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Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Tamil Thalaivas, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Patliputra indoor stadium, Patna



Toppers Jaipur Pink Panthers take on revitalized Tamil Thalaiva.

  • Tamil Thalaiva has won 4 consecutive matches.
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 11 out of their 16 matches.
  • Tamil Thalaiva thrashed U Mumba by 16 points in their last outing.

Tamil Thalaiva will win.

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

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Defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers are sailing nicely towards another tournament final. But the Tamil Thalaiva have recharged themselves mid-season as they have won 4 consecutive matches. Such has been their dominance that the Thalaiva hammered half century of team points against a much superior U Mumba in their last match. The resurgence of the Thalaiva is similar to season 9 when it forced its way into the eliminators. The Jaipur Pink Panthers have not lost any match in their last 5 outings. Though they settled for a TIE against the Benglauru Bulls.

The Pink Panthers have won 5 out of their 9 encounters with the Thalaiva. They defeated the men in yellow on 23rd December 2023 in a low scoring match. The margin of victory was just 1 point. Considering the way Tamil Thalaiva has operated in their last 4 matches, this will be the biggest test for the defending champions. Tamil Thalaiva needs to win every match from here to stake claim to the next round. If they are able to topple Jaipur, it will give them the necessary ammunition for the future.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview

The defending champions are on a dream run this season. They are on top of the points table with 11 victories out of 16 matches. They have won 4 out of their last 5 games and the entire unit looks like a well-oiled machine. MVP of season 9 Arjun Deshwal has been in phenomenal form as he has earned 178 raid points in the season. With his exploits on the mat, he was given a special award from his home state recently. Defenders Ankush is in the top 10 with 51 successful tackles in 16 matches. 

The Pink Panthers experienced a speed-breaker in their last match against the Bengaluru Bulls. It was a low scoring affair which ended as a TIE. The Bulls regulated the Jaipur raiders but the Pink Panthers retaliated with a strong defense. None of the raiders from either team were able to score a Super 10. After trailing at half-time, the Pink Panthers crawled back in the match by inflicting an all-out late in the second half. That saved them the blushes as Jaipur shared the points instead of losing the match. 

Jaipur used their initial matches to try out different combinations. They used Rahul Chaudhary along with Sahul Kumar. But Jaipur has a set game plan which revolves around their star raider Arjun Deshwal. Veteran Ajith has also contributed as a side-kick. Overall the Pink Panthers have followed a more defensive approach this season. Captain Sunil Kumar along with left corner Ankush as the pillars of their defense. Iranian all-rounder Reza Mirbagheri has been impressive along with KS Abhishek and Lucky Sharma. This has helped the Pink Panthers complement the scoring from their raiders.

 They have also inflicted 21 all-outs on their opponents though Jaipur needs to improve on this particular number. Jaipur raiders have also executed 7 Super raids which takes the steam out of their opponents. They have a success rate of 43% in team tackles. 

Defender Rexa has executed just 39 successful tackles in 15 matches. The Pink Panthers will take on the Tamil Thalaiva at the indoor stadium in Patna which will be a challenge. Tamil Thalaiva shocked Jaipur last year during the league phase. Season 8 witnessed Jaipur being forced to settle for a TIE in 2 of their league matches against the Thalaiva. Hence this encounter will be a tricky one for the defending champions.

Tamil Thalaivas Preview

A bunch of young players with a terrific attitude entertained their fans in the first few games of the season. The Tamil Thalaiva looked invincible until they crossed paths with U Mumba. Tamil lost that match by a margin of 13 points and followed it up with another defeat at the hands of the Patna Pirates. The margin of defeat was once again 13 points. 

After a lean mid-season, the men in yellow have bounced back in style. With 4 consecutive victories, they look recharged. Tamil Thalaiva shocked U Mumba in their last match. Not only did they complete half century of team points, but they won the match by huge margin of 16 points. Raiders Narender and Ajinkya Pawar scored a Super 10 each while defenders operated in top gear. Himanshu scored a Hi while captain Sagar, Sahil Gulia and Abhisek scored 4 tackle pointe each. It was a clinical performance by the Thalaiva as they scored 27 team points in the first half apart from inflicting 3 all-outs in the match.

Captain Sagar has been impressive while left corner Sahil Gulia has hunted with class. Defender Himanshu scored 8 points against the Patna Pirates. Overall the Thalaiva has worked in unison. The players need to complement each other as they take on the defending champions. 

Their success rate in team raids is about 36% which is just under par. 

Even though the Tamil Thalaiva has some fantastic defenders, their success rate in team tackles is just about 45%.

They have inflicted 23 all-outs in 16 matches apart from conceding 13.

Tamil Thalaiva has been pushed to the 11th spot in the points table at the beginning of the month. But they have made a terrific comeback as they currently stand at the 7th spot.  The Thalaiva cannot afford too many mistakes. They have a decent record against the Jaipur Pink Panthers. The men in yellow have to punch above their weight to surprise the defending champions. They came close in their last outing against Jaipur this season, but this may be the opportunity for redemption.

Welcome to one of the most exciting encounters for the season as the Jaipur Pink Panthers take on the tricky Tamil Thalaiva. Both teams have performed beyond expectations in their last 4 matches. Jaipur were stunned in their last match as they had to settle for a TIE. But Arjun Deshwal looks in ominous form. He will have to be careful as the Tamil defense is quite strong. He may not be able to score a Super 10. Left corner Ankush and Reza Mirbhagheri will be ruthless against the Tamil raiders. The Jaipur defense will be effective especially in the first half.

The Thalaiva will surprise the defending champions with some quick moves in the first half. They might take a lead too at half-time. But this will be a test for raiders Narender and Ajinkya Pawar. This match will be the biggest test for the Tamil defense. Both teams will showcase some extraordinary tactics as it will be a low scoring match. The margin of victory was just 1 point when these two sides met last time in this season. It might be a repeat of the same or this match ideally could end as another TIE!!

Tamil Thalaiva will win.


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Author: Pankaj Khiladino