PKL Preview: Dabang Delhi KC take on Haryana Steelers, Bengal Warriors to face UP Yoddha

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 04:14 PM IST
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Delhi managed to stop Haryana Steelers' raiders in their previous match with aggressive defending | Photo: PKL

Dabang Delhi KC will battle it out against neighbours Haryana Steelers while defending champions Bengal Warriors will lock horns with UP Yoddha in their respective Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) matches here on Friday.

Raider Naveen Kumar's absence has affected Delhi's form but in Vijay and Sandeep Narwal, they have found a way to soften the impact. Both the all-rounders had a great outing against Patna Pirates and will fancy their chances against Haryana Steelers.

The second game of the night will see Bengal Warriors face UP Yoddha. Maninder Singh has been excellent for the Warriors this season, but he will be up against an in-form corner combination in Yoddha's Nitesh Kumar and Sumit.

Both the matches will be held at the Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, Bengaluru.

Delhi managed to stop Haryana Steelers' raiders in their previous match with aggressive defending. They will need to do the same once again with Steelers' Vikash Kandola and Meetu slowly gaining in confidence.

Despite the wealth of attackers in their squad, coach Rakesh Kumar has often relied on his defenders to win matches. In Jaideep, Mohit and Surender Nada, he has three top-quality defenders who will look forward to the opportunity of playing a Naveen-less Delhi.

It is not clear if Naveen will recover from his knee injury for the match, but Delhi will need to have their Plan B in place even if he is on the mat.

All-rounders Vijay and Sandeep Narwal have shown their abilities to play secondary roles in the raiding department. Vijay scored 24 points in Delhi's last three matches and will most likely be their go-to man in attack.

Manjeet Chhillar and Jeeva Kumar have bettered their performances in recent matches which will be a big positive for the last edition's runner-up side.

The match between Bengal and UP will feature three great raiders in action -- powerhouse Maninder Singh, bonus and dubki exponent Pardeep Narwal, and Surender Gill.

Maninder has been single-handedly dragging the defending champions this season with fellow raiders struggling. He scored 39 points in the week 4 of PKL, which helped Bengal pick up two wins and a tie.

Surender, meanwhile, had 41 points in the same week. He, along with the resurgent Pardeep Narwal, has been vital in changing UP's fortunes in recent matches.

The defences will most likely decide which team comes out on top. Ran Singh's presence in the left corner has significantly strengthened the Warriors while Yoddha's corner combination of Sumit and Nitesh Kumar is looking good.

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