Eliminator 1 Team Preview:
Delhi has had a fairly strong season thus far, especially if you consider that they were pitted against two ruthless opponents- Gujarat Giants and U Mumba- in Zone A. They started their 2018 PKL campaign on a nervy note, winning only 2 of their first 7 matches. The 38-45 point defeat at the hands of Gujarat Fortune Giants may be considered their low point of this start.
However, they replied back strongly, winning 3 of the next 4 matches that also included a stunning win against table-toppers Fortune Giants (26-29).
After another inconsistent performance in the following matches, Dabangs ended the campaign in a strong fashion, winning 6 of their last 7 matches to confirm a place in the eliminators.
In terms of total points scored in the league, they are average coming in at 5th rank. Clearly, the biggest strength for them has been a strong attack, spearheaded by Naveen Kumar. The feisty raider has successfully scored 151 points from 20 matches, 11th in the league. He has been ably followed and assisted by Chandran Ranjit, who has amassed 138 points from 22 matches for his team.
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However, a big cause of concern is their leaky defence. Dabang Delhi has the 4th worst defence record in the league, conceding 751 points in 22 matches. Moreover, they rank a lowly eight when it comes to scoring tackle points at 201 from 22 matches at an average of 9.14. If they are to proceed to Qualifiers, Dabang Delhi will have to shore up their defence.
Even though Bengal Warriors finished second in the Zone B table, they have had a similar season like Dabang Delhi. In fact, they only have a point extra (69) than their Eliminator opponents. They won 12 matches while losing 8 others. A big plus for them this season has been a potent attack. They have managed to collect 418 raid points from 22 matches, at an average of 19 points per match.
Warriors are second in the league when it comes to scoring Super Raids (15). Maninder Singh has been their best attacker so far, scoring 198 points from 21 matches, 8 points better than last year. The raider has hand in nine Super 10s, another testament of his talent.
Like Delhi, their biggest shortcoming has been an underperforming defence. They have markedly struggled against high-raiding opponents. This was evident in the drubbing at the hands of Patna Pirates (50-30) and UP Yoddhas (41-25).
Although they have conceded few points, Warriors come in at minuscule 10th rank in the league when it comes to successful tackles. Their only representative in tackling chart is PO Surjeet Singh at 14th position with 52 tackle points from 22 matches. If they are to proceed further, Bengal Warriors would have to improve their defending.
Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors have met on 2 occasions. On both the encounters, it was Dabang Delhi who got the better of the latter, winning 39-30 in the first match before following it with a 31-37 victory in the second one.
Dabang Delhi: W W L D W
Bengal Warriors: W L W W L
When to Watch?
The eliminator between Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors will take place at 9 pm, 30th December.
Where Will it Take Place?
Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kochi
Where Can I Buy the Playoffs Tickets?
You can buy the PKL Playoffs on PKL’s official website. The ticket price starts at ₹ 250.
Where can I watch on TV?
You can catch the live action on the Star Sports network.
Where can I live stream the event?
You can stream the event live on Hotstar.
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