U Mumba vs Patna Pirates: Preview and Prediction￼
The two teams are coming off wins in their previous matches and will be high on motivation to win their upcoming fixtures as well.
The Patna Pirates have 60 points and are practically a win away from guaranteeing a place in the playoffs. They will be eyeing a few more wins and make the cut for Qualifier 1 which will give them an extra chance to reach the final.
Patna’s raiders will hold an advantage against the Fazel Atrachali-led defensive unit and that battle will decide the fate of the contest. Patna’s skipper Prasanth Kumar along with Guman Singh and Sachin Tanwar will be a force to reckon with as U Mumba have to up their game.
How have they done so far?
U Mumba is placed 5th in the points table and will be aiming to climb up the ladder while the Patna Pirates is placed at the top of the cellar. The Pirates have rediscovered their mojo and have won all of their last 3 fixtures. The Prasanth Kumar Rai-led franchise has 11 wins in the 16 matches they have played so far and have dealt with just 4 losses in the season so far.
Head to Head Record
U Mumba has dominated the rivalry with 9 wins in the 15 meetings between the two franchises with the Pirates winning 6 meetings including the reverse fixture this season. The 3-time champions outplayed U Mumba 43-23 in the absence of V Ajith Kumar.
V Ajith Kumar: The raider’s performance on the mat has mirrored U Mumba’s results. The raiding department is overdependent and that will be a cause of concern for the franchise. In the last 4 matches, he has scored 28 points and that will be a silver lining for the orange outfit.
Guman Singh: The Patna Pirates has unearthed a superstar in Guman Singh this season. The raider has completed two Super 10s in his last 4 matches and has been Patna’s top raider ahead of the experienced trio of Prasanth Kumar Rai, Monu Goyat, and Sachin Tanwar.
Predicted Starting 7s
Patna Pirates: Guman Singh, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Sachin Tanwar, Neeraj Kumar, Sunil, C Sajin, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh
U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, V Ajith Kumar, Ajinkya Kapre, Harendra Kumar, Sunil Siddhagawli, Fazel Atrachali, Rinku Sharma
After struggling with covid cases in the camp, the Pirates were inconsistent but in the last three matches they have found their mojo back with a hat-trick of wins as both the departments have delivered. U Mumba has won their previous match but will be the underdogs entering this contest against the green brigade of the Patna.