The penultimate day of the Jaipur leg will see Dabang Delhi K.C. go toe-to-toe with Bengaluru Bulls and hosts Jaipur Pink Panthers take on Haryana Steelers at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday. Delhi face Bengaluru in an Inter Zone Wildcard clash, while Jaipur go up against Haryana in Zone A, desperate to keep their qualification hopes for the Playoffs alive. Here’s the lowdown on both the matches.
Match 119: Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Bengaluru Bulls
Head-to-head: Dabang Delhi K.C. 5-4 Bengaluru Bulls
Delhi will be confident heading into the match after a confidence-boosting win against the Pink Panthers on Tuesday. Meraj Sheykh and Abolfazl Maghsodlou need to take starring roles if Delhi are to register back-to-back wins, while R. Sriram will be another player, who’ll want to end the campaign strongly with the northerners.
Bengaluru, meanwhile, will also head into the contest on the back of a win and will be looking for a strong finish to the season. Skipper Rohit Kumar has been a standout performer for them throughout and can be expected to lead from the front once again. However, he will have to be well supported by the likes of Ajay Kumar in offence and Ravinder Pahal as well as Sachin Kumar in defence.
Khel Kabaddi Khiladi:
Delhi may have had a difficult season but one man who can hold his head high is their skipper Meraj Sheykh. The Iranian has often seen himself having to do it all this year, and is the season’s best all-rounder with a total of 102 points so far.
Like Sheykh, Rohit Kumar has fought a lone battle for Bengaluru on multiple occasions this year. He is the leading raider for the Bulls with 156 raid points and is third on the leaderboard for Super 10s (9).
Match 120 (Zone A): Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers
Head-to-head: Jaipur Pink Panthers K.C. 0-1 Haryana Steelers. 1 tie
Jaipur will be fighting to keep their Playoffs prospects alive against a Haryana outfit, who’ve already qualified. The hosts will be banking on new stars like Tushar Patil, Pawan Kumar and Nitin Rawal – who bagged a Super 10 last night against Delhi. The experience of Jasvir Singh and Manjeet Chhillar haven’t always shone through this year, making Patil, Kumar and Rawal’s role in the team even more important.
However, getting past a Haryana team high on confidence after a well-fought victory against Telugu Titans will take some doing. The Steelers have displayed an array of attacking talent in the absence of Vikas Kandola. Wazir Singh, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Surjeet Singh and Prashanth Kumar Rai have all played their part in the raiding department for the debutants, while Mohit Chhillar and captain Surender Nada have been too good in defence. Haryana are indeed the favourites going into this match.
Khel Kabaddi Khiladi:
The best raider for the Pink Panthers this year by a distance, Pawan Kumar will need to take the game by the scruff of its neck for a home win. He has 110 raid points to his name as well as three Super 10s.
Wazir Singh is experiencing a renaissance season after two seasons in the wilderness due to injury, The experienced raider was at his devastating best in Haryana’s previous match with a game-high 14 points.
Catch the action live on the Star Sports network and hotstar from 7.30 pm onwards.