With VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 just into its second week, a total of 19 high-intensity games have been played so far. These encounters have lived up to the hype on all counts. Besides, quite a few young players have come forth to make their presence felt, rubbing shoulders with some of the proven performers in their respective teams. On the evidence available so far, one can safely assume Matchday 11 to be as thrilling as the previous matchdays as it pits Bengal Warriors against home team Bengaluru Bulls.
Match 20 (Zone B): Bengaluru Bulls vs. Bengal Warriors
Head-to-head: Bengaluru Bulls 6-2 Bengal Warriors
Bengaluru Bulls' journey on their home turf so far has been laced with a victory, two defeats and a tie. After Tuesday’s tie against Telugu Titans, they lie second in the Zone B Points table after five matches. Captain Rohit Kumar has shown what he is capable of as he has the maximum raid points (44) from his team, and is a figure that the opponents respect. Ajay Kumar has been in satisfactory form too and has aided his captain in the raiding department just the way the management expected. However, it’s not at all smooth sailing for the Bulls. Ravinder Pahal and Preetam Chhillar need to provide more power to the Bulls defence. Following two defeats and a tie in their last three matches, coach Randhir Singh needs to come up with new strategies to bring the Bulls back to winning ways.
Bengal Warriors, meanwhile, have registered two fantastic back-to-back victories and have been unbeaten in the season so far. In their last match against Nitin Tomar’s U.P. Yoddha, they recorded their highest margin of victory in VIVO Pro Kabaddi yet. With a team brimming with confidence and the players looking in a fine touch of form, coach Jagdish Kumble and captain Surjeet Singh just need to keep the performance steady. Jang Kun Lee is showing every sign of why he was retained by the Warriors ahead of the season, while Maninder Singh’s dominance has been unrivalled. Deepak Narwal and Vinod Kumar have also showed sparks of brilliance in the previous match, and the attacking force looks in fine fettle. The invaluable experience of Surjeet and Ran Singh has kept the Bengal defense firm, and on Wednesday they will hope to catch their shaky opponents by their horns.
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