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Revitalized Patna Pirates clash with Consistent Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, PuneBet Now
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Former champions have always entertained all the kabaddi fans. Both teams have had contrasting journeys this season. The Patna Pirates looked totally lost at the beginning of the season as they could not win their first 4 games. They announced their comeback after a thumping victory over the defending champions and since then, the Pirates have scripted their own destiny. The team hasn’t changed, it is just the change in attitude that has helped the Pirates get back to winning ways.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers have been one of the most efficient teams on the circuit. They carefully bought specific players and designed a tactically strong team. Their most important asset is their raiding party consisting of Arjun Deshwal, Rahul Chaudhary, and Ajith. Captain Sunil Kumar has maintained tenacity in the defense which makes the Pink Panthers a dangerous squad.
Both teams have entertained their fans and they will be on collision course with this bout. The Pink Panthers won their last encounter this season by a margin of 5 points. A lot has changed since then and the Pirates will be planning a heist in this match.
The Patna Pirates fans got the shock of their life when their team could not win a game in the initial weeks of the season. The Pirates could not simply navigate on the mat. But the 3 times champions came back in style beating Dabang Delhi. The journey has been smooth since then.
The Patna Pirates are placed 7th in the points table after playing 11 games. They have not lost any of their last 5 games but this includes a TIE. They had tough games against the Gujarat Fortune Giants and U Mumba but the Pirates held their nerve. This is the same group of players who looked pedestrian in their first 4 games. But the return of left corner Mohammedreza added a lot of spice to the Pirates' defense. Raider Sachin Tanwar has been phenomenal since the last few games as he has registered 5 Super 10’s in 11 games.
The major concern of the Pirates is the lack of a second and third raider. They are heavily dependent on Sachin which gets them in trouble once in a while. Raiders Monu and Anuj Kumar have played well but they are still warming up.
Fortunately, Captain Neeraj Kumar has got back to his lethal hunting while defender Sunil has been consistent. Both defenders along with Mohammedreza have scripted the Pirates' comeback. All-rounder Rohit Gulia led the raiding in the first few games and he was spot on. But he has been rested for the last few games as the Patna Pirates will be preserving his for the long season.
The Patna Pirates have improved their approach in the last few games but there is still scope for improvements.
The Pirates have executed 163 successful team raids out of their total 465 team raids.
They have been able to conduct just 99 successful team tackles in 11 games.
The former champions have inflicted 16 all-outs in 11 games while conceding 14.
They will be pumped up to take on the Pink Panthers in their next encounter. The result of this match will script the journey ahead for the Pirates in this season.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers have roared this season. They have one of the most balanced squads among all the teams. This has helped them remain in the top 3 of the points table for most of the season. But they still have a lot of matches to play where they will have to maintain the same intensity.
The Pink Panthers have some mercurial players. Young raider Arjun Deshwal impressed everyone with his skills in the last season. He seems to have continued from where he left off. He has scored 122 raid points in 11 games which include 7 Super 10’s. Seldom has he not delivered. Fortunately, Arjun got the support of veterans Rahul Chaudhary and Ajith. Rahul completed 1000 PKL raid points in the last match to become only the 3rd player in the history of PKL to do so. In the twilight of his career, Rahul has managed to adapt to the situation and has contributed in raids as well as assists in tackles.
But the biggest strength for the Pink Panthers is their defense. The inclusion of young diminutive and agile left corner Ankush has been their best move. He tops the list of defenders for season 9 with 37 successful tackles in 11 games. He has been given the license to hunt and Ankush has been fearless with his ankle holds and thigh holds. Captain Sunil Kumar has been consistent with 33 successful tackles in 11 games.
With a ripe defense and lethal raiders, the Jaipur Pink Panthers are difficult to beat. They did lose a bit of intensity as they lost 3 consecutive games earlier in the week. They lost to the Puneri Paltan followed by a surprise defeat to the Tamil Thalaiva. They were conned by the Benglauru Bulls in their next encounter.
But the Pink Panthers gathered themselves and came back in style to win their next 2 games. They beat the Patna Pirates the last month but this match will be a different ballgame. The Pirates have recharged themselves and it will be a tough ask for the Pink Panthers.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 8 out of their 17 encounters. But the Pirates have not beaten the Pink Panthers since September 2019.
Welcome to another tight contest where battle-hardened warriors clash. Patna Pirates have been through contrasting emotions. They have settled into a decent combination but it will be an uphill task against the Pink Panthers.
The outcome of this game will depend on how the Pirate defense performs. Left corner Mohammedreza will have to work overtime to trap Arjun Deshwal. Captain Neeraj and Sunil will have to work hard to make sure there is no panic in the Pirate camp. Raider Sachin Tanwar will earn a Super 10 but the other raiders may not be able to earn significantly.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will dominate the first half. Raiders Arjun Deshwal, Rahul Chaudhary, and Ajith will earn handsomely. Defender Ankush at the left corner will be over-excited in the first half but his contribution will influence the end result. Captain Sunil Kumar will play an important role in this match.
Patna Pirates have their backs to the wall as they take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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