Home team Puneri Paltan will be looking to end their home leg on a high when they take on the Bengaluru Bulls in the 99th fixture of Pro Kabaddi 2019 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
The Paltan started their home leg on a high with a 43-33 win over the Gujarat Fortune Giants but followed it up with a 33-55 loss to the Patna Pirates and a 36-36 tie against the Tamil Thalaivas. The Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have three wins from five games and are looking in good shape to land a spot in the top six.
Pawan Sehrawat has single-handedly led the way for the Bulls with 216 points this season and will yet again hold the key for his side while the home team will pin their hopes on young Manjeet and the experience of Nitin Tomar for a good showing.
The two sides have already clashed paths once this season in a game which saw the Paltan registering a 31-23 win courtesy of a fine defensive show from skipper Surjeet Singh and Jadhav Shahaji, who picked up High 5s to keep the threat of Sehrawat at bay.
With both teams eyeing an important win, one could expect a thrilling encounter on the cards.
Puneri Paltan team news
The Paltan could make just the one change by bringing in Jadhav Shahaji in place of Deepak Yadav, with the latter failing to pick up a point from the 36-36 tie against the Tamil Thalaivas.
Predicted Starting 7: Surjeet Singh (C), Nitin Tomar, Manjeet, Pankaj Mohite, Girish Maruti Ernak, Jadhav Shahaji, Amit Kumar.
Bengaluru Bulls team news
The Bulls coach Randhir Sehrawat surprisingly opted to play ace cover defender Mahender Singh from off the benches in the game against the Bengal Warriors and he could come in place of a misfiring Ajay, which could be the only change in the starting 7 for the defending champions.
Predicted Starting 7: Rohit Kumar (C), Pawan Sehrawat, Sumit Singh, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal, Ankit.
Dream11 Fantasy Tips
Raiders: Pawan Sehrawat is the leading raider this season and is a must-have in this side, given the fact that he has won almost all the games single-handedly for his side this season. Along with him, Pankaj Mohite could be a value for money addition to this team, with the youngster doing well thus far with 82 points from 14 matches.
All-Rounders: Manjeet has led the way for the Paltan this season with 118 points from 17 matches and will yet again hold the 'X-factor' for his side in this game. From the Bulls, Ankit picked up 3 points to his name last game and will be high on confidence to continue his form in this clash as well.
Defenders: The Bengaluru Bulls' defence unit has been led by young cover defender Mahender Singh, who has picked up 44 points from 14 matches and with Saurabh Nandal doing well on the right corner, the Paltan raiders could face a stiff challenge of picking up points.
From the Paltan, Jadhav Shahaji makes the fantasy side as he is due for a top performance and could well look to get some inspiration from the previous game against the Bulls to make an impact in this game.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Pawan Sehrawat (C), Pankaj Mohite, Manjeet (VC), Ankit, Mahender Singh, Saurabh Nandal, Jadhav Shahaji.
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Fantasy Suggestion #2: Pawan Sehrawat (C), Sumit Singh, Manjeet, Ankit, Surjeet Singh (VC), Mahender Singh, Saurabh Nandal.