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Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

Last chance for Haryana Steelers as they clash with Patna Pirates.

  • Former champions Pirate have already qualified for the next round.
  • Haryana Steelers are placed 5th in the points table.
  • A victory here would keep them afloat for the eliminators.

This will be a TIE

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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The Patna Pirates have already qualified for the eliminators and will look at this game as a warm up for the big day. They have been clinical throughout the tournament and look far ahead for the rest of the lot. They will be chasing their 4 title post this match. The Haryana Steelers have looked good in patches as they struggle to hold on to the 5th place in the points table. They are better placed than the 3 other teams vying for this spot. Unfortunately they lost the Bengaluru Bulls by 22 points thus denting their confidence. They have learnt from their mistakes and have come back in style. This is the moment for the Steelers as a victory over the Pirates will reinstate their faith. The Pirates tried out their bench against Dabang Delhi and looks like they will continue to experiment. Their defenders have been ruthless and their raiders have earned big points. The Haryana Steelers will have to make sure that Vikash Kandola stays on the mat through the match. Only then they can win against the Pirates.

Patna Pirates Preview

Patna Pirates has been the best among the rest. They have been the best team in the tournament as they were the first to qualify for the next stage. They seem to have chosen the perfect team for such a long league. Their raiders may not feature in the top 10 but they have been effective. Their combinations have unsettled the best defenders as the Pirates have looted points at will. Patna has one of the best sets of defenders who have been fearless and sensational with their moves. Left corner Mohamedreza has been especially dangerous in most games. Sajin and Neeraj Kumar have executed lethal body blocks with ease. As they qualified for the next stage quite early, they have tried their bench in some games. Their team was led by Monu in the last match against Dabang. They also tried players like Mohit, Balaji, Shubham Shinde and Kenyan Daniel Odhiambo. This will allow players like Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar, Prashant Rai and Neeraj Kumar to refresh themselves for the big knock out games. They beat the Haryana Steelers by 3 points when these sides met first in the early part of the season. Raider Monu Goyat had scored a Super 10 in that match. The Pirates will look forward for some quality mat time and make sure that all their players remain in touch as they approach the knock-out. 

Their defenders will look forward to isolate Vikash Kandola for long periods so that the Steelers will be under pressure throughout the match.

Haryana Steelers Preview

The Haryana Steelers are chasing a dream as they aim to move to the next stage. They are placed 5th in the points table and need to win this game so as to keep them in a comfortable position. They lost their last game to the Bengluru Bulls as Vikash Kandola was trapped very early and consistently. He could score only 4 points in that game. Other raiders were also kept under control and this hampered their scoring process. They will have to overcome these issues at the earliest so that they can beat the Pirates. Backup raiders Ashish, Vinay and Iranian Mahalli will have to hunt with agility and shrewdness. The Steelers are dependent on Vikash Kandola and he will be the key to their victory. Defenders Jaideep has been one of the best in the tournament and he along with Mohit and Surender Nada will have to forge and unbeatable partnership to trap the Pirates. 

This will be their toughest game as they aim to beat the best. The Steelers have lost 2 out of their last 5 games and need to overcome the mental block. They lost steam in the second half in their last game and they blew their chances from there. They will have to repair these basic issues else they will be dependent on the results of other teams. Defender Jaideep has been a star in his own right. He has executed 57 successful tackles which earned him 4 High 5’s. Veteran Surender Nada will have to be at his best in order to help his teammates perform well. They will be lucky if the Pirates field a second string side. This will help the Steelers win by a healthy margin.

This is the time for redemption for the Haryana Steelers. They have struggled yet played well throughout the season. This has helped them regain their consistency and move up the points table steadily. They have seen a dip in their form in the last couple of games but they will have to forget it and restart. Vikash Kandola and Jaipdeep will be the key to their success. The Patna Pirates will look forward to give their bench another chance to enjoy their mat time. The Pirates have already qualified for their next stage and this will be a good opportunity for them to test some of their younger players. But this will the biggest test of the Haryana Steelers, physically, mentally and a test of their character!!!!!

This will be a TIE

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino