Bengal Warriors square off against U Mumba in Semi-Final 2 at EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, as part of the playoffs of Pro Kabaddi 2019. Bengal Warriors concluded their league stage journey in 2nd place on the points table while U Mumba are fresh off a win against Haryana Steelers (46-38) in Eliminator 2.
Bengal Warriors are 2-0 up against U Mumba this season. A win for either side will see them advance to the Finals of Pro Kabaddi 2019, where they'll meet the winners of Semi-Final 1 between Dabang Delhi K.C. vs. Bengal Warriors.
Maninder Singh has been a sensational performer for Bengal Warriors with 205 raid points in 20 matches. His injury remains a concern heading into this encounter as it could be a big blow for the team if he misses out on tonight's fixture. He has a 4-3 advantage in the head-to-head record versus Fazel Atrachali.
K Prapanjan, Sukesh Hegde, and Mohammad Nabibakhsh have fared well in raiding department in the absence of Maninder Singh. Three of them have contributed to 47% of the team's raid points this season. Five of Bengal Warriors' raiders have a Super-10 in this edition, which is a plus point for them.
Abhishek Singh has 151 raid points in 20 matches played for U Mumba. Arjun Deshwal has enjoyed playing against Bengal Warriors with two Super-10s in two outings against them. Both of them will lead the raiding charge for U Mumba.
Athul MS could likely be the third raider of the side tonight. Abhishek will be the go-to man in the do-or-die raids with a success percentage of 58%, while Arjun Deshwal will be a useful asset when 4-5 defenders are in play with a raid strike-rate of 46.
The corner duo of Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal is the 3rd best duo this season with a combined 120 tackle points with 10 High-5s shared among them. The young defensive unit has remained composed and tackled big match raiders in crucial situations.
Bengal's major concern is at the cover defence as they haven't found any dependable cover defenders this season. Jeeva Kumar, Viraj Vishnu Landge, and Mayur Shivtarkar haven't performed well to aid their corners. They will have to step up to the occasion to stop the raiders of U Mumba.
'Sultan' Fazel Atrachali holds the orange arm-band with 81 tackle points in 23 matches for U Mumba. He has remained dominant throughout the season, with 36% of the team's tackle points scored by him.
Along with Sandeep Narwal's 53 tackle points, both of them have remained the second-best corner duo this season. However, the entire team has only managed eight tackle points versus Bengal Warriors in the two matches this edition. Surinder Singh and Young Chang Ko would have to step up in their game tonight.
Bengal Warriors or U Mumba? Who will become the second team to qualify for the finals of Pro Kabaddi 2019?
Head To Head Record
Bengal Warriors: 3
U Mumba: 10
Previous Meeting in Season 7:
- 9th August 2019 - Bengal Warriors defeated U Mumba (32-30).
- 11th September 2019 - Bengal Warriors defeated U Mumba (29-26).
Time: 08:30 PM IST (16th October 2019)
Venue: EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad
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Published 16 Oct 2019, 19:30 IST