Defending champions Bengal Warriors face in-form Haryana Steelers, while Jaipur Pink Panthers will clash against Puneri Paltan in the Pro Kabaddi League matches here on Friday.
Captain Maninder Singh and Iranian all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh will once again lead the Warriors, who will be keen to maintain the momentum after halting their three-game losing streak with a win over Panthers in their last outing.
Haryana’s fortunes will depend on how well the defensive combination of Surender Nada and Jaideep handle Bengal captain Maninder Singh.
With 17 tackle points each, the duo has been the most interesting defensive line to watch with Surender providing the experience to young Jaideep’s exuberance.
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Haryana’s raiding trio of Vikash Kandola, Meetu and Rohit Gulia has also found form in the recent matches.
The Steelers have usually impressed whenever their raiders have hit Super 10s and the Bengal defence will be eyeing to stop that from happening. Steelers managed a tie against U Mumba and beat Gujarat Giants in their previous two matches.
Bengal have been overly reliant on Maninder Singh and Mohammad Nabibakhsh for points. Together they contributed 23 points in the Warriors’ 31 against Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous match.
If Haryana can stop the duo, they will have a solid chance of winning.
Coach Rakesh Kumar will also want the Steelers to start the match aggressively against a Bengal side who have lacked confidence in their defence.
The second match of the night will see Jaipur Pink Panthers take on a rejuvenated Puneri Paltan side.
Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat were in great form for coach Anup Kumar’s Pune in their win against Gujarat Giants.
They will fancy their chances against Jaipur’s defence that has looked leaky in recent games with Sandeep Dhull and Vishal failing to find rhythm.
The Pink Panthers will once again rely on Arjun Deshwal, who has started the season with consecutive Super 10s, to lead their attack.