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Chartbuster Dabang's Takes On "Tie" Specialist Tamil Thalaivas
Dabang Delhi will beat Tamil Thalaivas
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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Dabang Delhi has taken off from where they left in the last season. The runners up then are looking the strongest lot of all this season. Top of the charts after 4 games, they are yet to taste defeat as they have won 3 out of 4 games. They are a complete package. Naveen Express is known for most consecutive Super 10's in the PKL, but nowadays he seems to be hungry for 18-22 points per match. This has taken the steam out of the opposition, whenever Dabang Delhi have entered the arena.
On the other hand, Tamil Thalaivas have had a sinusoidal curve to their journey. They came close to beating the Titans and U Mumba but settled for a tie. They have a good team but haven't resonated together. They have made come backs due to their defence, veteran Surjeet, Sahil and Mohit. Their top raider Manjeet looks in good form, MS Athul has done well too.
They will need to work hard against the Dabangs, as Naveen Express will be running on time and on high speed rails. Tackling him will be his biggest challenge.
Looks a good match for the Dabang’s but you never know, this is called the “Panga”.
Young turk Naveen blasted the opposition through the last season with 319 raid points including 21 successive super 10's. Naveen Express is on time this season too. He has had 59 successful raids earning him 66 raid points till now. Their success can be attributed to their average successful team raid number which stands at 20.5, this is huge. He is the T 20 star of kabaddi with a phenomenal strike rate.
Their defence has inflicted 7 all outs till now and that is the secret of their success. Veteran Ajay Thakur may not be in form, but Manjit and Jeeva Kumar have taken calculated risks.
These efforts have been supported by captain Joginder Narwal who has been immaculate in the left corner. Raider Vijay has been very impressive as the support raider with 26 points earned in 4 matches. Coach Krishna Kumar Hooda has used him effectively in the DoD raids.
Dabangs have to be careful about unsuccessful advanced tackles. Manjit Chillar and Jeeva Kumar are devastating with their tackles, but they have been guilty of unsuccessful advanced tackles too. If Naveen has a bad day at the office, these errors may prove to be fatal.
68 raid points for Naveen Express in just 4 matches.
Dabang’s have Specialist in executing all outs regularly.
Top raider- Naveen Kumar and Top Defender- Jeeva Kumar
Tamil Thalaivas started off well when they earned a tie in their first match against the Titans. They showed the same grit against U Mumba, a match that they should have won.
Thalaivas are generally slow starters and this is evident from the points table as they are placed 10th with just 6 points. Their biggest asset is their defence which has earned them an average of 33 successful team tackles at an average of 11 per match. This is the highest for the season along with Patna Pirates. But they have also conceded 6 all outs till now and this takes the fizz out of their efforts.
They need to add some zing to their raiding efforts. In the absence of a big star, they need to combine forces and create raiding combinations. Raider Manjit is his best bet, he has earned 22 points in 3 matches. But others have not been able to compliment his efforts, Prapanjan and Bhavani Rajput have 20 points together from 3 matches. Hence raiding efforts need to improve. Though the Thalaivas have done well in DoD raids this season with 12 raid points.
They will need to be on top of their game if they would like to derail Naveen Express, they came close against U Mumba, this might be the opportunity to punch above the weight.
How to stop Naveen Express?
Only 100 raids points scored in 3 matches.
How to work as a unit against the top team of the season?
Dabang Delhi is in top form with an all round performance. Naveen has been overtly successful in confusing the opposition defence with this quick moves. Their defence has been performing exceedingly well with all veterans working in tandem. Support in the form of raider Vijay is the icing on the cake. They look to win effortlessly.
Tamil Thalaivas need to use this match to clear the cob webs in their overall outlook. Play to your strengths and stick to basics should be their mantra. They need to take a leaf out of Gujarat Fortune Giants- if you cant score heavily, don't give away easy points, play with patience and set the cat amongst the pigeons.
They can take inspiration from the fact that they were able to tie couple of matches, rather than loose them. Great opportunity for the Thalaivas to beat the best and make a statement.
Dabang Delhi will beat Tamil Thalaivas
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