PWL: Eyeing semifinals berth, Mumbai takes on Delhi

Vinesh Phogat-led Mumbai Maharathi will look to get the better of Delhi Sultans and book its place in the semifinal of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 4 at the Gautam Bhuddha University Indoor Stadium in Greater Noida.

Mumbai Maharathi will rely heavily on Vinesh Phogat.   -  PWL Media

Vinesh Phogat-led Mumbai Maharathi will look to get the better of Delhi Sultans and book its place in the semifinal of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 4 at the Gautam Bhuddha University Indoor Stadium in Greater Noida.

But the race to the last four will take a very interesting turn if Delhi Sultans manages to upset the favourite. Mumbai has four points from four matches whereas Delhi has two points from as many matches.

Though Mumbai starts favourite in this tie, tough contest is expected in the men’s 86kg and women's 57 and 76 kg categories. In the men's 86kg category Delhi Sultans’ Praveen will lock horns with Deepak Punia of Mumbai who have caused quite a few upsets this season.

It is an excellent opportunity for Deepak to settle some old scores with Praveen who defeated the former during the national championships last year.

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Mumbai’s Betzabeth Angelica takes on Katherina Zhydachivska of Delhi in the women's 57kg category. Both Katherina and Betzabeth had made it to the medal rounds of the world championships and Rio Olympics respectively.

A tough contest is also on the cards in the women's 76kg category where the experienced Zsanett Nemeth of Mumbai Maharathi will take on the young and upcoming Shustovo Anastasia of Delhi.

Mumbai's Ibragim Ilyasov, who had faced defeat twice in his previous rounds, will look to put his record straight against Pankaj of Delhi in the men's 57kg category.

Mumbai team coach Anup has no doubt about his team's chances of making it to the semis. "I am very confident that the experience of Vinesh, Zsanett and Baisteev along with the youthful exhuberence of Deepak Punia and Ibragim  will come good in the remaining matches and we will make it to the semis."

Delhi coach Sujeet Maan is also confident of the team’s chances and said, "We have three clear winners in Khetik, Sakshi and Andrey, so after that we only need one win and that can come from either Pankaj, Pradeep, Katherina, Shustovo or Pinki."

SQUADS   

Mumbai Maharathi: Vinesh Phogat (53 Kg), Betzabeth Angelica (57 Kg), Ibragim Ilyasov (57 Kg), Shilpi Yadav (62 Kg), Harphool (65 Kg), Sachin Rathi (74 Kg), Zsanett Nemeth (76 Kg), Deepak Punia (86 Kg), Baitseev Vladisiav (125 Kg).

Delhi Sultans: Pinki (53 Kg), Pankaj (57 Kg), Katherina Zhydachivska (57 Kg), Sakshi Malik (58 Kg), kviatkoski Andrey (65 Kg), Khetik Tsabolov (74 Kg), Shustovo Anastasia (76 Kg), Praveen (86 Kg) Satender Malik (125 Kg).

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