U Mumba, the Zone A toppers, after successive defeats against the Gujarat Fortunegiants and the Haryana Steelers, won tonight's match comprehensively 41-24 against the UP Yoddhas on the back of an astounding defensive performance.
Mumba's defence scored a total of 18 tackle points with High-5s from Surender Singh and Fazel Atrachali. This home leg has provided an opportunity for Mumba's substitutes to make their case and the performances of Darshan Kadian and Vinod Kumar give the team the requisite bench-strength to become the champions this season.
Bengaluru Bulls are one of the strongest teams in the competition currently with just a single loss of the 7 matches that they have featured in.
They have a strong raiding contingent, with the young Pawan Kumar leading the way with 94 raid points off just 7 matches with a terrific average of 12.71 raid points per match. The other raiders, Rohit Kumar and Kashiling Adake, although not as prolific as the past seasons, have supported Pawan well in his raiding duties.
The defense of the Bulls is no joke either with an average of 10.71 tackle points per match with Mahender Singh and Ashish Kumar leading the way. The return of Raju Lal Choudhary would only increase the defensive strength of the Bulls and would make them 'the' side to beat in the tournament.
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Key Battles to keep an eye on:
#1 Rohit Kumar (right raider) vs Fazel Atrachali (left corner)
#2 Siddharth Desai (two-sided raider) vs Sandeep (left corner)
Probable playing 7:
U Mumba: Fazel Atrachali (c), Siddharth Desai, Darshan Kadian, Rohit Baliyan, Surender Singh, Rohit Rana, and Vinod Kumar
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Sandeep, and Raju Lal Choudhary
When and where to watch: 21:00 IST on the Star Sports network and on digital streaming platform Hotstar