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Can Titans stop the Dabang juggernaut????
Dabang Delhi will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
Considering the positions of both teams in the points table, this match should be a cakewalk for Dabang Delhi. But Kabaddi is a game of glorious uncertainties. We have seem time and again that lowly ranked teams come up with inspirational performances.
While Dabang Delhi got the cryogenic push with their young raider Naveen, Telegu Titans are trying to find solutions if Bahubali Siddharth Desai is not available.
In his absence, the Titans did well to force a tie with a much stronger Bengaluru Bulls in their last encounter. Ankit Beniwal and Rakesh Gowda have given a breath of fresh air in raiding while left corners Sandeep Kandola and Adarsh have managed to get vital tackle points.
Dabang Delhi should have won their match against the Thalaivas, but just like U Mumba they went into safe mode. Naveen Express is on a roll and that is the biggest asset for Dabang Delhi. They played safe and settled for tie as other raiders and the defence was not in the best of rhythm.
Both teams come into this match with a previous "tie" result, Titans will look to upset the Dabang's and recharge themselves for the season, but this may be an uphill task.
A stock which has great fundamentals but has not performed in the market, that is the story of the Titans. Super Raider Siddharth Desai could not get into rhythm quickly and got injured very soon. Titans are yet to taste victory this season. In the absence of big names they have managed to tie 2 games.
Unfortunately they don't have a single raider in the top 10 raiders this season though they have a decent successful tackle percentage of 43. They have inflicted 6 all outs and have executed 5 super raids.
There is a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel for them. Raiders Ankit Beniwal and Rakesh Gowda have emerged as back up raiders to help Rohit Kumar in the absence of Siddharth Desai.
Their defence looks good with left corners executing daring tackles. The only inconsistent pair is the right cover corner combination of Surinder and Ruturaj Koravi. Overall they have conceded 147 points in 4 matches, this is what they need to work on.
This may be the match from where the Titans stage their comeback this season.
Dabang Delhi has had a dream run his season. Currently ranked second in the points table they have 21 points from 5 games and they are yet to lose. They have won 3 of their matches and settled for a tie in the other 2, but they have the best score difference amongst all the teams thanks to Naveen Express who have been phenomenal.
81 raid points from 73 raids, including 5 Super 10’s.
Opposite teams have not been able to isolate him till now, they don't seem to have a trap for Naveen Express which stops at all defender stations and picks up raids points on time.
All rounder Vijay has been a blessing in disguise as he has performed beyond expectations in raids. Hence the Dabang's have been comfortable in raiding and accumulated 122 raids points in all while considering just 146 in 5 matches.
Though Ajay Thakur is off colour, veterans Manjit Chillar, Joginder Narwal and Jeeva Kumar have formed a solid impregnable wall in the defence.
Jeeva and Manjit have executed some daring successful advanced tackles in earlier matches.
Telegu Titans may not be able to trouble this fearless combination too much as the Dabang's will look forward to win this match and move to the top of the points table.
Telegu Titans have shown a spark of revival in the last few matches, but they don't seem to have the antidote of Naveen Express. Their defence has played well especially from the left corner. But the Titans will have to guard against unforced errors. If they can slow down the game, stop raiders from gather points, they could force Dabang to play safe.
On the other hand, Dabang Delhi has been fluid in its defence enabling all outs at regular intervals, their star raider Naveen has been executing super 10’s at will. They seem to believe in the legendary Spartan, King Leonaidus- "Take all they have got, give them nothing".
Dabang Delhi should win this match comfortably.
Dabang Delhi will win.
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