Match – U Mumba vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
Date – 10 October 2018, 8 pm IST
Venue – Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 continues with the action in the Chennai Leg as we have a cracking match lined up on the fourth day of the competition in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Former champions Jaipur Pink Panthers (Season 1 Champions) and U Mumba (Season 2 Champions) will battle it out on the mat in the first match of the day. The two teams have been involved in a lot of good matches over the years and will be raring to go against each other in the latest edition of the PKL as well.
U Mumba showed great resolve against Puneri Paltan but lost their advantage in the final moments of the match and drew 32-32 against the fellow Maharashtrian side. The defence was solid on the mat led by their talismanic captain Fazel Atracheli, who manned the left corner with command. He had the experienced man Dharmaraj Cheralathan with him to handle the proceedings and the young Surinder Singh at the other corner to put in the holds and tackles against the Puneri Paltan raiders. U Mumba’s Siddharth Desai was the most impressive raider on the mat scoring a Super 10 and will hope to carry on his form into the match against Jaipur as well.
Jaipur Pink Panthers come into the match with a renewed look and energy, under new skipper Anup Kumar who will be seen competing against his former side U Mumba, with whom he won a title and was the franchise player for last five years. He will lead a Jaipur side, who look well-balanced in all departments on the mat. The two corner defenders Mohit Chillar and Sandeep Kumar Dhull will hope to create a deadly defensive combination to trap the U Mumba raiders. Deepak Niwas Hooda was the premier buy in the auction for the Jaipur Pink Panthers and he will hope to flourish under the leadership of his idol Anup Kumar in the pink colors of the Panthers.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
U Mumba – D L L L W (Poor form)
Jaipur Pink Panthers – L L L L L (Poor form)
Head to Head (Season 5):
Won by U Mumba: 1
Won by Jaipur Pink Panthers: 2
Probable Starting XI:
U Mumba – Fazel Atrachali (Captain), Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Siddharth Desai, Rohit Baliyan, Abhishek Singh, Surinder Singh, Rohit Rana
Jaipur Pink Panthers – Anup Kumar (Captain), Mohit Chillar, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Bajirao Hodage, Nitin Rawal, K Selvamani, Sandeep Kumar Dhull
My dream XI
Siddharth Desai (14 Cr), Darshan Kadian (13 Cr) and Anup Kumar (14.5 Cr) make up the raiding unit of the Dream XI squad.
Siddharth Desai was the most impressive raider on the mat for U Mumba against Puneri Paltan and grabbed a Super 10 in the match. Darshan Kadian showed glimpses of his talent and is effective in the defence as well, whenever required. Anup Kumar will be leading the side on the mat and is always a tricky raider to deal with, considering his quick toe touches and ability to score in critical situations.
Fazel Atrachali (16 Cr) and Sandeep Kumar Dhull (12.5 Cr) form the defensive lineup of the Dream XI squad.
Fazel Atracheli, the U Mumba captain was effective with his corner defence in the last match and got a good return of points with his tackles. Sandeep Kumar Dhull makes his return to the Pro Kabaddi League and will take up the corner position and hope to replicate his form from his Telugu Titans days.
Deepak Niwas Hooda (16 Cr) and Nitin Rawal (14 Cr) form the all-rounders of the Dream XI squad.
Deepak Niwas Hooda is one of the best all-rounders in the Pro Kabaddi League and with a new side, will be raring to go and perform. Nitin Rawal was a handy all-rounder for the Pink Panthers last time around, especially with his do-or-die raids and even did well in defence.
Captain and vice-captain: Deepak Niwas Hooda and Siddharth Desai
Alternative: Siddharth Desai and Anup Kumar
Player to watch out for: Deepak Niwas Hooda
Deepak Niwas Hooda’s big money from Puneri Paltan to Jaipur Pink Panthers means the side will be built around the all-rounder. With Anup Kumar to lead him, Hooda is expected to flourish and score huge points as the Panthers mount a challenge this year for the title.