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Teams not in the “Pink” of health ready to clash- Bengal Warriors vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
Jaipur Pink Panthers will beat Bengal Warriors
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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This will be a race between teams who have vehicles with multiple issues, their engines are not running well, they have a lot of punctured tires, fuel efficiency is doubtful and breakdowns are a regular feature. Welcome to the contest between Bengal Warriors and Jaipur Pink Panters.
Bengal Warriors are going through a bout of amnesia, they have forgotten how to play like champions. Star raider Maninder is in top notch form, yet their team is not able to rally around him. Sukesh Hedge has been in decent form, but the defence is not able to forge a sharp weapon. They are having butter fingers letting the opposition raiders profit from their mistakes.
Jaipur Pink panther’s were the first winners of the PKL, but since then they have had a maverick journey through the seasons. This was primarily due to team combinations. Inconsistency has dogged this talented team. They are 7th in the points table with 11 points. They looked good when they beat UP Yodha and Haryana Steelers in close matches, but they looked worn out against a strong U Mumba. They just need to stick to their basics.
This will be a close match as both teams are prone to mistakes, Jaipur might add to the misery of the defending champions.
No 7 in the points table, Jaipur is still work in progress. A bunch of talented players are not able to brew a tasty recipe of success consistently, which is disappointing. After their wins over Haryana Steelers and UP Yodha, they looked very formidable. But they faltered against U Mumba. But still they have a long way in this tournament to recover. Their major concern is the high percentage of empty raids, unsuccessful tackles and low all outs inflicted.
41.48 % successful team raids.
138 points conceded, including 5 all outs.
23 DoD raid points earned in 4 matches.
Only 1 Super Raid in 4 matches.
They have the talent, it is just about the execution. They will need to be very creative with their raids and innovative in their defence. Arjun Deshwal has been in phenomenal form with 52 points in 41 successful raids. Deepak Hooda needs to rise to the occasion in his support.
Defenders Amit, Sandeep Dhull and Shaul Kumar need to get their act together so as to rise as a team against the defending champions.
Fitness of its players will be another area of concern for the Pink Panthers. If they can hold their nerve at crucial moments, this could be the season of their revival.
The defending Champions find themselves in the 8th spot after 5 games with just 11 points and a score difference of 24. Just goes to show that their defence has been in complete disarray.
Dabang Delhi hammered them in the last match earning over 50 points as the Bengal Warrior defence kept on making silly mistakes. Warriors were all out twice within 10 minutes of the first half, such was the massacre. Then the new year brought them another defeat against the Patna Pirates.
Let us take a look at some of their statistics-
All outs conceded- 8
Highest team points conceded- 193
Average team raid points- 21.8
No wonder the Warriors are in dire straits. Their star raider Maninder is working hard, gathering a good harvest of raid points but defence is not in a complimentary mode.
Against Dabang Delhi, the defence conceded 34 points collectively to Naveen Express and all rounder Vijay. It has been a complete anti thesis for the Warriors in the last couple of games. Maninder is their “Oasis in the desert”
They have their backs to the wall, but that's where Champions emerge from. If they can reboot, recharge and look at the positives, they can come back with a bang.
With their backs to the wall, both teams need to change their tactics in order to start winning matches and gather points. Bengal Warriors are more vulnerable after 5 matches and they need to get their act together. Any more damage will make it difficult for them to move towards the play-off’s. They need to get back to winning ways.
Their defence holds all the answers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers have a new star, Arjun Deshwal who looks in great touch. They need to use Dharamraj Cheralathan more often in order to guide the young brigade of defenders. They need to put aside the memories of their loss against U Mumba, start afresh. A win over the defending champions is the tonic they need in this new year.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will beat Bengal Warriors
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