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PATNA PIRATES won the match
Contest of inconsistent and Wayward teams.
UP Yodha will win
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, HyderabadBet Now
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Welcome to the contest of inconsistent teams. 3 time champion Patna Pirates plays in a refreshing manner on occasions only to break down in their next match. They will be up against a wayward UP Yodha whose campaign of season 10 has gone awry. The Pirates got hammered in their last match. Tamil Thalaiva defeated them by a margin of 16 points. This was a huge defeat for the Pirates which will impact their score difference. UP Yodha has lost 5 consecutive matches. They did put up a brave fight against the Bengal Warriors in their last match. Though they lost, UP will be happy for Pardeep Narwal who earned 16 raid points.
Both teams are at crossroads in the tournament. They will set the tone in this leg as the caravan has moved to the Gacchibowli stadium at Hyderabad. UP Yodha has won just 3 out of its 13 matches and a spot in the next round is a distant dream for them. Patna Pirates have won just 5 out of their 13 matches and they will need to work overtime if they have to catch the bus for the play-off. The first league match of this phase at Hyderabad will be exciting.
One of the most inconsistent sides in the tournament is Patna Pirates. They are down on resources but once in a while they play like champions. But they have deceived themselves. With just 5 victories from 13 matches, the Pirates look down and out. They will have to work overtime to stake claim for the next round.
Raider Sachin has been their torch-bearer for a few years. But the Pirates cannot depend on his earnings alone. In order to win, Patna needs Sachin, Manjeet and Sudharkar to fire together in all matches. Patna Pirates have been desperately missing left corner Mohammedreza who is not part of their team anymore. But defenders like Ankit, Manish and Krishnan have been perfect replacements. Defender Krishnan has executed 36 successful tackles in 13 matches and he is the top 10 list of defenders. But inconsistency has been their major concern. The Pirates had a tough game against Dabang Delhi earlier in the week. Though they were forced to TIE the match, Patna was happy to share points rather than lose the game. They displayed tenacity and agility in that match only to falter against the Tamil Thalaiva in the next. Patna had a terrific brain fade as they lost to the Thalaiva by a margin of 16 points. This defeat may well have closed the shutter for the next round. It was a total breakdown of their defense as raider Sudhakar fought his way through the muddle with 8 raid points. The Pirates were expected the win this match and jump up in the points table. But it turned out to be an anti-thesis for them. They will be up against a scratchy UP Yodha followed by a bout with regional rivals Bengal Warriors.
Patna has won 8 out of their 14 matches so far. The Pirates defeated UP Yodha on the first day of 2024. This was a high scoring match which Patna stole by 7 points. But Pardeep Narwal will be their biggest roadblock. Patna Pirates have survived with a young and inexperienced defense. They are totally dependent on all-rounder Ankit and Krishnan. This will be a face-off between Pardeep Narwal and the Patna defense. The Pirates have generally dominated UP and they can exploit the chinks in the armor of the Yodha. This will be a DoD game for the Patna Pirates.
Most of the teams in the PKL envy UP Yodha for the kind of players they have. UP has in its ranks the legend of PKL, Pardeep Narwal. Second in command is the highly successful raider Surender Gill who has earned 87 raid points in this tournament while Pardeep Narwal has bounced back in the last few matches. Pardeep has scored 107 raid points in 13 matches.
UP has the services of defenders like Sumit, Gurdeep and Nitesh Kumar. Yet the UP Yodha finds itself stranded at the 11th spot in the points table. With just 3 victories from 13 matches, the Yodha has disappointed its fans. The trouble seems to have started after the UP Yodha was forced to TIE a match with the Bengal Warriors. UP were thrashed by the Jaipur Pink Panthers in their next bout. They lost to the Gujarat Giants in their next encounter. Fortunately the Yodha managed to con the Bengaluru Bulls in their next match by 1 point. But as their inconsistency has been consistent, they have lost their last 5 matches. They are not able to follow a set strategy. Neither they are entirely aggressive nor do they play defensively like the Gujarat Giants. Individual brilliance may not help UP.
They lost to the Bengal Warriors in their last match. Though Pardeep Narwal stole 16 raid points, the UP defense kept on leaking points through the match. They bounced back by inflicted 2 all-outs on the Warriors but still fell short by 5 points. While their defenders have executed 119 successful team tackles in 13 matches, their raiding efficiency is just 37%. All these statistics are not helping them win matches.
The Yodha has inflicted 18 all-outs in 13 matches but at the same time they have conceded 20. Hence this nullifies all their efforts. They need to maintain the intensity through the match and not just in any one half of the match. UP is also prone to Pardeep being decoded and sidelined in many matches, but all-rounder Vijay Malik has stepped in for such situations. The Yodha has a title winning combination which needs to fire in 2024. They will be up against an inconsistent Patna Pirates who are going through a similar phase. Can the UP Yodha use this contest as their launch pad to make a sensational comeback in season 10?
Welcome the clash of inconsistent teams at Hyderabad. The Patna Pirates lost their last match to the Tamil Thalaiva as their raiding unit broke down completely. This encounter with UP Yodha will test their mental strength. Sachin Tanwar, Manjeet and Sudhakar will earn but just one of them will be able to score a Super 10. Patna will be totally dependent on their defense to win this match. Defenders Krishnan and Ankit will trap Pardeep Narwal but they may not be able to regulate him completely.
Pardeep will hound his former team with a Super 10 while their backup raiders will struggle. The absence of Surender Gill will hurt them. The UP defense will come alive in the second half of the match. UP may go through a breakdown in the first half as they may concede an all-out. Both teams are totally inconsistent and this will make this match very exciting. The UP defense might leak some points due to unforced errors. Time is running out for both teams as they will launch an immediate offensive on each other from the first raid.
UP Yodha will win
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