After drawing their last match in Chennai, Bengal Warriors will go up against the not in form Patna Pirates at the same venue. This match will witness the battle between 'record breaker' Pardeep Narwal and Bengal's resilient defence as they will look forward to continuing their current run.
Bengal Warriors tied their last match against Dabang Delhi 30-30 in a dramatic finish. In the last raid, Bengal was given a touch point but the decision was overturned by the review Dabang Delhi took and since it was do-or-die raid Delhi got a point and thus the match ended in a tie. In the raiding department, Prapanjan has been in great form which was evident in the last match as he scored a Super Ten. Though he lacked appropriate support from the skipper Maninder, who was substituted halfway through the second half due to his inability to score points. Even though their defenders are getting points their unsuccessful tackle rate is unreasonably high which they would hope to curb in this match.
The three time champion Patna Pirates are currently at the bottom of the points table with five losses. These results are because the team’s combinations still doesn’t look settled. In defence apart from Jaideep no one has performed constantly, he has scored 26 points which the highest in defence for Patna till now. Whereas Hadi Oshtorak, Neeraj Kumar and Vikas Jaglan have been in fleeting form. In the raiding department apart from skipper Pardeep Narwal who has scored 65 points from the team till now, there hasn’t been any raider who has given had his back and performed consistently for the team.
His performances in the last four matches hasn’t been up to the mark for a player of his caliber. In has scored a total of 18 points in those matches, a lot more is expected of him as raider as well as a skipper.
He scored 6 points in his last match and his form has been scattered in this season so far. The opponents have studied him and their strategies against him and been more ironclad. In this match, he would hope to take advantage of the inexperienced defence and hope to win this match so that their team could get those five points for their campaign.
Bengal Warriors: Baldev Singh, Maninder Singh, Adarsh T, Ravindra Kumawat, Sahil, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, K Prapanjan, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Sukesh Hegde, Amit Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Mohammad Taghi, Amir Santosh Dhumal, AR Avinash, Vijin Thangadurai, Bhuvneshwar Gaur, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Dharmendra Singh
Bengal Warriors: Baldev Singh , Mohammed Nabibaksh, Maninder Singh, K.Prapanjan, Jeeva Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Naveen Narwal
Patna Pirates: Pardeep Narwal, Jaideep, Jang Kun Lee, Neeraj Kumar, Hadi Oshtorak, Vikas Jaglan, Mohammad Maghsoudlou
Time : 22nd August, 7:30 pm
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai
Fantasy picks: Pardeep Narwal (Captain),Maninder Singh (vice captain)
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