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The Struggles grow bigger for the Titans as they take on the Steelers.
Haryana Steelers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, BengaluruBet Now
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The Telegu Titans are known to be slow starters with heavy feet, but this season it is shocking to see the Haryana Steelers at the 9th spot in the points table after 6 games. They have lost back-to-back games as they seem to be lost on the mat.
Apart from their solitary win, the Telegu Titans get hammered by every team. While the Titans have conceded 223 team points, the Steelers have donated 211 points. Both teams have been very generous in conceding all-outs which have pushed them down the points table.
Telegu Titans haven’t been able to get a decent combination on the mat since the beginning of the season. Deputy coach Manjeet Chillar will be the most disappointed with the show. The Steelers seem to do everything right but can’t find the knockout punch. This will be an interesting clash between teams, the winner will be decided by the number of unforced errors rather than successful raids or tackles.
A few things don’t change in life, Telegu Titans live a sedate life on the mat. Their fans were excited for a few days when they won their first match of the season. But it is back to square one for the team which has loads of superstars as well as a shrewd coaching staff. It is simply impossible to understand what goes wrong with them every time they enter the arena.
The Titans seem to be in a generous Diwali mood as they want to gift points to their opponents. They have conceded the highest number of all-outs, just 3 Super raids and they have been forced to execute 4 Super tackles. Neither they can find a decent raiding combination neither their defense is effective. After the injury to their best raider Rajneesh, young-Turk Vinay has been doing the bulk of the raiding. Siddharth Desai contributes a bit once in a while just like a guest appearance in a movie.
How does anyone prescribe any medicine for the Titans. In their last game, they got hammered by the Jaipur Pink Panthers by 24 points. Titans used almost everyone on the bench throughout the match. Captain Ravinder Pahal has been totally out of sync while Vishal Bharadwaj continues his slippery tackles which he used to attempt even when he was with the Puneri Paltan in the last season.
The Titans were under so much pressure that they could not score for the first 5 minutes of the game. Their defense could score 6 tackle points in the entire match while getting they were all-out twice in every half.
This is the sorry state of affairs for the Telegu Titans. They need a miraculous turn-around in this season or they will continue to face annihilation throughout the season.
Life does strange things to you and Haryana Steelers is a prime example of this. Even after putting in the yards and working hard together as a team, they haven’t been able to log in the necessary victories. They have lost their last 4 games which was quite surprising. Their last three losses have been close encounters as they lost to Dabang Delhi by a margin of 2 points, to U Mumba by just a point, and to the Gujarat Fortune Giants by 4 points.
This will surely dishearten the team but they have some brilliant young players who can script a comeback. This match will be their best opportunity to reverse their fortunes. The Steelers have executed 8 Super tackles, and 4 Super raids and have inflicted 4 all-outs. This sounds very encouraging, but the results tell us different tales.
Raiders Meetu Sharma and Manjeet have been in exceptional form. They complement each other very well as both have earned 89 raids points together in 6 games. Their defense has been strong enough to trap opponents. Jaideep Dahiya and right cover Mohit Nandal have executed 29 successful tackles in 6 games.
The Steelers are missing the knock-out punch. They are missing a lethal left corner. Aging captain Joginder Narwal is not at his peak while the Haryana Steelers do not have any back for an efficient left corner. This reduces the probability of a successful tackle which is felt in the final outcome of the game. Youngster Naveen Kundu might be an option for the left corner position as all-rounder Nitin Rawal too hasn’t been effective.
Interestingly the Steelers have shared honors with the Titans in the PKL. Both teams have won 3 out of the 7 games played. Hence the record doesn’t give much of an incentive to the Steelers. But they need to sort out their issues and bounce back before it's too late.
This will be a match where the Haryana Steelers will earn a Diwali bonus. They have a great opportunity to exploit the out-of-form Titans and earn points as well as improve their score difference. Raiders Meetu Sharma will target corners Ravinder Pahal and Mohit Pahal of the Titans. Manjeet has a good chance to come back as he hasn’t been earning as per his standards.
This will be one of the most arduous matches for the Titans. They need to come up with something innovative else they will be stuck at the bottom for a long time. They need to blood youngsters and allow them some match time. Titans will look forward to "Tie" the game if they can’t win. Young raider Vinay will score nicely and he will hope for some support from his teammates. Parvesh Bhaiswal will announce his coming back to form with some good tackles. But it will be an uphill task for the Telegu Titans, though they are capable of some surprise Diwali fireworks.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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