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Fight for the ticket to the eliminators as Puneri Paltan take on Bengal Warriors.
Puneri Paltan will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
It all comes down to the last few league games to decide which 6 teams will make it to the next stage. The Puneri Paltan has been playing some exciting kabaddi since the last 2 weeks and they have carved out a possibility for themselves. Though they are placed 7th in the points table, they still have a chance to make it to the play-offs. The Bengal Warriors are virtually out of the tournament and they will play for pride and honour. Both teams have gone through contrasting phases this season. But at this stage, both teams have a different outlook. Maninder Sing has been the star for the Bengal Warriors and it is unfortunate that they could not ride on his success. The Puneri Paltan has revitalized itself with teamwork as young raiders like Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat want to bulldoze their team into the eliminators. Bengal Warriors did beat the Tamil Thalaiva by a big margin and that will be a consolation for them. Now they would like to spoil the party for the Paltan which has to win this game to stay in the hunt for the next stage.
Puneri Paltan used to be a strong team in the earlier seasons. But inconsistencies have marred their journey throughout the leagues over the years. Expect finishing third in the 3rd edition of Pro Kabaddi, they haven’t had any significant achievement.
Raiders Nitin Tomar, Aslam Inamdar, Pankaj Mohite and Mohit Goyat have been doing their job but the defence has been very slippery. Coach Anup Kumar has brought about a vibrant change in their mindset which has resulted in the defence becoming impregnable. Puneri Paltan has lost just 1 game out of its last 5 matches. They look committed to take their team ahead in this tournament as they have been working hard in all department of the game. They managed a tie against the Gujarat Fortune Giants earlier this week and then went on to beat the Tamil Thalaiva. They beat the Bengal Warriors in their last meeting by 12 points and this will give them a lot of confidence as they take on the defending champions once again.
Star raider Rahul Chaudhary has been used sparingly by coach Anup Kumar as bulk of the raiding is done by Aslam, Mohit and Nitin Tomar. Their biggest gain is the coming of age and form of veteran left cover Vishal Bharadwaj who was completely out of sorts in the first half of the tournament. Vishal has been hunting sharply along with defender Sombir. Both of them are fearless in their ankle holds and thigh holds which helps the others to tackle successfully. This has been the hallmark of the Paltan which has marked their revival. Defender Sanket Sawant needs to improve his accuracy as he has been prone to unforced errors. The Paltan has only one agenda, win this game and stay in the hunt.
The defending champions kept on searching for their X factor throughout the season. They kept searching for their best combination but nothing worked for them as they are placed 10th in the points table. They take on the Puneri Paltan in their last game with a will to entertain their fans as they will not be able to defend their title.
Maninder Singh is the only consistent performer for the Warriors with Iranian Nabibaksh contributing in few matches. One of the biggest concerns for the Bengal Warriors is the lack of the 2nd and 3rd raiding option. Sukesh Hegde could not fit in that role and that is the reason why all the burden falls on Maninder who has been their one man army.
He has earned 251 raid points from 185 successful raids.
But Warriors have conceded 736 points this season, which is due to their porous defence. Defenders Darshan, Amit Narwal and Iranian Abozar Mighani have not been able to perform consistently. The Warriors did introduce defenders Vishal Mane and Ran Singh late in the season but that did not yield them the desired results though both the defenders did well in their own right. The Warriors were able to execute only 11 super tackles in 21 matches along with 14 team Super raids. They have inflicted 25 all-outs while conceding 24.
They will be up against the Puneri Paltan in their last game. They lost to them earlier in the season and would like to avenge as they leave the tournament with a lot of disappointment.
This will be a DoD match for the Puneri Paltan who are chasing an impossible dream of making it to the eliminators. They have done well in their last 4 games and they will need to win this by a big margin. Raiders Aslam and Mohit Goyat will try and loot as many points as possible. Their youthful exuberance will be key to the Paltan. The Puneri defence will have to hunt down Maninder and keep his off the mat for long periods. The Bengal Warriors will be playing for pride and honour. They would like to leave on a high as this will be their last game. Their defence has been porous and they will have a tough time hunting the Puneri raiders who are young and agile. Left corner Ran Singh and Amit Nirwal will hold the key for the Warrior defence. This will be a big test for Puneri Paltan as they would not like to get into a situation where it was so near and yet so far.
Puneri Paltan will win.
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