Bengaluru, July 19: The seventh season of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) is all set to kick off at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday (July 20).
In the opening match of PKL 2019, hosts Telugu Titans will square off against former champions U Mumba. The opening day will see two matches. Following the Titans vs Mumba match, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls will face Patna Pirates.
The new season will see all teams play each other twice in a double round-robin format with Telugu Titans being the home team during the first leg. Telugu Titans will be eager to get off to a flying start in their own backyard and set the foundation for a successful season. U Mumba, too, will be hoping to get winning momentum on their side in a bid to better their Playoff stage finish from last year.
Telugu Titans will be hungry for success and have pinned their hopes on Season 6’s Best Debutant award winner 'Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai to lead their offence. Desai scored 218 raid points for U Mumba last year and finds himself playing against his former team in Season 7’s curtain-raiser.
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Titans will want him to replicate his exploits from the last campaign and hope that he’s well-supported by all-rounder Farhad Milaghardan. Their defence, meanwhile, boasts of an abundance of talent.
The powerful Corner duo of Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mohajermighani, who finished first and second in last season’s Super Tackles leaderboard with 9 and 8 Super Tackles respectively, will be a difficult proposition for any opposition raider. The addition of C. Arun to their ranks also gives them a variety of options to call upon, if needed.
U Mumba will be keen to clinch their second VIVO Pro Kabaddi trophy this season, having bowed out in the Playoffs last year. The Season 2 champions possess a solid defence, led by the fearless 'Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali.
However, the Iranian isn’t the only ace in U Mumba’s ranks. All-rounder Sandeep Narwal, who leads VIVO Pro Kabaddi’s all-time Super Tackles chart, and Cover defender Surender Singh, along with Young Chang Ko, can all contribute for them in defence.
In the raiding department, Rohit Baliyan could assume the mantle of the side’s lead raider, with the support of Dong Geon Lee, who has also proven himself as a capable raider in the past. With so much young talent, we may very well see another star emerge from U Mumba by the end of the season.
Both sides will be looking to start the season on a winning note and the curtain-raiser promises to be a cracker.
Match starts at 7:30pm IST
Live on Star Sports
Live Streaming on Hotstar
Source: VIVO Pro Kabaddi