A player of Sukesh Hegde’s standard couldn’t find a place in the Bengal team for their first 7 games of the season. That speaks a lot about the talent that this team possesses. They have been very impressive this season and would want to keep up with their efforts.
K Prapanjan (58 points) and Maninder Singh (68 points) have struck in tandem and have complemented each other really well. Bengal have made good use of Iran’s Esmaeil Nabibaksh as well. He has done justice to the faith shown in him by scoring 51 points in his debut season.
Bengal Warriors is the team that has inflicted the most number of all-outs (16)
Their defensive unit has matched the standards of their raiders by keeping the opposition under control. Rinku Narwal’s ankle holds along with Jeeva Kumar and Baldev Singh’s successful tackles have put this team in a good position in close encounters.
This Bengal defense will now be up against Haryana’s most feared raider- Vikas Kandola. His innate ability to score points in the most crucial situations makes him a tough player to handle.
Haryana have found a good assisting raider in Naveen and Vinay. Also, the inclusion of Prashant Rai has provided them with an extra bandwidth to attack.
Moving to their defensive unit, veteran Dharmaraj Cheralathan has led his troops well. But they need to do better. Haryana have the second least tackle points (85) this season. They have conceded more (293 points) than what they have scored (267 points).
Predicted Starting 7s
Bengal Warriors: K Prapanjan, Maninder Singh (C), Esmaeil Nabibaksh, Sukesh Hegde, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Baldev Singh
Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Naveen, Vinay, Chand Singh, Sunil, Ravi Kumar, Dharmaraj Cheralathan (C)
Bengal’s raiders have been consistent and their defense has steadily developed. Their all-round show gives them an edge in this encounter.
Haryana Steelers have punched above their weights and have to believe that they can beat a strong Bengal team
Owing to their better balance, Bengal Warriors are expected to beat Harayana Steelers tonight.
Where and when to watch
Date: Monday, 25th August 2019
Start time: 7:30 pm IST
Venue: Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: SportskeedaPublished 26 Aug 2019, 09:30 IST