The Jaipur Pink Panthers face another stern test against the Bengal Warriors at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League Season 4. The Panthers played gruelling battles against the Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls in two consecutive days and the 2014 champions made a stunning comeback against the Bulls as they pulled off the one-sided contest into a tie in the dying moments. The home crowd hopes that the reluctant Panthers side continues to entertain against the Bengal Warriors.
Nilesh Shinde’s Bengal Warriors started their season with a nerve wrecking defeat against the Bengaluru Bulls but came out successful against Dabang Delhi. The consistency always lacked in Bengal set-up over the years and it plays an important role for the Warriors in the early part of season 4. They need a vital 5 points in today’s game to keep their campaign move steadily.
For Jaipur, Jasvir Singh’s impressive raids in the final moments of the game played a huge part in deciding the outcome of yesterday's match. The Panthers captain spent nearly 15 minutes off the pitch and looked vulnerable against Mohit Chhillar throughout the first half. Then, Suddenly the huge cheer of “Jasvir Jasvir” from the crowd brought the best out of the skipper in the final 10 minutes.
He finished two raids in 10 seconds in the final minute of the game by charging the right corner defenders before Rajesh Narwal’s dashing tackle and Ran Singh strong ankle hold pushed Rohit Kumar out in the final raid of the game. Due to Jasvir’s heroics, he was awarded the best raider of the match with 9 raid points.
Rajesh Narwal’s contribution in an emphatic tie was second to none. The 25-year-old, who earned the best raider of the match against the Telugu Titans was solid in his defensive duties against the Bengaluru Bulls. He was the marathon man of the moment in yesterday’s nail-biting tie. The duo of Ran Singh and Rajesh Narwal have to put a strong display against the Bengal raiders Jang-Kun Lee and Nitin Madane.
The Bengal Warriors, on the other hand, rely a lot on their skipper Nilesh Shinde and Vishal Mane to come good against Jaipur’s attacking force. Vishal Mane the former U Mumba defender hasn’t been successful in his new colours. Mane should prove his defensive credentials in today’s encounter against the Pink Panthers.
The attacking force of Jang-Kun Lee, Nitin Madane and Monu Goyat poses a threat to Jaipur's defenders. The Bengal fans haven’t seen the enough of Mahendra Rajput, the 26-year-old who was sublime in do-or-die rides in season 3.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers hasn’t defeated the Bengal Warriors in the last two seasons of Pro Kabaddi and moreover the home side lost to the Warriors last time when they faced each other at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. This time, it’s going to be a close encounter as both teams are evenly matched.
The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur is turning out to be the best atmospheric stadiums in Pro Kabaddi. With the Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan roaring for his team daily, the crowd went crazy in both the matches Jaipur played. It’s interesting to see the buzz around the stadium in today’s match.
We are still in the early stages of the season and it’s not easy to make a call but the Panthers have the edge over their enemies in today’s battle.
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors Squads
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Defenders: Rohit Rana, Amit Hooda, Parween Narwal
All-rounders: Rajesh Narwal, Shrikant Tewathia, Ran Singh, Parvesh Bhainswal, Jawahar, Kazuhiro Takano, Tae Deok Eom.
Raiders: Jasvir Singh, Masayuki Shimokawa, Mahipal Narwal, Shabeer Bappu, Lo Chia Wei, Tushar Patil, Amit Nagar.
Defenders: Nilesh Shinde, Girish Ernak, Amit Singh Chhillar, Vishal Mane, Chaminda R.S.M, C.Arun, Ravi Kumar, Sushil Vijay Bhosle
All-rounders: Suyog Rajapkar, Yogesh Subhash Sawant
Raiders: Simon Kibura, Jang-Kun Lee, Nitin Mandane, Surjeet Narwal, Ravi Dalal, Shrikant Jadhav, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Ravindra Ramesh Kumavat
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors Live Match Information
Time: 21:00 IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TV Channel: Star Sports 2 (English), Star Sports 3 (Hindi)
Live Stream: starsports.comPublished 01 Jul 2016, 11:17 IST