The battle lines have been drawn where the upbeat UMumba are all set to take on the last minute entrants UP Yoddha for the first eliminator of the Pro Kabaddi Playoffs. Tempers are certain to flare in the pulsating encounter between the UMumba and UP Yoddha where one only a win could keep their caravan alive in the tournament. UMumba finished their league stage on the second position with 15 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws under their belt while UP Yoddha knocked out Patna Pirates by beating the Bengal Warriors by a scoreline of 25-41 to qualify for the playoffs.
UP Yoddha lost five matches in a row but they scripted a fairytale comeback to keep themselves alive in the tournament. In their last match against the Bengal Warriors, skipper Rishank Devadiga scored 9 points while Shrikanth Jadhav scored 6 points for the Yoddha. Nitesh Kumar was the leading defender for the side with 6 tackle points to his name while Sachin Kumar also pitched in with 2 points to his credit.
UMumba, on the other hand, were among the first two teams to qualify for the playoffs. With rookie sensation Siddharth Desai and the first overseas player to complete 200 points, skipper Fazel Atrachali by their side UMumba seem to be ready to take any Bull by its horns.
Both the teams have met twice earlier in the tournament where Mumba outplayed UP Yoddha by a scoreline of 31-20 but in the next encounter, UP Yoddha got the better of UMumba by taking the game away from them by a scoreline of 32-34.
Rajaguru Subramaniam, Vinod Kumar, Siddharth Sirish Desai, Rohit Baliyan, R Sriram, Darshan Kadian, Gaurav Kumar, Arjun Deshwal, Abolfazal Maghsodloumahali, Abhishek Singh, Shiv Om, Mohit Baliyan, E Subhash, Rohit Rana, Anil, Dharamraj Cheralathan, Adinath Skharam Gavali, Hadi Tajik, Surinder Singh, Fazel Atrachali (C)
Rishank Devadiga(c), Bhanu Pratap Tomar, Shrikant Jadhav, Sagar B Krishna, Amit, Arkam Shaikh, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Vishav Chaudhary, Sulieman Kabir, Nitin Mavi, Seong Ryeol Kim, Jeeva Kumar, Pankaj, Nitesh Kumar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Azad Singh, Narender, Sachin Kumar.
Siddharth Desai, Rohit Baliyan, Surender Singh, Abolfazal Maghsodlou, Fazel Atrachali, Rohit Rana, Dharmaraj Cheralathan
Nitesh Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Sachin Kumar, Prashant Kumar Rai, Shrikant Jadhav, Jeeva Kumar, Narender
Zone A witnessed some early fireworks with UMumba being one of the first two teams to enter the playoffs and they finished their group stage matches with the most tackle points. The team has emerged as a strong unit with players like Siddharth Desai by their side. His best individual performance came in match 91 where he scored 19 points. He is an unmissable fantasy pick for your team. Alongwith him, you can pick Rohit Baliyan who returned a Super 10 against UP Yoddha in their last encounter. From UP Yoddha, you can pick from raiders Shrikant Jadhav, Prashanth Kumar Rai and Rishank Devadiga. While Shrikant Jadhav and Prashanth Kumar Rai have performed consistently for the team, skipper Devadiga stepped up when it mattered the most to return 9 points against the Bengal Warriors.
Among all-rounders, you can pick Narender as he pitches in with a few points in every game for UP Yoddha.
Interestingly, the premier defenders of both the sides UP Yoddha and UMumba, Nitesh Kumar and Fazel Atrachali have the equal successful tackles to their name. With 76 tackle points under their belt, they can be roped in for strengthening the defence of your fantasy team.
Siddharth Sirish Desai is the find of this season. With 211 raid points under his belt, Desai is the third leading raider of the tournament. He sits on the fourth spot with 162 successful raids in the tournament so far. With an average of 10.55 raids per match and a strike rate of 53.11 per cent, he is the best raider for the side of UMumba.
Fazel Atrachali has scored 79 points in 22 matches with a not out percentage of 100 per cent. With a tackle strike rate of 61.29 per cent, 6 High 5s and 3 Super tackles under his belt, Atrachali is the best defender of the side.
Shrikant Jadhav with 130 points in 22 matches and Prashanth Kumar Rai with 125 points so far are the best raiders for the side of UP Yoddha. Shrikant Jadhav has a strike rate of 31.86 per cent and an average of 5.68. Prashanth, on the other hand, has an average of 6.77 raids per match and a raid strike rate of 44.14 per cent.
Nitesh Kumar of UP Yoddha sits on the second spot with 76 successful tackles to his name. With 84 points in 22 matches, Nitesh Kumar is the most successful defenders of the side.
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