After 136 matches of the action-packed extravaganza, it has come down to Dabang Delhi K.C. and Bengal Warriors, set to lock horns for the coveted PKL title as a part of Pro Kabaddi 2019 Final. Both teams are playing their first-ever final as we are guaranteed a new Champion in the seventh season.
Dabang Delhi K.C. and Bengal Warriors finished at the 1st and 2nd position in the points table by the end of league-stage. They have shown consistency throughout the tournament and proven why both teams deserve a shot at the trophy.
'Dabang Express' Naveen Goyat has been a sensation for Dabang Delhi K.C. with 283 raid points in 22 matches with 21 Super-10s to his name. Chandran Ranjith has been brilliant as a support raider, with 116 raid points.
Naveen's strike rate in the Do or Die raids is 78, and in the Super Tackles is 85, which is the highest by any raider in the season. Vijay could play as the vital all-rounder of the side with his crucial raids and dives, which could prove to be match-winning for the team tonight.
Maninder Singh has 205 raid points in 20 matches played for Bengal Warriors. He attained a shoulder injury in his previous meeting versus Dabang Delhi K.C. and hasn't played since then.
Sukesh Hegde, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, and K Prapanjan have served 49% of Bengal Warriors' raid points. All of them have put up a decent show with an average of 21.7 raid points per game in the absence of Maninder Singh. Bengal will worry less if Maninder Singh doesn't play tonight.
Ravinder Pahal has scored 62 tackle points in 22 matches as the top scorer of Delhi's defence. Anil Kumar has averaged 3.6 tackle points in the past seven outings with 25 tackle points.
Joginder Narwal will be vital for Dabang Delhi K.C.'s defence as he is 3-2 versus K Prapanjan and 2-3 versus Maninder Singh this season. Vishal Mane will be looking to score big in his fifth appearance in Pro Kabaddi Final.
The corner combination of Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal has scored 126 tackle points at an average of 5.5 tackle points per game. They have 11 High-5s shared between each other as they look to stop the Dabang Express tonight.
The covers will have to play a matured role, with Jeeva Kumar and Mayur Shivtarkar expected to play tonight. They will have to reduce advance tackles and make sure that their assists remain timely against Delhi's raiders.
Dabang Delhi K.C. or Bengal Warriors? Who will be the Champions of Pro Kabaddi 2019?
Head To Head Record
Dabang Delhi K.C.: 6
Bengal Warriors: 6
Previous Meeting in Season 7:
- 17th August 2019 - Match Tied (30-30)
- 30th September 2019 - Bengal Warriors defeated Dabang Delhi K.C. (42-33).
Time: 08:00 PM IST (19th October 2019)
Venue: EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad
Live Streaming: Star Sports
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Published 19 Oct 2019, 19:30 IST