Defending champions Bengaluru Bulls face Dabang Delhi K.C. in Semi-Final 1 at the EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, as part of the playoffs of Pro Kabaddi 2019. Dabang Delhi K.C. ended their campaign as the table-toppers while Bengaluru Bulls defeated UP Yoddha (45-48) in extra time after both teams finished level on points scored (36-36) in Eliminator 1.
Dabang Delhi K.C. have defeated Bengaluru Bulls once this season and their second encounter ended in a tie. A victory for either side will see them advance to the Final of Pro Kabaddi Season 7.
'Hi-Flyer' Pawan Sehrawat holds the green arm-band for a second consecutive year with 321 raid points in 23 matches at an average of 13.96 raid points per game. He scored 32 raid points in two outings versus Dabang Delhi this season but couldn't cross the winning line in both fixtures.
The raiding department looks strong with the arrival of Rohit Kumar back into the starting seven as a support raider. Sumit Singh, who scored seven raid points in his recent encounter against UP Yoddha, will look to continue aiding Pawan on this front.
'Dabang Express' Naveen Goyat has 268 raid points to his name in 21 matches with 20 Super-10s this season. He scored 27 raid points in two outings versus Bengaluru Bulls. Naveen has scored 55.6% of Dabang Delhi K.C. raid points in the entire season.
Chandran Ranjith will have to step up, considering he has only seven raid points against Bengaluru Bulls in two matches. Vijay will play the role of a vital all-rounder in today's crunch match.
Mahender Singh has 58 raid points in 20 games thus far and is the top scorer from the Bulls' defence. Left corner Amit Sheoran tackled Naveen Goyat six times overall as he heads into this encounter as Bengaluru Bulls' trump card tonight.
Saurabh Nandal has 54 tackle points ion 22 matches as the right corner of the team. Mohit Sehrawat/Ankit could be expected to perform well tonight.
Dabang Delhi K.C. have the second-lowest tackle points in comparison to other teams this entire season. Ravinder Pahal is the top scorer in the defence with 59 tackle points in 21 matches. He has tackled Pawan eight times overall in his career, in comparison to Pawan having won the battle only seven times.
Skipper Joginder Narwal and Anil Kumar will be hoping for good performances as both of them have performed below par this season. This match will be vital for Vishal Mane as the experienced campaigner must step up and aid the team's cause.
Bengaluru Bulls or Dabang Delhi K.C.? Who will be named as the first finalist of Season 7?
Head To Head Record
Bengaluru Bulls: 5
Dabang Delhi K.C.: 7
Previous Meeting in Season 7:
- 24th August 2019 - Dabang Delhi K.C. defeated Bengaluru Bulls (33-31).
- 23rd September 2019 - Match Tied (39-39).
Time: 07:30 PM IST (16th October 2019)
Venue: EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad
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Published 16 Oct 2019, 19:00 IST