The consistent Bengal Warriors will face underdogs U Mumba in the 2nd semi-final of Pro Kabaddi season 7. U Mumba are unbeaten in their last five games and this momentum may put Bengal under pressure.
Best raider: Maninder Singh (205 points)
Best defender: Baldev Singh (62 points)
Bengal Warriors have been one of the best attacking sides of the tournament. Maninder Singh’s monumental show along with the support from K Prapanjan and Esmaeil Nabibaksh has made this attack quite formidable. A recent injury to Maninder Singh may put a question on his participation tonight.
Their defense looks sturdy with both the corners (Rinku & Baldev) looking in good shape. The experience of cover defender Jeeva Kumar will be crucial in such a big game and Bengal will hope that the senior shows his worth.
But if their strike raider Maninder misses the game, do Bengal have the potential to put up a considerable total on the board?
Bengal Warriors Form Guide : W L W W W
Best raider : Abhishek Singh (151 points)
Best defender : Fazel Atrachali (81 points)
U Mumba surprised one and all in their last game. Their raiders, who haven’t been that explosive in general, scored as many as 32 points. Whereas their defense looked brittle as it managed only nine points.
The biggest takeaway for U Mumba will be the form of their raiders Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal. Both of them scored big totals and are looking good to score many more.
U Mumba will hope for a better performance from their senior defenders like Surinder Singh and Sandeep Narwal. Also, Fazel Atrachali wasn’t 100% fit in the last game and that may be a cause for concern.
U Mumba Form Guide : W D W W W
Fazel Atrachali has been the best defender so far with 81 tackle points.
U Mumba have conceded the second lowest number of points this season (695).
Bengal Warriors have the second lowest number of super tackles (13).
Predicted Starting 7
Bengal Warriors: Sukesh Hegde, Maninder Singh (C), Esmaeil Nabibaksh, Mayur Shivtarkar, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Baldev Singh.
U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, Arjun Deshwal, Harendra Kumar, Surinder Singh, Athul MS, Fazel Atrachali (C), Sandeep Narwal.
U Mumba made a lot of unsuccessful tackles in the last game and they cannot afford to make a similar mistake against Bengal’s quality side.
Bengal’s cover defenders haven’t been at their best and an in-form U Mumba attack may exploit the same.
Bengal have better stability and hence hold an edge over U Mumba in the 2nd semi-final.
Where and when to watch
Date: Wednesday, 16th October 2019.
Start time: 8:30pm IST.
Venue: Eka Arena by Transstadia, Ahmedabad.
Live telecast: Star Sports Network.
Live streaming: Hotstar.
Live updates: Sportskeeda.