Both UP Yoddha and Bengal Warriors will be hoping to start their season with a bang and take maximum points from their opener. In the three previous meetings between the two teams, Bengal Warriors have had the better of U.P. Yoddha on two occasions as opposed to only the one time that UP beat Bengal.
Maninder Singh returns empty-handed. Manu Goyat's raid also does not yield any points.
Maninder gets two points in his very next raid. Bengal captain is coming into the game.
UP fail in their own attempt. Surender Singh though gets one back after Mohammad Nabibakhsh's empty raid.
K. Prapanjan gets another point, as Rinku Narwal gets a brilliant tackle.
UP YODDHA 9-17 BENGAL WARRIORS
We all ready for the first match of the night. UP have won the toss and have opted to chose the side, meaning Bengal will start things off.
UP Yoddha Starting Line-Up: Nitesh Kumar (C), Monu Goyat, Narender, Amit, Surender Singh, Shrikant Jadhav, Sachin Kumar.
Bengal Warriors Starting Line-Up: K. Prapanjan, Naveen Narwal, Jeeva Kumar, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Maninder Singh (C), Baldev Singh, Rinku Narwal
UP Yoddha and Bengal Warriors, both reached the playoffs in season 6 of PKL. They will be hoping to do one better this season and reach the final or better still, clinch their maiden title.
.@UpYoddha's man for all seasons 🆚 @BengalWarriors' Mr. Consistent - #UPvKOL is set for a cracking showdown!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) July 23, 2019
Rishank Devadiga or Maninder Singh - who'll grab the bragging rights?
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UP Yoddha take on Bengal Warriors in Pro Kabaddi league (Photo Credit: PKL)
UP Yoddha, like last season, have assembled a formidable raiding trio, comprising Monu Goyat, Shrikant Jadhav and Rishank Devadiga. A star-studded lineup in offence means that, on their day, they win a match on their own. The addition of Iranian all-rounder Mohsen Maghsoudlou along with his ability to contribute on both offence and defence means maybe the turning factor in their favour.
Captain Nitesh Kumar, who became the first defender in Pro Kabaddi history to score 100 tackle points in a single season in the last campaign, and will be leading the charge for UP in defence, which also boasts of all-rounders Narender and Sachin Kumar.
Saare Uttar Pradesh ki aan, baan aur shaan
Bhaarat ke chahitey @GautamGambhir aur Yoddha laa rahe hain tufaan #SaansRokSeenaThok #YoddhaHum @ProKabaddi @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/XaptFdIM8g
— UP YODDHA (@UpYoddha) July 24, 2019
As for Bengal Warriors, captain and star raider Maninder Singh will again be shouldering the responsibility of leading the offence and will have some very able support in K. Prapanjan and Sukesh Hegde.
The addition of Iranian all-round Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, who is yet to make his Pro Kabaddi debut, Bengal Warriors fans have reasons to be excited about the Iranian all-rounder, taking into account his performances on the international stage and in the All-Star match. In defence, veteran Jeeva Kumar will be aided by the likes of Baldev Singh and Rinku Narwal, making them an outstanding defensive unit, which will look to take the game to the opposition raiders.
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