After starting their home leg with a comprehensive win, Dabang Delhi K.C. will look to trip U Mumba in a Zone A clash of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2018 season in Delhi on Saturday. A win for Delhi will get them closer to Puneri Paltan, while a win for Mumbai will give them top spot in the Zone.
Delhi defeated U Mumba 48-35 in their last match, making it four wins in their last seven matches. More importantly, Delhi now have 39 points from their 14 matches and back in contention for play-offs.
Raider Naveen Kumar with 116 points from 14 games has been the leading light for Delhi this season. Chadran Ranjit has picked up 98 points from 14 games. However, the side has just 485 points from their 14 games, averaging 34.64 points per game. It is the defence that has been Delhi’s problem, with the side managing just 128 tackle points so far, second from the bottom this season.
U Mumba’s last match was against Delhi, that they won 39-23 in Mumbai. That makes it four wins in their last five matches (W4, L1) for Mumbai, who have lost only four times this season in 16 matches (W11, L4, T1).
It is the raider Siddharth Desai with 156 points from 14 games, who has been a revelation for U Mumba. Indeed, Mumbai top the list of points tally with 608 points from their 16 games so far. Fazel Atrachali’s left-corner heroics gave him 62 tackle points from the 16 games that he played.
In the last encounter between the sides, Siddharth Desai led the attack for Mumba with nine points, with Rohit Baliyan adding eight. For Dabang, Chandran Ranjit scored seven and Naveen Kumar added four.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Meraj Sheykh is a player who relies on momentum. Having shone with 15 raid points against Jaipur Pink Panthers in his previous game, the Iranian powerhouse is a smart pick to repeat the dose.
Siddharth Desai has nine Super 10 performances this season in his 14 games and is fast gaining reputation as a consistent performer. Having narrowly missed a Super 10 in his last game against Dabang, Siddharth will look to make amends in this match.
Fazel Atrachali has been explosive with his defending in the left corner for Mumbai. Having already picked up five High 5s in his 16 matches so far, he will be in a tussle with his national teammate Meraj, which should spice up the contest.
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Dabang Delhi K.C. (probable seven): 1 Meraj Sheykh (Capt) 2 Naveen Kumar 3 Chandran Ranjit 4 Ravinder Pahal 5 Joginder Narwal 6 Vishal Mane 7 Rajesh Narwal
U Mumba (probable seven): 1 Siddharth Desai 2 Rohit Baliyan 3 Surender Singh 4 Abhishek Singh 5 Fazel Atrachali 6 Rohit Rana 7 Dharmaraj Cherlathan