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PKL 2021-22 Day 1: Who will win today’s matches?

All eyes will be on the final match of the day where Pardeep Narwal will make his debut for U.P. Yoddha.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 21 December 2021 10:13 pm

Match Details

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)

Venue: Bengaluru

Match 1: Bengaluru Bulls vs U Mumba

Head to Head

Squads

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

Analysis 

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.

Conclusion

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.

Prediction

Bengaluru Bulls win

Match 2: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas

Head to Head

Squads

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

Analysis 

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.

Conclusion

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.

Prediction

Telugu Titans win

Match 3: Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha

Head to Head

Squads

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

Analysis 

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.

Conclusion

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.

Prediction

U.P. Yoddha win

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