Not quite the football derbies that you see, but U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan in Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is always a great spectacle. These teams will kick off the Mumbai leg of the PKL season 7 with a match on Saturday.
Mumbai have a win and loss to their credit, against Telugu Titans and Jaipur Pink Panthers respectively. With the home season kicking off, they would be eager to start with a win. Puneri played and lost one match, against Haryana Steelers. The proximity of the two cities makes this an ideal clash for the fans to show their true colours.
U Mumba Preview
Mumba started the tournament on the right track, defeating the Titans. It was the raider Abhishek Singh (ten points) who led the show for U Mumba. All-rounder Sandeep Narwal (four) showed a different side of him, leading the defence in tandem with captain Fazel Atrachali.
Even against Jaipur, Abhishek was in his elements picking up seven points. The failure of the defensive unit led to the downfall. With the team set to play in front of its fans, Mumba will hope to bounce back from the loss.
Puneri Paltan Preview
Puneri had a poor start to the tournament as the Steelers brushed them off easily 34-24. Raider Pawan Kadian played the lone hand with ten points, but the failure of defenders let them down. Surjeet Singh and Girish Ernak picked up just one tackle point between themselves.
The Paltan will hope for some respite as they come to Mumbai. Kadian will once again lead their raiding action. They need to improve their defensive results too, as Pune target a quick return to winning ways.
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Abhishek Singh had a great start to the season, with returns of 10 and 7 so far. The raider will once again look to lead the show with more points.
Pawan Kadian will be the leader of the raiding unit for Puneri Paltan. With a strong responsibility on his shoulders, expect him to pick up another bagful of points.
Sandeep Narwal looked like a man on a mission in the first two matches. His energy could prove vital in picking up points for U Mumba.
U Mumba: 1 Abhishek Singh 2 Dong Geon Lee 3 Surinder Singh 4 Fazel Atrachali 5 Rohit Baliyan 6 Sandeep Narwal 7 Harendra Kumar
Puneri Paltan: 1 Pawan Kadian 2 Manjeet 3 Shubham Shinde 4 Amit Kumar 5 Girish Ernak 6 Surjeet Singh 7 Deepak Yadav
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