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Haryana Steelers vs Jaipur Pink Panthers, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Noida Indoor Stadium, Noida


Contest between teams at par.

  • Haryana Steelers lost to the Patna Pirates in their last match.
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers forced a TIE with Dabang Delhi.
  • Haryana has won 5 out of their 8 matches while Jaipur has forced a TIE in 2 out of their 8 games.

Haryana Steelers will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Noida Indoor Stadium, Noida

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The defending champions will take on the young and vibrant Haryana Steelers in their next match. Both teams have played 8 matches but the Steelers have won 5 games while the Pink Panthers have won 4 matches. Both teams are sailing in the same boat as far as their performance is concerned. The Steelers had a bad day at the office as they lost to the Patna Pirates. The margin of defeat was 13 points. This was due to the breakdown of the Haryana defense. On the other hand, the Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a low scoring TIE against Dabang Delhi. Even though Arjun Deshwal scored a Super 10, the Jaipur defense was low on fuel as it could not complement its raiders. 

Hence this will be a contest between teams whose defense has lost its sting. Though this may be a temporary issue, it will be interesting to see if both teams make any changes to their starting 7. There isn’t much difference between the two teams. Their raiding efficiency is 33% while their success rate in team tackles is similar too. Both teams are in the top 5 but both teams will be eager to jump to the 1st or the 2nd position by winning this contest

Haryana Steelers Preview

The young Haryana brigade has displayed tenacity, teamwork with a bit of inconsistency. They have a decent raiding team while their defense is among the best in the business. Coach Manpreet will be happy with the way the team has shaped up. Currently they are placed 5th in the points table after winning 5 out of their 8 matches. Haryana used their superstars in the first few matches but it didn’t produce any worthwhile performances. Their biggest disappointment was Siddharth Desai who could not impress. Hence the Steelers went to plan B where young raiders like Vinay, Shivam Pathare and Tejas Patil were given opportunities. All-rounder Ashish too contributed to the raiding. Vinay has earned 67 raid points in 8 matches. He looks consistent and the Steelers have decided to pursue the defense heavy strategy. 

Captain Jaideep Dahiya and defender Mohit has executed 39 successful tackles in 8 matches. Right corner Rahul Sethpal scored a Hi 5 in the last match. Hence the Haryana Steelers have started surprising their opponents with this young brigade. Their success rate in team tackles is about 41% while their efficiency in team raids is about 33% which needs improvement. The Steelers have executed 5 Super raids apart from 10 Super tackles in 8 matches. The Super tackles do provide an insight into their tenacity, but it also proves that the Steelers are left with a few men on the mat quite often.

Haryana will be up against the Jaipur Pink Panthers who have slowed down in the last week. This may prove to be an advantage for the Steelers as they may exploit the chinks in the armor of the defending champions. Haryana has won just 3 out of their 12 encounters with the Jaipur Pink Panthers. They have not defeated Jaipur since season 8. Their biggest concern is the sudden drop in intensity. They lost their first match to the UP Yodha by a margin of 30 points. Similarly they lost to the Telegu Titans by just 1 point which was due to a tactical blunder in their last raid. Hence the Haryana Steelers have to be careful not to lose momentum as they have a wonderful chance to beat the defending champions.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview

The defending champions are comfortably placed in the top 5 in this season. They have been generally consistent. Jaipur has won 4 out of its 8 matches. It has scored a couple of TIED games which could have gone either way. But the Pink Panthers were happy to share points rather than lose the match. Their second TIED match was against Dabang Delhi. This was due to the lapses in their defense. Arjun Deshwal scored a Super 10 while left corner Ankush was lethal while scoring 7 tackle points. But the other team members could not contribute and the Pink Panthers settled for a TIE. 

Jaipur’s efficiency in team tackles is about 39% while its success rate in team raids is about 35%. This is due to the fact that none of the other raiders have consistently supported Arjun Deshwal. He has scored 76 raid points in 8 matches which include 4 Super 10’s. But their next best raider has been Ajith who has earned 41 raid points in the season. But the lack of raiding points does not bother Jaipur on most occasions as their defenders are able to compensate. Captain Sunil Kumar and Ankush have been impressive but overall their defense has a few issues too. Jaipur had to replace veteran defender Sahul Kumar midway. His replacement at the right corner Lucky Sharma scored 2 tackle points in a low scoring game. 

The defending champions are still riding on team effort even with issues in their raiding as well as their defense. They will be up against a spirited Haryana Steelers who will be raring to exploit their weaknesses. Jaipur has not lost to Haryana since season 8. They have won 7 out of their 12 encounters. Hence the Pink Panthers will be quite confident as they take on the Haryana Steelers. Jaipur did beat the UP Yodha earlier in the week by a margin of 17 points. But their next match was a low scoring one against the Tamil Thalaiva which they won by just a point. This proves that whenever Jaipur has issues with its defense or raid earnings, it slows down the game hoping to sneak in a victory. This strategy may not be a long term one for the Pink Panthers.

The defending champions will be up against the young guns in an all-important match. Haryana Steelers will be making various plans to neutralize the defending champions. Raiders Vinay and Shivam Patare will be successful against the Jaipur defense. They will be quick to score in the first half. Captain Jaideep was not up to the mark in his last match, but he will make amends in this one. Defender Mohit and Rahul Sethpal will be ruthless against the second and third Jaipur raiders. If they are able to keep Arjun Deshwal out of the equation, Haryana will seal the match by half-time.

But Arjun Deshwal will not be easy to catch. He will score a Super 10 though the Pink Panthers will struggle to earn raid points. Left corner Ankush and Captain Sunil Kumar will be effective in the first half. But Jaipur may lose a bit of intensity in the second half and they may concede an all-out. This will be a very exciting contest as both teams are prone to breakdowns suddenly. If both teams leak points due t unforced errors, this will be one of the most entertaining match of 2024.

Haryana Steelers will win.


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino