Pro Kabaddi League: the battle for the playoffs intensifies

The in-form Haryana Steelers will face Puneri Paltan on Friday in the Season 8 Pro Kabaddi League. The Steelers, under coach Rakesh Kumar, have been in good shape with their raiders complimenting the great job done by the defensive pair of Jaideep and Mohit. Team Paltan were also in decent form with raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat dominating the mat. Paltan has played the fewest matches which means he still holds out hope of making the Top 6 despite his position in the bottom half.

The second game of the Triple Panga night will see the Season 6 champions Bengaluru Bulls take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers. The Bulls have looked scrappy in their last outings (1 win in 5 matches), but captain Pawan Sehrawat will know the importance of a win to keep their Top 2 hopes alive. The final game of the evening will see UP Yoddha lock horns with Gujarat Giants. Jaipur’s Pink Panthers have been hovering mid-table throughout the season. They have been unstoppable whenever their raiders Arjun Deshwal and Deepak Hooda have found their form. But consistency has been their major challenge. They will need to produce another flawless performance to beat the Bengaluru Bulls and remain favorites for a Playoff spot.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, their star raider Arjun Deshwal is in fine form at the crucial stages of the tournament. The generally reliable raider has seemed a little slow on the mat in his last few outings. Luckily for the team, Deepak Hooda has upped his game, which should lighten Arjun’s shoulders a bit. The Bulls defense has been equally inconsistent with Saurabh Nandal, the only reliable performer. The left-right combination of Deepak Hooda and Arjun Deshwal could disrupt Bengaluru’s defense. Bengaluru’s greatest strength is their attack with captain Pawan Sehrawat in the lead. It will be wise for them to attack Jaipur’s defense from the first whistle.

In Bharat, Chandran Ranjit and Deepak Narwal, there is enough spare ammo for the Bulls to play an aggressive game with very few Do-or-Die raids. Pushing the game towards a high-scoring affair will increase their chances of victory – something that will be crucial for them to stay in the battle for the Top 2. The third game of the Triple Panga evening will see ‘Record Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal on the mat . The star raider had endured a rough start to life on the new UP Yoddha team. But he’s starting to find his rhythm on the mat and that will be very crucial in Yoddha’s race for a playoff spot. The team will need big wins in their remaining matches to clinch a Top 6 spot, which means an attacking strategy is definitely on the cards. In Surender Gill they have a great raider that culminates in the second half of the game. If Pardeep starts well, Surender Gill can be saved for a blitzkrieg in the second half.

However, Gujarat Giants will not be easy. They weren’t convincing in their victory over the Telugu Titans, but they still have a mathematical possibility of qualifying for the Playoffs – something coach Manpreet Singh will be keen to tell his players. Girish Ernak had a solid day in the left corner, which will make his one-on-one battles with Surender Gill very interesting. If Gujarat’s coveted cover combination Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal can stop the Yoddha raiders, Gujarat’s team will definitely have a chance. (ANI)

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