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Table toppers take on a resurgent Tamil Thalaiva.
Puneri Paltan will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, PuneBet Now
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The contest between the leaders in the points table and a resurgent Tamil Thalaiva will be an interesting one. The Thalaiva has overcome all disappointments to work hard and win games. Though it is placed 11th in the points table, the Thalaiva has been able to trouble a lot of teams.
They beat the Telegu Titans in their last game and also forced a TIE with the Bengal Warriors in another match. This has given Thalaiva a lot of self-belief. The Puneri Paltan on the other hand has been consistent. They have enough firepower to beat any team on the circuit. Both teams rely on teamwork as they do not have big stars in their squad.
Both teams have young raiders who have performed above expectations. The Tamil Thalaiva will need to be careful against the Paltan led by the shrewd leader Fazel Attrachali. They will need to keep the Paltan guessing throughout the game to give them a chance to win the game.
The Puneri Paltan has surprised everyone with their consistency and teamwork. This has helped them to top the points table after playing 10 games. They have not lost any of their last 5 games which includes a TIE.
They have all the ingredients to become a champion team this season. The Paltan was a bit slow to take off, but post the return of Fazel Attrachali the Paltan has become unbeatable. They have a wonderful mix of young aggressive raiders along with in-form defenders.
Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat form the crux of their raiding department while Neeraj Narwal has been the perfect sidekick. All of them have earned well in most of the games which has helped the Puneri Paltan shrug off any pressure from their opponents.
Captain Fazel has been impressive as expected while the other defenders have excelled under his leadership. Defender Sombir has been unbeatable while Abhinesh Nadarajan performed beyond expectations against the UP Yodha. Sanket Sawant and all-rounder Nabibaksh provide another dimension to the Paltan defense.
The Puneri Paltan have also used their raiders very efficiently. In their last game, they unleased young raider Akash Shinde who scored 15 points. Thus the Paltan is able to rotate their players and keep them fresh for the long season.
But the Paltan needs to be a bit careful against the Thalaiva who have troubled them in the past. The Puneri Paltan has won 2 out of their 6 encounters while 2 games ended in a TIE. The Paltan is in a much better situation this season, but they will not take any unnecessary risks against the Thalaiva. The Paltan will plan every move so as to win this game and strengthen its position on top of the points table.
The Tamil Thalaiva will be confident as they come into this game. They held the Bengal Warriors to a TIE and then beat arch-rivals Telegu Titans in the southern derby. Though they are placed 11th in the points table, their self-belief will help them take on the Puneri Paltan.
The youngsters in the Thalaiva squad have impressed everybody with their tenacity. Young raiders like Narender and Himanshu have been brilliant while Ajinkya Pawar has been a steady earner. Captain Sagar will be quite happy with their current performance after the bitter start for the Thalaiva this season.
Though the Tamil Thalaiva is desperately waiting for the return of Hi Flyer Pawan Sehrawat, they will keep fighting. Right corner Sagar was lethal in the last game earning 8 tackle points. He was quick with his attacks, especially the double thigh holds. This allowed other defenders to score as well. Ajinkya Pawar scored a Super 10 in this encounter against the Telegu Titans.
Tamil Thalaiva has put in 140 successful team raids along with 88 successful team tackles in 9 games.
They have also executed 6 Super tackles in 9 games which proves that they can escape from tricky situations.
Unfortunately, the Tamil Thalaiva has conceded 16 all-outs which reduces their chances of winning games or even making a comeback.
The Thalaiva enjoys a decent record against the Puneri Paltan. They have won 2 out of their 6 encounters while forcing a TIE in a couple of games. This will give them a lot of confidence as they take on a Paltan which is quite different from earlier seasons. If the Tamil Thalaiva is able to reduce its unforced errors, it can very well upset the Puneri Paltan.
This encounter will be a contest between the defense of both teams. It will be a face-off between:
Fazel Attrachali vs Sagar
Raiders Narender and Himanshu Singh vs Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat.
The Tamil Thalaiva will try and reduce the pace of the game and force the Paltan to take risks. Captain Sagar will have to hunt down the Puneri raiders with the help of Mahender Singh. Raiders Narender and Ajinkya Pawar will complement well with Himanshu Singh to earn raid points.
Fazel Attrachali will be the key to the Paltan’s success. Puneri Paltan will surprise the opposition with a combination of raiders like Aslam and Akash Shinde. Defender Sombir will hunt down opposition raiders at crucial moments in the first half to give an advantage to the Paltan. Right Cover Abhinesh will support Fazel in his moves from the left corner and this will be a deadly combination that will sandwich the Tamil raiders.
This will be an interesting encounter as the Thalaiva will punch above its weight and the Puneri Paltan will have to work overtime to win this game.
Puneri Paltan will win.
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