Pro Kabaddi 2016, Season 4: Puneri Paltans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers Preview - Match Prediction, Time, Venue, Playing Squads & Live Match Telecast info
Everything you need to know about the clash between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltans
Match 38 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 4 features Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltans, at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata. Season 1 champions, Jaipur Pink Panthers are currently at the top of the table, with 5 wins from 9 matches.
Puneri Paltans have been impressive this season, especially in the first half of Season 4 and are currently 3rd in the table. The Paltans have notched up 4 wins and 2 thrilling draws in their opening 9 matches. A win today for either team will consolidate their position in the top 4 and at the same time, will deny points to the other, as the battle for the semis spots’ heats up.
The match promises to be hard fought and intense.
Jaipur Pink Panthers performance so far
Jaipur Pink Panthers lost their last match against Bengal Warriors, their second consecutive defeat. The first match of the Kolkata leg pitted the 1st placed team against the last placed team, and the Pink Panthers were clear favorites to come out with a win, despite the solid squad Bengal Warriors boast of.
Nilesh Shinde got the Warriors off to a cracking start, as he executed the perfect ankle hold on his counterpart, Jasvir Singh, who has been impressive throughout this season.
Jang-Kun Lee’s three consecutive successful raids rattled the Pink Panthers, as they crushed under the immense pressure of playing Bengal, at home. The Korean even managed to come out with 5 points in a single raid, as the match ended 32-25. Jaipur came out with a point, as the margin of defeat was 7 or less.
Retaining two of their best players in Yasvir Singh and Rajesh Narwal turned out to be a brilliant decision by the Jaipur management, as both the players have been instrumental in Jaipur’s triumph so far, in Season 4. Skipper, Yasvir Singh, is Jaipur’s main raider and has troubled opposition many times this season.
Rajesh Narwal is vital to the Jaipur side, thanks to his smart raids and vicious tackles, and would look to continue his impressive display in today’s match. Narwal’s most notable performance this season was against Dabang Delhi, as he racked up 16 points in that match, and totally broke the Dabangs apart.
Shabeer Bapu continues to be a key part of the Pink Pathers’, and his experience will come in handy in today’s match. Ajay Kumar has come up with a few impressive performances this season, and will probably don the role of the fourth raider in today’s match.
Puneri Paltans performance so far
Puneri Paltans faced Telugu Titans in their last match, which turned out to be fiery and nail-biting. The Titans emerged victorious, as the Paltans really missed their lion-hearted skipper, Manjeet Chhillar. In his absence, Jogin Narwal led the Paltans, and they got off to a solid start, leading 17-15 in the first half.
Rahul Chaudhuri was the standout player in that match, as he racked up 400 points in all seasons of Pro Kabaddi. The Telugu captain registered the 20th Super 10 in his career, as he put the Paltans defense under immense pressure. The teams were separated by a mere 2 points with 7 minutes remaining, but the Titans managed to keep their cool, and came out with a 32-29 victory.
Paltans won’t be too disappointed as they put up a brilliant performance, even in the absence of their star player and skipper. Manjeet Chhillar will be hoping to make a mark in today’s all important match. A win will take the Pune franchise to the top spot, and the Paltans skipper wouldn’t want to let the golden opportunity slip, especially in the second half of the group stage.
Deepak Niwas Hooda has been Pune’s best raider, thus far. His agility and reflexes can trouble any opposition defense, and will be a huge threat against the likes of Amit Hooda and Rajesh Narwal.
Manjeet’s defending partner, Ravinder Pahal has been brilliant in this season’s Pro Kabaddi League. Along with Chhillar, Pahal has made life very difficult for the opposition raiders and will have a huge role to play against the likes of Jasvir Singh and Rajesh Narwal.
The battle at the top of the table promises to be an exciting and a thrilling one, with both the team looking to win and consolidate their place in the Top 4. Neither of the teams have guaranteed their place in the top 4, and are far from it, as all the 8 teams are still in contention for a semis spot.
Jasvir Singh’s battle against Manjeet Chhillar is an exciting prospect, and whoever comes out on top, will give their team a huge advantage. Rajesh Narwal’s all-round abilities will be important in deciding the fate of the match.
Puneri Paltans’ will hold the edge over Jaipur Pink Panthers in today’s match, but it will nowhere close to an easy match for either of the teams.
Raiders: Ajay Thakur, Sonu Narwal, Akshay Jadhav, Jay Bahadur Bohara, Khomsan Thongkham.
Defenders: Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal, Somvir Shekhar, Gurpreet Singh, I Ketut Ariana, Ravinder Kumar, Virender Chhillar.
All-Rounders: Manjeet Chhillar (Captain), Deepak Niwas Hooda, Nitin Tomar, Parmod Narwal, Dalbir, Preetam Chhillar.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Raiders: Jasvir Singh (Captain), Shabeer Bapu, Ajay Kumar, Lo Chia Wei, Mahipal Narwal, Tushar Patil, Amit Nagar.
Defenders: Amit Hooda, Rohit Rana, Parveen Narwal, Jawahar.
All-Rounders: Ran Singh, Rajesh Narwal, Shrikant Tewthia, Kazuhiro Takano, Parvesh Bhainswal, Tae Deok Eom
Puneri Paltans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers Live Match Information
Time: 20:00 IST
Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
TV Channels: Star Sports 2/Star Sports 2 HD (English), Star Sports 3/Star Sports 3 HD (Hindi)
Live stream: StarSports.com