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Jaipur Pink Panthers vs U Mumba, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

SMS Indoor stadium, Jaipur

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JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS won the match

Defending Champions to test themselves against U Mumba.

  • U Mumba lost to the Pink Panthers on 6 January 2024.
  • Former Champions are placed 2nd in the points table behind the Puneri Paltan.
  • U Mumba has won 2 of its last 5 matches.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: SMS Indoor stadium, Jaipur

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The defending champions have got back their swag while the former champions U Mumba are still searching for their X factor. Both teams are loaded with talented players, but the Pink Panthers have recovered nicely after a wobbly start. U Mumba are still trying to figure out how to steer clear of trouble. The Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 4 consecutive matches. They are behind table toppers Puneri Paltan with 8 victories out of 12 matches. U Mumba have been a bit rusty in the new-year as they have won 6 out of their 11 matches.

Jaipur Pink Panthers had a tough outing in their last match against the Puneri Paltan. They held their nerve as the match went down the wire. The Pink Panthers won the match by just 2 points. While all other raiders failed, Arjun Deshwal looted 16 raid points to take his team past the finish line. U Mumba had a tough game as well against the Haryana Steelers. It was Zafardanesh special as Mumba forced a TIE in a high scoring match. Hence this will be an ultimate face-off between young raiders of both teams.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview

The defending champions are back on track after they defeated their nearest rivals, Puneri Paltan in the last match. It was dejavu for them as Jaipur repeated what they did to the Paltan in the finals of season 9. This victory will also give them some brownie points as they move into the most crucial phase of the tournament. Jaipur has won 8 out of their 12 matches and look well prepared to qualify for the play-off. 

They had to play back to back games in 2 days. Both matches went down the wire as the Pink Panthers had to work overtime. They defeated the Telegu Titans by just 3 points followed by a 2 point victory over the Puneri Paltan.  Arjun Deshwal was the star in both matches. He scored 30 raid points in these 2 matches. Arjun has earned 137 raid points in 103 successful raids in season 10. He was the MVP last year and not many players are close to challenge him this time. But as Arjun Deshwal is hogging the limelight, Jaipur needs to worry about the consistency of other players. Defender Reza Mirbhagheri scored a Hi5 against the Titans while Captain Sunil Kumar was ruthless against the Paltan as he notched a Hi 5. But this is a long season and the Pink Panthers have to be prepared for the odd breakdown. The support raiders are still a concern for them. Veteran Ajith, Bhavani Rajput and Shubham Shelke have done quite well but nothing extravagant. Jaipur is totally dependent on young Arjun Deshwal. 

The Pink Panthers will take on U Mumba in their next match. They had defeated Mumba in their last outing on 6th January 2024. Overall Jaipur has won 10 out of their 22 encounters with U Mumba. Hence the Pink Panthers have to be careful. Fortunately for them even if their raiding is totally dependent on Arjun Deshwal, they have multiple options in their defense who have performed regularly. Defenders Ankush and Sahul Kumar have contributed to the team in many ways. Jaipur will be cautious against U Mumba.

U Mumba Preview

After an inconsistent start to the season, they seemed to be peaking at the right time. They have won 4 consecutive matches and have moved to the 6th spot in the points table. But U Mumba has lost its sheen in the last few matches. They lost back to back games after winning 4 on the trot. Next they had to settle for a TIE against the Haryana Steelers.

Though they have persisted with the raiding combination of Guman Singh, Zafardanesh and Jai Bhagwan, the trio has been generally inconsistent. None of these raiders are in the top 10. Hence the raiding income has always been a worry for U Mumba. But Iranian youngster Zafardanesh broke the shackles in the last match as he scored 14 raid points against Haryana. Mumba were under pressure at half-time as they have conceded an all-out. But they held their nerve to inflict 2 all-outs in the second half and saved a match that was slipping away from them. They have won only 6 out of their 11 matches which has pushed them to the 5th position in the points table. They just need to improve their consistency.

U Mumba has the best raiding success rate. Though they may not have the best raiders on the circuit, they have surprised everyone with 44% efficiency in team raids. This is due to the fact that Guman Singh and Zafardanesh have collectively earned raid points. 

They have inflicted 15 all-outs while conceding 13. This is an area where they can improve to earn those additional points. Captain Surender Singh needs to be more precise and consistent. U Mumba has also perfected the art of hit and run. They start the match aggressively and by taking a huge lead by half-time they push their opponents towards a dead end. Fortunately left corner Sombir has been in good form. He scored 6 tackle points against the Steelers even though he got a green card for his aggressive moves. The return of defender Rinku has been a blessing for U Mumba. He earned 4 points in the last match. Rinku is an important cog in the wheel for Mumba. They will need to have faith in their ability and express themselves positively on the mat. Mumba will sincerely hope that they play together as a team instead on depending on individual performances. That is the only way they can defeat Jaipur Pink Panthers.

It is always difficult to beat Jaipur Pink Panthers on their home turf. They will take on arch-rivals U Mumba in their next match. All eyes will be on Arjun Deshwal. He will score a Super 10 against U Mumba. Defenders Ankush, Reza Mirbagheri and Captain Sunil Kumar will be ruthless with their tackles. 2 of these defenders will score a Hi 5. The biggest concern will be the support raiders. If Arjun Deshwal is kept off the mat for long, Jaipur will shift to their defensive tactics and then this match could be a low scoring one. 

But U Mumba need to worry about their raiding income. Guman Singh and Zafardanesh will not be able to score a Super 10 against the strong Jaipur defense. They will start aggressively but lose steam in the second half. Hence U Mumba will have to depend on defenders Rinku Singh and Sombir. This match will be quite entertaining in the last 10 minutes of the match. Overall, U Mumba may find it difficult to counter the Pink Panthers. The visitors, Mumba will hope that they can regulate Arjun Deshwal and target those additional points during their raids.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino