After the final rest day of the league stage, Bengaluru Bulls will face U.P. Yoddha - in their washed-out fixture from the Mumbai leg earlier in the season – at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Puneri Paltan will look to carry forward their winning momentum from their last two matches when they come up against a strong Haryana Steelers side later in the evening.
Match 51 (Zone B): Bengaluru Bulls vs U.P. Yoddha
Head-to-head: Bengaluru Bulls 1-1 U.P. Yoddha
Following three straight wins, it’s safe to assume Bengaluru are blooming a bit too late. Their last victory on Sunday came against the Yoddha, making it a win each heading into Tuesday's clash. Rohit Kumar's calculated raids of late have been decisive and if he is backed up by the Bulls’ defence, the way Mahender Singh did against Lucknow in the previous match, then there's no reason why the Karnataka-side can't add another victory to what has been a poor campaign.
The Yoddha, meanwhile, will take to the mat for their last league match with nothing much to lose having already qualified for the playoffs. That being said, they will be looking to avenge their defeat against Bengaluru last time around and will be counting on record-breaker Rishank Devadiga to lead from the front. Devadiga will be confident having been in fine form all campaign and will be hoping for a win heading into the business end of the season.
Khel Kabaddi Khiladi:
Bengaluru captain Rohit Kumar can hold his head up high despite a below-par showing from the rest of his teammates this season. He is third on the leaderboard for raid points (180) and has 11 Super 10s to his name.
Rishank Devadiga is in top form having recently scored a record 28 raid points in a single match – a league record. He has scored 150 raid points for Lucknow so far.
Match 128 (Zone A): Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers
Head-to-head: Puneri Paltan 2-0 Haryana Steelers
Pune have won their last two matches on home turf but their 34-31 victory over Dabang Delhi K.C. in their previous game wasn't convincing enough. Given they return to the mat after the rest day, it sets up a fresh start for the Paltan to prove their mettle against a strong Steelers outfit. Pune will lean upon the in-form and consistent Girish Maruti Ernak and skipper Deepak Hooda to help them climb above their opponents in the zone.
Haryana, on the other hand, will find no solace knowing that they have lost their previous two matches against Pune in Sonepat and Ranchi, by 16 and 12 points respectively. In fact, it was the Paltan who handed the Steelers their last loss before their inspired five-match winning streak which they’ll be looking to extend against the hosts. The Surender Nada-led side will look to end their last league stage match with a win that’ll dent Pune’s chances of challenging Gujarat for top spot in Zone A.
Khel Kabaddi Khiladi:
Deepak Hooda has been Pune’s best raider this campaign with 132 raid points. He was in impressive form in his previous outing and will look to perform in a similar verve.
Deepak Kumar Dahiya
Deepak Kumar Dahiya has come into his own as the season has progressed. The Haryana raider has consistently delivered the goods for his team when needed the most and was joint top-scorer for his team in their last outing.
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