The third-last Pro Kabaddi League 2016 game in the Kolkata leg of the season is expected to be nothing but exciting. Two teams -- Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates -- billed as dark horses, will draw swords against each other at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in the City of Joy on Tuesday.
Neither sides have lost so far in the competition, and by the end of the day, we will get to find out which team is more determined as we look ahead to the rest of the matches this season.
Four wins from four games and full 20 points, Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates are stationed at the top of the table, and the winner of Tuesday's game will emerge as a definite contender for the Pro Kabaddi League 2016 playoffs spot.
Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls, Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi expected to give the Bengal side a tough challenge in the Pro Kabaddi this season, but neither of them succeeded. The Warriors' whopping 17-point victory over rockbottom side Dabang Delhi on Monday was also the biggest win by any team so far this season.
From Nitin Tomar, Jang Kun Lee, skipper Nilesh Shinde to Mahesh Goud, the Bengal Warriors' performance against Delhi was nothing but a spectacle. And they would hope to repeat another memorable performance at home against the Patna Pirates.
Patna Pirates made easy of challenges from the Jaipur Pink Panthers, Bengaluru Bulls, U Mumba, and Telugu Titans in their previous fixtures this season, and their form has been exceptional so far. No one could have expected the Pirates to defeat defending champions U Mumba by a 14-point margin in the Bengaluru leg.
The trio of Pardeep Narwal, Rajesh Mondal and Sandeep Narwal have been exceptional for Patna Pirates in all their fixtures so far, and the captaincy of Manpreet Singh will be another key element as they take on one of the most decorated teams in what will be the most mouthwatering Pro Kabaddi match of the season so far.
Squads: Bengal Warriors – Nilesh Shinde (C), Felix Odhiambo Opnana, Jang Kun Lee, Kedar Lal, Mahendra Rajput, Mahesh Goud, Nitin Madane, Shrikant Jadhav, Umesh Mhatre, Vineet Sharma, Vijin, Nitin More, Bajirao Hodage, Chaminda, Deepak Dhull, Shyam Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Girish Ernak, Dinesh Kumar, Krushna Madane, Narendar Kumar.
Patna Pirates – Manpreet Singh (C), Pardeep Narwal, Sandeep Narwal, Abhinandan Kumar, Bhabesh Kumar, Deepak Narwal, Gurvinder Singh, G Singh, M Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Sunil Jaipal, Vijay Malik, Suresh Kumar, Manish, Amit Hooda, Ram Sah, Vinod Kumar, Nasir Ali, Sandeep, Sunil Kumar, Hadi Oshtorak, Tae Deok Eom.
Where to Watch Live:
The match between Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates will begin at 8 p.m. IST (2:30 pm GMT) on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Bengal Warriors vs Patna Pirates can be caught LIVE on the Star Sports Network.
Hindi Coverage - Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 3, Star Gold
English Coverage - Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2
Telugu Coverage - Maa Movies
Kannada Coverage - Suvarna Plus
UK viewers can catch the action on Life OK