Pro Kabaddi League – Season 5 – Journey to the Playoffs from Zone B
The Group stage of VIVO Pro Kabaddi league season 5 has come to an end after 132 matches and now we are moving forward to the playoffs. The three teams who got through playoffs from Zone B are the best in Raiding department in this league which is a complete contrast to the sides who have qualified from Zone A. Bengal edged Patna in the end to top Zone B. Yoddha became the last team to qualify for the playoffs after some tough competition from their Zone. Here let’s have a look at how these teams from Zone B made their way to playoffs.
Best Raider : MANINDER SINGH (172 Raid Points)
Best Defender : SURJEET SINGH (73 Tackle Points)
Bengal warriors finished the league stage as Table toppers in Zone B. They lost the least number of game in their Zone and they have the most Number of ties – 6. In their home leg they got all kind of results like 2 draws, 2 wins and 2 loss. They overcame Patna to top the Zone since they were undefeated by Patna in the 3 matches they played in this season as they won and drew 2 times with them. Maninder was the star raider in Bengal who was well aided by Super Sub Deepak Narwal who took out the opposition in dying moments. Surjeet Singh and Ran Singh were the 2 pillars for Bengal’s defence. They will be playing Gujarat in the first qualifier and will be looking towards booking a spot in the final.
Best Raider : PARDEEP NARWAL (274 Raid Points)
Best Defender : JAIDEEP (54 Tackle Points)
Patna had a strong start this season but lost their rhythm in last 6 matches in the group stage. As a result they were not able to top their Zone. Pardeep remained as one of the biggest threats for the opponents as he single handedly drove them away and scored big wins. He was well supported by Monu who scored more than 150 points and helped his team when Pardeep wasn’t able to perform. They enjoyed the best home leg in their Zone with 4 wins. Their main concern before playing playoffs is that in the last 4 matches they have not won any. Their defence is led by Vishal and Jaideep who will be playing a major role in taking away the opposition. They will be playing Haryana Steelers in the 2nd Eliminator on 24th October.
Best Raider : NITIN TOMAR (160 Raid Points)
Best Defender : NITESH KUMAR (46 Tackle Points)
They are the only new team to qualify for playoffs from Zone B in last moments. They are the only team from the teams who have qualified for playoffs and had an inconsistent campaign. They had their worst home leg as they ended up with 4 losses and managed to win only one. Yoddha relied mainly on their star raiders Tomar and Rishank to win the matches. The only positive thing they had in the league stage was the evolution of Surender who took points in defence and offence especially during do-or-die raids. Their defence needed to come front if they want to win the title and they will be facing a mighty Puneri Paltan in the first Eliminator.