Hosts Telugu Titans will be desperate to get their Pro Kabaddi 2019 campaign back on track when they face off against Dabang Delhi K.C. in today's second game at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
The Titans have failed to put up an impressive show from either of their first two games this season, with a 25-31 loss against U Mumba followed by a 26-39 battering at the hands of the Tamil Thalaivas.
A massive investment on the skills of Siddharth Desai, who has managed to pick up a paltry 11 points from two games has proved to dent his side's chances and the youngster will certainly need to raise his game to give his side a fair chance against a defence-heavy Dabang Delhi unit.
Having successfully retained the core of their side which historically made their first-ever appearance in the playoffs in the history of the PKL last season, Joginder Narwal will be hoping that his men put aside any opening game jitters and produce a strong show against the wishes of the faithful home crowd in attendance.
The Titans' issues do not stop with Desai as their defensive pillars in skipper Abozar Mighani and Vishal Bhardwaj have failed to show up yet this season. With a combined total of eight points from two matches, the lynchpins will need to step up to the plate and combat Delhi's raiding trio.
For the second consecutive season Naveen Kumar, Chandran Ranjit and Meraj Sheykh will assume the raiding duties for Delhi while Ravinder Pahal, Vishal Mane and Joginder Narwal will be hoping to continue to pile misery on the Titans' raiders.
Will the Titans figure out a way to pick up a win or will Delhi keep them in quest of that elusive victory?
Predicted starting 7s
Telugu Titans: Abozar Mighani (c), Siddharth Desai, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rajnish, Arun C, Rakesh Gowda, Farhad Milaghardan.
Dabang Delhi KC: Joginder Narwal (c), Naveen Kumar, Chandran Ranjit, Meraj Sheykh, Ravinder Pahal, Vishal Mane, Vijay Malik.
The Telugu Titans' confidence would have certainly taken a massive hit with two losses in a row. However, the fans at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium will certainly not back down, supporting their team on which could push the Titans to put their best foot forward.
Siddharth Desai is due for a big performance and going by his skill set, he will be keen on learning from his shortcomings from the first game and bring the challenge to the Delhi defenders.
With Vishal Bhardwaj pumped up from the last game, his performance in this game could be the 'X-factor' for the Telugu Titans.
Telugu Titans could be expected to win this match.
Where and when to watch, live streaming details
Date: Wednesday, 24th July 2019
Start time: 8.30 PM IST.
Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda