Sensational Patna Pirates will be looking to continuing their dream run in the Pro Kabaddi League 2016, but this time they will be up against defending champions U Mumba, in what is set to be an enthralling encounter at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna, Friday.
The Pirates have eight wins and two draws from ten games this season and they are currently on 46 points. They have almost made it to the playoffs this time around and a win against U Mumba will definitely make their progress a surety.
Having drawn their previous fixture against Puneri Paltan won't come as a very big dampener for them as Patna Pirates can draw inspiration from their brilliant undefeated run this season.
The Patna side bagged a whopping 14 point victory against U Mumba earlier this season in Bengaluru and that was already an emphatic statement.
U Mumba have already suffered two losses from their seven games this season, but they are slowly recovering from their poor start. After the loss against Patna Pirates, the Mumbai side went on to win against Bengaluru Bulls, Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors.
U Mumba, led by Anup Kumar, performed impressively to record the 11-point victory against Warriors in Pune and that is expected to give a huge boost to their confidence going against the leaders on Friday.
The Mumbai franchisee were in a similar form during the last season like Patna Pirates are in this season, and they exactly know how the winning luck is driving the Pirates to continue their sensational run this season. However, they also will be looking for a similar run in their seven league games ahead.
Previous encounter: U Mumba 26-40 Patna Pirates
Squads: Patna Pirates – Manpreet Singh (C), 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.
U Mumba – Anup Kumar (C), Anoop EV, Prapanjan, Masayuki Shimokava, Pawan Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Shabeer Bapu, Suresh Kumar, Vinod Paulyas, Jeeva G, Jeeva Kumar, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Vishal Mane, Bhupendra Singh, Jawahar Vivek, Abolfazel M, Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Tajik, Ravi Kumar.
Where to Watch Live:
The match between Patna Pirates and U Mumba will begin at 9 p.m. IST (3:30 p.m. GMT) on Feb. 19.
Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Patna Pirates vs U Mumba 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