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Day 75, October 19: Final, Dabang Delhi KC vs. Bengal Warriors, Ahmedabad
Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi KC): It's fitting that arguably the best, most consistent player in the best team this season is in the final. Naveen has been to this season what Pawan Kumar Sehrawat was to the last edition, perhaps a little bit better in terms of consistency, with 21 Super 10s from 22 matches. One more such performance is what Delhi most need to maximize their chances of lifting the title.
Mohammad Nabibakhsh (Bengal Warriors): Although he is the third-best all-rounder in the league going by the numbers, there is more to Nabibakhsh than what the stats suggest. He has made vital contributions in both offence and defence and his game awareness has been hugely impressive for a player appearing in his maiden season in the PKL.
Anil Kumar (Dabang Delhi KC): On paper, Anil might be the youngest and most fragile link of the Delhi defence, but he had the wherewithal, skills and nous to subdue a raider of the quality of Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. In the semifinal against Bengaluru Bulls, he managed a few tackles on Pawan. In the previous match between the two teams, he was instrumental in keeping Sehrawat consigned to the bench for a significant amount of time as well.
Sukesh Hegde (Bengal Warriors): Although far from the most substantial contributor in terms of points scored, Hegde has been particularly useful in Bengal's last few matches, scoring vital raid points in the absence of captain and lead raider Maninder Singh due to injury concerns. He was the team's top raider - with eight points - in the semifinal win.
Maninder Singh (Bengal Warriors): ): Maninder Singh has not played his team's last three matches due to an apparent shoulder injury. Although the team did well to get past U Mumba in his absence, Bengal need their captain and best raider for the final. The last time Maninder played was against their opponents in the final on September 30, scoring 13 points as Bengal outperformed their opponents in attack and defence to win. Although one might expect Maninder to return for the final, it remains to be seen if he will be quite as effective with his raiding as he was before getting injured..