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DoD match for Patna Pirates against Dabang Delhi.
Patna Pirates will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: SMS Indoor stadium, JaipurBet Now
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Clash of the former champions will be an entertaining one. Dabang Delhi had defeated the Pirates in their first league match of this season. It was a very close match which the Pirates lost by a solitary point. Patna could have forced a TIE but they made a glaring blunder on their last raid to gift the match to Dabang Delhi. Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses.
The Pirates lost to the Bengaluru Bulls in their last match. None of their raiders could score a Super 10. Their defense put up a brave fight but the match went down the wire. After leading by 8 points by half-time, the Pirates lost their focus as they conceded an all-out in the second half to lose the match by 2 points. On the other hand, Dabang Delhi had a fruitful outing against U Mumba. Ashu Malik scored a Super 10 to take his team to a 6 point victory.
The Pirates are placed 8th in the points table and need to win every match henceforth. Their only issue is drop in intensity. This will be their biggest test as they take on former champions Dabang Delhi.
Former champions are placed comfortably in the points table after playing 11 matches. Though they are still coming to terms with the absence of Naveen Kumar, they have learnt to live with it. Stand-in Captain Ashu Malik has led his team from the front even though he had a young team. Dabang has won its last 4 matches which has given their fans a lot of hope. Delhi’s journey in this season has been in 3 phases. They started off well by winning their first few matches. Suddenly they experienced a drop in form as well as the unavailability of Naveen Kumar. This resulted in Dabang losing a few games. But they have revamped themselves and currently are placed 3rd in the points table with 7 victories from 11 matches.
The way Dabang Delhi dominated U Mumba in their last match proves that they have nerves of steel. Ashu Malik scored a Super 10 in that match while right corner Yogesh scored 4 tackle points. Raiders Manjeet Sharma and Meetu Sharma have turned out to be perfect partners for Ashu Malik. Hence Dabang has overcome its raiding issues. Delhi thrashed Gujarat Giants and UP Yodha in their earlier matches. But it had a tough time defeating the Patna Pirates. They won that match by just 1 point. Dabang Delhi will face their toughest test as they take on arch-rivals Pirates once again.
With the raiding sorted, Dabang’s success rate in team raids has gone up to 43% while their efficiency in team tackles is around 39%. If they can improve in both departments, Dabang can stake claim at the title once again. Delhi has inflicted 17 all-outs in 11 matches while conceding 12. They have been guilty of breakdown and conceding all-outs at very crucial moments in the second half. If they can insulate themselves from such events, Dabang Delhi can comfortably tackle the Patna Pirates.
3 time champions, Patna Pirates gave a glimpse of their greatness in just a couple of matches in this season. They are placed 8th in the points table with just 5 victories from 11 matches. Time is running out for them as they get ready to take on Dabang Delhi. Patna has won just 2 out of its last 5 games which is a big worry for them. They came close to defeating Delhi in their last encounter, but lost the match by just 1 point. They will be looking forward for redemption.
Time and again in this season, the Pirates have struggled to earn raid points. Experienced Sachin Tanwar was lukewarm in the initial matches, though he got back to his old ways very soon. But support raider Manjeet too have been out of form. Third raider M Suhdakar has been consistent but overall the three have not resonated through the 11 matches. The Pirates have improved on their success rate in team raids in the last few matches but that has not been enough for them to win games. Their efficiency in team tackles is just about 37%. Captain Neeraj scored a Hi 5 in the last match against the Bulls but he has been inconsistent. It has been defenders Krishnan and all-rounder Ankit who have been precise with their tackles. Both have executed 61 successful tackles in 11 matches. But they need more support from Captain Neeraj and Manish.
As a unit the Pirates have conceded 415 points which is on the higher side.
They have inflicted 17 all-outs but at the same time they have conceded 14. This nullifies all the advantage they get. This happened with them against the Bulls. They led by 8 points at half-time, only to succumb in the second half. The Pirates gave a tough fight to Dabang Delhi in their last outing. They will have to repeat the same but with a lot more intensity. Pirates will also have to focus on earning the additional points apart from the direct raid and tackle points. They are at a very sensitive stage of the tournament, where any wrong foot will push them out of contention for the play-off. This happened with them last year and the journey seems to continue in season 10.
Welcome to one of the hottest contest of season 10 as Dabang Delhi takes on the Patna Pirates. Delhi will hope for the return of Naveen Kumar. But even in his absence, the Delhi raiders led by Ashu Malik will have a gala time. Ashu Malik will score a Super 10. The young Delhi defense will be under tremendous pressure. But corners Yogesh and Ashish will be audacious with their tackles. One of them will score a Hi 5. Dabang Delhi may start slowly but they will pick up pace post half-time. They will have an issue only if 2 of their raiders fail to earn.
This is a DoD match for the Patna Pirates. They have not been fluent with their approach. Sachin Tanwar, Manjeet and Sudhakar will earn but none of them will be able to score a Super 10. Captain Neeraj will be effective in the first half. But all will depend on defenders Krishnan and Ankit. Both will be effective against the second and third raiders from Delhi. But overall, the Pirates may lose intensity in the second half. The result of the match will be decided by the number of all-outs conceded by a team.
Patna Pirates will win.
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