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Telugu Titans vs Patna Pirates, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

Arena by Transstadia

Maverick Titans to clash with the mighty Pirates.

  • Patna Pirates are 3 time champions of the PKL.
  • Telegu Titans lost their first match of the season to Gujarat Giants.
  • The Patna Pirates finished 11th in season 9.

Patna Pirates will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Arena by Transstadia

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The Telegu Titans started season 10 on a familiar note as they lost their first bout to the Gujarat Giants. They lead at half time only to squander the lead as they conceded 2 all-outs in the second half. The Titans are in dire need of a logical and effective strategy as they take on 3 time champions, Patna Pirates. 

The Pirates had a torrid time in season 9 and they will look forward to begin their campaign with a victory. Their raiding party is led by talismanic Sachin Tanwar along with dynamic Manjeet Chillar and Rakesh Narwal. But their defense seems high on exuberance but low in experience. 

This could work to the advantage of the Titans as they can expect Pawan Sehrawat to exploit this weakness. Telegu Titans need to win this match as they need the much needed momentum to script a perfect journey in this season. Patna Pirates will expect to tease the Titans and hypnotize them through the match.

Telugu Titans Preview

The Titans once again continued to display momentary loss of concentration. They lead through the first half against the Gujarat Titans only to succumb to a Super raid at the beginning of the second half. Pawan Sehrawat was off the mat for more than 12 minutes in the match which resulted in the Titans losing the game by 6 points. 

One of their biggest weaknesses is their over dependence on Pawan. Though he is one of the legends of the game, but opposition teams have decoded his style. This results in Pawan remaining off the mat for long duration. In such cases the Titans need to come up with a backup plan. They may use Rajneesh as their main raider and expect Pawan to do what Pardeep Narwal does for the UP Yodha.

Telegu Titans faltered in their defensive tactics in their match against the Gujarat Giants. Left corner Sandeep Dhull was erratic while left cover Parvesh Bhaisnwal was totally out of form. All-rounders Shankar Gadai and Omkar looked over-zealous resulting in unnecessary all-outs. S Sanjeevi was the saving grace in their last match as he earned 5 points keeping their hopes alive. 

The Titans have a very good record against the Pirates as they have won 10 out of their 21 encounters. They beat them convincingly in one of their encounters last season while they lost another game by just a point. This will give them a lot of confidence as they face a new look Patna Pirates. 

Right raider Robin Chaudhary and all-rounder Hamid Nader need to be used more efficiently by the Titans. They have to be careful that they do not panic during the match. The Titans seem to replace players very quickly which did not work for them in their first match. Hope they come up with a more robust strategy against the Pirates.

Patna Pirates Preview

3 time champions Patna Pirates had one of the worst seasons last year as they finished 11th in the points table. Unfortunately they could not gather any momentum which resulted in them losing close matches, those which they should have one. 

Patna Pirates maintained their raiding combination with Sachin Tanwar and Manjeet Chillar at the helm of affairs. They have the services of raiders like Rakesh Narwal along with Kunal Mehta, Sudhakar, Ranjit Naik, Anuj and Sandeep Kumar. They have the option of Taiwanese raider Zheng Wei Chang too.

This clearly indicates that the Pirates have decided to go on a rampage in all circumstances. Right cover Neeraj Kumar and defender Krishnan are the only experienced players in their defense which is a big risk. Neeraj Kumar had a wonderful season 9 and he will have to lead from the front to complement his younger counterparts. 

Patna may use all-rounder’s like Sajin, Rohit and Ankit tactfully in order to compensate for the specialist defending positions. The pirates conceded 34 all-outs last season which kept them trailing in most of their games. Their tackle success rate and raid success rate in season 9 was just 36%. Thus the Pirates neither succeeded in looting points nor saving their bastion. They should have worked on these weaknesses as they take on the Telegu Titans.

The Patna Pirates are particularly vulnerable against the Titans. They beat them in the first match last season by just 1 point and lost the next one handsomely. They fortunately finished above the Telegu Titans who were last in the points table. 

Raider Sachin Tanwar will have to bear the weight of expectations of all their fans.  He has a dynamic partner in the form of Manjeet Chillar. But the Pirates seem to be without much of a back-up in case any one of these raiders fail. This will be a long season and the Pirates will have to be careful of freak injuries. Overall the Patna Pirates will hope for a decent start.

Patna Pirates have a wonderful opportunity to start the season with a win as they take on the erratic Telegu Titans. Patna will continue to use the Gujarat pattern to keep Pawan Sehrawat off the mat. They should do well in the first half but the Patna defense will be tested for consistency. They may slow down the game so as to avoid any defensive lapses. 

Defender Neeraj Kumar will attack Titan raider Manjeet while right corner Mahendra Chaudhary will play an important role.

Telegu Titans may continue with Pawan as their main raider but Rajneesh will create more chances. Pawan Sehrawat will score a Super 10 while all-rounder Sanjeevi will contribute in defense. But the defense of both teams will be prone to unforced errors and we may see atleast 4 all-outs in the match. 

This will be an entertaining game as the defense of both teams is low on experience apart from being lackluster. But fans will get to see a close game with raiders Sachin Tanwar and Pawan Sehrawat entertaining them with Super raids.

Patna Pirates will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino