PREVIEW

Next up is the match between UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas who will be squaring off for the third time in this edition of Pro Kabaddi League. From Zone B, Bengaluru Bulls and Patna Pirates are heading to the playoff stage briskly which means the battle for the third spot in this group is still wide open. The current scenario suggests Telugu Titans are holding the third spot in Zone B with 8 wins to their name. The Titans are now left with 3 matches and if they win all their remaining games they will possess a real threat for the likes of UP Yoddha and Bengal Warriors who are the front-runners for this vacant spot.

From here on, every game is a do or die affair for the Yoddha who are placed 5th on the tally with 5 wins to their name. A loss at any stage will directly throw them out of 2018 Pro Kabaddi League.

Tamil Thalaivas, meanwhile, have nothing left as they are languishing at the bottom with 5 wins from 18 games with 11 loss and 2 draws. There is no chance they could finish among the top 3 which means whether they win here or lose their situation won’t change.

Both the teams are out of contention from the playoffs but this time when both the teams meet while  Tamil Thalaivas would aim to displace UP Yoddha from their 5th position, UP Yoddha would aim to fail Thalaivas’ efforts. Both the teams have met twice in the tournaments and the score stands one-all. In their first outing while Tamil Thalaivas thrashed UP Yoddha by 24-46, in the second meeting UP Yoddha won by a scoreline of 32-37.

In their first meeting, Prashant Kumar Rai scored 8 points while Shrikant Jadhav scored 5 points. Narender was the leading defender for the side as he returned 5 points. For Tamil Thalaivas, Ajay Thakur scored 11 points while Manjeet Chhillar scored 4 points.

In the second meeting, Sukesh Hegde and skipper Ajay Thakur returned 9 points apiece to secure a victory for the Thalaivas. For UP Yoddha, Prashant Kumar Rai returned 8 points. UP Yoddha were going through a torrid form but they have got back to winning ways and they have registered two wins on a trot. Thus raiding department of both the teams would be put to test when they meet.

 

Game-Time

Time: December 15, 08:00 PM, IST

Venue: Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

 

SQUADS

 

UP Yoddha

Rishank Devadiga(c), Sulieman Kabir, Shrikant Jadhav, Azad Singh, Bhanu Pratap Tomar, Nitin Mavi, Jeeva Kumar, Seong Ryeol Kim, Pankaj, Sachin Kumar, Nitesh Kumar, Amit, Vishav Chaudhary, Prakshanth Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Sagar B Krishna, Arkam Shaikh, Narender.

Tamil Thalaivas

Ajay Thakur(c), Abhinandan Chandel, Vimal Raj V, Anand, K Jayaseelan, Chan Sik Park, Amit Hooda, Manjeet Chillar, Jae Min Lae, Anil Kumar, Darshan J, Jasvir Singh, Sunil, Sukesh Hegde, Athul MS, Surjeet Singh, Victor Onyango, D Gopu.

 

Team News

Manjeet Chhillar was rested in the last game, he remains a doubtful starter for this match as well.

 

Probable Playing 7

 

UP Yoddha

Prashanth Kumar Rai, Nitesh Kumar, Shrikant Jadhav, Sachin Kumar, Narender, Jeeva Kumar, Rishank Devadiga

Tamil Thalaivas

Sukesh Hegde, Jasvir Singh, Amit Hooda, Sunil, Ajay Thakur, C Arun, Ponaparthiban Subramanium

 

Key Battles

Ajay Thakur (right raider) vs Sachin Kumar (left corner)

Prashanth Kumar Rai (left raider) vs Amit Hooda (right corner)

 

 

Funtush11 Fantasy Squad

Shrikant Jadhav and Prashanth Kumar Rai are the frontline raiders for UP Yoddha. Shrikant Jadhav has scored 112 points in 18 matches while Prashant Kumar Rai has scored 92 points in 14 matches.

Ajay Thakur has scored more than 170 points in 19 matches and he has an average of 9.44 raids per match. Sukesh Hegde has also performed consistently for Thalaivas to pave way for their victory.

Among all-rounders, you can pick D Pradap who might pitch in with a few points and fetch you a few points or Narender who has been one of the most certain starters for UP Yoddha. You can also pick Sachin as he can also contribute with a few points for his team.

Among defenders, you can pick Nitesh Kumar. Nitesh Kumar is the leading defender for the side of UP while from Tamil Thalaivas, you can pick Manjeet Chhillar who has earned 66 points in 18 matches.  Manjeet Chillar was rested in the last game which gave Amit Hooda the opportunity to shine as he made a mark with 8 tackle points to his name.

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