PKL 2019, Eliminator 2: U Mumba Vs Haryana Steelers | Match preview, predictions and telecast details - Who will win today’s match?
U Mumba (4th) : P-22 W-12 L-8 T-2, Total points: 72
Haryana Steelers (5th): P-22 W-13 L-8 T-1, Total points: 71
U Mumba have been unbeaten in their last 4 games, which also includes a 39-33 win over Haryana 4 days ago. Their lead raider Abhishek Singh has been in terrific form having scored 37 points in his last 4 games. The return of Arjun Deshwal also brings some more stability to their offensive front.
Captain Fazel Atrachali scored a brilliant high 5 in the last game and looks in great shape right now. Right corner Sandeep Narwal has also fetched himself some points after a few mediocre outings. Cover defender Surinder Singh will also hope to convert his starts into bigger totals.
Their key players are in great form and that will give this team a major boost.
U Mumba Form Guide : D W W W L
After being consistent for most of this tournament’s duration, Haryana have received a few jolts as of late. Vikas Khandola has looked offbeat in the last few games. But Vinay’s consistent support has ensured that the team keeps the scoreboard ticking. Haryana will have to choose between Naveen and Prashant for the 3rd raider’s spot. Both have been decent so far and this is one area where Haryana may have the upper hand over U Mumba.
Their defensive unit rests on the shoulders of Ravi Kumar and Sunil. The duo have been magnificent but they will have some work to do against Mumba’s Abhishek Singh, who masters the art of running hand touches.
Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Vikas Kale haven’t enjoyed a good phase lately and they must back themselves ahead of this crucial encounter.
Haryana Steelers Form Guide: L W L W L
U Mumba have conceded the least number of points this season (657).
Fazel Atrachali has the highest average of tackle points so far (3.55)
Haryana’s Vikas Khandola is second on the list of most number of Do-Or-Die raid points this season (40).
Predicted Starting 7
U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, Arjun Deshwal, Harendra Kumar, Surinder Singh, Athul MS, Fazel Atrachali (C), Sandeep Narwal
Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Prashant Kumar Rai, Vinay, Vikas Kale, Sunil, Ravi Kumar, Dharmaraj Cheralathan (C)
If Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal attack in tandem, U Mumba could establish a good lead over Haryana. Their defence is also quite capable of holding the same lead.
Haryana’s raiders will have to be on their toes to have the upper hand over a well-built Mumba defence. Vinay’s support will be crucial for the Steelers.
U Mumba might pip the Haryana Steelers for a spot in the semi-finals.
Where and when to watch
Date: Monday, 14th October 2019
Start time: 8:30 pm IST
Venue: Eka Arena by Transstadia, Ahmedabad
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda