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Studious Puneri Paltan clash with the late-blooming Telegu Titans.
Puneri Paltan will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.Bet Now
The Puneri Paltan has dominated the season with some consistent performances. They have combined youthful exuberance with experience and tactical moves. This has allowed them to rule the points table almost throughout the season.
The Telegu Titans had great expectations from their star-studded squad but nothing materialized for them. They were sloppy, outwitted, and fatigued. But off-late there seems to be some positivity in their approach. They gave a tough fight to the Patna Pirates in their last match which they lost by a solitary point.
The Puneri Paltan has won 4 consecutive games as it looks to continue this unbroken streak. But they will not forget that they had a tough time beating the Titans in a low-scoring match. The Paltan will look forward to carefully handling the Titans as well as trying out a few more combinations as they head into the playoff.
Season 9 has been the best season for the Puneri Paltan in their entire PKL journey. They finished last in the first 2 seasons but made it to the playoff in the third season finally finishing 3rd. But that was in 2016. They continued their good run in the next 2 seasons but could not maintain their position in seasons 7 and 8. Season 9 has seen a purple patch where the Puneri Paltan has dominated every other team in the round-robin matches.
Young raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat have been lethal and consistent. While Aslam has earned 124 raid points in 15 matches, Mohit has notched 120 raid points in 17 games. They have formed a deadly combination that works most of the time. Raiders Pankaj Mohite and Akash Shinde have been useful at times. This makes the Paltan a dangerous raiding unit.
The defense under Captain Fazel Attrachali has complemented the raiders quite well. Fazel and Sombir have worked together to hunt down opposition raiders. This partnership has been the highlight for the Paltan.
Defender Sombir has quite hunted opposition raiders with precision as he has executed 30 successful tackles in 14 matches.
The Paltan has executed 288 successful team raids out of their total 702 team raids.
They have earned 164 successful tackles this season which is the second-best behind the Tamil Thalaiva.
Apart from inflicting 26 all-outs, the Puneri Paltan has also earned 65 DoD raid points. This proves that they have played as per their opponents using a variety of tactics. This approach has made them invincible. The Paltan will look forward to beating the Telegu Titans by a big margin not just to improve their score difference but to make a statement to all other teams.
The Telegu Titans will note this as one of the most forgettable seasons. They surprised everyone at the auctions with some big buying resulting in a star-studded team. But it turned out to be a fiasco as they failed miserably. None of their superstars could even impress the opposition bench. Finally, after a series of humiliating losses, the Titans opened their account with a win over the fancied Patna Pirates.
Their fans were elated expecting a turnaround, but they all were heartbroken. The Titans continued their losing streak, with a slight difference that now the Titans were giving a tough time to their opponents. They shocked U Mumba earlier in the week. They defeated Mumba by a margin of 6 points. This was an impressive victory for the Titans. They did lose their next match to the Patna Pirates by just 1 point. Hence the Titans cannot be taken for granted henceforth.
Siddharth Desai was finally back in form as he 18 points in the match against U Mumba. It was his first Super 10 of the season and it has brought back smiles on the faces of the Titan fans. Overall he has earned 142 raid points in 16 matches which include 6 consecutive Super 10’s.
Defenders Vishal Bharadwaj, Ankit, and Parvesh Bhaiswal too have hunted with a lot of precision and instinct. For a change, the Titans have started inflicting all-outs instead of conceding them all the time.
The Telegu Titans have conducted 718 team raids which is the highest by any team. Though their success rate is quite low, they still have been aggressive in their raids.
They have also executed 26 Super tackles which is the highest among all teams.
The Titans have conceded 34 all-outs and 646 team points which is also the highest for the season.
If the Titans can repeat such performances regularly, they will start winning games too. They will plan to trouble the Puenri Paltan and force them to earn their victory.
The encounter between the Puneri Paltan and the Telegu Titans is expected to be a one-sided affair. But the Paltan needs to be careful as the Titans gave a tough fight to the Patna Pirates in their last match.
The Titans will rely on the strength of raider Siddharth Desai who will score another Super 10. He will be supported well by Abhishek and Mohsen Magshuolou though they may not be able to earn too much. Defender Vishal Bharadwaj will continue his aggressive and instinctive hunting along with Captain Parvesh Bhaiswal.
But the Paltan will unleash their raiding trio of Aslam, Mohit, and Akash who will set the mat on fire in the first half. Defenders Fazel and Sombir will combine well to trap Telegu raider Abhishek. They may not be able to stop Siddharth, but defenders Abhinesh and Sanket Sawant will try and dash Siddharth out of the mat.
The second half of the match will be much more entertaining whereas the Titans may just surprise the Paltan.
Puneri Paltan will win.
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