After 92 days, 136 matches and innumerable breathtaking moments, we finally have the best two teams that will battle it out for the much-valued Pro Kabaddi championship.
Dabang Delhi KC
Best raider: Naveen Kumar (285 points)
Best defender: Ravinder Pahal (62 points)
Dabang Delhi have left no stone unturned in the pursuit of their maiden PKL crown. Their lead raider Naveen Kumar has 20 consecutive Super 10s. His hunger for points has taken him to new levels and he’ll surely be the talking point for the opposition. Delhi have a perfect assisting raider in Chandran Ranjit who has scored 123 points this season.
Their defence too has also peaked up at the right time. Their corners Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Narwal scored 3 points each in the last game. Amit Kumar has been in sensational form and that adds even more to the overall stability. If Vishal Mane brings his core strength into the game, this defence will be very tough to breach.
Dabang Delhi Form Guide: W D L L W
Best raider: Maninder Singh (205 points)
Best defender: Baldev Singh (65 points)
Bengal Warriors made a big statement in their victory over U Mumba in the semi finals. In spite of Maninder Singh’s absence, Bengal kept the pressure on throughout the game. Sukesh Hegde and Esmaeil Nabibaksh attacked in tandem and they also received enough support from K Prapanjan. Together they have made sure that Maninder’s injury doesn’t hamper their chances of winning.
Their corners Rinku Narwal and Baldev Singh have been consistent throughout the tournament. Also, Jeeva Kumar looked superb in the last game and his experience will be of immense help to Bengal.
If there was one team that matched Delhi’s brilliance this season, it had to be Bengal. We are in for an absolute scorcher of a final.
Bengal Warriors Form Guide: W W L W W
Dabang Delhi have inflicted the most number of all-outs so far (39)
Delhi have scored the second most number of points (411)
Delhi have the least number of super tackles (10)
Bengal Warriors have the most number of super raids this season (16)
Bengal have the second least tackle points (219)
Bengal have conceded the least number of all-outs (22)
Predicted Starting 7
Dabang Delhi KC: Naveen Kumar, Chandran Ranjit, Anil Kumar, Vishal Mane, Vijay, Joginder Narwal (C), Ravinder Pahal
Bengal Warriors: Sukesh Hegde, Maninder Singh/ K Prapanjan, Esmaeil Nabibaksh, Mayur Shivtarkar, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Baldev Singh
If Maninder Singh comes in, then Bengal will have a lot of diversity in their attack and that might give them a slight edge over Delhi.
The defensive units of both the departments are in good form but that is where big match experience comes into play. And this is where Delhi take the pole position.
It is going to be a great contest and considering the current form, overall strength and stability, Dabang Delhi could be expected to beat Bengal Warriors to win their maiden PKL title.
Where and when to watch
Date: Saturday, 19th October 2019
Start time: 7:30 pm IST
Venue: Eka Arena by Transstadia, Ahmedabad
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda