Pune: Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas are all set to clash on the opening day of the sixth season of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) scheduled to start on October 5 in Chennai.
Organised by Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd, the sixth edition of Vivo Pro Kabaddi League will travel across 13 cities, with the final showdown in Mumbai on January 5, 2019. In the second match Anup Kumar, the ‘Captain Cool’ of U Mumba for the last 5 seasons, who moves to Jaipur Pink Panthers this season, will lock horns with his former team.
Puneri Paltan will start their campaign when they take on U Mumba on October 6. Pune will then take on Haryana Steelers in their second match on October 7 which will also see the league’s highest paid player, Monu Goyat begin his raid for glory as the Steelers take on the Pune outfit.
After opening the season in Chennai, the action will then shift to Sonipat from October 12 to 18. Pune will host the third leg from October 19 to 24 at the Balewadi Sports Complex.
The other highly anticipated matches through the week include, Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates, as the Dubki King Pradeep Narwal will dodge his way through defenders to break his previous seasons’ record of 369 raid points.
Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, Vivo Pro Kabaddi said, “We have had to adjust the Season VI window to October onwards, in lieu of the ongoing Asian Games that have nearly all the world’s top Kabaddi athletes playing for their respective national teams. We will return to a July start for Vivo PKL Season VII. Meanwhile, I look forward to Vivo PKL Season VI being an intensely competitive affair, as well as a great celebration of Kabaddi”
The 12 participating teams have been divided into two zones of six teams each, where each team will be playing a set of 15 intra-zone and 7 inter-zone matches, prior to the anticipated play-offs. The play-offs stage will comprise of 3 adrenaline filled eliminators, 2 qualifiers and the finals scheduled to take place in Mumbai. Fans can catch the action at the stadiums as well as on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.
PUNE home matches
Oct 19: Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
Oct 20: Puneri Paltan vs U Mumba
Oct 21: Puneri Paltan vs Bengaluru Bulls
Oct 22: Rest Day
Oct 23: Puneri Paltan vs Tamil Thalaivas
Oct 24: Puneri Paltan vs UP Yoddha
Venue: Balewadi Sports Complex