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U MUMBA won the match
Trans-continental derby as U Mumba take on Bengal Warriors.
Bengal Warriors will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: SDAT Multi purpose Indoor Stadium, ChennaiBet Now
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Clash of former champions is expected to be an entertaining one. U Mumba started the season with some superlative performances but they have not been able to generate enough momentum. The Bengal Warriors look harmless but they have made a terrific impact by winning 3 matches and forcing a TIE in a couple of games. These results have catapulted them to the 2nd spot in the points table.
U Mumba still has several teething issues with their defense while the Bengal Warriors have got mighty Maninder who has bulldozed through all the opponents. The Warriors need to improve their consistency while defending. U Mumba has a unique trio of Guman Singh, all-rounder Visvanath and Iranian Zafardanesh who have earned enough raid points. Corners Rinku and Sombir have been lethal, but just due to the inconsistency U Mumba are stranded at the 6th spot in the points table.
Mumba has dominated the Warriors over the years with 13 victories out of their 18 encounters. They have not lost to the Bengal Warriors since season 7. Mumba will hope they improve on this record but they have to be careful as the Bengal Warriors are on the prowl.
Former champions have displaced agility and temperament this season. They have an Iranian coach at the helm of affairs apart from a young Iranian all-rounder Zafardanesh leading the pack. U Mumba started the season with an emphatic victory over the UP Yodha. But they suffer a few hiccups in their next few matches. They suffered consecutive losses to the Gujarat Giants and Puneri Paltan. Since then Mumba is back on track but they need to improve their efficiency.
U Mumba is faced with a unique issue, breakdown of their defense and raiders alternatively. Raiders Guman Singh, Zafardanesh and Visvanath has done well but not collectively. They have just 5 Super 10’s between them. U Mumba needs to improve its raid earnings drastically. They have suffered whenever Guman Singh and Zafardanesh are not able to score. Captain Surender Singh has been just above average with his tackles.
U Mumba defenders have not impressed as a unit. Right corner Rinku and defender Mahender Singh have delivered but in phases. With just about 32% efficiency in team tackles, U Mumba cannot dominate their opponents. They have inflicted 6 all-outs while the have conceded just 5 all-outs. This indicates that neither their raiders are not able to dominate nor their defenders are able to hunt down effectively.
This contest will be the toughest for U Mumba as they take on the former champions. Mumba defenders may have a tough time handling Maninder Singh. Fortunately, U Mumba has dominated the Warriors over the years. They have won 13 out of their 18 encounters. Mumba has not lost to the Warriors since season 8 and that is a sensational record. But U Mumba will feel the pressure as the Bengal Warriors are in red hot form this year.
Former champions are placed 2nd in the points table after playing 6 matches. They look harmless when the starting 7 is announced but end up hammering their opponents. Captain Maninder Singh has led from the front with some deadly raiding. He has 61 raid points from 46 successful raids. This includes 3 Super 10’s and 4 Super raids. No doubt the Bengal Warriors are totally dependent on their captain.
The former champions have been involved in 2 TIED matches this season which is the highest by any team. The forced a TIE against the UP Yodha in their last match. Young raider Nitin Kumar graduated in this match with his first Super 10 of the season. This augurs well for the Warriors as they have found a perfect back-up for Maninder Singh and Srikant Jadhav.
Unfortunately the Bengal Warriors suffered a total breakdown against the Puneri Paltan as they were thrashed by 30 points. They managed a TIE against UP in their next match but their fans will not be convinced as Bengal should have won the game. Nevertheless, the Warriors are placed 2nd in the points table with 3 victories to their name.
Defender Shubham Shinde is one of the best defenders on the circuit. He has executed 22 successful tackles with a total of 23 tackle points. He has been deadly with his ankle holds and blocks. Left corner Aditya and defender Darpan have impressed. Bengal Warriors are a double edged sword with Maninder’s spicy raiding along with an explosive defense.
Unfortunately the Bengal Warriors have never been able to handle U Mumba. The Warriors have won just 4 out of their 18 encounters with U Mumba. They lost both their league games to Mumba last year. Bengal Warriors have not defeated Mumba since season 7. This will be a contest full of fireworks as the Warriors are in good form while U Mumba seems to be struggling with its combination.
Welcome to a fight between traditional rivals. Former Champions U Mumba take on the Bengal Warriors. This is a crucial bout for U Mumba as they are placed 7th in the points table. Mumba raiders Guman and Zafardanesh will be effective in the first half but none of the Mumba raiders will be able to score a Super 10. Defenders Surender and Mahender may leak points due to unforced errors. Corners Rinku and Sombir will target Maninder Singh but they may not be able to stop the other Bengal raiders.
The Warriors will take a lead by half-time with Maninder, Nitin and Srikant Jadhav scoring quickly. Defender Shubham Shinde will be ruthless against one of the Mumba raiders. Defenders Vaibhav Garje and Darpan will complement Shubham as U Mumba will find it difficult to score quickly in the second half. The Bengal Warriors have to be careful that they do not lose intensity in the second half else their opponents will take them for a ride.
The first half will witness a flurry of raids and tackles while the second half may move ahead at snail’s pace.
Bengal Warriors will win.
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