The Tamil Thalaivas will take on the Haryana Steelers in the second match of the opening day of the Pune leg on Saturday, 14th September at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune at 8:30 PM IST as part of Pro Kabaddi 2019.
When both these sides met previously this season, the Thalaivas won 35-28. Sitting at the bottom of the table, the Thalaivas come off a demoralizing 51-25 loss at the hands of the Patna Pirates after encountering a change in coaching staff.
The Steelers tied 32-32 with the Jaipur Pink Panthers in a encounter which tipped both ways through its course in the former's previous encounter.
Team News- Tamil Thalaivas
Ajay Thakur's absence was clearly on display as the Thalaivas lacked a leader in their side. In the raiding department, Ajith Kumar did a good job yet again picking 10 points off the Patna defense while Rahul Chaudhari had an average game. Ajay could come in place of Vineet Sharma if fit.
The Thalaivas could manage just 6 tackle points and were dealt a huge challenge by Pardeep Narwal. Manjeet Chhillar disappointed with his form as he clearly looked out of his groove. Sagar did a decent job but barring him, none of the defenders fired. Mohit Chhillar and Ran Singh could replace Himanshu and Ajeet.
Predicted Starting 7: Manjeet Chhillar(C), Rahul Chaudhari, V Ajith Kumar, Ran Singh, Mohit Chhillar, Ajay Thakur/ Vineet Sharma and Sagar.
Team News- Haryana Steelers
The Steelers contributed points from all aspects of the game to earn a tie as Vikash Khandola and Prashanth Kumar Rai did a decent job in the raiding department. Vinay had a bad game and could be replaced by Naveen who was brilliant from the bench.
They were pretty solid in their defending with High 5s from Ravi Kumar and Sunil while Cheralathan too did well. No changes are expected from the defensive front.
Predicted Starting 7: Dharmaraj Cheralathan (C), Sunil, Vinay/ Naveen, Vikash Khandola, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Ravi Kumar and Vikas Kale.
Dream 11 Fantasy Tips
Raiders: V Ajith Kumar and Vikash Khandola are must-haves for this match with the former being a steal at a price of 12 Credits. Rahul Chaudhari and Prashanth Kumar Rai are the other raiding options to consider.
All-Rounders: Manjeet Chhillar, Naveen and Ran Singh are the available all-rounders with Naveen being the pick of the three.
Defenders: Sunil, Vikas Kale, Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Ravi Kumar should be backed as none of the Thalaivas' defenders look promising. Sagar is an exception as he's a cut-price option.
Fantasy Suggestion 1: V Ajith Kumar, Vikash Khandola, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Naveen, Manjeet Chhillar, Vikas Kale and Sunil
Captain: V Ajith Kumar Vice-Captain: Vikash Khandola.
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Vikash Khandola, V Ajith Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Ravi Kumar, Ran Singh, Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Naveen.
Captain: Vikash Khandola Vice-Captain: Rahul Chaudhari.Published 14 Sep 2019, 08:00 IST