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In form Mumba take on gritty Haryana Steelers
U Mumba will beat the Haryana Steelers
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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The first day of the new year ushered a tie for U Mumba, infact that day saw all 3 matches tied, something unprecedented in Pro Kabaddi. It was a low scoring match for U Mumba as they played safe. They were able to neutralize Pardeep Narwal while their raider Ajith tuned the heat on the opposition. But in the end, U Mumba decided to play safe and earn 3 points rather than lose the match. They are 3rd in the points table with 17 points from 5 matches.
Haryana Steelers got under the skin of Gujarat Fortune Giants in their last encounter and almost made a daring heist. The sheer pace of Vikash Kandola decimated the Fortune Giants in the first half. But Haryana Steelers could not sustain the pressure and the Forturne Giants managed to win the match. This is where the Steelers need to improve.
Ranked 8th in the points table, they have an uphill task as they take on U Mumba. Though Mumba does not have any super stars, their captain Fazel Attrachali has marshalled his troops quite well. The Steelers are a bunch of young exciting players, they need to punch above their weight.
Ranked 8th in the points table, Haryana Steelers have not done justice to the talent they possess. A young and effervescent team has all the virtues but has not been able to achieve the desired results.
In their last encounter against the Gujarat Fortune Giants, they were in devastating form in the first half. They came in with a specific strategy of the Giants and it worked for them. Vikash Kandola delivered a blitzkrieg of raids to inflict 2 all outs in the first 10 minutes of the first half. He ended with a Super 10, so did raider Meetu. But sustainability is an issue with the Steelers and they could not control the game and let it slip away only to lose the match.
This is their biggest issue.
They have had 45 successful team tackles leading to 52 tackle points, 41.18% successful team raids, highest team average raid points.
Numbers favour them, but they are not able to hammer the final nail in the coffin. Most of their matches have been close and coach Rakesh Kumar will have to instil the belief in his players and make sure they take it deep and win matches.
Against U Mumba, they have a slight advantage as Mumba does not have too many raiding options. Plus with Mumba playing in the safe mode, this could be the match from where Haryana Steelers can re-launch themselves in orbit.
It was a dream start for U Mumba in the opening game of the PKL when they got the better of Bengaluru Bulls. U Mumba inflicted 3 massive all out's in their first match, with a pinch of super raids and garnishing with super tackle's
Abhishek has already displayed the “lion jump” in the first encounter and with 13 super raids to his name. All looks good for them as they are 3rd in the points table. But in the last few matches they have taken the safer route resulting in 2 tied results.
They have earned just 98 team raid points, executed the highest Super raids- 5,
Inflicted 8 all outs and have conceded 147 points.
Their strength is their defence and their quick counter attacks. Defender Harendra was very impressive in the last match as he was able to counter Pardeep Narwal easily. Against the Steelers he will be very effective as the Steelers do not have big raiders in their team.
Their major concern is the third raider if in case Abhishek and Ajith don't have a good day. They have to depend on all rounder’s if they need this support.
Right corner Rahul Sethpal, Defenders Rinku and Iranian Mohsen Maghsoudlou look in good form, hence U Mumba should be able to handle the Steelers quite easily.
U Mumba have done something unimaginable by inflicting three all outs in their first encounter. Raiders Ajjith and Abhishek are in good form so is their defence. Mumba has been guilty of brain fag moments in some matches, which they have to be careful. Their raiders will be facing one of the best defence of Pro Kabbadi, Jaideep, Mohit, Surender Nada and Rohit Gulia.
Haryana Steelers need to take inspiration from the way they played the first half of their last match. Whirlwind raids, deadly defensc, take lead and hold on. Mumba are known to be slow starters so it will not be a surprise if Haryana lead by the end of the first half.
But U Mumba has show good recovery trends and this is where they might steal the match from the Steelers.
U Mumba will beat the Haryana Steelers
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