The second season of Pro-Kabaddi will kick off at 8 PM tonight at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai with hosts and last year’s runners-up U Mumba clashing with the defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers, owned by Abhishek Bachchan.
With Amitabh Bachchan’s tune ‘Le Panga’ making rounds already, the second season is likely to keep the audience enthralled for the shortest matches which gathered steam last year at 435 million viewers on StarSports.
Where to Watch Live:
Star Sports will telecast it live on five Star Sports channels. For live streaming online click the link: starsports.com.This year, it is telecast live in Telugu, Hindi, English, Kannada and Marathi.
This year’s Pro-Kabaddi 2015 will have eight teams, each with 14 to 25 players and this year some Pakistani players have also been allowed, cementing its character as a sub-continent sports. This year’s Pro-Kabaddi League will feature 60 games to be played in 37 days in eight cities.
The first leg starts from Saturday to July 22 in Mumbai and then shifts to Kolkata, where the Bengal Warriors host the game. From there, the league moves to Jaipur, Patna (Patna Pirates), Hyderabad (Telugu Titans), Delhi (Dabang Delhi), Bengaluru (Bengaluru Bulls) and then Pune (Puneri Paltan).
The semi-finals and finals will be held in Mumbai again at the NSCI on August 21 followed by the 3-4 placings game and the final on August 23, 2015.
Pro Kabaddi League said the prize money has been doubled to Rs.2 crore this year. The winning team gets Rs 1 crore, the runner-up Rs 50 lakh, the third-placed team Rs 30 lakh and the fourth-placed team Rs 20 lakh.
U Mumba vs Jaipur Pink Panthers: How they stack up?
JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS
Strength: A strong defence with skipper Navneet Gautam and brilliant Rohit Rana, the team has Maninder Singh and Jasvir Singh in attack.
Weakness: The team depends on the raiding duo of Jasvir Singh and Maninder Singh, which can prove costly if any of them member has had a bad day. It must be noted that Jaipur have been really stretched in the last season.
MUMBAI U MUMBA:
Strength: Skipper Anup Kumar is good with his brilliant raids and has scored a century of raid points. Mohit Chillar and Rishank Devadiga have added strength to the team’s defence.
Weakness: Mumbai’s main defender Shabeer Bapu has missed the last 3 matches due to injury and the team currently depends heavily on the raiding power of Anup Kumar and Devadiga.
Prediction: Though U Mumba defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers in the opening match of season 2, Pink Panthers bouced back after reaching the finals with 54 points and winning the trophy finally. With Bachchans in tandem, Pink Panthers are upbeat to win the match not to repeat the mistake they committed in the opening match last season.
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Balbir Singh, Gangadhari Mallesh, Gokul Shitole, Jasvir Singh, Maninder Singh, Navneet Gautam, Prashant Chavan, Rajesh Narwal, Raju Lal Choudhary, Rohit Rana, Shrestha Sanjay, and Wei Yang are in the team but the final team will be announced before the event.
Mumbai U-Mumba: Anup Kumar (C), Anoop EV, Gopalappa T, Prapanjan, Masayuki Shimokava, Onkar Jadhav, Pawan Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Rishank Devadiga, Shabeer Bappu, Suresh Kumar, Vinod Atyalkar, Vinod Paulyas, Jeeva G, Jeeva Kumar, Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Vishal Mane, Bhupendra Singh, Jawahar Vivek, Mohammed Abdul Saleh, Suresh P. are in the team but the final team will be announced before the event.