Haryana Steelers will take on U Mumba in Match 20 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi on Wednesday in a bid to manage a second home victory. Facing off for the second time in this leg, Haryana Steelers will look to come back from their previous loss to U Mumba and give their fans much to cheer in their last home game.
Refreshed after a four-day break, U Mumba will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season and finish the leg with a win. They will be buoyed by their 53-26 win against the same opponents in their previous match and will seek to top Zone A with a win here.
Match 20 (Zone A): Haryana Steelers vs U Mumba
Head to Head: Haryana Steelers 1-3 U Mumba
Haryana Steelers secured a brilliant win over Gujarat Fortunegiants in their opening game of the leg but have since been at the end of difficult games. They will hope the game against Gujarat Fortunegiants serves as motivation when they take on U Mumba for the second time this season. Their youngsters, Vikash Khandola, Naveen and Kuldeep Singh have performed appreciably this season and the team will want them to continue their good work.
U Mumba have had a strong start to their campaign and are currently second in Zone A. They secured a draw against Puneri Paltan and left it late to claim victory against Jaipur Pink Panthers before managing an impressive win over Haryana Steelers. Youngster Abhishek Singh got his first Super 10 of the season and finished the game against Haryana Steelers with 13 points. He was well supported by fellow raiders Rohit Baliyan and Siddharth Desai, who combined for 15 raid points. Captain Fazel Atrachali put in a strong defensive performance and helped himself to a High 5. U Mumba will look to put in another strong performance and continue their unbeaten run this season.
The big battle
Monu Goyat vs Fazel Atrachali
The two captains will face off against each other looking to lead their respective sides to victory. Haryana Steelers will be hoping their skipper can regain his form and keep delivering strong performances. Fazel Atrachali returned to U Mumba and immediately cemented his status as the league’s top international defender. Having scored 14 tackle points so far this season, Atrachali will look to increase that count by a good margin and move up on the best defenders list. Atrachali is capable of taking down any raider on his day and his battle with Goyat can play a huge role in determining the outcome of the game.
Naveen- Haryana Steelers
Having shown he can both, raid and tackle, against Jaipur Pink Panthers by returning 17 points Naveen is an important member of the Haryana Steelers unit. Young Naveen’s raiding ability will be tested once again against a strong U Mumba defence but Haryana Steelers will be hoping he can come up with another big performance.
Siddharth Desai- U Mumba
Young Siddharth Desai has impressed one-and-all in his debut season. With a return of 36 points from 3 games, Siddharth’s raiding ability is the key for a U Mumba team that relies on its defence. The team will hope he continues in the same vein and can create an impact in the raiding department.