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PATNA PIRATES won the match
Defending Champions take on the rejuvenated Pirates.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium, DelhiBet Now
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The clash between former champions has always been a spicy affair. After winning 12 out of their 17 matches, the defending champions have already qualified for the next round. But both teams are struggling in the initial phase of the season. Patna Pirates started the season with a bang winning their first 2 matches. But they have lost consecutive matches post a good start. The Pink Panthers have been able to win just 1 out of their first 4 games. At one point in the season, Jaipur was placed 10th in the points table. They turned it around in the next 10 matches to reach the summit.
The Pirates have had their own issues through the season. Their main raiders were out of form while their defense was inexperienced. But Patna has not last any of its last 5 matches which indicates that the 3 time champions will trouble top teams. The Pirates were conned by Jaipur last month when they met for the first time in season 10. It was a low scoring affair which the Pink Panthers stole by just 1 point. Will the defending champions try out new players as they have already qualified? Or the Pirates will get their revenge?
The defending champions have scripted a perfect journey towards the defense of their title. It took some time for their engines to run at full throttle, but the Pink Panthers are well ahead of most of the teams. After winning 12 out of their 17 matches, Jaipur has already qualified for the next round. Their closest rivals are the Puneri Paltan whom they defeated in the finals of season 9.
The Pink Panthers have a decent combination of players. MVP of season 9 Arjun Deshwal has been in good form. He has earned 191 raid points from 144 successful raids in 17 matches. Arjun has been innovative and aggressive in his approach through the season. He has adapted as per the opposition to scored 11 Super 10’s in 17 matches. Veteran raider Ajith has contributed nicely but the Pink Panthers lack a good third raider. Rahul Chaudhary does perform ones in a while but he cannot be expected to survive the whole match. Young raider Bhavani Rajput performed brilliantly in a couple of matches but he needs to be consistent as this is a long season.
The Pink Panthers defeated the in-form Tamil Thalaiva in their last match. It was a clinical performance as Arjun Deshwal scored 13 points in addition to 9 raid points from Ajith. Defenders Sahul Kumar and Reza Mirbhagri were ruthless as they earned 8 tackle points between them. After some initial hiccups, left corner Ankush is back to his old ways. He has executed 54 successful tackle this season.
Jaipur has a success rate of just 36% even though Arjun Deshwal has been operating in top gear. Their efficiency in team tackles is about 43%.
The Pink Panthers have scored 66 DoD points too which proves that they alter their strategy as per match situations.
Jaipur Pink Panthers have struggled against the Patna Pirates. They have won just 9 out of their 19 encounters with the Pirates. Jaipur defeated the Patna Pirates in their last meeting, but it was a tough match. The Pink Panthers outwitted the Pirates by just 1 point in a low scoring match. A lot has changed since then as the Pirates have recharged themselves. This will be another big test for the already qualified defending champions.
3 time champions, Patna Pirates are living on the edge. They started the season with emphatic victories in their first 2 games only to lose the next couple of matches. This was exactly their story in season 9. But after overhauling their engines, the Pirates have struck back with some back to back victories. They have not lost any of their last 5 matches. They had a couple of tough games in the last 2 weeks. The Pirates forced a TIE against Dabang Delhi which was a commendable performance. Though they could have pushed hard for a victory, it was prudent to share points rather than risk losing. Post this match, the Pirates almost stumbled against the Bengaluru Bulls.
They were lucky to force a TIE in this match which saw a complete breakdown of their defense. Though young raider Sandeep Kumar scored 14 out of the total 29 team points, it was all-rounder Ankit who saved the day with a burst of 8 points. Patna will have to be careful of such breakdowns in the future as they cannot afford to let this happen in a knock out game.
Currently placed 5th in the points table, the Pirates need to regroup at the earliest. Sachin Tanwar was not available in the last match which saw raider Manjeet being tackled very early. All-rounder Sudhakar and Sandeep Kumar put in the hard yards to score enough raid points. The Pirates have a major concern with their defense. Apart from defender Krishnan, all the other defenders have been inconsistent. This adds to the pressure which resulted in the Pirates losing consecutive games.
All-rounder Ankit has been like a blessing in disguise. But defenders Mayur Kadam, Manish and M Babu will have to upgrade their performance so as to help their team sail in to the next round. Patna has a better record against the Jaipur Pink Panthers. They have beaten the Pink Panthers 10 times out of their 19 matches. But the Pirates fell short of the killer punch against the Pink Panthers in their last match as they lost by just 1 point.With a fragile defense, the Pirates will find it challenging to rein in the Jaipur raiders, especially Arjun Deshwal.
Welcome to a spicy and exciting contest between the defending champions and the Patna Pirates. Jaipur look sorted as they have been in form in all departments of the game. Raider Arjun Deshwal looks unstoppable while left corner Ankush has been precise. Both will perform effectively in this match. Defenders Reza Mirbagheri will trouble the Patna raiders. The only issue is that if the Pirates are able to tackle Arjun Deshwal, how will the Pink Panthers react?
The Pirates will work overtime against the Pink Panthers. Raider Sandeep Kumar will be aggressive as he will score a Super 10. But all will depend on how the Patna defense operates. Mayur Kadam and M Babu will be scratchy but Krishnan and Ankit will tackle ruthlessly. They will target Arjun Deshwal. Overall the Pirates will be in command till half-time. But they might panic in the second half leading to some unnecessary tackles and all-outs being conceded. This will be the biggest test for the Pirates as a victory in this match will help them secure their place in the next round.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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