U.P. Yoddha seek victory in final home game

U.P. Yoddha seek victory in final home game

The final game in Greater Noida sees U.P. Yoddha up against Bengaluru Bulls on at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex on Thursday.

Bengaluru Bulls have performed exceedingly well this season with five wins in six games and sit second in Zone B. A fourth successive victory will ensure they regain top spot in their Zone.

Bengaluru Bulls had the better of U.P. Yoddha last season as they managed two wins against them and a solitary defeat. They continued their good record against the home side this season with a win against them when the two sides faced off for the first time this campaign.

Match 53 (Zone B): U.P. Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls

 

Head-to-head: U.P. Yoddha 1-3 Bengaluru Bulls

U.P. Yoddha’s 26-26 scoreline with Telugu Titans saw them register their second successive tie. The defence continued performing consistently for the team as they managed to keep the dangerous Telugu Titans offence quiet for huge periods of time. Shrikant Jadhav was the leading raider in the low scoring game and this continued the team’s trend of having atleast one of their trio of raiders do well in each game.

A win in their previous match against U.P. Yoddha saw Bengaluru Bulls go 5-1 for the season. Led by an extremely potent offence, Bengaluru Bulls have averaged nearly 40 points per game this season, a league-high. With captain Rohit Kumar regaining his form after managing his first Super 10 of the campaign in the last match, Bengaluru Bulls’ offence becomes even more dangerous. With Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Kashiling Adake contributing in defence as well, U.P. Yoddha will have a handful to deal with.

The big battle

Rohit Kumar vs Jeeva Kumar

Rohit Kumar’s return to form augurs well for Bengaluru Bulls. He will take further inspiration from the fact that he has more often than not gotten the better of U.P. Yoddha Cover Defender Jeeva Kumar, managing 14 raid points while being tackled only thrice. Having returned with a Super 10 in his previous game, Rohit will be on the lookout for more against a U.P. Yoddha defence that has been boosted by the return of Super Tackle specialist Jeeva.

Key Khiladi

Prashanth Kumar Rai - U.P. Yoddha

Prashanth Kumar Rai has been U.P. Yoddha’s support raider this year, managing 69 points from 10 games. Rai averages 4.78 raid points per game against Bengaluru Bulls having returned 43 raid points from 9 games and will look to improve that record as against a Bengaluru Bulls defence who’s second most successful defender this season is raider Kashiling Adake. 

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat - Bengaluru Bulls              

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has been a revelation for Bengaluru Bulls this season clocking 79 raid points from just 6 games, his astonishing average of 13.17 points per match placing him second in that category. His eight Super Raids are twice as many as the next best, making him a formidable raider to contend with.

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