Bengaluru Bulls take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers on the first day of the Lucknow leg of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Both the Bulls and Pink Panthers lost their previous game against the Gujarat Fortunegiants at Ahmedabad. They will be gunning for a turnaround win at Lucknow.
Bengaluru Bulls’ campaign has not been off to a great start as they have managed only 3 wins from their 8 matches so far. Though they lead the Zone B points table, one needs to take into account that they have played more matches than other teams in the zone.
Captain Rohit Kumar has led the raiding department in style, however, the problem lies with their defence. Even though they are up against the bottom-placed team in Zone A, the Bulls need to be wary of their own shortcomings.
Jaipur Pink Panthers, meanwhile, have played the minimum number of matches (3) in the league so far but two losses mean they languish at the bottom of the Zone A points table. Jaipur is yet to get over the absence of main raider Selvamani K, who is nursing an injury after their first match. The other raiders in the team lack the killing edge needed to thrive in PKL.
Captain Manjeet Chhillar has shown glimpses of his genius but needs more support from his side. The team has a nice mix of experienced and young players but the coach needs to use his resources well if they are to duplicate their Season 1 dominance.
Bengaluru Bulls vs Jaipur Pink Panthers Starting 7
Bengaluru Bulls – Rohit Kumar (c), Ajay Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Mahender Singh, Preetam Chillar, Kuldeep Singh
Jaipur Pink Panthers – Manjeet Chillar (c), Jasvir Singh, Nitin Rawal, Tushar Patil, Somvir Shekhar, Santhapanaselvam, Pawan Kumar,