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Jaipur looking for a knock-out punch against hot and spicy Tamil Thalaiva.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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The Thalaiva is fast catching up with the top teams as it has won consecutive games. The Thalaiva has impressed everyone with the way they have beaten top teams. They beat the Bengal Warriors followed by U Mumba. They are very dangerous only due to their self-belief. Within their limitations, they have overpowered bigger teams causing unexpected twists in scripts.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers have suffered an odd breakdown throughout the season. They were cruising through their games but lost control in their last match against the Puneri Paltan. It was a hard-fought match in which they lost by a margin of 7 points. This may not push them back too much in the points table but it will certainly dent their confidence.
The Pink Panthers will be wary of the Tamil Thalaiva as they can be tricky opponents. Jaipur has all the ammunition to tackle the Thalaiva but fatigue and deception may just prove to be too much for the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
The Pink Panthers suffered a jolt in their last game as they lost to table toppers Puneri Paltan. This was touted as another dress rehearsal of a possible final but the Pink Panthers could not match the Paltan. This may not be a good sign as they need to get their act together against top teams like the Bulls and Puneri Paltan.
It was a total breakdown of their defense that caused this defeat even though raider Arjun Deshwal plundered 19 points in the match. Had the defense been a bit spicy, Jaipur would have thrashed the Paltan. Even star defender Ankush could not save the day for the Pink Panthers.
Jaipur is currently placed 3rd in the points table after winning 10 out of their 16 matches. Only the Bulls and the Paltan have won 10 or more matches this season. Jaipur is heavily dependent on Arjun Deshwal who has had a great run in season 9. He has earned 180 raid points from 145 successful raids.
But the support raiders Rahul Chaudhary and Ajith have been good but not great in complementing Arjun. This may prove to be the difference between Jaipur and the top teams. As the Pink Panthers prepare for the playoff, they need to sharpen their skills and cover up their weaknesses. They become too defensive during matches leading to a drop in intensity.
They earned just 3 tackle points in their last game apart from conceding 2 all-outs which lead to the debacle. But they can consider this as a blip in the season as they get ready to take on the Tamil Thalaiva in a tricky encounter. The Pink Panthers lost to the Thalaiva earlier in the season and it was a bitter loss. Most of the Jaipur players kept on warming the bench during the match which made it difficult for them to regulate the game. Defenders Sahul Kumar and Ankush were off the mat for almost 25 minutes of the game. The Jaipur defense collapsed in that encounter and the Pink Panthers will be careful not to let this happen again.
The story of the Tamil Thalaiva has been a rags-to-riches story. They had the shocker of their life in their first game itself as Pawan Sehrawat was badly injured and yet to return on the mat. They went in the hole for the next few games languishing at the bottom of the table. But youngsters in their squad took the opportunity to play fearlessly yielding their unexpected results. Among all the big teams, the Thalaiva has become a force to reckon with.
They have been flying under the radar avoiding being caught by the enemy and have quietly occupied the 5th position in the points table. They have won just 7 out of their 16 matches but they have taken their chances against slippery teams to earn vital points.
Young raider Narender has been their lucky charm with 169 raid points from 136 successful raids. He has scored 9 Super 10’s in 16 games.
Captain Sagar has been a true leader putting in inspirational performances in every game. He has conducted 44 successful tackles in 16 matches. This has inspired teammates like Sahil Gulia and left corner Himanshu. Defenders Mohit and Abhishek have contributed in most games which have converted the Thalaiva into a dangerous unit.
The Thalaiva has conducted 237 successful team raids out of their total 679 team raids. They need to improve efficiency in this case.
Their success rate in tackles is about 39% which is quite impressive.
They have also been involved in 16 Super tackles which prove that the Thalaiva does not give up even in drastic situations.
The Thalaiva has used diverse tactics throughout the season. They have earned 63 Do-or-Die raids points which proves that they are confident to play the DoD card with empty raids. Raider Narender has contributed 27 DoD raid points out of these 63. The Thalaiva has a golden chance to get even with the Pink Panthers and announce their arrival in the top 4 this season.
Welcome to another tricky encounter as the Jaipur Pink Panthers take on a resurgent Tamil Thalaiva. Jaipur has been consistent through the season but an encounter with the Thalaiva has always made them uneasy. Tamil Thalaiva shocked the Pink Panthers earlier which makes this contest even more mouthwatering.
Jaipur will depend on the exploits of Arjun Deshwal who will earn well but won’t be able to loot points. Raiders Rahul Chaudhary and Ajith will not be able to deceive the Tamil defense. It will all come down to the hunting skills of left-corner Ankush and Captain Sunil Kumar. The Pink Panthers will have a tough time scoring points in the first half. They may even concede an all-out.
The Tamil Thalaiva will take a decisive lead in the first half. Raider Narender will score a Super 10 while Ajikya Pawar will complement him well. Defenders Sagar and right cover Abhishek will slow down Jaipur raider Arjun Deshwal. Left corner Himanshu will prosper in this encounter while the Thalaiva may just lose intensity in the second half.
Both teams will enter a street fight in the dying moments of the match.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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