UP had a rough start to the tournament with just three wins in its first ten matches. Since, then, though, the form of Shrikant Jadhav and the emergence of Surender Gill have helped UP Yoddha become a real force in the tournament.
They won ten out of their next twelve matches and have found a brilliant rhythm to their play.
Shrikant Jadhav, Surender Gill, and Rishank Devadiga are going to be the raiders that are responsible for getting the better of the Bengaluru Bulls defense. We believe there is more than enough firepower in this team to overcome the might of Pawan Kumar Sehrawat but the defense will also need to play its role.
Sumit and Nitesh Kumar are going to be the two players that lead the defense to try and tie down the Bulls. Gaining an upper hand against Pawan Kumar Sehrawat could be where this game is won or lost.
The entire season so far has been one of inconsistency and of covering up weaknesses in the squad. There are many weaknesses in the Bengaluru Bulls side. They don’t have a back-up raider in form, their defense is prone to making plenty of errors, and their entire strategy seems to revolve around one man.
It is also, however, undeniable that the Bulls have the most prolific scorer in their side who can win them any contest on his day.
This was pretty much the way the Bengaluru Bulls won the PKL last season and pretty much what they will aim for again.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat will have to score the bulk of the points and also find a way to stay on the mat for a prolonged period of time. If both of these things do not happen then the defending champions may find it hard to reach the semi-finals.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has scored 308 raid points in the league stages, a new record, and also broke the record for the most raid points in one match. He is currently in the middle of ten match streak of consecutive Super-10’s.
We like the overall balance of UP Yoddha and think its defense has a good chance of containing the damage done by Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. They also have the raiders to be able to respond in kind.
Bet on UP Yoddha to win.