Bengaluru Bulls take on the Puneri Paltan as the Inter-Zone Challenge Week rolls on at Sonepat, Haryana in Pro Kabaddi.
The teams will head into the contest off the backs of contrasting results. Bengaluru Bulls will desperately be looking for a win after a sixth consecutive defeat against Haryana; whereas the Puneri Paltan will be hoping for a third successive victory.
The Bulls will come up against a well-balanced Pune side that’ll take some beating. With stars both in attack and defence, the rest of the competition have struggled to find a chink in Pune’s armour thus far. Captain Rohit Kumar and Ajay Kumar will have to share most of the responsibility in offence, while their defence also needs to put on a strong showing against a strong Pune attacking line. It’s high time Bengaluru really picked up or it will be too late for them as far as their play-off chances are concerned.
The Paltan, meanwhile, will be confident of continuing their rich vein of form that has seen them win six out of their eight matches thus far. The Maharashtra outfit is a well-oiled unit that is confident both in attack and defence. Deepak Hooda, Rajesh Mondal and all-rounder Sandeep Narwal have all been crucial in forming a strong core for the Punekars. Girish Maruti Ernak and the evergreen Dharmaraj Cheralathan’s experience have also had a role to play for their cause.
Bengaluru Bulls vs Puneri Paltan Starting Lineup
Bengaluru Bulls – Rohit Kumar (c), Ajay Kumar, Mahender Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Ashish Kumar, Sunil Jaipal, Kuldeep Singh
Puneri Paltan – Deepak Niwas Hooda (c), Sandeep Narwal, Girish Ernak, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Rajesh Mondal, Rohit Chaudhary, Ziaur Rehman