Four wins in seven matches from their campaign so far, the Puneri Paltan will take on Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi Season 4, who are having a disappointing season as they hope to top the table with a win in the first game of the Bengaluru leg.
The Live Streaming for the Pro Kabaddi season 4 game between Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors will be available on starsports.com from 21:00 hours IST. The match will be telecasted live from Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru and will be aired on Star Sports 2 (HD)/Star Sports 2 in English and Star Sports 3 /Star Sports 3 (HD) in Hindi.
Pune started off this season with a bang as they defeated Telugu Titans 28-24 in their first match. The thrashed U Mumba in their second match which they won 41-19 in a one-sided affair. They had to face defeat in their third match against Patna Pirates, which they lost 30-24. Their match against Dabang Delhi was a thriller as the match ended 27-27 in a tie.
They dominated Jaipur in their fifth match as they emerged victorious with the score reading 33-28. Their sixth match was a close encounter as they defeated Bengaluru Bulls 29-27. They continued with their sublime form as they came out as the victors in their last match against Bengal Warriors, winning the match by 7 points as the scores read 38-31.
Deepak Niwas Hooda has been phenomenal for the Pune side, having scored 30 raid points for his team so far as he occupies the fifth spot in the list of top raiders. He has been ably supported by Captain Manjeet Chhillar, who is himself having an awe-inspiring season as a defender.
He has led from the front and ensured the defence of the side has remained impenetrable. Ravinder Pahal has done justice to his role as one of the most important defenders for Pune, and has acted as second fiddle to him. Manjeet is third in the list of top defenders with 23 successful tackles, and Ravinder is fourth with 19 tackles to his name.
Against Bengal Warriors, a side that is having a dismal show this season, Pune will find it relatively easy to win against them if they are on top of their game and do not commit silly errors. Currently third in the table with 25 points, a win will see them leapfrog Patna and Jaipur to top the table.
Bengal Warriors have everything going wrong for them as their defence looks brittle and their offence looks blunt. An upset win will give something to the fans to cheer about after they have been left disappointed by the side who have had many uninspiring performances this season.
They are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with just 1 win in 7 games, and 8 points to their name. Their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals look all but over, and they will have to bring out their top game against Pune if they hope to win the match.
The Bengal players have looked good only in patches, with Nilesh Shinde and Girish Maruti Ernak showing glimpses of their capabilities as defenders on a few occasions. Nitin Madane is the only shining spot in the otherwise gloomy side of the Warriors, as he has 31 successful raid points to his name and sits on the fourth position in the list of top raiders.
When the men take to the mat, it will be a key battle to witness with the defence of U Mumba, which has finally found some life going up against Rahul Chaudhari and Nilesh Salunke while Sandeep Narwal will look to stop Rishank Devadiga and Anup Kumar from going on about their merry ways.
The match is expected to be a cakewalk for Pune if they are on point in both departments of their game. Any complacency shown by the side could result in Bengal getting the upper hand causing an upset win over them. The duel between Nitin Madane of Bengal and Manjeet Chhillar of Pune would be the one to watch out for, and fans can expect another win from Pune.Published 12 Jul 2016, 19:15 IST