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Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Patliputra indoor stadium, Patna

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JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS won the match

Table toppers versus struggling former champions.

  • Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 11 out of their 15 matches.
  • Bengaluru Bulls are placed 9th in the points table.
  • Pink Panthers lost to the Bulls in their first encounter of season 10.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Patliputra indoor stadium, Patna

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The contest between former champions will be a lop-sided one. The defending champions are on top of the points table while the Bengaluru Bulls are stuck in the 9th place with just 6 victories out of their 15 matches. Though the Bulls have already defeated the Pink Panthers once in this season, they have struggled in general. The Bulls got hammered by the Thalaiva in their last match. It was mayhem as the Bulls lost by a margin of 17 points. Young raiders Akshit and Sushil were too hot to handle, the entire Bengaluru defense froze as they could earn just 3 tackle points in the entire game. Such was the breakdown that it looks unlikely that the Bulls will be able to make it to the next round.

The defending champions had a fruitful outing against the Bengal Warriors as they won the match by 17 points. Left corner Ankush was explosive as he earned 6 tackle points while Arjun Deshwal comfortably earned 15 raid points. With this victory, the defending champions are camping at the top position with 63 points. Though they lost to the Bulls in their previous encounter, the Pink Panthers will be ready to serve revenge, hot and spicy.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview

The defending champions have tasted all results in season 10. They lost their first match to the Puneri Paltan, Tied the next game with the Bengal Warriors and finally achieved victory against the Gujarat Giants. MVP of season 9 Arjun Deshwal has been performing effortlessly as he has 172 raid points from 132 successful raids which include 10 Super 10’s. The Pink Panthers have gathered enough steam in their last few matches which has catapulted them to the top spot in the points table. They have comfortably won their last five matches. 

They defeated the Bengal Warriors in their last match. The Pink Panthers had to settle for a TIE against the Warriors in their first encounter of this season. This time they made sure that they hammered the Bengal Warriors by a huge margin of 17 points. Once again the Jaipur defense resonated with their raiders who were quick and sharp in their raids. Arjun Deshwal scored 15 raid points thus completing the 10th Super 10 of the season. Bhavani Rajput added another 7 which made life quite easy of the Pink Panthers. The first half of the match was quite tough for Jaipur as the Bengal Warriors did not yield an inch. But post half-time, the Pink Panthers inflicted a couple of all-outs which broke done the champion from the east.

Defenders Ankush, Sahul Kumar and Reza Mirbagheri were ruthless in their hunting, especially in the second half. With the rise of Iranian Reza, the Jaipur defense has improved beyond imagination. Their success rate in team tackles has improved to 42%. Ankush and Reza have been consistent and they have been supported by Sahul Kumar and Captain Sunil Kumar from time to time. Thus getting past this wall of Jaipur is quite tedious. 

The Pink Panthers have inflicted 20 all-outs in their 15 matches. 

Defender Ankush has executed 47 successful tackles while Arjun Deshwal was the first to complete a century of raid points in season 10. 

Jaipur will be up against the struggling Bengaluru Bulls. Though they lost to the Bulls on 13th December 2023, it was just by a small margin of 2 points. Both teams have won 9 out of the total 19 matches. The Pink Panthers beat the Bulls twice in season 9. Jaipur will be looking forward to avenge their earlier defeat and continue ruling the points table.

Bengaluru Bulls Preview

Bengaluru Bulls have struggled throughout season 10. They should blame themselves as they could not adapt to various aspects in this tournament. Their rigidity with tactics along with their inability to change combinations had resulted in them slipping to the 9th spot in the points table. The Bulls lost their first 4 matches of the season which sent them deep into space. They managed to win a few matches post this, but they could never forge a decent starting 7. Their flip-flops in the defense and raiding continue till date. The Bengaluru Bulls managed to defeat the mighty Pink Panthers early in the season, but these victories could not galvanize them. 

The Bulls have lost 3 out of their last 5 matches. They have won just 6 out of their 15 matches. Out of these 6 victories, 2 have come in the last 5 games. Bengaluru lost to regional rivals Tamil Thalaiva in their last match. Their starting 7 was battered through the first half as the defense could earn just 1 tackle point. It was a sorry state of affairs. Fortunately, young raider Askhit seized the opportunity to score a Super 10 while raider Sushil added another 7. Otherwise, there was nothing meaningful about their performance. Bengaluru Bulls lost by a massive margin of 17 points. Now they will be up against the defending champions. 

The Bulls have conceded 532 team points in 15 matches. 

They have given away 22 all-outs while inflicting just 17.

Though their success rate in team tackles is about 42%, they failed completely in their last outing. Captain Saurabh Nandal and Surjeet Singh were in decent form, but they have looked rusty. The team management is still very rigid with its raiding combination. With just 6 victories in the season, it is unlikely that the Bulls may proceed in the next round. 

Bengaluru has won 9 out of their 1 encounters against the Pink Panthers. Jaipur beat them twice last season which also included a defeat in the semi-finals. The only brownie points for Bengaluru is that they have defeated the defending champions once in this season. This is a DoD moment for the Bulls at Patna.

Time is running out of the Bengaluru Bulls. They got smashed in their last match against the Tamil Thalaiva and hence their confidence will be dented. There is not much hope in their raiding. Raiders Vikash and Bharat Hooda may not be in the starting 7. But youngsters like Askhit and Suhshil will lead the charge in raiding. Captain Saurabh Nandal and Surjeet may be successful in flashes but overall the Bengaluru defense will leak points.

The Jaipur Pink Panthers will exploit this situation. Arjun Deshwal will score another Super 10 while the Jaipur defenders will have a gala time. At least 2 Jaipur defenders will score a Hi 5. It will be interesting to see how many all-outs the Pink Panthers inflict. They have face some resistance in the form of a Super tackle but overall the Jaipur Pink Panthers may not have any issue bulldozing over the Bulls. If the Bengaluru Bulls can slow down the pace of the game, they may be in for a chance. Else expect mayhem from the Pink Panthers.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino