After an action-packed Saturday, there will be two vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 matches at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. The first match will witness Puneri Paltan and U Mumba squaring off in the Maharashtra derby, while U.P. Yoddhas face Bengaluru Bulls in the second game.

Here are our previews for Day 9.

Match 22: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba

After a loss in their last game, Puneri Paltan are still winless this season having suffered two defeats and tied their other match in Season 9 so far. They will be hoping to set the record straight by getting their first win of the campaign on Sunday and will rely heavily on Aslam Inamdar, who is their top-scorer this season with 38 raid points. The likes of Mohit Goyat and Akash Shinde, who have scored 22 and 12 raid points respectively, will need to support Inamdar. As far as the tackling is concerned, Gaurav Khatri has been their best defender with seven tackle points and he’ll hope that Iranians Fazel Atrachali and Mohammad Nabibakhsh find form in defence soon.

U Mumba, on the other hand, will be confident about registering a third consecutive win. After a loss in their season opener, the Season 2 champions have won their last two games and will fancy their chances against their Maharashtra rivals. Their lead raiders Guman Singh and Ashish showed what they are capable of in the last match and have accounted for a total of 21 and 19 raid points respectively in Season 9. Jai Bhagwan is another player who has impressed in attack for U Mumba with 15 raid points. Defensively, Rinku has been their best tackler with nine tackle points, while Surinder Singh and Kiran Magar have also contributed eight and six tackle points respectively.

Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba head-to-head

Puneri Paltan and U Mumba have faced each other 18 times. Puneri Paltan have won seven matches while U Mumba have won nine games. Two of these matches finished in a tie.

Match 23:  U.P. Yoddhas vs Bengaluru Bulls

The second match of the evening will witness U.P. Yoddhas aiming to snap their losing run. After a win in their season opener, the Yoddhas succumbed to back-to-back defeats and will be eager to return to winning ways. Surender Gill has been their go-to raider this season and he has been scintillating with 33 raid points from three matches to show for his efforts. However, Pardeep Narwal will be keen to do better for the Yoddhas having amassed just 19 raid points in three games. On the defensive front, Ashu Singh with 12 tackle points has been the best defender for the Yoddhas. Their established defensive pairing of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit have also notched up seven and six tackle points respectively.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Bulls will want to bounce back after suffering their first loss of the season in their last match. The Bulls’ raid points have come primarily through Bharat and Vikash Kandola. While Bharat has scored 25 raid points this season, Kandola has managed 23 raid points so far. Neeraj Narwal with nine raid points has been Bengaluru Bulls’ next best raider in the ongoing campaign. As far as their defence goes, Saurabh Nandal has been the standout performer with 10 tackle points. Aman and Mahender Singh have also chipped in with eight and six tackle points respectively and they will have a big role to play for the Bulls on Sunday.

U.P. Yoddhas vs Bengaluru Bulls head-to-head

U.P. Yoddhas and Bengaluru Bulls have played against each other 11 times. Out of which, U.P. Yoddhas have won four matches while Bengaluru Bulls have won seven times.

vivo PKL Schedule for October 16, Sunday 7:30 PM onwards

Match 22: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba

Match 23: U.P. Yoddhas vs Bengaluru Bulls

Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?

Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.