Dabang Delhi K.C. and Puneri Paltan clash with final Playoffs spot at stake

Dabang Delhi K.C. and Puneri Paltan clash with final Playoffs spot at stake

The final game before the last Inter-Zone Challenge Week kicks off sees Dabang Delhi K.C. play host to Puneri Paltan at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex. Dabang Delhi K.C. are hot on the heels of Puneri Paltan, who occupy the third and final Playoffs spot in Zone A and will look to reduce the gap even further in their home leg.

The two sides have met twice this season with both teams winning a fixture each. Both teams have accounted for six points out of their tally from these two games. The most recent encounter, however, went the way of Puneri Paltan as they won a close game by four points.

Match 93 (Zone A): Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Puneri Paltan

Head-to-head: Dabang Delhi K.C. 4-8 Puneri Paltan. 1 tie

Form Guide:

Dabang Delhi K.C.

RESULT(W-T-L)

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

Vs.  U Mumba

LOST

34

41

Vs. Jaipur Pink Panthers

WON

48

35

Vs. Haryana Steelers

LOST

27

34

Vs. U Mumba

LOST

23

39

Vs. Gujarat Fortunegiants

WON

29

26

TOTAL

2-0-3

161

175

Stats from the last five matches –

Average Points Scored – 32.2

Average Points Conceded – 35

Best Raider – Naveen Kumar

Best Defender – Ravinder Pahal

Puneri Paltan

RESULT(W-T-L)

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

Vs. Gujarat Fortunegiants

LOST

20

35

Vs. Haryana Steelers

WON

35

33

Vs. Jaipur Pink Panthers

TIED

30

30

Vs. Bengal Warriors

LOST

22

26

Vs. Telugu Titans

LOST

25

28

TOTAL

1-1-3

132

152

Stats from the last five matches –

Average Points Scored – 26.4

Average Points Conceded – 30.4

Best Raider – More GB

Best Defender – Girish Maruti Ernak

The big battle

Naveen Kumar vs Girish Maruti Ernak

Rookie Naveen Kumar has been the shining light of Dabang Delhi K.C.’s campaign so far. He is their leading points scorer and has led the offence brilliantly. He has managed 123 raid points in 15 games so far and stands sixth on the list of Best Raiders.

Kumar will be up against Puneri Paltan skipper Girish Maruti Ernak, who has been solid in defence this season. Ernak is one tackle point away from being the sixth man this season to 50 tackle points. He has been an astute captain and led his troops well. Although he averages 3.06 tackle points per game, Ernak has managed four High 5s this season and sits joint-second on that list.

Kumar and Ernak are level in their head-to-head battles, each getting the better of the other four times.

Key Khiladi -

Meraj Sheykh – Dabang Delhi K.C.

Meraj Sheykh had a quiet start to the season until the teams reached Delhi. He has sprung into life in Dabang Delhi K.C.’s home leg, managing 15 points in the only game he has played there so far. His side will hope he continues his form as they look for an all-important win.

Sandeep Narwal – Puneri Paltan

Sandeep Narwal has been in excellent form recently. He has scored the most points for Puneri Paltan in the last five games including a High 5, a Super Raid and a Super Tackle. Puneri Paltan will hope for a similar performance from one of their veterans.

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