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PATNA PIRATES won the match
Battle of inconsistent teams.
UP Yodha will win
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Noida Indoor Stadium, NoidaBet Now
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Welcome to the contest of inconsistent teams. 3 time champion Patna Pirates plays in a refreshing manner on occasions only to break down in their next match. Earlier in the month they lost to the Jaipur Pink Panthers by 1 point. They avenged this defeat in their next match by beating the Tamil Thalaiva, only to get thrashed in the next one at the hands of the Puneri Paltan. The Pirates got their act together in the last match as they defeated the Haryana Steelers. Hence they are placed 7th in the points table after playing 8 matches.
Same is the story with the UP Yodha. They have won just 3 out of their 9 matches and are placed 9th in the points table. The Yodha has been highly inconsistent even though they have some of the best players on the circuit. UP has Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill as well as top defenders like Sumit. Yet they are not able to rise to the occasion. They had a total breakdown against Dabang Delhi in their last match which they lost by a margin of 10 points. None of their raiders could score a Super 10. They lost the match even though left corner Sumit scored 7 tackle points.
As UP Yodha takes on the Patna Pirates, fans will enjoy a comedy of errors. This will be highly entertaining match as both teams are known to breakdown at crucial moments.
Most of the teams in the PKL envy UP Yodha for the kind of players they have. UP has in its ranks the legend of PKL, Pardeep Narwal. Second in command is the highly successful raider Surender Gill who has earned 86 raid points in this tournament. This is the best by any raider. UP has the services of defenders like Sumit, Gurdeep and Nitesh Kumar. Together these 3 players have executed 68 successful tackles in 9 matches.
Yet the UP Yodha finds itself stranded at the 9th spot in the points table. With just 3 victories from 9 matches, the Yodha has disappointed its fans. The trouble seems to have started after the UP Yodha was forced to TIE a match with the Bengal Warriors. UP were thrashed by the Jaipur Pink Panthers in their next bout. They lost to the Gujarat Giants in their next encounter. Fortunately the Yodha managed to con the Bengaluru Bulls in their next match by 1 point. But as their inconsistency has been consistent, they lost to Dabang Delhi. The major concern with the Yodha is its tactical precision. They are not able to follow a set strategy. Neither they are entirely aggressive nor do they play defensively like the Gujarat Giants. Individual brilliance may not help UP. While their defenders have executed 88 successful team tackles in 9 matches, their raiding efficiency is just 37%. UP Yodha has earned the maximum team points this season and still they find themselves at the 9th spot in the points table. All these statistics are not helping them win matches.
The Yodha has inflicted 14 all-outs in 9 matches but at the same time they have conceded 11. Hence this nullifies all their efforts. They need to maintain the intensity through the match and not just in any one half of the match. UP is also prone to Pardeep being decoded and sidelined in many matches, but all-rounder Vijay Malik has stepped in for such situations. The Yodha has a title winning combination which needs to fire in 2024. They will be up against an inconsistent Patna Pirates who are going through a similar phase.
UP Yodha should use this contest as their launch pad to make a sensational comeback in season 10.
One of the most inconsistent sides in the tournament is Patna Pirates. They are down on resources but once in a while they play like champions. They thrashed the Haryana Steelers in the last match by 13 points. Young raider Manjeet made a massive comeback as he scored a Super 10 after a long time. The Patna defense was top notch as Krishnan scored a Hi 5 apart from left corner Ankit scoring 4 points and captain Neeraj Kumar earning 3 tackle points. Hence the Patna Pirates can beat any team in the tournament albeit they maintain this rhythm and intensity.
The Pirates are placed 7th in the points table with 4 victories from 8 matches. The Pirates need to warm up in the new-year so that they can be a force to reckon with. Raider Sachin has been their torch-bearer for a few years. But the Pirates cannot depend on his earnings alone. In order to win, Patna needs Sachin, Manjeet and Sudharkar to fire together in all matches. Patna Pirates have been desperately missing left corner Mohammedreza who is not part of their team anymore. But defenders like Ankit, Manish and Krishnan have been perfect replacements. Defender Krishnan has executed 25 successful tackles in 8 matches and he is the top 5 list of defenders.
But inconsistency has been their major concern. They lost a match earlier in the week to the Jaipur Pink Panthers. It was a low scoring affair which the Pirates lost by 1 points. They should have won this match, but a tactical blunder in the last raid cost them the match. They went on to beat the Tamil Thalaiva in the next game but succumbed to the Puneri Paltan later in the week. Hence the Pirates have to overcome self-doubts as they enter 2024.
They will be up against a scratchy UP Yodha who is down on confidence. Patna has won 7 out of their 13 matches so far. They have not dominated UP but the Pirates can exploit the chinks in the armor of the Yodha. This will be a very important game for the Patna Pirates.
Welcome to the second contest of 2024 as the UP Yodha locks horns with the Patna Pirates. Both teams have been through a lean patch. Both teams have had bouts of inconsistency and breakdowns. Hence this contest will be a comedy of errors as both teams will be aggressive in order to compensate for their earlier defeats.
Patna Pirates will expect that raider Manjeet scores a Super 10 just like the last match. Sachin and Sudhakar will be effective. The Pirates have to make sure that their defense works like a well-oiled machine against the UP Yodha. Defenders Ankit and Krishnan will target Pardeep Narwal but they may not be able to stop Surender Gill.
UP Yodha will attack from the first raid. They will intensify their raiding as the match progresses. Surender and Pardeep, both will score a Super 10. All-rounder Gurdeep and left corner Sumit will be lethal against Patna raider Sachin. The second half of the match will be interesting as one of the teams will run out of gas. This will lead to heavy duty tackles and funny raids.
UP Yodha will win
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