UP Yoddha take on defending champions Bengaluru Bulls in Eliminator 1 at EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, as a part of the playoffs of Pro Kabaddi 2019. UP Yoddha ended their campaign in 3rd place while Bengaluru Bulls finished in 6th place by the end of league stage.
UP Yoddha emerged victorious twice already against Bengaluru Bulls this season. A win for either side will see them advance to Semi-Final 1, where they will meet Dabang Delhi K.C. on 16th October.
Shrikant Jadhav remains the lead raider from UP Yoddha with 139 raid points in 21 matches. He scored 17 raid points in two outings against Bengaluru Bulls this year. The likes of Surender Gill, Rishank Devadiga, and Monu Goyat have scored more than 60 raid points each.
All the raiders from UP Yoddha have averaged more than five raid points from the second half of the tournament, which will be a huge boost heading into this encounter.
Pawan Sehrawat holds the green arm-band with 308 raid points in 22 matches at an average of 14 raid points per game. He scored two Super-10s in both of his encounters against UP Yoddha with 25 raid points but failed to get the team over the line.
While Rohit Kumar is expected to return to the side as the regular captain, Sumit Singh can come handy in the do or die situations tonight.
UP Yoddha has the best corner combination this season with Sumit (72 tackle points) and Nitesh Kumar (70 tackle points). Both of them have tackled Pawan Sehrawat four times each this season in the two matches played.
Ashu Singh scored a High-5 in his clash against Bengaluru Bulls. Amit Narwal has the best assist (79) by any defender in the seventh season. Their balanced defence will play a vital role versus Pawan Sehrawat & Co.
Bengaluru Bulls have young defenders with three of them, having scored 3 High-5s each this season. Mahender Singh remains their top scorer in defence with 55 tackle points. Saurabh Nandal and Amit Sheoran have 101 combined tackle points till the group-stage.
The gap remains at the right cover where Bengaluru Bulls haven't found a dependable player to fill in the position. Mohit Sehrawat and Ankit have remained inconsistent with their performances. Ashish Sangwan is also an option for the right cover heading into tonight's pressure game.
UP Yoddha or Bengaluru Bulls? Who will advance into the semi-finals to square off against Dabang Delhi K.C.?
Head To Head Record
UP Yoddha: 3
Bengaluru Bulls: 5
Previous Meeting in Season 7:
- 12th August 2019 - UP Yoddha defeated Bengaluru Bulls (35-33).
- 11th October 2019 - UP Yoddha defeated Bengaluru Bulls (45-33).
Time: 07:30 PM IST (14th October 2019)
Venue: EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad
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