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Patna Pirates vs Bengaluru Bulls, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Patliputra indoor stadium, Patna

Match Draw

Struggling Bulls to clash with 3 time champions Patna Pirates.

  • Patna Pirates have not defeated the Bulls since season 8.
  • Bengaluru Bulls is placed 9th while the Pirates are placed 4th in the points table.
  • Both teams have TIED one game out of their last 5.

Patna Pirates will win.

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

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Former champions cross paths once again in season 10. Both teams have not been able to upgrade their game. The Bulls are stagnated at the 9th spot after playing 16 matches. Though they earned a well-deserved TIE against the defending champions in their last match, they seem to be out of the race for the next round. The Patna Pirates have been working overtime on home turf. This will be their 4th match in this week as they have just to the 4th spot in the points table with 3 victories from their last 5 games. 

A clinical performance in their last match against the Gujarat Giants has given hope the Pirate fans. It was a dominating display of skills by the Pirates as they won the match by a margin of 12 points. The Patna defense was super strong as they allowed only 20 team points to their opponents in the entire match. Similarly, the Bengaluru Bulls too fought tooth and nail against the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Left corner Ran Singh was at his best as he earned a Hi 5. The Bulls conned the Pirates in their first meeting of season 10. This match was played on 8th January as the Pirates went down by just 2 points. Hence revenge will on their mind as they take on the Bulls on their home turf.

Patna Pirates Preview

The Patna Pirates have been quite moody in this season. They were wobbly in their first few matches only to display a champion attitude in the next few games. But this effervescence has gone in 2024 as they find themselves at the 4th spot in the points after playing 17 matches. Though they have won 3 out of their last 5 games, the Pirates are missing the knock-out punch. Initially they had issues with their raiding income as regulars like Sachin and Manjeet were not earning enough. Hence they drafted all-rounder Sudhakar and raider Sandeep Kumar. This move helped them in some games but the Pirates witnessed breakdowns in their defense. 

But the Pirates have worked overtime this week to produce some surprising results. They will be playing their 4th match in 7 days and this will be a test of their physical and mental skills. Patna Pirates won back to back games and later TIED a match with the Puneri Paltan. This gave the necessary boost. The Pirates then deceived the Gujarat Giants into submission. Such was the tenacity that Gujarat could score just 20 points in the entire match. None of the Patna raiders could score a Super 10 but this was a decimating performance by their defense. Krishnan and Ankit scored a Hi 5 each as they helped script their 8th victory of the season. 

The Pirates have improved their raiding in the last few matches. Sachin and Manjeet are back to their hunting habits which has resulted in their team raiding efficiency going up to 40%. The Patna Pirates have earned 365 team raid points this season but unfortunately they have also conceded 606 team points. Hence the Pirates will have to win matches with huge margins. They will be up against the Bengaluru Bulls who are struggling. But Patna has not defeated the Bulls since season 8 though Patna has won 12 out of their 2 encounters. The Pirates lost to the Bulls in their first meeting of season 10. It was a tough match which went down the wire. Now in front of their fans, Patna Pirates will be ready to tame the Bulls so as to confirm their ticket for the next round.

Bengaluru Bulls Preview

The Bengaluru Bulls have been through a disastrous season. They are totally out of sync and out of ideas. Former champions are placed 9th in the points table after playing 16 matches. They have been able to win just 6 matches this season. Most of their time is utilized in trying out different players as most of their playing 7 is out of form. The raiding has been inconsistent while their defenders have been slippery. 

The Bulls have an efficiency of just about 31% in team raids while their success rate in team tackles is about 43%. One can still say that their defense has been a face saver. But their biggest concern has been their raiding. Benglauru Bulls have put up a brave face in the last few matches. They have lost 2 out of their last 5 games. They managed to hold the Jaipur Pink Panthers in their last match. It was a low scoring affair which ended as a TIE. Though the Bengaluru raiders failed once again, their defense came up with some creative tackles. Left corner Ran Singh Raniya used his experience to regulate the Jaipur raiders as he scored a Hi 5. Captain Saurabh Nandal and Surjeet were aggressive too. But raiding is their major headache.

Vikash Kandola was drafted in the side post the auctions. But he has been out of form. Vikash has scored just less than 60 raid points in 15 matches. Raider Bharat Hooda has been operating like a one man army. But he was trapped very early by Jaipur and spent most of his time off the mat. Bengaluru has tried to use Neeraj Narwal as their third raider without much success. They do not have too many raiders in their squad, hence they can’t experiment with too many players. Bengaluru Bulls used the services of young raiders Ankit and Sushil in the last match. Raider Monu too chipped in with 6 raid points.

Their fans would be disappointed by their rigidity in not changing their raiding strategy. As the Bulls get ready to take on the Patna Pirates, they will be eager to find answers to some serious questions. Will the Bulls take a step back and become a defense heavy team? If they can’t earn too much via raids, can the Bulls trap their opponents like the spider rather than sting like a bee? These questions need to be answered by Bengaluru urgently as they are running out of time and matches in season 10.

Welcome to the clash of former champions at the indoor stadium in Patna. The Pirates are on the upswing with some sensational performances in their last 5 matches. Suddenly they have found the winning formula which can help them move in to the top 3. They are currently placed 4th in the points table. Raiders Sachin Tanwar and Manjeet may not earn too much but young raider Sandeep Kumar will lead the charge. He will score a Super 10. Defenders Krishnan, Ankit and Mayur Kadam will dominate the Bulls through the match.

The Bengaluru Bulls will rely on their defenders to survive. If they are able to regulate the raid earnings of the Pirates, only then they stand a chance. Defenders Ran Singh, Saurabh Nandal and Surjeet will have to give their best in this match. The Bulls will trail by the end of the first half and they may concede more than 2 all-outs in the match. They were able to fox the Pirates when they met last time in this season, but this encounter may be too hot to handle for the Bengaluru Bulls.

Patna Pirates will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino