Pro Kabaddi 2016, Season 4: U Mumba vs Bengaluru Bulls Preview: Match Prediction, Time, Venue, Playing Squads & Live Match Telecast info
Will U Mumba come out on top against the Bengaluru Bulls?
The second game of the final day from the Mumbai leg in Pro Kabaddi season 4 will see, the home team U Mumba take on the Bengaluru Bulls at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel indoor stadium. U Mumba capitulated to the wounded Bengal Warriors in yesterday’s match. With 6 wins and 5 losses, the season 2 champions occupy the fourth place in the league and a loss to Bengaluru in today's match will dent their chances of reaching the Knockouts for the fourth time in a row.
The Bulls from Bengaluru fought tooth and nail against the Bengal Warriors before Rohit Kumar’s stunning super raid in the final seconds of the game, sealed a match in their favour. With 4 wins and 7 losses, the Bulls occupy the seventh place in the league. To seal a spot in the Knockout, the season 2 finalist need to win their last two fixtures and also want the other results to go in their favour.
U Mumba’s vulnerable defence had struggled time and again in the current edition of Pro Kabaddi. With just 3 tackle points in the whole of 40 minutes against Bengal Warriors, the defenders need to uplift their game in the last two do-or-die encounters.
The experienced Jeeva Kumar, who had a successful first three seasons with U Mumba, is struggling to cope with the expectations in season 4. He was targeted by the Bengal attack lead by Jan Kun Lee in yesterday’s match. Jeeva’s performance and poor defence have changed the outlook of U Mumba, with Anup Kumar acting as a left-corner defender.
The infirm defensive trio of Jeeva Kumar, Surjeet and Sunil Kumar will be strongly tested in today’s match against the in-form Rohit Kumar.
The lack of second and third raiders to support Anup Kumar is hurting U Mumba to the most. Rishank Devadiga who was one of the leading raiders in season 3 with 106 raid points, has been really patchy at times, in season 4.
The duo of Rishank Devadiga and Suresu Kumar will be up against the dangerous Mohit Chillar and Surender Nada in today’s match.
On the other hand, the Bengaluru Bulls will rely a lot on Rohit Kumar to come good against U Mumba. Rohit is a lone warrior in Bengaluru attack, with 77 raid points in 12 matches. The former Patna raider should spend maximum time on the mat, to overcome the Mumbai threat in today’s match.
Rohit could face a stern battle against the King of Kabaddi Rakesh Kumar .The retained Pawan Kumar, who scored just 17 points in season 4 should ably support Rohit Kumar today.
The cornerstones of Bengaluru’s defence, Surender Nada and Mohit Chillar, will be up against his old counterparts today. The corner defenders struggled against their former captain Anup Kumar in the previous clash and it’s high time for the duo to put a stellar performance in today’s do-or-die encounter.
The head to head stands 8-1 in favour of U Mumba, with Bengaluru’s only victory came at the Chhatrapati Sports Complex in season 1.
It’s going to be a fierce battle between U Mumba’s attack against Bengaluru’s defence, but we go with the Bulls who are looking to turn their fortunes around in the current edition of Pro Kabaddi.
Defenders: Jeeva Kumar, Vikas Kale, Sunil Kumar, Manoj Dhull
All-rounder: Rakesh Kumar, Sourav V
Raider: Gurvinder Singh, Mohammed Aruduzzaman Munshi, Suresu Kumar, Surendra Singh, Mohammed Zakir Hussain, Tuhin Tarafder, Anup Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Nitin Kumar
Defenders: Ashish Sangwan, Jeeva Gopal, Manoj Kumar, Mohit Chhillar, Surendar Nada, Rahul Kumar, Ravinder Kumar, Nicolas George Mottram
All-rounder: Sanjay Shrestha
Raider: Pawan Kumar, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Pawan Kumar, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Amit Rathi, Yogesh Hooda, Rohit Baliyan, Sumit Singh, Ajay Singh, Harish Naik
U Mumba vs Bengaluru Bulls Live Match Information
Time: 21:00 IST
Venue: DOME@NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai.
TV Channels: Star Sports 2/Star Sports 2 HD (English), Star Sports 3/Star Sports 3 HD (Hindi)
Live stream: StarSports.com