Bengaluru Bulls v Patna Pirates
25th November, Sunday, 21:00 IST
Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
The Bengaluru Bulls put up a commanding show in the ‘Southern Derby’ as the Rohit Kumar-led side combined in both departments to win 36-22, getting their home campaign back on track. Next up, against the defending champions Patna Pirates, who have had mixed success with seven wins and six losses from 13 games, the Bulls will hope to maintain their good run.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Bengaluru Bulls: W L W D L (Moderate form)
Patna Pirates: W W W W L (Good form)
Head to Head:
Won by Bengaluru Bulls: 2
Won by Patna Pirates: 5
Probable Starting XI*:
Team: Rohit Kumar (Captain), Pawan Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Mahender Singh, Ashish Sangwan, Amit Sheoran, Raju Lal Choudhary.
Team: Pardeep Narwal (Captain), Manjeet, Deepak Narwal, Jaideep, Vikas Kale, Kuldeep Singh, Tae Deok Eom.
My dream XI
Mahender Singh and Amit Sheoran were in prime form in the game against the Thalaivas and with both the defenders picking four points each, the onus will be on the young duo to keep the threat of Pardeep Narwal at bay. For Patna, Vikas Kale’s dashes and holds will be the primary calling card.
Vijay’s performances from the bench certainly cannot be written off this season as his raids and vicious tackles have contributed in vital proportions to the scoreline.
Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat will face off in an exciting tussle that could well boil down to the best of the two raiders while Manjeet’s all-round showing in recent times will hold him in good stead to stake a claim for a whole lot of points in the game.
Captain and vice-captain: Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat.
Alternative: Pawan Sehrawat and Manjeet.
Player to watch out for: Pardeep Narwal
The ace raider has found his bearings after a quiet start to the campaign and with the Patna skipper running riot in the past few games, Pardeep can yet again be expected to cause quite a few issues for the relatively young Bulls defence.