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JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS won the match
Defending champions take on the prodigious UP Yodha.
UP Yodha will win
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, PuneBet Now
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The defending champions will be up against a formidable opponent as they take on the UP Yodha. Both teams have earned 15 points after playing 5 matches. Both Jaipur and UP have won just 2 out of their 5 matches and scored a TIE in one of them. Hence both are sailing in the same boat. Unfortunately the Pink Panthers have not scored heavily in each of their match, hence their score difference is a cause of concern.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers had a lucky escape as the defeated the Patna Pirates by just 1 point in a low scoring match. Veteran Ajith blasted the Pirates with 16 points in the match. the Pink Panthers trailed by 8 points at half-time but then Ajith and Arjun Deshwal cooked the match on bon-fire to roast the Pirates by 1 point.
The UP Yodha would consider themselves unfortunate as they had to settle for a TIE against the Bengal Warriors. This was a match they should have won. Skipper Pardeep Narwal was tactically isolated but Surinder Gill punched above his weight to earn 18 points. But the Yodha lost its sharpness in its defense in the second half as they settled for a TIE.
Both teams have a few weaknesses that can be exploited. This will be an entertaining game for all the fans.
The defending champions have been just above average in the 5 matches that they have played. With just 15 points they are placed 6th behind the UP Yodha. Jaipur lost their first bout of the season followed by a TIE against the Bengal Warriors. They won their first match of the season when they defeated the Gujarat Giants. They fell short of intensity in their next match followed by a heist against the Patna Pirates.
MVP of season 9 Arjun Deshwal has been their most successful raider. He has earned 45 raid points from 5 games. But he was totally neutralized in the last encounter against the Pirates. It was veteran Ajith who crashed the party with 16 points even though he was off the mat for almost 27 minutes of the match. Apart from 11 touch points, Ajith added 2 tackle points to his earnings. Jaipur has used the services of third raider Bhavani Rajput but they have never tried the trio of Arjun, Ajith and Bhavani together. They seem to be overtly defensive in their approach.
The Pink Panthers have a few issues with their defense too. Their success rate in team tackles is just around 30% which is quite disappointing. Left corner Ankush was their most successful defender last year, but this season he has not been consistent. Even captain Sunil Kumar has been blowing hot and cold. Jaipur had to replace veteran defender Sahul Kumar midway. His replacement at the right corner Lucky Sharma scored 2 tackle points in a low scoring game.
Hence the defending champions will be under tremendous pressure with regards to their defensive strategy. The Pink Panthers have been troubled by the UP Yodha in the past. Jaipur has won 4 out of their 9 encounters in the past. The Pink Panthers can only succeed is their star raider Arjun Deshwal is able to score more than 15 points in the match. Unfortunately the Pink Panthers have a fragile defense which may not be able to stop UP raider Surinder Gill. This will be a tough match for the defending champions.
UP Yodha is currently placed 5th in the points table. They have won 2 out of their 5 matches. Captain Pardeep Narwal has been impressive in a couple of matches but the opposition teams have decoded ways to stop him. He could score just 2 raid points against the Bengal Warriors and sat out for almost 28 minutes. But fortunately for the Yodha, they have another star in the form of raider Surinder Singh. Surinder has been galloping away with raid points in each match.
He has scored 60 raid points in 45 successful raids which includes 3 Super raids. He stunned the Bengal Warriors with a Super raid very early in his last match. All-rounder Vijay Malik has supported this duo quite effectively, hence the Yodha has not fallen short of a third raider. UP Yodha has a very unique strategy which they used successfully in the last season. Pardeep Narwal plays the side-kick to Surinder Gill.
The Yodha should have won their last match against the Bengal Warriors. They led by half-time but lost a bit of intensity in the second half forcing them to settle for a TIE. But overall UP has a good defensive combination. All-rounder Gurdeep and left corner Sumit have been effective. They have executed 29 successful tackles in 5 matches. Defenders Ashu Singh and Nitesh Kumar need to be more consistent in the upcoming matches.
The UP Yodha has a 43% success rate in team raids while their defense has been ruthless with a 46% success rate in team tackles. They have inflicted 10 all-outs in5 matches which is the highest among all teams. The pace at which the Yodha earns is sensational. They have an average of 41.8 team points per match.
UP Yodha can use this intensity to create a cyclonic situation for the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Yodha has won 5 out of their 9 encounters against the Jaipur Pink Panthers. If Pardeep Narwal could exploit the fragile Jaipur defense he can bounce back in the tournament.
This will be one of the toughest test for the defending champions as they take on the UP Yodha. Both teams have earned 15 points after playing 5 matches. Unfortunately the Pink Panthers have a major headache regarding their defense. It looks one dimensional and slightly out of form.
Left corner Ankush and Captain Sunil Kumar will trap Pradeep Narwal in the first half. Iranian Reza Mirbagheri will hunt effortlessly. But Jaipur may not be able to maintain this intensity in the second half. Raider Arjun Deshwal will score a Super 10 and he will be supported by veteran raider Ajith.
UP Yodha will unleash Pardeep and Surinder Gill. One of them will score a huge Super 10. Not only will they lead by halftime, they will also inflict an all-out in the first half. Left corner Sumit and all-rounder Gurdeep will be ruthless in their tackles as they will take the steam out of the Jaipur attack. All-rounder Vijay Malik will be the trump card for the Yodha as they should be able to win this match quite easily.
UP Yodha will win
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