New Delhi, Sep 19: Hosts Puneri Paltan will host defending champions Bengaluru Bulls in match number 99 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune on Friday (September 20).
Puneri Paltan started their home leg on a positive note as they defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants to get back to winnings ways but suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Patna Pirates in the very next game and later played a tie with Tamil Thalaivas.
Coach Anup Kumar's side would be eager to end their home leg on a dominant note and keep themselves in the playoff race. While Bengaluru Bulls would be looking to get over the narrow defeat against Bengal Warriors and would be hoping to return to the winning ways.
Bengaluru Bulls Team News
Bengaluru Bulls have had a decent season so far, having won nine out of 16 games and succumbed to seven defeats and are currently placed fourth on the table with 49 points. The Rohit Kumar-led side lost to Bengal Warriors by just two points and they will look to increase their winning streak when they face the hosts on Friday.
Pawan Sehrawat once again led from the front against Warriors and picked up 19 raid points but that wasn't enough to take his side on the other side of the line. Sehrawat has been the star of the Bulls in season 7 having garnered a total of 206 raid points.
Sehrawat has been a top performer this season having garnered the maximum points (216), as well as the highest raid points (206) this season. He will once again be a force to reckon with for the opposition and will lead from the front.
Defender Mahender Singh with a total of 44 points i 14 matches and Saurabh Nandal (39 points from 15 games) have been doing well in the defence.
Puneri Paltan Team News
The Paltans' previous match ended in a tie against Tamil Thalaivas and the hosts would be looking to end the home leg with a win. The Paltan's seasoned player Nitin Tomar is delivering and that is a big boost to the Pune outfit.
Manjeet (92 raid points in 17 games) has been their top raider this season. While defender Surjeet Singh has held up their defence and garnered a total of 45 points. Pankaj Mohite (81 from 14 games) is their second most effective raider. Nitin Tomar has 49 points in 10 games. Nitin was ineffective against Thalaivas in the raiding department. Coach would be hoping for a dominant effort from their star raider.
All rounder Amit Kumar has also supported his team this season but the Pune outfit need a more consistent show this season. In this season the Pune outfit have won five matches out of the 17 games they have played so far. They will need to win from hereon to keep their playoff chances alive this season.
Bengaluru Bulls Starting 7: Rohit Kumar (R), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (R), Mahender Singh (D), Ashish Kumar (All-rounder), Amit Sheoran (D), Mohit Sehrawat (D), Sumit Singh (R).
Puneri Paltan Starting 7: Nitin Tomar (R), Manjeet Singh (R), Pankaj Mohite (R), Surjeet Singh (D), Hadi Tajik (D), Jadhav Balasaheb, Shubham Shinde (D).
My Dream11: Nitin Tomar (R), Manjeet Singh (R), Pawan Sehrawat (R), Surjeet Singh (D), Ashish Kumar (A), Jadhav Balasaheb, Mahender Singh (D).