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Welcome to the Northern derby- Dabang Delhi vs Haryana Steelers.
Haryana Steelers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention CentreBet Now
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Welcome to the Northern Derby as Dabang’s take on the Steelers. The last time these two sides met, the Dabang’s had the final laugh in a closely fought encounter. But with teams playing almost 11 games each, the game has started to take a toll on the players. Naveen is back in the squad but after twisting his ankle, he will take some time to get back in the groove. Also, the absence of veteran defender Joginder Narwal will hurt the Dabang’s.
After losing 2 games, the Dabang Delhi side was able to repair the leaks and come back in style. They beat a strong Patna Pirates in their last game and this will give them loads of confidence.
The Haryana Steelers have been very enthusiastic on the mat and the never say die attitude is commendable. They play as a team and support each other very well. They beat the Puneri Paltan in their last game.
While Dabang Delhi depends on Naveen Kumar to provide heavy earnings, the Steelers depend on a mix of income from raids and tackles.
Haryana Steelers lost to Dabang Delhi by just 3 points last time and they were able to isolate Naveen to a large extent. This will be another low-scoring game.
After being hammered by the Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengaluru Bulls, the Dabang Delhi team is back to winning ways and they find themselves at the top of the points table with 7 victories from 11 games. But they have some fitness issues with Joginder Narwal missing the last game and Naveen Express slowly coming back on track.
Both did not play against the Patna Pirates and still, the Dabang’s were able to beat them. All-rounder Vijay has stepped up his game and the last game belonged to “Hulk” Sandeep Narwal who out of nowhere earned 7 raid points. He has been stationed at the right corner and he has executed some daring one on one tackles. But this will help the Dabang Delhi squad as his contribution in the absence of Naveen and Joginder will be very crucial.
All-rounder Vijay has contributed 58 raid points from 11 games.
Dabang Delhi has decent success in raids with 195/444 successful ones.
Their defense is their strength but unfortunately, they have executed only 2 Super tackles which is the lowest among all the teams.
They have earned 234 points while conceding 359 points in 11 games.
In the initial part of the season, they were completely dependent on the harvest that Naveen brought. But now they will have to learn to live without that bumper crop and move towards arid zone crops. This means that the defense will be under more pressure to hunt opposition raiders.
Manjeet Chillar, Jeeva Kumar are experienced but they will certainly miss the services of Joginder Narwal.
The Steelers are like the enthusiastic kids who love to enjoy and fight every time they enter the mat. They have been generally impressive even though they are at the 9th spot in the points table. They have lost some very close matches and this season is a learning curve for them. They have been through all the emotions as they have won 4 games and tied a couple of them.
It is surprising that even though they have top defenders and efficient raiders they have not been able to win games regularly.
Vikash Kandola and raider Meetu have earned 146 raid points between them while Meetu has also earned 3 Super 10’s.
Their biggest asset is their defense. They beat the Puneri Paltan in their last game only on the strength of their defense. Defenders Mohit and Jaideep earned 14 tackle points in that game.
They will certainly look to hurt the Dabang’s where it pains the most. If Naveen takes the mat, the Steelers will look to hunt him down early.
Defender Jaideep has scored 3 High 5’s and has also executed 3 Super Tackles.
The Steelers have executed 107 team successful tackles.
The major issue is that the Steelers have earned 220 raid points while conceding 397 points which is the second-highest expensive performance.
This is the reason that even after playing well, they still are at the 9th spot in the points table.
But they have a wonderful opportunity to beat a depleted Dabang Delhi side and move up the ladder.
Dabang Delhi has its own problems to resolve, while the Steelers will be looking for revenge. The Steelers lost to the Dabang’s by just 3 points last time, and they will look forward to upsetting them this time.
If Naveen is fully fit, this will be a psychological boost to the Dabang’s, while the return of Joginder Narwal is very crucial for them. This is expected to be a low-scoring game hence the defense of both teams will be tested. Sandeep Narwal looks dangerous while veterans Jeeva and Manjit will have to curtail their instincts while attacking the opposition raiders.
For the Steelers they will expect Vikash Kandola to reap a healthy raiding harvest and expect defenders Jaideep and Mohit to trap every Dabang raider.
Sit back, relax, and get set for an exciting encounter.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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