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Welcome to another Southern Derby.
Tamil Thalaiva will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, PuneBet Now
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The southern derby has always been exciting no matter what is the position of both teams in the points table. Both teams carry a lot of swag and entertainment quotient. Their fans are equally emotional about their teams. Hence the bout between Tamil Thalaiva and the Telegu Titans will draw a lot of attention.
The Tamil Thalaiva has displayed character and have competed with bigger teams in the absence of Pawan Sehrawat. The Thalaiva almost upset the Bengal Warriors in the last game. They had to settle for a TIE, but it was a match they should have won.
The Telegu Titans have disappointed everyone this season. With just 1 win to boast, the Titans are placed at the bottom of the points table. But they almost upset U Mumba in their last game where the Titan fans saw Siddharth Desai return back to his original form, bulldozing opponents past the mid-line.
Hence this contest will be exciting and full of fireworks.
The Tamil Thalaiva has always been a slow starter. They were a bit unfortunate to lose their star player Pawan Sehrawat to a freak injury in their very first match of the season. But the Thalaiva has learned it the hard way and slowly they have started to punch above their weight. They have won 3 out of their 9 games and are placed 10th in the points table.
The Thalaiva has been impressive in the last few games, especially with their raiding. Young Narender seized the opportunity and excelled under pressure. He scored 15 points against the Bengal Warriors in the last game. Raider Ajinkya Pawar and Himanshu Narwal have also contributed to the Thalaiva’s success.
Unfortunately, Tamil Thalaiva is missing the X factor. They should have won their last game against the Bengal Warriors. They led by 12 points at the end of the first half, but in the second half, they were stunned by the Warriors counterattack and could not hold the fort. They settled for a TIE but they will be disappointed with the result.
Apart from the raiding, the Thalaiva has excelled in defense too. Captain Sagar was the lone wolf in the initial games but he has some support from defenders Himanshu and Abhisek. Left corner Sahil Gulia has been impressive with 20 successful tackles in 9 games. Both Sagar and Abhisek have also executed 18 successful tackles. Left cover Mohit has also improved this season and has contributed largely to the Thalaiva’s success.
The Thalaiva has a wonderful opportunity to trick the Telegu Titans who haven’t been in the best of form. But they do not have a great record against the Titans. The Thalaiva has won 4 out of their 10 encounters while one of the matches ended in a TIE. But in its current form, the Thalaiva looks stronger than the Titans.
The Telegu Titans have disappointed everyone including themselves. They are stranded at the bottom of the points table after 10 games with just a solitary win this season. The team has struggled to put up a decent performance on the mat.
But they did manage to scare U Mumba in their last game where they almost upset the former champions. It was good to see the Titans fighting it out in the middle. This may just be the beginning of the return of the Telegu Titans. Their fans have expected a fight even if their team loses. Siddharth Desai was finally back in form as he 18 points in the match against U Mumba.
It was his first Super 10 of the season and it has brought back smiles on the faces of the Titan fans. Left cover Parvesh Bhaiswal looked good as he earned 8 tackle points. The Titans scored heavily in the second half only to lose the game by just 3 points. Hence the combination of Siddharth, Abhishek, and Adarsh looks good for the Titans from the raiding perspective.
If the Titans can repeat such performances regularly, they will start winning games too. They will take on the Tamil Thalaiva which has looked in red hot form even in the absence of Pawan Sehrawat. This match will be a daunting task for the Telegu Titans though they have a better record than the Thalaiva. The Titans have won 5 out of their 10 games which will give them a lot of confidence going into the match.
The Telegu Titans need to maintain the intensity throughout the game which will enhance their chances of winning. They have won just 1 game this season and this will be a golden opportunity for them to score their second win.
The southern derby will be an exciting and entertaining affair. The Telegu Titans will be buoyed by their performance against U Mumba. They will expect Siddharth Desai to continue from where he left in the last game. It was refreshing to see him bulldoze opponents single-handedly across the midline. The return of Parvesh Bhaishwal is a good sign for the Titans, but they still have weak links in the defense in the form of Vishal Bharadwaj and right corner Vijay Kumar.
The Tamil Thalaiva will dominate the match with raiders Narender and Ajinkya Pawar looting points early in the first half. Captain Sagar and left cover Mohit will be key to their defense. Left corner Himanshu will not allow Telegu Titans raider Abhishek to score too many points. The biggest challenge for the Thalaiva will be Siddharth Desai and how to collectively trap him.
The Tamil Thalaiva looks better than the Telegu Titans, but the mat can be unforgiving and one can expect some surprises from the Titans.
Tamil Thalaiva will win.
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