Telugu Titans came agonisingly close to a memorable victory but were denied by Pawan Sehrawat’s bravery. It was Siddharth Desai who turned the match on its head in the final few minutes with a massive 6 point raid (4+2) that was followed by another super raid. He scored a whopping 23 raid points in the game and almost single-handedly took his team to a win. His core strength has been instrumental in most of his escapes, and that is what makes him such a lethal raider.
Telugu Titans have won just 4 matches this season and their over-reliance on Siddharth has eventually been exposed. In their last game against Bengaluru, Rakesh Gowda was their 2nd best raider with just 4 points. That is 19 less than what Siddharth managed. Other raiders like Suraj Desai, Farhad M and Rajnish Dalal too have failed to fetch raid points regularly.
Telugu’s defence has been decent this season. Their corners Vishal Bharadwaj and Abozar have picked up crucial points, the former being the better of the two. They have also received good assistance from Farhad and C Arun.
Telugu Titans form guide (Last 5 games): L W L W W
U Mumba’s journey has been like a sinusoidal curve so far. They have won games against teams that were relatively stronger. But have also lost some games which they should have dominated.
Abhishek Singh has impressed one and all after establishing himself as Mumbai’s strike raider this season. He has earned 71 points so far; 24 of which have come in the last 2 games. His raid partners Athul MS and Arjun Deshwal have also chipped in with some handy points.
Surinder Singh’s poor form continues as he has a meagre 5 points in the last 5 games. His inability to avoid advanced tackles has been a major reason for his downfall. Mumba have tried Harendra Kumar in the last few matches and the defender hasn’t disappointed. The pillars of this defence - Fazel Atrachali and Sandeep Narwal have lived up to their expectations and will have a huge role to play against Siddharth Desai’s brute force.
U Mumba Form Guide (Last 5 games): D W L W L
Predicted Starting 7s
Telugu Titans: Siddharth Desai, Suraj Desai, Farhad Milaghardan, C Arun, Amit Kumar, Vishal Bharadwaj, Abozar Mighani (C)
U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, Arjun Deshwal, Harendra Kumar, Surinder Singh, Athul MS, Fazel Atrachali (C), Sandeep Narwal
Telugu Titans must find an alternate source for scoring more points in their attack. Their defenders are at par with Mumba’s raiders and that promises to be a good contest.
U Mumba have been decent in the last few games and would be keen to bounce back into the upper half of the points table.
U Mumba could be expected to win against Telugu Titans.
Where and when to watch
Date: Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Start time: 7:30 pm IST
Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda