Pro Kabaddi 2016, Season 4: Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Preview - Match Prediction, Time, Venue, Playing Squads & Live Match Telecast info
Will U Mumba make it to the playoffs?
The final match of the league stage in Pro Kabaddi season 4 will see Dabang Delhi go head to head against U Mumba at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi. The Dabangs from Delhi lost their spot in the playoffs after being defeated by Puneri Paltan in their previous game. With 4 wins and 8 losses, the Dabangs will look to end their season on a winning note.
Anup Kumar led U Mumba lose the nail-biting match against Bengaluru Bulls after Mohit Chillar got Rakesh Kumar out of the lobby in the buzzer raid. With 6 wins and 6 losses, Mumbai is currently tied with their derby rivals Pune with 37 points. To seal a spot in the Playoff, the three-time finalists would have to beat Dabang Delhi and also hope that Bengaluru overcomes Pune in the first match of the final day.
This match will be a high voltage encounter only if Bengaluru defeats Pune in the penultimate game of the final day. The three-time finalists U Mumba endured a defeat against Bengal Warriors and Bengaluru Bulls in their home leg. The performances of U Mumba in season 4 never looked close to that of the previous three seasons, but they are fighting tooth and nail to maintain their legacy in Pro Kabaddi.
U Mumba’s defence failed to make an impact throughout the competition as the duo of Jeeva Kumar and Sunil Kumar have scored just 38 tackle points combined. The former Indian captain Rakesh Kumar has to lift his game to stop the attacking trio of Meraj Sheykh, Selvamani and Kashiling Adake.
With 31 tackle points, Surjeet looks to complement Rakesh Kumar in defence. The attack of U Mumba also hasn’t hit top gear in season 4. Rishank Devadiga’s poor form and the lack of second and third raiders in the team adds more pressure on Anup Kumar, heading into today’s battle. With 66 raid points, the team rely a lot on the experienced Anup Kumar to break the Delhi defence, lead by Sachin Shingade.
Dabang Delhi will look to spoil U Mumba’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage for the fourth time in Pro Kabaddi. Kashiling Adake has been stupendous for Delhi in the home leg, with 30 raid points in the three games. The dangerous duo of Kashiling and Meraj Sheykh will look to trouble the lacklustre defence of U Mumba. Both players should spend maximum time on the mat after being out for more than 10 minutes against Puneri Paltan.
Delhi’s defence failed miserably against Pune and as a result, Deepak Niwas Hudda scored 17 raid points in the game. Sachin Shingade lost all the duels against Deepak and the star defender would look to put a stellar performance for one last time in the season.
The head-to-head stands 6-1 in favour of Mumbai, with Delhi’s only victory coming at the Chhatrapati Sports Complex in season 1. Moreover, Dabang Delhi have never won two matches at their home ground in any of the past three seasons.
It’s a tight one to call but U Mumba look like the favourites as they will be desperate to seal a spot in the playoffs.
Defenders: Ram Kumar Sah, Prashant Chavan, D.Gopu, D.Suresh Kumar, Sachin Shingade
All-rounders: Bhupender Singh, Meraj Sheykh, Hadi Tajik, Phonchoo Tin, Manjeet
Raiders: Kashiling Adake, Selvamani K, Prashant Kumar Rai, Deepak Narwal, Umesh Mhatre, Sanket Chavan, Vikash Khandola
Defenders: Jeeva Kumar, Vikas Kale, Sunil Kumar, Manoj Dhull
All-rounder: Rakesh Kumar, Sourav V
Raider: Gurvinder Singh, Mohammed Aruduzzaman Munshi, Suresh Kumar, Surendra Singh, Mohammed Zakir Hussain, Tuhin Tarafder, Anup Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Nitin Kumar
Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Live Match Information
Time: 21:00 IST
Venue: Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi
TV Channels: Star Sports 2/Star Sports 2 HD (English), Star Sports 3/Star Sports 3 HD (Hindi)
Live stream: StarSports.com