Two unbeaten teams, Bengal Warriors and Telugu Titans, will face off on Tuesday in Match 17 at the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai in Sonepat.
Bengal Warriors will look to maintain their momentum after they put in a strong all-round performance and claimed a win in their first game of the season. A victory in this game will see them move into the top half of the Zone B.
Meanwhile, Telugu Titans will be eyeing to maintain their top spot in the Zone with a win. Although this game offers them a stern test, they will be eager to start their campaign with a hat-trick of victories.
Match 17 (Zone B): Bengal Warriors vs Telugu Titans
Head-to-head: Bengal Warriors 5 - 3 Telugu Titans. 3 ties.
Bengal Warriors kicked off their campaign with a victory over Tamil Thalaivas in the Chennai leg. Maninder Singh, as their star raider, led from the front with nine raid points and was ably supported by Mahesh Goud and Rakesh Narwal, who combined to add eight raid points between them. The big names in the Bengal Warriors defence showed their class as Ran Singh and captain PO Surjeet Singh managed six points between them. Raider Jang Kun Lee and all-rounder Shrikant Tewthia stepped in with a couple of points each as well.
Bengal Warriors will be looking to take their good form into the game and will hope to maintain their unbeaten start to this year’s league.
Telugu Titans will be hoping their big names deliver again on Tuesday after playing with the same starting seven in each of their earlier games. Raid Machine Rahul Chaudhari managed nine raid points in their game against U.P. Yoddha and was ably supported by Nilesh Salunke’s five raid points. The two famed corners, Abozar Mohajermighani and captain Vishal Bhardwaj combined for nine tackle points as well. They were well supported by the two Iranians, Farhad Milaghardan and Mohsen Maghsoudlou. Telugu Titans will look to build upon their strong start and make it a maximum 15 points in their first three matches.
The big battle
Surjeet Singh vs Rahul Chaudhari
Stalwarts of their respective teams, Surjeet Singh vs Rahul Chaudhari is definitely a battle to watch out for. Rahul Chaudhari has managed a total of 18 raid points so far this season, missing out on a Super 10 in each match by a solitary point. 16 points away from 700 VIVO Pro Kabaddi raid points, Chaudhari will be looking to get there as soon as possible. Surjeet Singh will have a big job on his hands to try and contain Chaudhari but, given his experience, Surjeet is certainly capable of taking Chaudhari down.
Maninder Singh- Bengal Warriors
Maninder Singh showed why he is the lead raider of Bengal Warriors as he managed nine raid points against Tamil Thalaivas, all of them being touch points, to lead his side’s revival. With the ability to single-handedly take the game away from the opponent, Maninder will be looking to repeat his performance from the first game when his team faces Telugu Titans.
Abozar Mohajermighani- Telugu Titans
With five tackle points in the last game, Abozar is in scintillating form. Gifted with an accurate sense of when to initiate a tackle and the ability to pull it off to perfection, Abozar is one of the most dangerous defenders of the game. He is surely an important player in this Telugu Titans team and they will be hoping he can put in a similar performance against Bengal Warriors.