U.P. Yoddhas, owned by the GMR Group, will face league leaders and defending champions Dabang Delhi K.C. in match 15 of Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
The Yoddhas will look to regain their absolute best following a disheartening 23-30 defeat to U Mumba. On the flip side, Dabang Delhi lead the PKL 9 points table with two wins in two games and are coming off a 53-33 win over Gujarat Giants.
Players to watch out for - UP Yoddha
The spotlight will be directed on Pardeep Narwal in the upcoming U.P. Yoddhas vs Dabang Delhi K.C. fixture. The ‘Dubki King’, the record holder for most raid points in Pro Kabaddi history, has accrued just 12 raid points this term and will be eager to rediscover his best on Wednesday.
Ashu Singh (eight tackle points, two Super Tackles) has led the defence in the first two games of Pro Kabaddi Season 9 and will be tasked with restricting the movements of Naveen Kumar.
Players to watch out for - Dabang Delhi K.C.
With back-to-back wins in PKL 9, Dabang Delhi K.C. will continue to rely on Naveen Kumar (raider) and Krishan (defender) to register maximum points against U.P. Yoddhas.
Naveen Kumar picked up from where he left off last season (207 raid points), with 28 raid points and two Super 10s. As for Krishan, he will have the challenging task of restricting the movements of Surender Gill and ‘Dubki King’ Pardeep Narwal.
U.P. Yoddhas vs Dabang Delhi K.C. | Head-to-Head
U.P. Yoddhas and Dabang Delhi K.C have faced each other five times, with the Yoddhas dominating with five wins. Dabang Delhi K.C, meanwhile, have claimed two victories.
In PKL 8, the two teams met twice, with Dabang Delhi K.C emerging victorious with a 37-33 scoreline the first time around and the U.P. Yoddhas winning 44-28 in the reverse fixture.
U.P. Yoddhas squad
Pardeep Narwal, Nitin Tomar, Rathan K, James Namaba Kamweti, Gulveer Singh, Surender Gill, Anil Kumar, Durgesh Kumar, Aman, Rohit Tomar, Mahipal, Abozar Mohajer Mighani, Babu Murugasan, Jaideep, Sumit, Nitesh Kumar, Ashu Singh, Shubham Kumar, Gurdeep, Nehal Desai, Nitin Panwar
Dabang Delhi K.C. squad
Naveen Kumar, Manjeet, Ashu Malik, Ashish Narwal, Suraj Panwar, Ravi Kumar, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda, Vishal, Anil Kumar, Monu, Dipak, Krishan, Vinay Kumar, Vijay, Mohammad Liton Ali, Aakash, Vijay, Tejas Patil, Reza Katoulinezhad