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Troubled defending champions take on wayward Telegu Titans.
Dabang Delhi will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, PuneBet Now
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A preview regarding this encounter would have been different in the first couple of weeks of the season. In their 6th match, Dabang Delhi had an injury scare for Naveen Kumar. They lost that match badly and since then seem to have forgotten the taste of victory. They have slipped to the 7th spot in the points table after playing 11 games and they have wandered off the track.
The Telegu Titans are used to living below the poverty line in the points table. Their only notable moment in the season was when they beat the Patna Pirates. That remains their only win of the season. Though they have made a comeback of sorts in the last few matches as they have gone down fighting. Siddharth Jadhav has started delivering while the Telegu defense looks aggressive.
The Titans have a great chance to thrash Dabang Delhi who do not seem to be in the best of moods. Even Naveen Kumar has not been able to resurrect them. The defending champions also have a wonderful opportunity to get back to winning ways as they face the out-of-form Telegu Titans.
The defending champions started off in style as they won 5 back to back games. Everyone thought that they are on course for another title. But suddenly Dabang Delhi is looking vulnerable and completely out of sync.
They won their first 5 games and the Dabang fans were rest assured. But the match against the Patna Pirates changed it all. Naveen Kumar had an injury scare and things have gone from bad to worse for Dabang Delhi. They lost all their match including the one against the Pirates. Naveen Kumar came back but he could not stop the slide. It is quite surprising to see Dabang Delhi lose so often without much of a fight.
Following the loss to the Patna Pirates, Dabang has since lost to the Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Tamil Thalaiva, Puneri Paltan, and the Jaipur Pink Panthers. The common thing in all these losses is the total breakdown of their defense.
Naveen Kumar, Ashu Malik, and Manjeet have earned raid points regularly but the Dabang defense has become porous and scratchy. They have not been able to put up a fight. The problem with the defense is very serious as Dabang Delhi have conceded 6 all-out in their last 2 games. This completely takes away the game from Dabang Delhi even though Naveen and the company may keep earning raid points. This is a serious issue that needs to be sorted out at the earliest by Dabang Delhi.
Naveen Kumar still leads the list of top raiders for the season with 138 raid points.
Defenders Vishal and Krishnan Dhull have executed 24 successful tackles each this season.
But the defending champions have conceded the highest number of points this season which accounts for 420 points. With such high expenditure, Dabang Delhi can't win games. They have an opportunity to take on the out-of-form Telegu Titans. This can be the match where the defending champions can announce their grand comeback.
Over the years, the PKL has changed, new teams have emerged, and new records have been created. But what has remained unchanged is the fate of the Telegu Titans. They managed to reach the playoffs in seasons 2 and 4 but since then it has been the same old story. They have occupied the last position in the points table for the last few seasons.
Even in season 9, they are placed last in the points table after playing 11 games. Their solitary win came against the Patna Pirates. There was a lot of buzz regarding the Telegu Titans at the beginning of the season. They hit a jackpot in the auctions grabbing the best players available with the hope that these players would bring them glory. But superstars alone cannot create a super hit blockbuster, you need a good script too.
Has the time come for the Titans to surprise all? They went down fighting to U Mumba and the Tamil Thalaiva in their last few games. This has given their fans some hope of a resurrection. They should have beaten U Mumba in that match as they lost by a margin of just 3 points. An all-out in the last 5 minutes of the game cost them that match.
Star raider Siddharth Desai is back to his old ways as he has earned 32 points in the last 2 games. It was a mighty relief for all the Telegu Titans fans to see him bulldoze defenders past the midline and earn points ruthlessly. He will play an important role for the Titans for the remainder of the season.
Telegu Titans have leaked points in most of their games. They have conceded 418 team points in 11 matches.
They have conceded 24 all-outs which is the highest for any team this season while they have inflicted just 5 all-outs which is the lowest by any team.
The only silver lining for them is that they have executed 11 Super tackles in 11 games which proves that their defense has shown some grit.
The Telegu Titans have a great opportunity to change their fortune as they take on the out-of-form defending champions. This match may just give the Titans a rare opportunity to make a comeback.
This will be a very interesting match as both teams have been terribly out of form. The Telegu Titans have displayed grit in their last few games. Raider Siddharth Desai will trouble the brittle Dabang defense. Captain Surjeet has been aggressive in the last few games and this will help the Titans. All-rounder Mohsen Magsoudlou has been a good addition to the starting 7 as he will assist the defense in hunting down the Dabang raiders.
The Telegu Titans can hope for an upset only if they can inflict all-outs through the match.
Naveen Kumar, Ashu Malik, and Manjeet will earn raid points for their team effortlessly. They will have to double up their efforts in order to compensate for the heavy leakages in their defense. Dabang will have to be careful not to concede all-outs very early in the game.
Dabang defenders Ravi Kumar, Krishnan Dhull, and left cover Vishal need to reboot and plan a comeback against the Telegu Titans.
This could be a high-scoring game as both teams are used to donating points through unforced errors.
Dabang Delhi will win.
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