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Haryana Steelers vs Patna Pirates, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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Can the Pirates Steel the game?

  • Former champions Pirates, look to rebuild their legacy.
  • Prashant Rai will lead a young bunch for the pirates against the Steelers.
  • Vikash Kandola will be the most important player for the Steelers.

Haryana Steelers will beat Patna Pirates with a slender margin.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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This match will be a perfect palindrome. i.e Haryana Steelers won 13 games and lost 8 last season while the Pirates won just 8 games, losing 13 in the last season. 

Difficult to imagine Pirates without Pardeep Narwal. That has been the impact of the Dubki King. But its time to move on and create new combinations.

Haryana Steelers have gone in with a defense heavy and all rounder dependent strategy. Vikash Kandola will lead the pack of young raiders like Vinay, Ashish, Akshay along with Mohammad Mahali. Surender Nada will have to weave the magic in defence along with Jaideep, Mohit and Rajesh Gurjar.

But the X factor will be Rohit Gulia who is an immensely talented all rounder. 

Monu Goyat will be in the limelight for the pirates as he will have to bear the weight of expectations in the absence of other big names. Raider heavy Patna Pirates will have to work hard in their defence with youngsters protecting the fortress.

Its going to be a close game between the Pirates and the Steelers. India's top betting apps will offer the best odds, check them out!

Haryana Steelers Preview

Haryana Steelers have always been work in progress. They have given ample chances to youngsters and groomed them well. They had a decent outing in the last season and will look to build on their past performances. 

The ever reliable Vikash Kandola will be their anchor man. With an average of 9.5 raid points per match, he will be expected to deliver consistently. They have a young brigade of raiders in the form of Vinay, Ashish, Akshay and Meetu Mahender. They will also be dependent on all rounder's like Rohit Gulia and Rajesh Narwal. 

Steelers had some impressive numbers last season-

76 Do or Die raid points

32 All outs inflicted

15 Super raids

39 % successful raids.

Their biggest worry is their porous defense. Last season they just had 9.3 successful tackles per match conceding 802 points. If they can bolster their defence this season, Steelers will be a force to reckon with.

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● Vikash Kandola has 11 Super 10’s to his name with an average of 9.5 raid points per match.

● 377 successful team raids till now.

● Vikash Kandola has 6 super raids to his name.

Patna Pirates Preview

Some teams and players are made for each other, that is the story of Patna Pirates and Pardeep Narwal. But gone are those days and now the responsibilities are on the able shoulders of Monu Goyat. Very few teams have dominated the mat like the Pirates. 

All other raiders except Monu Goyat, Selvamani and Prashant Rai, have no prior PKL experience. This can be a double edged sword. Defence have novices like Shubham Shinde, Neeraj Kumar, Sourav Gulia, Sunil and Manish.

This will be a completely different Pirates unit unlike earlier seasons. All will depend on how Monu Goyat fits in the shoes of Pardeep Narwal.

Monu is on the cusp of 500 PKL points and will be yearning to steal in every match. He is a much better player than what the average of 6.5 points per match suggests.

They executed 29 Super tackles, 14 Super raids last season as well as collected 447 team raid points.


● Monu Goyat has 499 raid points with 7 super raids and 21 super 10’s.

● Pirates inflicted 34 all out’s last season. 

● Have collected 78 Do or Die raid points in season 7..

● Top raider- Monu Goyat

Two teams with lots of untested youngsters will start the season. Pirates will be heavily dependent on Monu Goyat while the Haryana Steelers will bank on Vikash Kandola.

Steelers defense looks slightly better than the Pirates. Also Vikash Kandola has a better average and strike rate than Monu Goyat.

If the Steelers are able to block Monu, Pirates do not have much of an option apart from Prashant Rai and Selvamani.

Pirates need to keep Surinder Nada and Rohit Gulia out of the game as much as possible to beat the Steelers.

Haryana Steelers will beat Patna Pirates with a slender margin.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino