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It is a Triple Panga day, get ready for the Southern Derby- Bulls vs Titans
Bulls will win this match.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
It will be the first day of the year and we have a delicacy waiting to be served as the Bengaluru Bulls take on Telegu Titans. Expect a lip smacking contest as Hi Flyer Pawan Sehrawat will be up against Bahubali Siddharth Desai.
After losing the first game to U Mumba, Bengaluru have not looked back. Three wins on the trot and jumping into second place after four matches, the Bulls are ready to fight for the top spot. The Titans on the other hand are yet to taste victory and are placed 11th in the points table.
Pawan Sehrawat has hit peak form and doesn't look like he is going to stop anytime soon. Scoring 22 of the Bulls' 42 points vs Haryana Steelers. Not only contributing with his raiding skills, Pawan also made a super tackle and scored 3 tackle points.
Siddharth Desai who has misfired so far, will have to bring his A game if Titans want to put some points on board. Both teams will be tested for their attitude as the Titans would like to come back with a bang.
It is surprising and disheartening that a team like Telugu Titans has yet to taste victory in season 8 after 3 matches. They had to settle for a tie in their first match, lost to Puneri Paltan by a solitary point and then the Steelers beat them by 2 points. They are missing the killer punch, the X factor. Bahubali Siddharth Desai is his best bet, but he has become a bit predictable and the opposition has been able to get a measure of him. Plus he seems to be playing with a niggle.
With over 560 PKL raid points, the Titans are heavily dependent on him for a better harvest. Hence Siddharth will have to come up with alternative escape routes.
Areas of concern:
Just 4 Super Raids, 2 Super tackles in 3 matches.
Captain Rohit Kumar hasn't fired yet.
Left corner- cover combination of C Arun and Ruturaj Koravi not working efficiently.
Raiders Ankit Beniwal and Rajnish need to be used more often by the team management. They need to rework their strategy while raiding as well as defense so that they keep the match in their control.
Bulls are heavily reliant on hi-flyer Pawan Sehrawat. Their defence hasn't really impressed with Left Corner Defender Aman with the most tackle points at just 8 from 4 games.
Chandran Ranjit has supported Pawan well in raiding, scoring 27 points in 4 games. With 18 more matches to go, Bengaluru need to have a plan B in case Pawan doesn't have a good day. As a team they have executed 39 successful tackles resulting in 41 points. But they have also conceded 139 team points which is quite high. Their performance seems to be improving with their improved defence. The mistakes made last year in 2021 are being rectified on priority. Mahendra, Aman, Saurav Nandal were all amongst points in the last match.
47.71% successful raids, 38.24% successful tackles.
Pawan has contributed to 44.61% of Bengaluru’s total points.
6 all outs conceded, 6 all outs inflicted.
It will be an anti thesis of sorts, Bulls defence seems to be ready for Siddharth Desai while the Titans will hope that Hi Flyer Pawan has an off day. Titans can hope for a miracle if Bahubali Sidharth Desai plays one of his best matches.
Rakesh Gowda and Ankit Beniwal will have to make each raid count if the Titans wish to inflict all-outs. Titans have executed 4 Super raids and that keeps the afloat. Both teams have a similar average tackle success rate of around 38 %, hence the team with more errors in the defence will give the opposition a new years gift.
But for now, it looks like the Titans will remain winless as the Bulls are too hot to handle right now.
Bulls will win this match.
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