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U Mumba vs Jaipur Pink Panthers, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

DOME by NSCI, Mumbai

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS won the match

Clash of former champions at Mumbai.

  • Both teams have not lost any of their last 5 matches.
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 5 out of their 9 matches.
  • U Mumba right corner Bittu scored a Hi 5 in his first appearance of season 10.

U Mumba will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: DOME by NSCI, Mumbai

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Welcome to the first contest of the weekend as former champions clash at the DOME in Mumbai. U Mumba will be playing its second match in 2 days. Mumba beat the Bengaluru Bulls comfortably in their last match while Jaipur Pink Panthers got the better of Haryana Steelers. Both teams are placed in the top 5. This will be one of the most-spiciest contest of the season as both teams are well equipped. They are very consistent in their raiding as well as their defense. Arjun Deshwal leads the Pink Panthers in their raiding while U Mumba has settled for a more team effort in raiding. 

But this will be the best display of defensive tactics by both the teams. Defender Rinku was absent in the last match, but right corner Bittu playing his first game of the season, hunted with precision as he scored 6 tackle points. On the other hand, defenders Reza Mirbagheri and Ankush have been deadly with their tackles. Hence this will be one of the most entertaining matches of the entire season. Is this the prelude to a possible final?

U Mumba Preview

Playing in front of their fans, U Mumba displayed tenacity, agility and adaptability. In the absence of defender Rinku, U Mumba played within their limitations to defeat the Bengaluru Bulls. This was a fantastic display by U Mumba which clearly indicates that they are high on confidence. U Mumba has 6 out of their 8 matches. Mumba has realized that do not a superstar raider, hence they have put their faith in Guman Singh and Zafardanesh. These two youngsters may not score Super10’s, but both work in tandem to earn enough. U Mumba has also used Jai Bhagwan as their third raider which has worked wonders. Young Iranian raider Alireza too got some match time against the Bengaluru Bulls. 

Captain Surender Singh may have been guilty of leaking too many points due to unforced errors. But he has marshaled his troops effectively. U Mumba has been following a balanced strategy. They let their young raiders earn as much as possible, but rely more on their defenders to get tackle points. Their success rate in team tackles is about 37%. Defenders Mahender Singh and left corner Sombir have been impressive and consistent. Rinku did not play the last match, but his replacement Bittu was in unbelievable form. He scored 6 tackle points in 9 attempted tackles. All-rounder Visvanath has been used very effectively. He is the catalyst in the team as he is able to conduct raids whenever needed and also contributes in the defense. Against the Bengaluru Bulls, Mumba had an issue as most of their players were off the mat for long durations. Hence the coach had to try out various players. Normally this leads to a lot of confusion but all the players who went in earned some way or the other. This also proves that U Mumba has a very good bench strength unlike other teams.

But U Mumba will be playing their second match in 2 days. Apart from fatigue, they will have to battle the strong Jaipur Pink Panthers who have displayed similar defensive tactics as Mumba. The U Mumba-Pink Panthers rivalry is an old one. Both teams have faced each other 21 times in PKL. While Jaipur has won 9 matches, U Mumba were successful in 10. Hence there is little to choose between the teams. They were also the finalists of season 1, when the Pink Panthers defeated U Mumba to win the title.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview

The defending champions are comfortably placed in the top 5 in this season. They have been generally consistent. They are placed 4th in the points table with 5 victories out of 9 matches. They defeated the Haryana Steelers in their last match. The Pink Panthers were sorted in this match as Arjun Deshwal scored 14 points to register another Super 10. He has scored 90 raid points from 64 successful raid in this season. This includes 5 Super 10’s in the 9 matches that he has played. 

Jaipur’s efficiency in team tackles is about 42%, their success rate in defense has improved since the last few matches The Pink Panthers success rate in team raids is about 35%. This is due to the fact that none of the other raiders have consistently supported Arjun Deshwal. Their next best raider has been Ajith who has earned 41 raid points in the season. But the lack of raiding points does not bother Jaipur on most occasions as their defenders are able to compensate. Captain Sunil Kumar and Ankush have been impressive but overall their defense has a few issues too. Though against the Haryana Steelers it was their Iranian defender Mirbagheri who slammed the Steelers with his lethal blocks and waist holds. He scored 7 points from 11 tackles. Left corner Ankush has started displaying the form that made him a household name in season 9. He scored a Hi 5 against the Haryana Steelers. Even though the Jaipur Pink Panthers do not have any of their defenders in the top 10, it’s their team effort which makes them a dangerous side. Veteran defender Sahul Kumar was replaced by young Lucky Sharma who has been impressive in the games that he has played. 

But the defending champions will be up against rivals U Mumba in their next match. This will be a re-run of the finals of season 1 where they beat Mumba to lift the title. Jaipur has to be careful as U Mumba will be targeting Arjun Deswhal. Without much backup in raiders, if Arjun fails, it will be a headache for the Pink Panthers. Jaipur might take it as a chance to slow down the game and let their defenders do the needful so that they can insulate Arjun Deshwal. Jaipur won both their matches against U Mumba last year and hence they will be confident about taking on the home side.

Welcome to the DOME in Mumbai where one can expect fireworks as 2 strong teams of season 10 get ready to battle it out for 40 minutes. Jaipur Pink Panthers are high on confidence as they have not lost any of their last 5 matches. Season 9 MVP Arjun Deshwal will be ready to loot U Mumba. He will score quickly in the first half, but he may not be able to score a Super 10. This will be an issue for Jaipur because they do not have many raiding options. Raider Bhavani Rajput may prove to be the surprise package. But the Pink Panthers will unleash their defenders who will slow down U Mumba. Hence the first half may be very low scoring. 

U Mumba will depend on Guman and Zafardanesh for their earnings. Both will effectively complement each other. But this will be the greatest face-off between the defenders of both teams. U Mumba will try to keep Arjun Deshwal off the mat for long duration. If that works, Jaipur will be in trouble. Mumba defenders Sombir and Bittu will be lethal as one of them will score a Hi 5. There is not much to choose between both teams and ideally this match should end as a TIE. Whatever may be the result, the first game of the weekend will be entertaining and full of fireworks in the second half.

U Mumba will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino