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Puneri Paltan vs Telugu Titans, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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Inconsistent Telugu Titans take on lacklustre Puneri Paltan

  • Titans had to settle for a tie in their first match against the Tamil Thalaivas.
  • Puneri Paltan was lacklustre in defence as well as their riding.
  • Both teams have to work hard on the form of their defenders.

Titans will beat Puneri Paltan.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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Hot favourites Telegu Titans had to settle for a tie against Tamil Thalaivas in their opening encounter and this will have hurt them a bit. With Bahubali Siddhart Desai not able to set the mat on fire, Titans will have to look out for alternate strategies. 

Similarly Puneri Paltan were also not innovative in their approach and lost their opening match to Dabang Delhi due to lot of unforced errors.

Both teams have been leaking points to opposition raiders. Puneri Paltan defenders Sombir, Vishal Bharadwaj and Sahaji Jadhav could manufacture only 5 tackle points in the match and this is a major problem. If they cannot stop Siddhart Desai, he will wreck havoc with his super raids.

On the other hand, just like Siddharth, Rahul Chaudhary has not been able to start with a bang for the Paltan. He could gather only 5 raid points in his first match. Captain Nitin Tomar will have to forge a trident with himself, Rahul Chaudhary and Pankaj Mohite if they have to win.

Telegu Titans will expect Ruturaj Koravi to reduce unforced errors in the right corner and expect their back up raiders to perform well.

Puneri Paltan Preview

One of the finest team combinations on paper, Puneri Paltan failed to impress in their opening game. Nitin Tomar, Rahul Chaudhary and Pankaj Mohite should have earned more in their raiding. Their defence too could not stop Naveen Kumar who stole 16 points in his 24 raids. Sombir and Vishal Bharadwaj are experienced campaigners but they will have to perform better in order to motivate other young defenders.

Accuracy and tenacity was missing from Vishal Bharadwaj who scored 71 tackle points in season 5. He is known as one of the best corner defenders with his trade mark ankle hold and back hold being devastating. Though this is just the beginning of the season, Vishal will have to get in shape very quickly. 

One good thing for the Paltan is their captain Nitin Tomar who scored 7 points from his 9 raids. But Rahul Chaudhary was inconsitent and could not compliment his captains efforts. 

Puneri Paltan will have to look out for more bonus points to help their score sheet.

Highlights:

● In form captain Nitin Tomar.

● Best in the business raider Rahul Chaudhary with over 950 PKL points.

● Defence will be the key for them henceforth.

● They have to avoid all outs early on in the match.

Telugu Titans Preview

For most part of their opening match, Telegu Titans controlled the game, but their top raider neutralized, back up raiders not able to score, and a leaking defense forced them to settle for a tie against Tamil Thalaivas.

Bahubali Sid Desai did score a super 10, but that may not be enough. With over 560 PKL raid points, the Titans are heavily dependent on him for a better harvest. Hence Siddharth will have to come up with alternative escape routes. Rajnish has provided with a very good alternative in raiding with 6 points in his first match. 

Ruturaj Koravi in the right corner will have to improve his hunting skills. Sandeep Kandola in the left corner will have to forge sharp combinations with C Arun and Surinder Singh thus reducing the leakage of points. 

The scoring rate looks good for the Titans, but consistency will be the key.

● Siddharth Desai and Rajnish will have to work in tandem in raiding.

● Scoring rate is good for the Titans.

● Titans can try out alternative theories while using Siddharth Desai.

● Ruturaj Koravi and Surinder hold the key to the defence.

This encounter will be a clash of unforced errors. The team with lesser errors will win the game. It will be a face-off between Rahul Chaudhary and Siddharth Desai, two super heroes of PKL. If Puneri Paltan can set the cat amongst the pigeons, they can have Titans struggling early on.

The Titans will have to target Vishal Bharadwaj as he is not in the best of forms.

Huge Super 10 by Sid Desai will help Titans dominate the game. Puneri Paltans cannot allow the opposition to score quickly as they have not been able to recover quickly.

Duels- Rahul Chaudhary vs Sandeep Kandola

Siddharth Desai vs Vishal Bharadwaj

Titans will beat Puneri Paltan.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino