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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Preview: Bengal Warriors look to the double over U Mumba

Maninder Singhs Bengal Warriors second home win (Image Courtesy: Pro Kabaddi)

Kolkata, September 11: Bengal Warriors look to do the double over U Mumba in the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday (September 11).

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While Bengal Warriors will look for back-to-back wins at home to seal second spot in the PKL table, U Mumba will look to maintain their three-match unbeaten run and secure a top six spot.

In their last encounter, Bengal Warriors picked up a dramtic win over Puneri Paltan, meanwhile, U Mumba registered a thumping win against Telugu Titans. And in the reverse fixture, Bengal Warriors got the better of U Mumba. So, the home side will hope for a similar result.

Bengal Warriors have enjoyed a tremendous campaign thus far and currently occupy the second spot in the standings. They have enjoyed a good home leg so far and have scored eight of a possible 10 points and will look to continue their good run in front of the home crowd in Kolkata.

Skipper Maninder Singh has been the team's most successful raider with 114 raid points while raider K. Prapanjan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh have contributed immensely, with 86 and 58 raid points respectively.

Bengal Warriors' raiding unit have managed, a league-leading, 10 Super Raids this season, a testament to their ability to turn the game on its head in a single raid. That was on full display in their past outing, when Nabibakhsh wiped out Puneri Paltan with a five-point raid in the final minute to earn victory for his side.

The defence, led by Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal, has an astute look to it, with the likes of Jeeva Kumar, Mayur Shivtarkar and Adarsh providing some much-needed support to the corner duo. With talent and experience across the board, Bengal Warriors are among the finer sides and the league and they will try to showcase that against a defensively sturdy U Mumba outfit.

U Mumba, meanwhile, have had a little inconsistent run this season, but now having gone with three straight matches without a loss could indicate towards a strong second half of the campaign.

While none of their raiders feature in the top ten in the season's overall raid points tally, they have been clicking as a unit and Arjun Deshwal's near-Super 10 effort in the last match against Telugu Titans is an example of that. Abhishek Singh remains as the lead raider for the outfit, the only one from U Mumba in the top 20 in the raid points charts this season, but he will look to the strong defence to back him up.

Captain Fazel Atrachali is the third best defender in this edition of the league and has been astutely supported by all-rounder Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh. U Mumba, as Atrachali pointed out after their last match, have been able to strike a balance in their raiding and defensive units, and that could just be the key to make their way towards the top of the standings.

Game starts at 8.30 PM IST

Live Channel: Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2HD

Live Stream: HotStar

Source: Pro Kabaddi

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:56 [IST]
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