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Contest of the Hot Steppers!! Patna Pirates versus U Mumba
Patna Pirates will win this duel.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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As the business end of the tournament is near, its time that we see top teams fighting out on the mat. No 2 in the points table Patna Pirates takes on U Mumba who are in the 4th place. All through the season U Mumba played safe as they 3 tie results in their 7 matches. But against the Telegu Titans in the last match they were in a different zone. They hammered them by 10 points while scoring 48 points in the match. The defence made some daring tackles to earn 19 tackle points.
On the other hand, the Pirates were made to toil hard by the Gujarat Fortune Giants and it looked as if the exploits will be shared by the teams as the Pirates escaped with a heist.
U Mumba have 25 points from 7 matches with a score difference of 31 while the Patna Pirates have 29 points from 7 games.
Abhishek and Ajith are the top raiders for U Mumba while the Pirates has the trio of Monu Goyat, Prashanth Rai and Sachin Tanwar. This will be an entertaining encounter as we will see all these raiders earning points while the defence will be tested for their skills and timing.
The Pirates have gone hunting this season and have emerged as the number 2 side of the tournament. They have played 7 games and have accumulated 29 points to take them to the 2nd position in the points table. They have had their moments of despair but the most significant aspect is that all their players are in the groove.
Though they had a tough match against the Gujarat Fortune Giants, they managed to remain on the winning side.
They may not have a raider in the top 10 this season but the trio of Monu Goyat, Sachin Tanwar and Prashanth Rai have accumulated 131 points in 7 games. This has been the hallmark of their journey. They have one of the best corner combination in the tournament with right corner Sunil and left corner Iranian Mohammedreza have raised the bar to another level.
All rounder Sajin is performing well and has executed 4 Super tackles in 7 games.
Overall the Pirates have got one of the most potent combinations on the floor and they look dangerous with every match. In times of adversity, they have displayed courage and unity.
They should not have a lot of issues when they take on U Mumba, but Mumba had a profitable outing against the Telegu Titans beating them by 10 points.
The Pirates can expect fireworks from U Mumba.
U Mumba is a prime example of a team doing well despite not having any big stars in their line-up. They are the musketeers of the league and have been varying their game plan as per their opposition. In the initial matches they were playing in the SAFE mode settling for TIE results rather than lose the game. But if the last game is of any significance they have decided to blast the opposition rather than play safe. They beat the Telegu Titans by 10 points but at one point in the game they were leading by over 20-22 points while dominating the Titans.
Against the Pirates they may have to work on a different plan of action. Their raiders Abhishek and Ajith have consistently earned with 116 points between them in 7 matches. Both of them are in the list of top 10 raiders this season.
As a team they have executed 67 tackles with Fazel Attrachali leading the pack of hunters. The rise of defenders Harendra Kumar and Rinku has been phenomenal which has changed the dynamics of their side. Iranian Mohsen Maghsoudlou is another character who works well under pressure.
The only issue with them is that on occasions a few players have a bad day at the office, which forces U Mumba to play safe. They will have a tough time countering the trio of raiders from the Pirates camp.
This may not be a very high scoring match but the team which holds its nerves will emerge as the winner.
This will be a mouthwatering contest as 2 very good teams take on each other. Patna Pirates have done well to read the opposition and design plans accordingly. U Mumba is also very flexible in its approach.
This will be a face-off between-
Fazel/ Harendra vs Monu Goyat/ Sachin Tanwar
Mohemmedreza vs Abhishek/ Ajith
Both teams also have chinks in their armour which they would not like to expose. A low scoring match with lot of empty raids and dependence on DoD raids.
Both teams come into this match with a victory and TIE before that. This will be a delicious encounter where we may be able to see the fiercest contest of this season.
Patna Pirates will win this duel.
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