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Out of form, Jaipur Pink Panthers take on Covid free Patna Pirates.
Patna Pirates will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel and Convention CentreBet Now
The Patna Pirates were hit by the pandemic and they were forced to take a break to recover. But they came back with a bang as they beat they routed the Tamil Thalaiva’s by 28 points to announce their grand comeback. It was a delight to see Monu Goyat back in action along with Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai. The Pirates have moved to the 2nd spot in the points table and look more dangerous and stingy.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers seem to have fatigued after a good run. They have not been able to win any of their last 5 games which included 2 tied games. Deepak Niwas Hooda was missing in the last game and this is a cause of concern. Raider Arjun Deshwal is their trump card as they will face the Pirates in their toughest game of the season. The defender combo of Sahul Kumar and Sandeep Dhull seem to be overworked as they were off-colour against the Bengal Warriors.
They lost to the Pirates by 10 points in their last meeting. This time they have a chance to avenge but do they have enough firepower to sink the Pirate ship?
The Patna Pirates embody the famous pirate saying, “A smooth sea never made a skilled Pirate”. After a brush with Covid, the Pirates are back with a bang as they beat the Tamil Thalaiva’s by 28 points. They have moved to the 2nd spot in the points table with 45 points from12 games. Though they have lost 2 of their last 5 games, their exploits in their comeback match, make them more lethal and devastating.
The most important development for them is the return of star raider Monu Goyat. He was seen smiling and earning at will against the Thaliava. Out of the 52 team points, 23 were looted by Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar, and Prashanth Rai. The Pirate defense was at its best too in that game as Neeraj Kumar and Iranian Mohammedreza earned 6 tackle points each. Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai continue to earn raid points consistently. By beating the Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates can jump up the ladder to the top of the table.
They have executed 138 successful team tackles and they have the highest average of successful team tackles.
They have earned 229 raid points in 12 games while conceding 365 points.
In fact, the Pirates have recharged themselves during this break and look extremely dangerous. They saddled past half-century of points in their last game and this will prove to be the game-changer.
Jaipur Pink Panthers have always been slow to take off but they play some exciting kabaddi and are a group of moody players. They have shown signs of fatigue in their last 5 games as they have not been able to win any of them. This was expected in a long season, but the Pink Panthers have not been able to rotate players to keep them fresh. There are concerns about the fitness of Deepak Hooda who is the nucleus of this side.
Sahul Kumar and Sandeep Dhull have performed consistently as guardians but once in a while, they do have a bad day at the office. They will need to be at their best when they take on the Patna Pirates.
Arjun Deshwal has impressed all with his 152 raid points in 124 successful raids. This includes 10 Super 10’s and 36 DoD raid points which is the highest for the season.
Sahul Kumar has executed 30 successful tackles in 12 games.
The Pink Panthers have earned 250 raid points from 13 games while they have conceded 430 team points. They have lost some of their games by huge margins and this is a cause of concern. They need to work on this aspect where their expenditure outweighs their income. They need to be in control of the game and vary the pace so that they can regulate the flow of points and give themselves a window of opportunity to come back.
Their defense will be tested against a strong Patna Pirates raiding party, particularly Monu Goyat and Sachin Tanwar.
This will be a face-off between the trio of Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar, Prashanth Rai versus defenders Sandeep Dhull and Sahul Kumar.
The Pirates have made a grand comeback to the league after a hiatus due to Covid. Many teams thought that it would take some time to settle and get back in rhythm, but they surprised everybody with their devastating performance against the Tamil Thalaiva. They will try and replicate this against the Pink Panthers. The Jaipur Pink Panthers look fatigued and they will need the services of Deepak Hooda if they want to beat the Pirates.
Arjun Deshwal has spearheaded the raiding for them, but they will need their defense to fire this time. Sahul Kumar and Sandeep Dhull have shown contrasting tendencies. They are unstoppable on some days while they are pedestrian on others. Pink Panthers will have to trap Monu Goyat and Sachin Tanwar and keep them off the mat as long as possible. The Pirates will start looting from the 1st minute of the game to bulldoze the Pink Panthers and win with a huge margin.
Patna Pirates will win.
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