed 7th in the points table.
  • This will be a face-off between Naveen Express and Mani.

Dabang Delhi will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru

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Former champions Bengal Warriors and defending champions Dabang Delhi have crossed paths more often than not. Be it at the preliminary stages or during the playoffs. Both teams have different characteristics. Dabang is extremely consistent while Bengal Warriors oscillate between supercharged to barely moving. 

The Warriors have lost their last 2 games, to Jaipur Pink Panthers and then to the Puneri Paltan. This shows the lack of intensity on their side. Dabang too lost their first match of the season and that was to the Patna Pirates who registered their first win of the season. But this is just a blip for Dabang as they have all the ammunition to continue their march towards the play-off. Bengal Warriors hit a speed breaker whenever Captain Maninder fails to score. Their defense has been barely strong which makes them easily gullible. Bengal Warriors will have a tough time dealing with the defending champions.

Dabang Delhi K.C. Preview

The defending champions got a wake-up all in their last match as they surprisingly lost to the Patna Pirates. But it would be a blessing in disguise as one needs such shockers to keep you on course. It was a tough game as the opponents matched Dabang Delhi move by move. Though Naveen Express scored a Super 10, the Pirates were able to keep defenders Krishnan Dhull and Vijay Kumar off the mat resulting in chinks in the defense of Dabang which were later exploited.

Dabang will learn its lesson as it is still on a consistent ride. It is 2nd in the points table and the overall performance of the team looks quite exciting. Dabang will have to plan for a few contingencies in this long season. 

Naveen Express is on top of the world with 81 points including 6 Super 10’s. 

Defender Krishnan Dhull is on the list of the top 10 defenders. 

They have inflicted 11 all-outs and have the highest team tackle points.

Hence they will continue to work as per schedule as they take on familiar foes, the Bengal Warriors.

Dabang lost to the Warriors in the finals of season 7 but they got their vengeance as they won season 8. Dabang Delhi has one of the most potent combinations. Manjeet, Ashu Malik, and Naveen have formed a dangerous raiding trio.

Their defense is taken care of by right-cover Ravi Kumar and defender Krishnan Dhull. They will have to trap Maninder Singh early and keep him off the mat as long as possible. Else looks like a good day at the office for the defending champions.

Bengal Warriors Preview

Bengal Warriors have become a maverick side off-late. They look invincible at times and ordinary on other days. They have not been able to find any solution for this. They won 3 games back to back only to lose the next 2 which has pushed them to the 7th spot after 6 games. 

Captain Maninder is on the list of top 10 raiders of the season while left-corner Girish Ernak is the best defender of the season. Still, the Warriors have not been able to leverage this. They will be up against the defending champions whom they have beaten in the finals of season 7. But past glories do not guarantee future gains. 

Maninder has been the common factor in this journey for the Bengal Warriors. While Girish Ernak has been excellent, defenders Shubham Shinde and Vaibhav Garje have been inconsistent while all-rounder Deepak Niwas Hooda has not fired at all. This puts all the pressure on Maninder, Shrikant Jadhav, and Manoj Gowda. Opponents come up with plans to neutralize Maninder and then the defense fails. This results in total disaster for the Warriors.

This is what happened with the Puneri Paltan when they beat the Warriors by a margin of 2 points even when their raiders did not score too much. Earlier Jaipur Pink Panthers decimated the Warriors systematically.

Can the Bengal Warriors roar back in style? The Bengal Warriors enjoy a decent record against the defending champions as both teams have won 7 out of the 17 games played between them. The Warriors could not beat Dabang Delhi last season in their 2 encounters.

This will be a great opportunity to beat the injured Daband Delhi side and strike back in the points table.

Welcome to a high-voltage game as two strong sides take on each other. This will be a face-off between-

Naveen Express vs Maninder Singh

Krishnan Dhull vs Girish Ernak.

Dabang will be aware of what the Bengal Warriors are capable of, hence they will target their weak defense. Even if Maninder scores heavily, Dabang will look at targeting the other raiders and the gullible defenders. Young Manjeet and Ashu Malik will earn well along with Naveen.

Bengal Warriors have a task at hand. Their only hope is Maninder Singh. Defender Girish Ernak will expect support from his teammates but tackles don’t bring the kind of earnings that raiders can get. This will be a smashing contest as both teams will have a go at each other with emotions flaring once in a while. 

It’s a make-or-break match for Deepak Niwas Hooda.

Dabang Delhi will win.


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino