U Mumba has been exceptional in this tournament. 10 wins and a tie from 15 matches attest to that but they have been a bit fallible recently. The side has lost two of out of its last five encounters, including one to the Haryana Steelers.
They are also coming into this match on the back of a loss against the Gujarat Fortunegiants in a match that they seemed to have locked up at halftime. U Mumba does not have anything to be concerned at the moment about but it will definitely want to get to back to winning ways.
The most successful raider for U Mumba in the last five matches and this entire season has been Siddharth Desai. His brute strength makes him one of the most impressive raiders to watch. Desai couples this strength with some incredible quickness and a long reach, almost the ideal combination for a raider.
Siddharth Desai has 9 Super-10’s in the competition already and is the top raider in terms of points scored across the league. With 144 points to his name, he has an excellent chance of reaching 150 points for the season in this match, becoming the first raider to cross that mark this season.
Among the defense, U Mumba has some very good players too. Surender Singh has been the lead defender for U Mumba in the last five matches but we think the role of Fazel Atrachali is probably more important.
Atrachali has more tackle points than any other player in the PKL and leads U Mumba’s defense with elan. He only scored one point in U Mumba’s defeat to the Gujarat Fortunegiants and will want to turn that around quick.
Dabang Delhi K.C. has started to regain some form in the PKL at just the right time. The side has won three out of the last five matches including a confidence boosting win over the Gujarat Fortunegiants in its last outing.
There have been several factors behind Dabang Delhi K.C.’s recent success. The solid defense led by Ravinder Pahal is one of them and the form of rookie raider Naveen Kumaris the other. Both these players have been exceptional.
Naveen Kumar is averaging 9 points a game in the last five matches and is close reaching 100 raid points for the season. He will want to show that the PKL is not just about Siddharth Desai in this match.
Ravinder Pahal is hugely experienced and been in good form with 31 tackle points to his name. Pahal probably has the toughest job in the PKL right now which is to try and stop Siddharth Desai, Rohit Baliyan, and the other U Mumba offense.
How Ravinder Pahal fares in this match could determine the outcome for Dabang Delhi K.C.
U Mumba has dominated the rivalry between the two sides. It has a 9-2 lead over Daang Delhi K.C. in historical matches.
U Mumba has been in very good form throughout the season while Dabang Delhi K.C. is just hitting its stride. We think U Mumba is going to bounce back strongly after its defeat in the match.
Back U Mumba to win.