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Welcome to the Street Brawl- Patna Pirates vs Bengal Warriors.
Patna Pirates will beat the Warriors
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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The defending champions Bengal Warriors are staring at an inevitable early exit from the tournament as they seem to be going no-where. They have lost 3 out of their last 5 games and have not been able to revitalize or reboot themselves. On the other hand, the Pirates are looking invincible and have quickly jumped to the 2nd spot in the points table and have a few more games to play than the others. The Bengal Warriors lost to the Gujarat Fortune Giants and then to the Haryana Steelers. They seemed to have hit a dead end and their players are fatigued due to the long season. They have won just 7 games out of the 16 that they have played. They will be taking on the Patna Pirates who look in ominous form.
The Pirates had a face a few speed-breakers in their journey, first it was an encounter with Covid and then due to the fitness of Monu Goyat. But they have a very balanced squad as it was raider Ghuman Singh who was their star when they beat the Fortune Giants in the last game. The Bengal Warriors do not have such a cushion in their squad and that has resulted in their downward journey in the points table.
The Pirates started the season with their trio of raiders- Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai providing them with steady earnings. Then the team had to take a short break due to the pandemic. It looked like the Pirates found their “Jack Sparrow” in the form of Sachin Tanwar, but these Pirates of the mat have many characters to fall back on. Their contingency plans have worked wonders. This is a dream come true for the Pirates. As the opposition concentrates on tackling Monu Goyat, Sachin, Ghuman Singh, and Prashanth wreck havoc.
Currently placed 2nd in the points table, the Pirates have given themselves enough cushion in case anything unexpected strikes. Though they have lost 2 out of their last 5 games, they are quick learners. In the absence of star Monu Goyat, they have groomed raider Ghuman Singh who earned a Super 10 as they beat the Fortune Giants by 20 points. Their biggest asset is their defence which has resonated in most of the matches.
Left corner Mohammedreza, Neeraj Kumar and Sajin have been ruthless with their tackles. 14 out of the 43 team points came from tackles in their last game. They have to be careful about that bad day in the office as they have confirmed their berth in the knockouts.
The Pirates have executed 234 successful team raids while conducting 168 successful team tackles which is the second highest of the season. 45.41 % success rate in team tackles is something they should be proud of.
They have inflicted 22 all-outs and conceded just 13 in 15 games which is the lowest among all teams.
Defending Champions Bengal warriors always have shown the tendency to choke in big match situations. They made it to the play offs for 2 consecutive seasons few years back but failed to nail the big matches, though they won the title last time around.
They seem to be troubled by the same bug as they struggle to make it to the play-offs. They have followed a defence heavy template throughout the season which has not worked for them. But unfortunately they do not have variety of players in their squad to execute any contingency plans. They are heavily dependent on King Maninder for earnings via raids which he has done to the best of his ability. It is their defence which has let them down. That explains why the Warriors have been able to win only 7 out of their 16 games.
They met the Pirates last year on 31st December and they were crushed by 14 points, not an ideal end to 2021. But the new year got them some rare moments of happiness as they won a few games but turbulence hit their flight and they have been pushed to the 10th place in the points table.
The Warriors have conceded 19 all-outs in 16 games while they have been able to inflict only 17. They have executed 256 successful team raids but they have conducted just 121 successful team tackles which is very low for a defense heavy team.
Maninder has their lone star with 200 raid points from 148 successful raids. He has been efficient and super fit. The defending champions are on the verge of getting knocked out before the play-offs. They may still have an outside chance to make it but their next match against the Pirates will be the decider.
Patna Pirates enter into this match with all their guns blazing. Though Monu Goyat is not fully fit, Sachin, Prashanth and Ghuman Singh have been effective in their raiding. They have the upper hand in this match as Sachin and Prashanth can exploit the fragile Warriors defence. Left corner Mohammedreza will be licking his fingers to trap the Bengal raiders. He has scored 49 successful tackle in this tournament. The Pirates can cook the Warriors on the mat.
Bengal Warriors need to counter attack in style. Unfortunately Maninder does not have much backup in terms of raiders and this puts a lot of pressure on him. This will be the biggest test for the Warrior defense as it is a DoD situation for them. Defenders Vishal Mane, Ran Singh and Amit Nirwal have their task cut-out. If the Warriors play like “Defending Champions” only then they stand a chance against the Pirates.
Patna Pirates will beat the Warriors
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