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U Mumba on Safe Mode take on the Telugu Titans.
Expect a TIE!!!
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
This will be a contest between two contrasting sides. U Mumba have taken calculated risks by playing safe and settling for tied matches rather than losing them. They are currently 5th in the points table with 20 points. They are slow starters and whenever they feel the match may slip out of their hand, they operate in SAFE MODE.
Telegu Titans have struggled throughout this season and have never taken off. With Bahubali Siddarth Desai not available due to injury, Veteran Rohit Kumar not the same anymore, consistent unforced errors have rendered them to the 11th spot above Puneri Paltan.
Interestingly they have not yet won a single match this season. And now they will take on U Mumba on a triple panga day. But they almost took the steam out of a strong Dabang Delhi side in their last match. Their new kid on the block was Rajneesh with 20 points. They lost that match by 1 point. They will expect a repeat of this performance from Rajneesh.
Nothing went right for U Mumba in that match and they decided to play safe rather than lose. This can backfire as the Titans will come with all guns blazing as they have nothing to lose.
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. But since then they are concentrating on remaining in the top 6 so as to move ahead in the play offs. This was evident when they shared the honours with the Steelers. They will have to work on certain issues as they come into this match with back to back tied results.
Radiers Abhishek, Ajith are their only raiding options and they are dependent on all rounders in both their raiding and defence. Defenders Rinku and Fazel Attrachali were on song in the last match but Harendra was off colour.
They have had 50 successful tackles till now along with 6 Super Tackles resulting in 56 tackle points. They have also executed 5 Super Raids. They have executed 9 all outs while considering the lowest among all this season- 3.
Once again it will depend on Fazel Attrachali, Rinku and Harendra to oppose all the waves of raids from the Titans. Iranian Mohsen Maghsoudlou has provided good all round capabilities in the last couple of matches.
U Mumba ranked 5th in the points table are at a very critical juncture of this tournament as they need to get mentally prepared to decimate oppositions rather than just play safe.
One has nothing to lose when you are ranked 11th in the points table. With your top stars missing and misfiring, its an opportunity for youngsters to step up. This is the tale of the Titans. Not having tasted victory this season, their journey has been one of a bland dish. They were tasteless, spice less and half cooked. But their last few performances have raised expectations. They lost both their match by just a point. This can be taken as a positive as they are improving every match, though they need to improve in certain areas.
They have inflicted 9 all outs and conceded 7.
They have conceded 214 points in 6 matches.
They have executed only 3 Super tackles and 7 Super Raids.
The rise of raider Rajneesh in the last was phenomenal as he earned 20 points matching every move with Naveen Express.
Defender Surinder is giving away lesser points while left cover Sandeep Kandola is also performing well. But the Titans have a new problem and that is the problem of plenty.
They have multiple raiding options in the form of Rohit Kumar, Ankit Beniwal, Rakesh Gowda and Rajneesh.
They will have to use their resources carefully and exploit the U Mumba defense to win or at least tie the match.
This will be expected to be a very interesting match on the triple panga day. Last time when the triple panga took place, surprisingly all 3 matches ended in a tie. U Mumba tied one of those.
This time Mumba will have to be careful with their safe mode option as they may end up corrupting their operating system. Titans though placed 11th in the points table have some guts in their last few matches and will be hungry to register their first win of the season.
Rajneesh and Ankit Beniwal would be the key raiders for the Titans along with veteran Rohit. They need to find some option for right corner Ruturaj Koravi who is woefully out of form.
U Mumba will have to contribute together as no one player is able to perform heavily in a single match. This will have to be a cooperative effort. This is a great opportunity for the Titans to open their winning account.
Expect a TIE!!!
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