In today's second match as part of the final day of Pro Kabaddi 2019's Chennai leg, hosts Tamil Thalaivas will be squaring off against U Mumba in the 55th fixture of the season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium from 8.30 PM IST.
The home leg conundrum seems to have carried over to the Thalaivas' home leg as well, with the hosts failing to register a single win from their three games at home thus far. However, against U Mumba, the Ajay Thakur-led side will be given a final shot at giving the home fans something to cheer for.
U Mumba, for their part, have been hit by inconsistency all through the season. With four wins and five losses from nine games, the Fazel Atrachali-led side are placed 7th on the points table, one place below their opponents for today's game.
With both teams tied on equal points, a win from this game will give the victorious side a massive jump to 4th place, along with a major morale-boost for the remainder of the season.
As expected, Rahul Chaudhari tops the point-scorers chart for the Thalaivas with 63 points while skipper Ajay Thakur, who has looked far from his best, has 40 points. On the defensive front, Manjeet Chhillar has led the way with 26 points but could miss out from this game owing to a prolonged elbow injury.
U Mumba's topsy-turvy campaign thus far has been a storyline dominated by the lack of a lead raider as Abhishek Singh has only 42 points from seven matches while ace raider Rohit Baliyan has just 32 points to show for from an equal number of games.
The biggest surprise, however, can easily be pinned down as the failure of skipper Fazel Atrachali, who has just 24 points from nine matches, a far cry from his generally overwhelming potential.
With the Thalaivas housing a whole lot of experience, they will be expected to give U Mumba a run for their money.
Tamil Thalaivas - Team News
Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur are yet to bring their best to the fore and could be expected to come good against a relatively out-of-form U Mumba defense unit. Manjeet Chhillar could be making his return from an injury that is certain to add a lot more strength to the overall outlook of the team.
Predicted Starting 7: Ajay Thakur(C), Rahul Chaudhari, V Ajith Kumar, Ran Singh, Mohit Chhillar, Manjeet Chhillar, and Ajeet.
U Mumba - Team News
The Fazel Atrachali-led side have missed the presence of a consistent performer in the team and have tried out various player combinations, without much luck. However, the biggest issue is the lack of raid points and that will need to be addressed soon.
Predicted Starting 7: Fazel Atrachali (C), Abhishek Singh, Rohit Baliyan, Sandeep Narwal, Surinder Singh, Young Chang Ko, Arjun Deshwal.
Dream 11 Fantasy Tips
Raiders: Rahul Chaudhari is one of the best raiders in the sport and could easily turn the match on its head with the variety in his raiding style. Although he has not had the best of seasons, if Rahul gets going, he could win the game single-handedly for his side.
From U Mumba, Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal could be good picks. The former started off the bench against Haryana but still picked 6 points while the latter has emerged as an exciting prospect for U Mumba.
All-rounders: While one might counter that Sandeep Narwal has looked off-color this season, the corner defender could well be pumped up with the quality of the Thalaivas and will be a crucial cog of the U Mumba defense unit to bring down the likes of Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur.
While all the talk has been circling Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur, and Manjeet Chhillar, Ran Singh's vital contributions have gone unnoticed. The left corner has 18 points this season and with a fearless attitude while tackling, he could be the 'X-factor' for the Thalaivas.
Defenders: Fazel Atrachali has not enjoyed the best of seasons thus far and will be itching to prove his worth against possibly the toughest raiding unit across all the franchises. With quality raiders such as Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur among others set to face off against the Iranian, one could expect the U Mumba skipper to lead his team to a win.
For the final spot, young Ajeet makes the team, with his ability to churn out some quality dashes that have troubled the best of raiders throughout this season.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Rahul Chaudhari, Abhishek Singh, Arjun Deshwal, Sandeep Narwal, Ran Singh, Fazel Atrachali, Ajeet.
Captain: Rahul Chaudhari Vice- Captain: Abhishek Singh.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur, Arjun Deshwal, Ran Singh, Surinder Singh, Mohit Chhillar, Ajeet.
Captain: Ajay Thakur Vice- Captain: Rahul Chaudhari.Published 23 Aug 2019, 08:00 IST