After 132 regular season matches and four knockouts, we are at the final of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 7. The two best teams of the season – Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors have made it to the final. This match will be played at the EKA Arena by Transstadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 19.
Dabang Delhi Preview
Delhi finished first in the regular season and then defeated Bengaluru Bulls 44-38 in the first semi-final. Once again, the Delhi side led throughout the match. Their defenders overpowered the Bulls’ strikers for 15 tackle points. In the end, that proved to be the difference.
Regardless, star striker Naveen Kumar remains a strong pick. Even in the semis, he picked up 15 raid points to lead the show. With 20 consecutive Super 10 performances, Naveen remains a strong fantasy pick. In the defence, Ravinder Pahal with 62 tackle points has been the star. Almost silently, Vishal Prabhakar Mane has been doing his bit as a cover defender. Mane can become the first PKL player to win the title with three different teams.
Bengal Warriors Preview
Bengal narrowly lost the regular season top-spot to Delhi. They then played out a tactical game to defeat U Mumba 37-35 in a tight second semi-final. Captain Maninder Singh missed out the semis due to an injury. He has 205 raid points in the season and will be the key for Bengal’s chances.
His absence, however, hasn’t deterred Bengal’s chances in the semis. Sukesh Hegde, K. Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibaksh have done well in the raiding front. In the defensive front, Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal have been brilliant with their performances.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Naveen Kumar averages 12.86 raid points per game this season. He already has 283 raid points in the season and has 20 consecutive Super 10 performances.
Maninder Singh will be keenly watched to see if he can get fit for the big game. He has 10 Super 10s this season, 6 Super Raids, and have averaged more than 10 points per game. No surprise then that the Warriors are desperate to get him back on the mat.
Nabibaksh has been having an excellent all-round season for the Warriors. He has 83 raid points and 29 tackle points.
Dabang Delhi: 1 Joginder Narwal 2 Ravinder Pahal 3 Naveen Kumar 4 Chandran Ranjit 5 Vishal Prabhakar Mane 6 Anil Kumar 7 Vijay
Bengal Warriors: 1 Maninder Singh 2 Mohammad Nabibaksh 3 Rinku Narwal 4 Sukesh Hegde 5 K Prapanjan 6 Jeeva Kumar 7 Baldev Singh
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