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Strong Yodha's take on depleted Titans.
UP yodha will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
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UP Yodha have done well whenever, Pardeep Narwal has done well. But the Pro kabaddi Super star has not been able to make an impact this season. He is not even in the top 10 raiders of the season, while his compatriot Surender Gill has done better. UP Yodha played well in their last match against the Haryana Steelers to secure a TIE. They will look forward to exploit the depleted Telegu Titans and earn valuable points.
Telegu Titans have been under-performed throughout this season and the fitness of Bahubali Siddharth Desai and his non availability raised too many concerns. This match would have been a blockbuster a few seasons back when both Pardeep and Siddharth were new to the scene. But gone are those days. Telegu Titans have to depend on young raiders like Rajneesh, Raju Galla, Ankit Benwal and Rakesh Gowda. Their major concern is the form of defenders Surinder Singh and Ruturaj Koravi. Another issue is that the Titans do not have any options for these players.
Placed last in the points table, the Titans have nothing to lose. They can go all out against the UP Yodha and expect them to crumble. The Yodha's will look forward for a big win so as to help them improve their score difference too.
UP Yodha are placed 6th in the points table with 23 points from 9 games which include 3 "Tied" results. They are placed below the U Mumba. A bit predictable, the Yodha team has not been able to create innovative approaches while playing different teams. Time and again stronger teams have been able to keep Pardeep Narwal quite and this hurts the Yodha scoring pattern.
They have been a bit inconsistent, but now they have learned how to live without Pardeep Narwal's big raid points. Surender Gill has emerged as his frontline raider and Pardeep is happy playing the sidekick. They performed pretty well in their last match against the Haryana Steelers which ended in a TIE. They showed a lot of intensity in their last 2 matches which will help them against the Telegu Titans.
Surender Gill has earned 66 points from 9 games. His support in the defence is also very valuable.
Defender Sumit has been impressive with 21 tackle points in 9 games. He also has achieved 2 High 5's.
UP Yodha have put in the highest number of raids this season-384 but their conversion rate is quite low.
They have also executed the highest number of Super Tackles- 13 along with the Patna Pirates.
Young raiders like Srikant Jadhav, Sahil, Rohit Tomar, Gulveer Singh along with Iranian Mohammad Taghi and Kenyan James Kamveti will need to punch above their weight in this encounter.
Areas of improvement- Steal more bonus points, increase super tackles and inflict more all outs.
The Titans are last in the points table, without a victory this season and have conceded over 300 points in 8 games. They look out of sorts, without a contingency plan and without their main weapon Siddharth Desai.
They have worked hard but somehow they never got their combination right. Now they have nothing to lose and they can try and go all out against all the teams in the remainder of the season. Young raiders like Rajneesh, Rakehs Gowda and Ankit Beniwal have done well which should help them impress other teams for the next season. The major concern that the Titans have not been able to resolve is the lacuna in their defence, especially the right corner. Defenders Ruturaj Koravi and Surinder never took off and time and again they have proved to be the weak link.
Though they have inflicted 10 all outs, they have also conceded 12 in 8 matches. Raider Rajneesh scored a Super 10 against the Fortune Giants in their last match. But there is still a ray of hope in the defense. Left corner Adarsh, Akash Chaudhary and Mohammed Shihas did well earning in the last game earning 8 tackle points.
They could unleash the same tackles against the UP Yodha's. The Titans can just hope that UP Yodha has a bad day at the office and their young raiders Rajneesh and Ankit Beniwal ransack the opposition so that the Titans can enjoy their first victory of the season.
The UP Yodha will look at this match for a good harvest. The Titans are yet to win a match this season and they their team combination doesn't look lethal at all. With Pardeep playing second fiddle to Surender Gill, the Yodha will look forward to pick up the pace in the first half itself. Once they put the Titans under pressure, they can control the game.
Shrikant Jadhav has been successful as his 3rd raider, while captain Nitesh kumar has kept the defence together. Left cover Shubham and Sumit will be the key to tackle the raiders from Telegu Titans.
The Titans can just hope that their Fortunes turn around and they can win this match to rekindle their campaign of the season.
UP yodha will win.
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