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Fireworks expected as Patna Pirates take on Dabang Delhi.
Patna Pirates will beat Dabang Delhi
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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A long season demands endurance and passion. Both teams have shown the endurance as well as the passion to play exciting and entertaining kabaddi. But Dabang Delhi got a taste of how it feels to enter the battlefield without their prime weapon Naveen Kumar. They got severely smashed by the Bengaluru Bulls earlier when Naveen could not play. Even in their last encounter with Haryana, Naveen looked a bit unsettled.
The Pirates will be aware of these chinks in the armour and will exploit these aspects Currently the Pirates are the only team which looks balanced and has its contingency plans working. In the absence of Monu Goyat, the Pirates got the better of the Bengaluru Bulls winning that match by 7 points. No other team has been able to express such boldness and diversity in their attack as much as Patna Pirates have.
It will be a huge challenge for the Dabang Delhi team to overcome the Pirates who are in the 2nd spot in the points table but have 39 points from 10 games while table toppers Bengaluru Bulls are with 39 points but from 11 games. If the Dabang Delhi team can execute a heist in the Pirate camp, they will back to their bold old ways to stake claim as the top team of the season.
The best team of the season till their 8th game, Dabang Delhi looked unstoppable. Opposition teams were not able to decode their game and they looked invincible. Suddenly they lost back to back matches- first against Jaipur and then to the Bulls. The absence of Naveen in one of the match got them in touch with reality and forced them to think of life beyond the Naveen Express.
But with the season being long and demanding, the fitness of Naveen Kumar will be of prime concern. If Delhi dream of staying on the top, they will need Naveen through the season.
Though the Dabang Delhi team came back to winning ways after their victory over the ever enthusiastic Haryana Steelers, they were made to sweat for every point. Now they take on one of the most enterprising and strong teams of the season, the Patna Pirates.
Dabang Delhi will also be happy with the form of all rounder Vijay who has stepped in every time Naveen has not been able to deliver. He scored a Super 10 in his last game and looks athletic every time he goes for a raid. Dabang Delhi also have to worry about the fitness of veteran Joginder Narwal who is a strong left corner for them.
They will simply hope that Naveen and Joginder don't get injured together, else it will spell doomsday for the Dabang's. They will also expect the Hulk Sandeep Narwal to get back in form as he alone can tackle the best of raiders.
All rounder Vijay has scored 49 points from 10 games.
Out of the 403 team raids, they have executed 183 successful team raids.
They have inflicted 11 all outs but have conceded only 12, 5 of them have come in the last 2 games.
They have conceded only 330 points in 10 matches.
This will be a tough game for Dabang Delhi.
One of the most enterprising team of the season, the Pirates have impressed everybody with their intensity and adaptability. The raiding trio of Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai have been consistent. Even in the absence of Monu Goyat, the Pirates used young Ghuman Singh effectively thus negating the absence of Monu.
They are 2nd in the points table behind Bengaluru Bulls but they have the same number of points as the Bulls but they have played 1 match less than the Bulls. Technically speaking they are the best team as off now.
But the pirates will have to be careful as this is a long season and still a lot of battles are to be fought. They will have to ensure that their main players remain fit as well as rotate them in order to keep them fresh for each match.
They do not have any raider in the top 10 this season, yet they have been executing some devastating raids every match. Monu, Sachin and Prashant have collectively earned 173 points within them.
They have executed 91 successful team tackles, including 13 Super Tackles.
Defenders Mohammedreza, Sajin and right corner Sunil have been classical with their trademark tackles.
Both the corners have been effortlessly executing lethal ankle holds.
They have inflicted 12 all outs and conceded only 7 which is the lowest among all the teams.
They lost to the Jaipur Pink Panthers earlier and they have to be careful about such moments when they lose intensity and give up easily.
Otherwise the Pirates are the most fearsome combination on the mat and they should earn a good Dabang bounty.
This game will be of greater significance for the Dabang Delhi team rather than the Pirates. Dabang has some glaring difficulties which can be exploited by their opponents. Once unstoppable Naveen will take sometime to get back in the groove. In addition the fitness of Joginder Narwal will be very important as the Dabang Delhi team may not get immediate replacements for such players.
The Pirates will be happy to continue playing the way they have against the Bulls as they were able to isolate Pawan Sehrawat for a long time. Even in the absence of Monu Goyat, the raiding intensity remained the same. Infact their defence was more aggressive as both their corners earned 12 points between them.
The Pirates will look forward to counter Naveen while expecting their raiders to wreck havoc in the Dabang camp, loot all their treasure and go up on the top of the points table.
Patna Pirates will beat Dabang Delhi
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