Thalaivas. Their meeting at the start of the season ended in a 38-30 victory for Bengaluru.
Patna Pirates vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
The Patna Pirates returned to action on Friday after a 10-day hiatus and recorded a 52-24 victory over Tamil Nadu Thalaivas. Tendulkar, Monu Goyat and skipper Prashant Kumar Rai together scored 21 raid points, so the Pirates’ riding unit was at its best. But it was a historic night for the defense, as Mohammad Reza Chianeh, Sunil and Neeraj Kumar racked up the High 5s. The Pirates set a new franchise record with 21 tackle points against Thalaivas. Patna is looking scary in crime and defense, and he is going to try hard to stop this all-conquering ship.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers are unbeaten in their last four matches and have slipped to ninth place in the points table. Apart from Arjun Deshwal, no other player from Jaipur is consistent. The Pink Panthers’ defensive unit has been particularly troubled and has managed to score only 11 tackle points in the last five seasons of his team’s kabaddi. Without Deshwal and no support for crime and conflicting defense, things are looking bleak for Jaipur. But a win could change the course of his season, and coach Sanjeev Kumar Balian will hope his team finds some form and be able to beat the Pirates.
Tamil Thalaivas vs Bengaluru Bulls
With their impressive win over Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas have gone five games without winning and slipped to 10th position in the points table. The defense, which was his strength this season, has suddenly lost form and has averaged just 9.2 tackle points in the last five matches. Outside of Manjit, no other raider has had much success. The Thalais desperately need victory to end their bad form and keep their hopes of a playoff spot alive.
One win and four defeats in their last five matches have not affected the Bengaluru Bulls’ league position. But with teams around them now playing their game hand in hand, the Bulls could quickly slip over the points table. Bengaluru is getting plenty of points but is giving up a lot. They have averaged 38.2 points in their last five matches, a charge of their recent struggles. The raid unit outside Pawan Sehrawat was tragic, with only Bharat having the slightest success. The defense has also been weak and guilty of a lot of advanced tackles. Coach Randhir Sehrawat will need his team to win as many games as possible to retain their place in the top six.