The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata will see Telugu Titans taking on U Mumba on Tuesday in a rescheduled game. The match was supposed to be held on Friday, September 15 but had to be brought forward due to unavoidable circumstances. Telugu Titans come into this match having won three of their last five matches and lost their previous encounter to Bengaluru Bulls in the penultimate raid of the game. U Mumba, meanwhile, find themselves in seventh spot in the Season 7 standings and would like nothing more than making their way back into the Top 6 with a win on Tuesday.
Match 87: Telugu Titans vs U Mumba
Head-to-head: Telugu Titans 4 – 5 U Mumba. 2 Ties.
Win rate: 30.77%
Best Raider: Siddharth Desai
Best Defender: Vishal Bhardwaj
After winning just one match in their first eight outings, Telugu Titans bounced back in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 by winning three of their next five games and have risen to ninth spot in the standings. ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai, who was struggling for form earlier in the campaign, has been absolutely unstoppable in recent times and completed a century of raid points this season in his previous encounter, where he scored 22 raid points. However, in the absence of Suraj Desai, Siddharth might struggle to find support from an able second raider. In defence, they have Vishal Bhardwaj leading them ably as the top tackle point scorer this season and he also leads the other defenders in Super Tackles and High 5s. Abozar Mohajermighani scored four tackle points in the team’s previous match and he along with Vishal will be hoping to make life difficult for U Mumba’s raiders.
Win rate: 46.15%
Best Raider: Abhishek Singh
Best Defender: Fazel Atrachali
U Mumba have won just under half their matches in Season 7 and lost just as many. They have failed to keep their positive momentum going after a successful result which could be worrying for them moving forward. Abhishek Singh’s return was much needed for the side and he’s delivered with Super 10s in both the team’s previous encounters. Athul MS and Arjun Deshwal have been good in parts and will want to be more consistent going forward. The raiders will be especially vital given the form of Telugu Titans’ defence in recent times. In defence, U Mumba boast a potent Corner duo of ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali and all-rounder Sandeep Narwal. However, coming up against an in-form ‘Baahubali’, who has previously played with them in Season 6, could prove to be a different challenge altogether. How U Mumba deal with him is likely to dictate which way the match goes.