Puneri Paltan take on Bengaluru Bulls in the second match of the Inter-Zone Challenge Week at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune in Match 28 on Sunday. After a tight victory against U Mumba, Puneri Paltan will look to extend their winning run at home against Bengaluru Bulls.

Refreshed after a four-day break, Bengaluru Bulls will look to continue their unbeaten run in this season’s league. Having defeated Tamil Thalaivas convincingly in both their games, Bengaluru Bulls will look to stretch their winning streak and consolidate their position in the top half of Zone B.

Match 28 (Inter Zone Challenge Week): Puneri Paltan vs Bengaluru Bulls

Head-to-head: Puneri Paltan 4-5 Bengaluru Bulls

Following their first victory at home against Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan beat U Mumba in a thriller. Nitin Tomar regained his touch to return with 13 raid points. Girish Maruti Ernak has been a rock in Puneri Paltan’s defence this season and helped himself to his third High 5 of the season. Youngsters Monu and Ravi Kumar have performed their roles well and Puneri Paltan fans will hope the team comes up with another all-round performance as they look to make it a third successive win at home.

Bengaluru Bulls have made an excellent start to the season and have won both their games so far. They had two convincing wins against Tamil Thalaivas. Bengaluru Bulls’ star in both their games has been Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. Following a return of 20 points in their first match, he scored another 16 in the following game and is slowly turning out to be a very important player for the team. He was ably supported by fellow raider Kashiling Adake. Bengaluru Bulls’ defence has done well with Ashish Kumar leading the way. Bengaluru Bulls will seek to keep their unbeaten run going and establish themselves as serious contenders for the VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 6 title.

The big battle

Girish Maruti Ernak vs Pawan Kumar Sehrawat

Puneri Paltan captain Girish Maruti Ernak has 29 tackle points from 7 games so far this season and has shown exemplary leadership skills. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has impressed fans by scoring 36 points in 2 games so far. Sehrawat is one of Bengaluru Bulls’ most important player and his contributions will be important to how Bengaluru Bulls fare going forward. A rock in Puneri Paltan’s defence this season, Ernak is capable of taking down any raider on his day and his battle with Sehrawat will prove crucial in determining the game’s result.

Key Khiladi

Nitin Tomar- Puneri Paltan

Nitin Tomar showed why he is considered one of the world’s leading raiders by reaching a 4th Super 10 performance in 7 games in his team’s game against U Mumba. Tomar has returned 78 points from 7 games and Puneri Paltan will look forward to their star raider scoring more points against Bengaluru Bulls.

Kashiling Adake- Bengaluru Bulls

With a return of 19 points in 2 games, Kashiling Adake is quickly building momentum in this season. Adake is averaging 9.5 points a game, and Bengaluru Bulls will hope he continues his form and complements Sehrawat in order for them to continue their unbeaten run this season.