Bengaluru Bulls will look to take their two-win confidence against a low-morale Puneri Paltan side in match 13 of the Pro Kabaddi League 2015.
Puneri Paltan have been unable to win in the lucrative kabaddi league this year so far, and their narrowest-of-narrow loss against Dabang Delhi on Friday is believed to have taken all the sheen away from them.
The Maharashtra side lost 38-37 in the match that could have very well been the first drawn game this year.
As was expected, Wazir Singh played an instrumental part for the Pune side in the match as he notched up as many as 13 raid points and was adjudged the Best Raider of the match.
However, Delhi rode on the raids of Kashiling Adake and Rohit Kumar, and the former delivered in the final stages with less than a minute to go to tie the game 37-37. Thereon, the Delhi defence stepped up and Ravinder Pahal in particular played an instrumental role in pinning down Wazir in the Pune side's final raid, enabling Delhi to register a narrow win.
Currently the rockbottom side with three defeats on the trot and only with two points, the Pune side will have to step up their fight as getting a win over Bengaluru will not be easy.
Bengaluru Bulls come in the backdrop of wins against Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates. Their only loss was suffered at the hands of leaders U Mumba. And after a much-needed two-day rest, the Bulls will bank on all-rounder Manjit Chhillar once again, who has been exceptional in the raids and the defence.
The presence of star raider Ajay Thakur – who missed the last game against the Pirates due to an injury – will also make life very uncomfortable for the Pune side on the day.
The match gets underway at 8 pm IST (3:30pm BST).
Previous meeting - 3 August, 2014: Puneri Paltan 33 - 31 Bengaluru Bulls
Where to Watch Live:
Pro Kabaddi League: Bengaluru Bulls vs Puneri Paltan, can be caught LIVE on Star Sports.
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
Marathi Coverage - Star Pravah (Sunday Matches only)
UK viewers can catch the action on Life OK