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MUMBA VS. TELUGU: INDIAN KABADDI LEAGUE 2021-22, MATCH 71 | PREDICTION, PLAYING 7 AND FANTASY KABADDI TIPS

MUMBA VS. TELUGU: INDIAN KABADDI LEAGUE 2021-22, MATCH 71 | PREDICTION, PLAYING 7 AND FANTASY KABADDI TIPS

At first glance, this is a mismatch. Mumba sit in the last play-off spot with 31 points, while Telugu prop up the table with just 17 points. But when they meet in Match 71 of the Indian Kabaddi League at the Sheraton Grand Whitefield in Bengaluru on 22nd January, nothing can be taken for granted. Telugu are coming off their first win, while Mumba are going through a terrible run. 

After starting the season with 3 wins and 3 draws in their first 7 matches, Mumba now haven’t won a single game in their last 4 matches. The last 2 games have been draws, but the performances have been far from convincing. It’s not hard to identify the problem either. The raiders don’t score enough points – 5 a game less than Bengaluru, for example – and Fazel Atrachali has been nowhere close to his best in defence. Mumba are still very much in the play-off mix, but a couple more poor results could be disastrous. 

Telugu would need to be near-perfect in the second half of the season to have any play-off ambitions. For now, they’re just happy to have won a game. To be fair, they haven’t been as bad as the numbers suggest. Apart from 2 draws against Tamil and Bengaluru, they have lost an incredible 5 matches by only 2 points or less. Had even 3 of those games yielded a favorable result, they’d be right in the mix. 

Mumba won both their matches in 2019 to take a lead in the head-to-head numbers.

Match Details

  • Game: Mumba vs. Telugu, Match 71
  • Venue: Sheraton Grand Whitefield, Bengaluru
  • Date & Time: Jan. 22, 2022, at 8:30PM IST
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Probable Playing 7

Mumba

Abhishek Singh, Ashish Sangwan, Harendra Kumar, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, V Ajith, Rinku, Fazel Atrachali (C)

Telugu

Rajnish, Surinder Singh, Prince D, Adarsh T, Ankit Beniwal, Akash Choudhary, Sandeep Kandola (C)

Head-to-head Record

This has been a fairly closely contested rivalry, though Mumba have now forged ahead with 3 straight wins.

MatchesMumba WonTelugu WonDraws
13742

Previous Season Results

These two teams started off the 2019 season and it was Abhishek Singh’s 10 points that made the difference as Mumba won. In the return fixture, Telugu kept Abhishek quiet, but Arjun Deshwal (10 points) and Rohit Baliyan (7) did the damage as Mumba won far more convincingly. 

  • Match 1: Telugu 25 – 31 Mumba 
  • Match 84: Telugu 27 – 41 Mumba

This season

Abhishek Singh’s 13 points led the way in a comfortable Mumba win, though he had to share the limelight with Rinku, who was superb in making 7 successful tackles.

  • Match 41: Mumba 48 – 38 Telugu

Top Fantasy Picks

Defender

  • Rinku’s outstanding form is one reason Mumba are pushing for a play-off spot this season. Halfway through the season, he has 27 successful tackles and 30 points. The team average just over 18 raid points a game, only 10th best in the league. As many as 6 teams have made more successful tackles than them.

All-rounder

  • Mohsen Maghsoudlou, who has 21 points for the season so far. That includes a raid strike-rate of 29 and a tackle strike-rate of 36. Those aren’t Mohammad Nabibakhsh-like numbers, and Mumba need more from their all-rounder. 

Raider

  • Rajnish has filled in superbly for Siddharth Desai, who is out injured, to take up the lead raiding duties. And while replacing “Bahubali” Desai is a big ask, Rajnish has 63 raid points from 7 matches. He scored 11 points against Bengal, the defending champions, and had 7 points as Telugu beat Jaipur to win their first game of the season.

Howzat Dream Team

  • Defenders: Rinku, Sandeep Kandola, Harendra Kumar
  • All-rounders: Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Ankit Beniwal
  • Raiders: Rajnish, Abhishek Singh
  • Captain: Abhishek Singh/Rinku
  • Vice Captain: Ankit Beniwal/Rajnish
India Kabaddi League 2021-22, Match 71: MUM vs TEL – HOWZAT Dream Team

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