On the back of a hat-trick of wins in the ongoing Pro Kabaddi 2019, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls will be keen on maintaining their winning run when they face off against the Haryana Steelers for match 36 at the Eka Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad in today's first encounter.
Picking up from where he left off last season, season 6 MVP Pawan Sehrawat has yet again led the way for the Bulls with 74 points from just five matches. His 29-point effort against the Bengal Warriors helped his team snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and will undoubtedly be the 'X-factor' for this game.
While Pawan has scored a majority of the points, Rohit Kumar's return to form against the Telugu Titans, where he picked up 8 points will certainly boost the team's confidence ahead of this encounter.
The Haryana Steelers will also be coming into this contest on the back of a morale-boosting win against the Patna Pirates as the return of ace raider Vikas Kandola seems to have done a whole lot of good to the overall team balance.
On the defensive front, the Steelers' old warhorse and skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan has formed an important corner defensive partnership with exciting right corner defender Sunil and the duo will be key to keep the threat of Pawan Sehrawat at bay.
Predicted starting 7s
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Sehrawat, Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Vijay Kumar, Saurabh Nandal.
Haryana Steelers: Dharmaraj Cheralathan (c), Vikas Kandola, Naveen, Vinay, Vikas Kale, Ravi Kumar, Sunil.
The Bengaluru Bulls have four wins from five matches and are currently placed in fourth place on the points table. The Steelers, on the other hand, have just two wins to show from five matches and find themselves in the lower half of the table.
However, with the form exhibited by Pawan Sehrawat in the recent past, the Steelers' defenders could certainly find themselves facing an arduous task of keeping a tight lid on the Bulls' scoring.
Bengaluru Bulls could be expected to win this encounter.
Where and when to watch, live streaming details
Date: Sunday, 11th August 2019
Start time: 7.30 PM IST.
Venue: Eka Arena by TranStadia, Ahmedabad.
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: SportskeedaPublished 11 Aug 2019, 09:00 IST