Zonal action continues on Wednesday as Dabang Delhi K.C. take on Puneri Paltan for the second time this season at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium in Patna. Though Dabang Delhi K.C. don’t have the best head-to-head record against Puneri Paltan, they will be buoyed by the fact that they won the first game between the sides this season.
Puneri Paltan, though, have won all three games between the two teams last season and will look to further their head-to-head advantage as they seek to maintain their position at the top of Zone A.
Match 41 (Zone A): Dabang Delhi K.C. vs Puneri Paltan
Head-to-head: Dabang Delhi K.C. 4-7 Puneri Paltan. 1 tie
Dabang Delhi K.C. suffered a narrow defeat to U.P. Yoddha in their previous game. But Naveen Kumar was outstanding for the team and returned 13 points. Chandran Ranjit managed a Super 10 for himself in the game and both youngsters will be looking to continue their momentum as Dabang Delhi K.C. seek a second victory over Puneri Paltan this season.
Puneri Paltan lost their last match against Gujarat Fortunegiants. However, Nitin Tomar continued his excellent form as he became the first player to notch up 100 raid points this season. Young Parvesh chipped in as well in his VIVO Pro Kabaddi debut for Puneri Paltan this season.
The big battle
Ravinder Pahal vs Nitin Tomar
Nitin Tomar has usually had the better of Right Corner Ravinder Pahal when the two have faced each other on the kabaddi mat, leading their head-to-head exchanges by scoring 7 raid points and conceding just 1 tackle point to the defender. This will give the right raider an edge as he heads into battle with more confidence under his belt. Pahal, on the other hand, has been his side’s best performing defender so far this season and will undoubtedly want to better his record against Tomar.
Naveen Kumar- Dabang Delhi K.C.
Having returned 13 points in his team’s last game against U.P. Yoddha, Naveen Kumar is in some excellent form. Dabang Delhi K.C. will want another good performance from the raider, particularly since Puneri Paltan have two among the top five best performing defenders of Season 6 so far.
Girish Maruti Ernak- Puneri Paltan
Girish Maruti Ernak has been a rock in Puneri Paltan’s defence this season with an aggregate of 29 tackle points from 9 games so far. Combined with his exemplary leadership skills, Ernak’s presence on the mat is vital to his team’s confidence in tackling. Puneri Paltan will hope their captain will inspire the team back to winning ways.