After their narrow loss against Haryana Steelers on Sunday, Bengaluru Bulls have the opportunity to bounce back immediately when they take on U.P. Yoddha at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Monday. U.P. Yoddha have won just one of their opening six matches in VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 and will be eager to get another victory under their belt after a winless run of three games that featured two ties and a loss. Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, were edged out by Haryana Steelers in their previous game and will be keen to bounce back quickly.
Match 39: U.P. Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls
Head-to-head: U.P. Yoddha 1 – 5 Bengaluru Bulls. 0 Ties.
Win rate: 16.66%
Best Raider: Monu Goyat
Best Defender: Sumit
U.P. Yoddha will want their raiders to raise their game and get among the points, having endured a relatively quiet season so far. Their trio of Monu Goyat, Shrikant Jadhav and Rishank Devadiga have had a slow start to the season. Monu has been their most prolific scorer so far, while Shrikant has also enjoyed his moments. U.P. Yoddha, though, will want more consistent performances from the duo as well as Devadiga, who recently returned to the team from an injury. On the defensive front, their Left Corner Sumit has been a rock and is the team’s leading tackle points scorer. Skipper Nitesh Kumar has had his moments in defence as well, but like their raiders, he too will be looking to find consistency.
Win rate: 66.66%
Best Raider: Pawan Sehrawat
Best Defender: Mahender Singh
After a narrow defeat on Sunday, the defending champions will be raring to return to the mat against U.P. Yoddha, who are seeking just their second win of the season. Skipper Rohit Kumar registered 600 raid points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi in the last match and seems to be hitting top gear as the season progresses. His raiding partner Pawan ‘Hi-Flyer’ Sehrawat will be looking to improve on his previous performance, which by his lofty standards was a bit on the quiet side. Bengaluru Bulls’ defence, meanwhile, has been solid for most of the season, but they will be looking to iron out the last-minute lapses that cost them the previous match. Mahender Singh will target a much better display after not opening his account in the last game and he will require support from the likes of Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal, if Bengaluru Bulls are to thwart the threat of U.P. Yoddha’s potent raiding trident.