Date: December 22, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST (Bengaluru Bulls vs U Mumba); 8:30 PM IST (Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas); 9:30 PM IST (Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha)
Match 1: Bengaluru Bulls vs U Mumba
Head to Head
Bengaluru Bulls: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Banty, Dong Geon Lee, Abolfazl Maghsodlou Mahali, Chandran Ranjit, GB More, Deepak Narwal, Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal, Mohit Sehrawat, Ziaur Rahman, Mahender Singh, Mayur Jagannath Kadam, Vikas, Ankit
U Mumba: Fazel Atrachali, Ajinkya Rohidas Kapre, Rinku, Ajith V Kumar, Mohsen Maghsoudlou Jafari, Harendra Kumar, Abhishek Singh, Navneet, Sunil Siddhgavali, Jashandeep Singh, Rahul Rana, Ajeet, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Pankaj
With Fazel Atrachali at the helm and the addition of new recruits like Mohsen Maghsoudlou Jafari and Rinku, U Mumba have an extremely solid-looking outfit. On the other hand, Bengaluru Bulls have a very different side from last year with some exciting new players in form of Mahender Singh, Chandran Ranjit, GB More and Deepak Narwal which makes them a slightly stronger team on paper.
Despite the head to head record favouring U Mumba by a huge margin, Bengaluru Bulls might have an edge going into the contest considering their signings in auctions. In addition, they will be playing at home which might also help their cause.
Bengaluru Bulls win
Match 2: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas
Head to Head
Telugu Titans: Rakesh Gowda, Rajnish, Ankit Beniwal, Siddharth Desai, Hyunsu Park, Rohit Kumar, G. Raju, Amit Chauhan, Manish, Akash Choudhary, Akash Dattu Arsul, Prince, Abe Tetsuro, Surender Singh, Sandeep, Ruturaj Shivaji Koravi, Adarsh T, C. Arun
Tamil Thalaivas: Manjeet, PO Surjeet Singh, K. Prapanjan, Athul MS, Ajinkya Ashok Pawar, Sourabh Tanaji Patil, Himanshu, M. Abishek, Sagar, Bhavani Rajput, Mohammad Tuhin Tarafder, Anwar Saheed Baba, Sahil, Sagar B. Krishna, Santhapanaselvam
Telugu Titans have a very strong-looking side this year with the signings of Siddharth Sirish Desai and Sandeep, playing under the leadership of experienced Rohit Kumar. On the other hand, Tamil Thalaivas also boast an exciting squad with players like Surjeet Singh and Manjeet.
On paper, Telugu Titans have a slight edge over their opponents because of the experience in their side. Considering their better head to head record also in the fixture, Rohit Kumar’s side will start as favourites going into this contest.
Telugu Titans win
Match 3: Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha
Head to Head
Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Ravindra Ramesh Kumawat, Sukesh Hegde, Sumit Singh, Akash Pikalmunde, Rishank Devadiga, Rinku Narwal, Abozar Mohajer Mighani, Vijin Thangadurai, Parveen, Rohit Banne, Darshan J, Sachin Vittala, Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh, Manoj Gowda K, Rohit
UP Yoddha: Surender Gill, Pardeep Narwal, Md. Masud Karim, Mohammad Taghi Paen Mahali, Shrikant Jadhav, Sahil, Gulveer Singh, Ankit, Gaurav Kumar, Aashish Nagar, Nitesh Kumar, Sumit, Ashu Singh, Nitin Panwar, Gurdeep
Under the leadership of Maninder Singh, Bengal Warriors will be one of the teams to watch out for this season, especially with the signings of Abozar Mohajer Mighani and Rishank Devadiga. However, they will be against Nitesh Kumar’s U.P. Yoddha side who have the biggest game-changer in PKL history in form of Pardeep Narwal.
With a slight edge in head to head record and a more accomplished looking side, U.P. Yoddha will be the likely winner in this contest. However, they will have to come up with their best game against the Bengal Warriors side.
U.P. Yoddha win