Chennai Challengers Vs Pune Pride Semi-Final 1 Best Dream 11 Side: Semi-final 1 from the land of IIPKL sees Zone A toppers PNP take on second place CHC from Zone B
Chennai Challengers Vs Pune Pride Semi-Final 1 Best Dream 11 Side
Everything the 40 matches traversed till now in the showpiece Indo International Premier Kabaddi League were building up was to this. After having rummaged through an enthralling one month of exhilarating kabaddi, we finally have on our hands the first semi-final of the league on Monday night where the Chennai Challengers will be facing off against Pune Pride.
It’s a match which promises to be an absolute humdinger given the stakes at hand. There are no second chances from here, no chance of slipping up and letting the opposition take advantage with a prestigious berth in the final awaiting. For table toppers Pune Pride, coming first in Zone A has accorded them a massive opportunity of playing against second placed Chennai Challengers from Zone B.
Both the sides are heading into this pivotal encounter in completely different fortunes. Whilst Pune Pride had managed to scrape past Diler Dilli 37-36 in their closing group stage match, Chennai Challengers found themselves restricted to a 43-43 draw against the Bangalore Rhinos, their second of the tournament.
The two sides had squared off against each other 10 days back for an inter zonal match with the Chennai Challengers managing to stun Pune Pride 39-35 on the night.
Having given away 429 points at the back, the Chennai Challengers defence has been completely on existent. The worst defence in the league by some distance, they’ve managed to make it this far solely on the basis of their frontline coming up with the goods off late, something which might not even save them against a stern PNP defence.
Despite all the equations favouring Pune Pride, this encounter is far from finished. It’s a knock-out match after all, one where the massive pressure to step up and come out with a win can see even the biggest of players crumbling. Despite being in beleaguered touch previously, the Chennai Challengers were one of the three sides to have come out of top against PNP and they’ll be looking to deal yet another massive blow to them here.
What should ultimately push this match in the way of Pune Pride is their perseverance and reliance to never concede defeat. They’re a truly outstanding side, one that intertwines attack and defence perfectly and CHC should find it too hard to beat them today.
This proposition is going to shape up our Dream 11 outfit as well. We are heavily packing our side with players from PNP with 5 of their 7 representing us in the game.
Defenders for CHC vs PNP Dream11
Having conceded only a meagre 343 points at the back, Pune Pride are heading into the first semi-final as the most astute defensive unit. The acumen possessed by Jitendra Yadav, Sandeep Kharb and Jaskirat Singh has been mesmerising to watch with the trip setting up an unbreachable wall with their high 5s and articulate tackles.
Come CHC, while the going won’t be the easiest for them, it is attacks like these which their defenders love thriving against. They know that they make up the foundation of their side, giving them just the platform needed to put sides away and this sees us go for Sandeep Kharb and Jaskirat Singh from their line-up.
All-Rounders for CHC vs PNP Dream11
This is where we’ve inducted a Chennai Challengers player into our init with Namdev Iswalkar coming into our side. We fathom CHC to have it tough in the match and he’s someone who with his defending and raiding capabilities can turn out to be one of the safer picks from their side to immerse yourself in.
From PNP, we just couldn’t leave out Amarjeet Singh. He’s been an exceptional player for them, showing his specialist skill set come to fruition across the season with a hoard of tackles and raid points in his kitty. And it’s especially in matches like these that he loves coming up with a bagful of points and expect him to fully capitalise on a CHC defence which is paper thin.
Raiders for CHC vs PNP Dream11
Abdul and Venkadesh both come into our side from PNP given the abject performance of CHC in the defensive facet. The two have come together on more than one occasion to thwart their opposition’s rearguard challenge and against CHC the script is going to be no different. This might just turn out to be a match where colossal attacking points are garnered and these two will benefit from that.
We just couldn’t ignore getting in a CHC player as well despite the stability PNP have show at the back. Elyaraja comes in from their side into our Dream 11 team.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Both our picks are going to be accorded from PNP with Amarjeet Singh becoming the captain while Abdul will be our vice-captain.
Probable Playing 7
Defenders: B Dhanraj and Mofimandal
All-Rounders: Sunil Kumar-II and Namdev Iswalkar
Raiders: Rajesh, Elyaraja and Suresh Kumar
Defenders: Jitendra Yadav, Jaskirat Singh and Sandeep Kharb
All-Rounders: Amarjeet Singh
Raiders: S Abdula and S Venkatesha
Chennai Challengers: Mandeep, Rajat Raju Bobade, Ramanjeet Singh, J Ankalu, Dhanraj B, Sunil Kumar, Rajesh Dhiman, Sandeep Hooda, Mofi Mondal, Ravinder, G Prasad, CH Manoj Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Hemanth Kumar, M Kumaran, Namdeo Iswalkar, T Surya Chandra, R Venkatesh
Pune Pride: Venkatesha, Shaik Abdula Shaik Gulab, G Pavan Kumar, Love Kumar, G Vishnu Kumar, P Vasanth, Ameer, S Venkadesh, Jitendra Yadav, Sachin, Dalbir Malik, Jaskirat Singh, Sachin Kumar, V Vimal Raj, Sachin Poovaiah, Akash Pawar, Ajay Kumar
Indo International Premier Kabaddi League, Leg 3
Match: Bangalore Rhinos Vs Chennai Challengers, Match 41 Semi-Final 1
Date And Time: 3rd June, Monday- 8:00pm
Television: DD Sports