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Warriors of the East take on the Panthers of North West.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.Bet Now
This will be a contest between a side that has already confirmed its ticket for the next round and another team that is desperately seeking a ticket to travel on a train that they may have already missed. The Bengal Warriors lost a crucial match to the Harayana Steelers which may have sealed their fate for the season.
They will take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers who have already qualified for the next round. The Warriors will be playing their second match in 2 days as they will battle fatigue, self-doubts as well as luck.
The Pink Panthers have achieved what they had planned for at the beginning of the season. They will try and experiment in this match so as to test their bench as well as give some time off to their main players. But this will be an important match for the Bengal Warriors who have not been able to solve the jigsaw puzzle this season. The Warriors have to win this game at any cost to keep their hopes alive.
The Pink Panthers surprised the Bengaluru Bulls in their last encounter. Not only did they defeat them convincingly, but the Pink Panthers also unleashed their young players which surprised the Bulls. Raider Arjun Deshwal completed another impressive Super 10 but it was the Jaipur defense that completely outwitted the Bulls.
Right corner Lucky Sharma was the surprise package as he scored a Hi 5 along with some quick earnings from left corner Ankush and Iranian defender Reza Mirbagheri. Such was the impact of the Jaipur defense that the Bulls conceded 2 all-outs in the first half itself. This was one of the most aggressive methods used by the Pink Panthers. With this win, they also qualified for the next round.
The Pink Panthers have forged a wonderful team this season. The former champions got the right mix of raiders and defenders. Arjun Deshwal has been consistent as well as lethal. He has scored 242 raid points in 189 successful raids which is the highest by any player this season.
Defender Ankush has been precise, aggressive, and athletic as he has conducted 67 successful tackles this season. The Pink Panthers have won 4 out of their last 5 matches, the only blemish was against the strong Puneri Paltan as they lost that match by a margin of 7 points.
But all have worked as per the plans for the Jaipur Pink Panthers in season 9. They have veteran Rahul Chaudhary in their ranks who has helped a lot with assists rather than earning raid points. The Pink Panthers are lucky that their third raider veteran Ajith has been consistent as well as injury free through the season. Captain Sunil Kumar has managed his team quite well during the matches. Sunil Kumar has been in devastating form with 48 successful tackles to his name.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers will try and experiment in this match against the Bengal Warriors. They may try a couple of new players just as they introduced defender Lucky Sharma in their last match. They will be wary of the Warriors but the Pink Panthers will sail home safely.
The Bengal Warriors were devastated as they lost to the Haryana Steelers last night. It was a must-win game for them but the former champions could not defend their fortress. The Bengal Warriors had to win this match to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Unfortunately for them, they were up against the Haryana Steelers who were in a similar do-or-die situation.
Both teams were cautious in the first half of the match as the Bengal Warriors trailed by a couple of points at half-time. But a crucial all-out conceded in the second half by the Warriors and a usual dip in intensity sealed their fate for them. They will take on the strong Jaipur Pink Panthers today. Beating the Pink Panthers is an almost impossible task for the Warriors now.
Interestingly, none of the Bengal raiders could score a Super 10 in their last match. Though defender Shubham Shinde scored a Hi 5, the Warriors could not build the necessary momentum. Is the fatigue catching up with the Warriors? They will play their second game in 2 days as they take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Bengal Warriors are currently placed 8th in the points table with one more match after this. The only options remaining for the Warriors are to win both their remaining matches and hope to just squeeze past a few teams into the eliminators. But it will take a lot of courage, self-belief, and exceptional kabaddi to achieve this.
Raider Shrikant Jadhav was impressive in the last match as he scored 7 raid points. But all-rounders Deepak Hooda and Balaji have to step up against the Pink Panthers to keep their team's hopes alive. All will depend on how Captain Maninder plays against the Pink Panthers who are in hot and spicy form.
The Bengal Warriors will take hope from the fact that they have beaten the Pink Panthers in 10 out of 15 encounters but they will also remember being defeated by Jaipur earlier in the season. This will be the last chance for the Warriors to stay afloat in season 9.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers have already qualified for the next round but they will not be complacent at all. The Pink Panthers will look forward to continuing their winning run. The Bengal Warriors are in a very tricky situation where they need to win this match desperately.
Captain Maninder looked fatigued in his last game as he could score just 5 raid points. Along with Shrikant Jadhav, Maninder will score well but he may not be able to score a Super 10. Defenders Girish Ernak and Shumbham Shinde will hunt nicely but Deepak Hooda may be prone to unforced errors.
Jaipur will unleash raider Arjun Deshwal as he will score a big Super 10. Defenders Ankush along with Sunil Kumar and Lucky Sharma will help Jaipur take a big lead in the first half. Jaipur may try a few young players in the match as they have already qualified for the next round.
The Bengal Warriors will have to bleed in order to win and keep their hopes alive.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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