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Virtual Quarter Final for Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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They say life is basically simple, we complicate matters. This is true for the Puneri Paltan as they had a golden opportunity to seal their berth for the eliminators. But they lost to the Bengal Warriors after taking the lead it the first half. Now they are in a virtual quarter final with the Jaipur Pink Panthers who also need a win to move ahead. Such has been the competition this season that one can’t predict the top six team till the last day. Jaipur Pink Panthers beat the Telegu Titans to move into the 6th place in the points table. The Puneri Paltan have themselves to blame as they got complacent after taking an 11-2 lead in the first few minutes of the game. Now they will have to go all out in order to beat the Pink Panthers which will not be easy for them. They lost to the Pink Panthers by 5 points in their last meeting. This will be one of the most entertaining match of the season as both teams will be desperate and impatient to win.
The Pink Panthers redeemed themselves in their last few games as they beat U Mumba and Telegu Titans to move into the 6th place in the points table. They have given themselves a better chance to move into the next round. But their journey has been filled with inconsistencies. Their defence has been blowing hot and cold which has resulted in the Pink Panthers winning 10 out of their 21 games. Fortunately raider Arjun Deshwal has been their star through the season with a phenomenal record. He has earned 249 points from 209 successful raids. He has out-performed everyone and he will spearhead their attack against the Puneri Paltan.
The guardian combo of Sandeep Dhull and Sahul Kumar have been fearless in their hunting. They may have an off day once in a while but they will be the key to Jaipur in this all important game. The Pink Panther defence has earned 29 tackle points in their last 2 games and this is a sensational record. They will have to repeat this ruthless hunting against the Puneri Paltan. The introduction of all rounder Brijendra Singh and Sachin Narwal has helped the Pink Panthers to compensate for the unavailability of Deepak Niwas Hooda. Brijendra has done well in raiding as well as assisting in tackles. The Pink Panthers will be more than happy to exploit the Puneri Paltan which will be disappointed after their loss to the Bengal Warriors. This would be the perfect opportunity for the Pink Panther to seal their berth for the eliminators.
It is human to err, but it is criminal to be complacent on the mat. The Puneri Paltan paid the price of overlooking basic things as they lost an important encounter to the Bengal Warriors. They could have sealed their berth for the next stage with this win. They started off well taking a lead of 9 points in the first 5 minutes. The biggest shocker came when Maninder executed a Puneri all out to take Bengal ahead in the last 5 minutes of the game. The Paltan disintegrated and conceded another all out to lose the match by 9 points. This has kept them shackled to the 7th place as their hopes are now hinged on their match with the Pink Pathers. The game can be ruthless when you take it easy. Puneri Paltan gave 33 points in the 2nd half which is nothing but criminal. They could not keep Maninder off the mat and that hurt them badly. They will have to regroup now and give their best in their last league game. They have all the ammunition which has brought them victories. But now it will be their mind which will play games in a DoD scenario. They will have to rethink about what went wrong in the second half against the Warriors and how did they leak so many points after taking an early lead. Fortunately Mohit Goyat got a Super 10 in the last match and he will be the key for the Puneri Paltan. Defenders Sombir and Vishal Bharadwaj combined well but Abhinesh could not make a mark in this crucial encounter. This will be their last chance to qualify for the next stage. Their fans will be hoping for a better performance as the Paltan has all the ingredients to make it to the next round.
This looks to be a very complicated match, as both the teams have more issues to solve than plans to execute. Jaipur Pink Panthers are in a much better position than the Paltan. Puneri Paltan will have to make sure that their moral stays high even after the devastating loss in their last game. The will have to regroup very quickly and play their natural game. Defenders Abinesh and Sanket Sawant will have to be at their best when they take on Arjun Deshwal and company. The Pink Pathers will hope that Deepak Hooda is fit to play this crucial encounter. They just need to draw or win this game to stay at the 6th place and qualify for the next round. Defenders Sandeep Dhull and Sahul Kumar will have to repeat their exploits of the last 2 games and keep the Puneri raiders off the mat for long.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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