The holiday season festivities will continue in vivo Pro Kabaddi on Sunday with two gripping fixtures on offer.
Dabang Delhi K.C. will look to make it three wins in three games in Season 8 when they take on the Gujarat Giants. Later, Maninder Singh and the Bengal Warriors face a daunting task, as they will go to battle against Pawan Sehrawat and the Bengaluru Bulls.
Here’s our preview for both matches:
The Giants succumbed to a narrow 31-28 loss in the previous game against the Bengal Warriors. The defeat will undoubtedly sting, but coach Maninder Singh will take pride in his young side outscoring the Bengal Warriors on offence. If the Giants’ defence can emulate what they managed in the team’s season-opener against the Jaipur Pink Panthers, they will be tough to beat.
Despite an uncharacteristic start against U Mumba in their previous outing, Dabang Delhi K.C. managed to emerge victorious, primarily due to another sensational performance from Naveen Kumar. The reigning MVP is currently the leading point scorer in Season 8 and will likely remain at or around the top for the rest of the campaign. If Ajay Thakur can find his groove, Delhi will again be the team to beat in vivo PKL.
The two teams have faced-off eight times in vivo PKL. The Giants hold a 5-2 lead in head-to-head matches. One game finished in a tie.
In their previous outing, the Bengaluru Bulls got their season up and running with a 38-30 win over the Tamil Thalaivas. Pawan Sehrawat finished the game with nine raid points and was supported well by Chandran Ranjit, who scored seven raid points. But the defence’s performance stood out in the Bulls’ win. After scoring just three tackle points in their loss against U Mumba, the Bulls defensive unit responded with 14 against the Thalaivas. Coach Randhir Singh will want more of the same from his team on defence.
After winning an offensive shootout against the U.P. Yoddha in their season-opener, the Bengal Warriors ground out a gritty 31-28 win over the Gujarat Giants in their second game this season. Skipper Maninder scored eight raid points, while superstar all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh and substitutes Akash Pikalmunde combined for seven. The Warriors look equipped to handle everything that teams could throw in their direction. They have a deep roster and strong starting seven and will be the favourites to win often.
The Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors have battled 16 times in vivo PKL, and both teams have won eight games each.
Gujarat Giants vs Dabang Delhi K.C. – 7:30 PM IST
Bengaluru Bulls vs Bengal Warriors – 8:30 PM IST
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