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Haryana Steelers aim for the playoff as they take on Telegu Titans.
Haryana Steelers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.Bet Now
The Haryana Steelers will have to produce their best performance in this match as their future hinges on this encounter. They are placed 8th as they fight for survival. The Steelers need to win both their remaining matches in order to stake a claim for that last spot in the playoff.
The Telegu Titans are out of the tournament as they will enter the arena for the last time this season. It has been an unexpected season for them as they were touted as the best team on the circuit. They could win just 2 matches in the entire season. The Titans will be disappointed with themselves but they will look forward to bidding goodbye to their fans with an exciting victory.
The Steelers on the other hand will have to apply their mind and execute their plans on the mat. They still have one more match after this one to make amends but they cannot let the opportunity slip out of their hands.
The Haryana Steelers have been one of the most exciting teams on the circuit. They started off well but somehow could not brew a lethal team combination. Even coach Manpreet who is known for this astute style could not extract the performance from his team.
Haryana hasn’t done justice to themselves this season. They have an enthusiastic bunch of players but could not rise to the occasion as a team. They are placed 8th in the points table as they get ready to take on the Telegu Titans. The Steelers have won 8 out of their 20 matches. They are a slight advantage over Dabang Delhi and Gujarat Fortune Giants who are their competitors for the last slot in the playoff. Dabang will play its last match with the Bengal Warriors while the Fortune Giants will take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers. Post the results of these matches, the Steelers will exactly know the equation when they take on the Tamil Thalaiva. Hence a big win over the Telegu Titans is a must for the Steelers.
Raiders Meetu Sharma and Manjeet Dahiya have earned raid points in all the games. Both have collectively looted 282 raid points in 20 games. But the Haryana Steelers have desperately missed the third raider in the season. Coach Manpreet and company could not create a match-winning recipe in most games. Raiding and tackle efficiency has been the biggest issue for the Haryana Steelers.
The Steelers have executed 309 successful team raids in their 20 matches.
They have conducted 175 successful team tackles.
Haryana Steelers have also executed 16 Super tackles which have saved them from conceding all-outs. But at the same time, they conceded 27 all-outs which gets them in dangerous situations, especially in the second half of the match.
The Steelers lost to the Pink Panthers in their last match. They had won 3 consecutive games before their bout against Jaipur. The biggest concern for them in that encounter was the way Jaipur kept most of their top players off the mat for over 30 minutes. They cannot afford this against the Telegu Titans.
The Telegu Titans will enter the arena for one last time this season. The Titans have been through some rough times as they could win just 2 matches. They had the best team as they bought some big names in the auctions. But it did not help them secure a formidable combination on the mat. Deputy coach Manjeet Chillar too could not extract the best from the best.
Still, the Titans continued to fight as they lost matches regularly. They suffered an early blow when young raider Rajneesh was out of action due to injury. Star players like Monu Goyat, Surjeet, Parvesh Bhaiswal, and others could not perform as expected.
But the Titans did shock everyone when they beat the Patna Pirates early in the season and then defeated U Mumba in the second half of the tournament. They lost to the Gujarat Fortune Giants in their last match. The Titans have started fielding young untested players for their squad. They got Mohammad Silas, right cover Nitin, and all-rounder Hanumanthu in the last match. One can expect these youngsters to shine against the Haryana Steelers.
The Titans have conceded 45 all-outs in 21 matches which is the highest by any team. This means that on average, the Titans are all-out at least twice in every match.
But the Titans have also conducted 35 Super tackles. Defender Parvesh Bhaiswal was involved in 9 such spectacular Super tackles.
They have conceded 828 team points while earning 600 in 21 matches which is the lowest by any team.
Their success rate in team raids and team tackles is just about 32%.
This match will script the end of the road for the Titans. Their fans will expect one last hurrah from them. Even teams like Dabang Delhi and the Gujarat Fortune Giants will support the Titans in this match so that they could defeat the Haryana Steelers.
But the Titans will play for pride and their fans as they bid adieu to all of us. One can surely expect the Titans to be back next season better prepared and with a will to win!
This contest will be the toughest match of the season for the Haryana Steelers. They won 3 consecutive matches only to lose the last one to the Pink Panthers. The Steelers have another opportunity to compensate for that loss. If they win this match against the Titans, they will jump over the Fortune Giants in the points table.
Hence raiders Manjeet and Meetu Sharma will be aggressive from the first raid. Rakesh Narwal will play an important role as he will earn a Super 10. Right corner Monu Hodda and defender Mohit Nandal will hunt precisely while defender Jaideep will be lethal with his tackles. One of the Haryana defenders will score a Hi 5.
The Titans will enter with a young side. They will unleash unknown raiders in order to confuse the Haryana defense. All-rounders Mohsen and Hanumanthu will trouble the Steelers. This will be a match full of unforced errors and multi-point raids. Titans will surprise the Steelers in the first half but they will lose steam as the match progresses.
Haryana Steelers will win.
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