Pro Kabaddi 2019, Match 88: Bengal Warriors vs Bengaluru Bulls | Match preview, predictions and telecast details - Who will win today’s match?
Bengal are yet to be defeated on their home turf as they beat U Mumba in a close game last night. Bengal’s move to give some more match time to Sukesh Hegde worked wonders as he put up a brilliant show and ended up picking 8 raid points. Maninder Singh carried on his good form and currently stands as the 4th best raider this season with 121 points. Esmaeil Nabibakhsh has been the silent killer this season with his fabulous show.
Coming to their defensive department, Bengal would be happy with Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal as they have shown good application against quality raiders. But they can expect a bit more from Jeeva Kumar as he has managed only 4 points in the last 5 games.
Bengal Warriors form guide (Last 5 games): W W D L W
Bengaluru Bulls won their last 2 games and each of those games ended at a score of 40-39. Two things are evident from that scoreline:
i)The raiders have been too good so far.
ii) Their defense needs plenty of work.
Pawan Kumar has scored 57 raid points in the last 3 games and most of Bengaluru’s attack rests on his shoulders. Skipper Rohit Kumar has also been amongst points in the last few games and has helped release the pressure on Pawan.
Mahender Singh, Saurabh Nandal and others have been decent this season but have leaked too many points. As a matter of fact, Bengaluru Bulls have conceded the most number of points this season (488). That is a matter of concern for this team and they must improve in that aspect.
Bengaluru Bulls Form Guide (Last 5 games): W W W L W
Predicted Starting 7
Bengal Warriors: K Prapanjan, Maninder Singh (C), Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Mayur Shivtarkar, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Baldev Singh
Bengaluru Bulls: Pawan Sehrawat, Rohit Kumar (C), Sumit Singh, Mahender Singh, Saurabh Nandal, Amit Sheoran, Mohit Sehrawat
Bengal Warriors have shown consistency and that is the reason why they find themselves at the 2nd position in the points table.
Bengaluru Bulls have been over reliant on Pawan Sehrawat and that can very easily take a toll on them. Other players need to step up soon.
Bengal Warriors could beat Bengaluru Bulls to keep their home record intact.
Where and when to watch
Date: Thursday, 12th September 2019
Start time: 8:30pm IST
Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:27 IST