Bengal Warriors will hope to provide U.P. Yoddha a tough challenge as they are riding on the back of two wins in a row.
U.P. Yoddha scored an upset win on Saturday as they beat home team Bengaluru Bulls 32-27 with ease. The newcomers will now go into Sunday’s tie full of confidence having scored two victories from as many games.
Bengal Warriors will provide them with a tough challenge though. The Surjeet Singh-led side tamed a lacklustre Telugu Titans 30-24 in their opening game, thanks to some quick-fire raids by Maninder Singh and Jang Kun Lee, and will look to do the same against the team from Uttar Pradesh.
It might well be another battle of raiders as both teams have players who can score heavily and take the game away from the opposition. U.P. Yoddha have Nitin Tomar and Rishank Devadiga in their ranks, who have been simply unstoppable. However, it’s not clear whether Devadiga will play on Sunday in view of his injury against the Bengaluru Bulls. In defence, the Yoddha have Jeeva Kumar and Rajesh Narwal, who have also proven to be formidable.
Meanwhile, Maninder could well be the key man for Bengal Warriors. If U.P. Yoddha can manage to keep him quiet, it could bring Lee under pressure and force him to take undue risks. Their defence has not been put to the test yet, and it remains to be seen if they can hold their own against a strong raiding side.
Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha Starting 7
Bengal Warriors – Surjeet Singh (c), Maninder Singh, Ran Singh, Jang Kun Lee, Rahul Kumar, Srikanth Tewatia, Bhupender Singh
U.P. Yoddha – Nitin Tomar (c), Rishank Devadiga, Rajesh Narwal, Jeeva Kumar, Surender Singh, Nitesh Kumar, Pankaj