This was one of the match-ups on the opening day of the season. Thereafter, both Bengal and UP went into long slumps. But now as they head into Match 69 of the Indian Kabaddi League at the Sheraton Grand Whitefield in Bengaluru on 21st January, they are the league’s two in-form sides, having identical records of 3 wins and a draw from their previous 4 matches. A victory here for either will further strengthen their hold on a play-off spot.

After winning their first 2 games, Bengal lost 5 of their next 6 matches. The title defence looked in tatters despite the raiding skills of Maninder Singh and the all-round skills of Mohammad Nabibakhsh. One of the factors in the subsequent resurgence has been the introduction of Ran Singh, who has 12 successful tackles from just 4 matches, for a side that just weren’t robust enough. 

UP’s climb up the table has also been inspired by solid defending, and some sparkling displays from Surender Gill. And while Pardeep Narwal may no longer be the main man, he too has shown welcome signs of returning to something like his best form in the past week. After just 1 win in their first 7 matches, this 4-game surge has left UP handily placed for a play-off push.   

Bengal have had the better of this rivalry, but UP and Narwal in particular may have a point to prove after that opening-day humbling.

Match Details

  • Game: Bengal vs. UP, Match 69
  • Venue: Sheraton Grand Whitefield, Bengaluru
  • Date & Time: Jan. 21, 2022, at 8:30PM IST

Probable Playing 7


Maninder Singh (C), Amit Nirwal, Vijin Thangadurai, Sukesh Hegde, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Abozar Mighani, Ran Singh


Pardeep Narwal, Ashu Singh, Shubham Kumar, Shrikant Jadhav, Surender Gill, Nitesh Kumar (C), Sumit

Head-to-head Record

Bengal stretched their advantage in this rivalry with victory on the opening day of the season.

MatchesBengal WonUP WonDraws

Previous Season Results

After Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Maninder Singh starred in a 31-point thrashing, Shrikant Jadhav’s 9 points gave UP a narrow win in the return fixture.

  • Match 7: UP 17 – 48 Bengal 
  • Match 69: UP 32 – 29 Bengal 

This season

Bengal began their title defence with a comfortable win, inspired largely by Nabibakhsh, who was excellent in raiding and defence in an 11-point display. 

  • Match 3: Bengal 38 – 33 UP

Top Fantasy Picks


  • Nitesh Kumar has been at the heart of their defensive effort UP has shown in the tournament so far. They are are one of just 5 teams to average more than 9 successful tackles a game. Nitesh has 27 points for the season and a tackle strike-rate of 51. One of his best displays came against Telugu where he had 5 successful tackles out of 6 attempts.


  • Mohammad Nabibakhsh has had a fairly modest season, given the high standards he sets for himself. But despite the defending champions having been so inconsistent all season, his numbers are excellent – 60 points, including 43 while raiding, 15 successful tackles and a tackle strike-rate of 53. With Bengal back in the play-off hunt, his form will be crucial as they chase down Patna and Delhi.


  • Maninder Singh has kept things together in the raid department and has kept Bengal’s season afloat. His 146 raid points are second only to Pawan Sehrawat, and he has a raid strike-rate of 62. When he plays as he did against Mumba – 17 points from 27 raids – it’s not hard to see why Bengal are dark horses to retain their title. 

Howzat Dream Team

  • Defenders: Nitesh Kumar, Sumit, Abozar Mighani
  • All-rounders: Mohammad Nabibakhsh
  • Raiders: Maninder Singh, Surender Gill, Pardeep Narwal
  • Captain: Maninder Singh/Surender Gill
  • Vice Captain: Pardeep Narwal/Mohammad Nabibakhsh
India Kabaddi League 2021-22, Match 69: BEN vs UP – HOWZAT Dream Team

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