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Preview: Telugu Titans will hope for a second successive home win to build on the positive momentum they carry from their win on Saturday when they take on Haryana Steelers in the final match of the Inter Zone Challenge Week at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Sunday. With the home side still in contention for a Playoffs spot from Zone B, nothing less than a win will do for them as they look to leapfrog Bengal Warriors; the third-placed team in their zone.
The two sides’ last encounter came in Season 5 where Haryana Steelers, led by Wazir Singh, came out on top, winning 32-30 as Singh and Rahul Chaudhari, both managed Super 10s in the game.
The two skippers, Telugu Titans’ Vishal Bhardwaj and Haryana Steelers’ Monu Goyat, have been the cornerstones of their sides this season. While Vishal Bhardwaj has been consistent for Telugu Titans throughout the season, Goyat has just started regaining the form that saw him star in Patna Pirates title-winning campaign in Season 5.
Bhardwaj has been his team’s most successful defender with 41 tackle points, scoring them at an average of 3.73 tackle points per game. Bhardwaj has been really proficient as a Left-Corner and that he has the best strike rate amongst anyone with more than 20 tackle points is a testament to this fact.
While Goyat has been the second-most successful raider for his side, he has racked up 116 raid points in 16 games. He started the season off slowly but has breathed life into his campaign of late. In his last five outings, he has averaged nine raid points per game at a strike rate of 50.56; the best figures for his side. Goyat leads the duo’s head-to-head 5-2 and this battle will be key in determining the outcome of the game.
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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2018 00:10:22 IST