If you were told that the teams featuring Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal would be placed at the bottom of the table after 80 matches this season, you would have definitely laughed it off.
But that is how tough this season has been. Both Tamil Thalaivas and Patna Pirates have struggled to put up good performances this season and will be keen to fetch some points when they meet each other in the 83rd game this season.
Both these teams have managed just 3 wins so far and have been through a lean patch for a long time. After their loss to Delhi last night, the winless streak of the Tamil Thalaivas was extended to 8 matches.
Raiders Ajay Thakur and Shabeer Bapu have run out of ideas to up their game. Although Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar have managed to fetch points, their defenders haven’t been able to hold the lead.
Corner defenders Ran Singh and Mohit Chillar once again had a moderate outing. The fact that Thalaivas managed just 3 tackle points against Delhi tells you the extent of their struggles. They urgently need to sort out their combination and maybe they need to rope in some new faces.
Tamil Thalaivas form guide (Last 5 games): L L L L L
Patna Pirates have also been at the receiving end of a similar story. Their defence has been below average. They allowed UP Yoddha to score a massive 41 points in the last match. But if you look closely, UP Yoddha are last in the list of number of raid points scored (189) this season. That tells you how poor Patna’s defence has been so far. Jaideep and Hadi are experienced contenders and are expected to put up a better show.
The attack has been managed by the lone warrior Pardeep Narwal. He has a massive 132 points this season and it’s a pity that he hasn’t been able to get enough support from his teammates. Other raiders like Vikas Jaglan and M Esmaeil need to stretch themselves more. Their failure to bring home crucial points has resulted in Pardeep spending considerable time off the court.
Patna Pirates Form Guide (Last 5 games): L L L L L
Predicted Starting 7s
Tamil Thalaivas: Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur (C), Sagar, V Ajith Kumar, Manjeet Chillar, Ran Singh, Mohit Chillar
Patna Pirates: Pardeep Narwal (C), Mohammad Esmaeil, Monu, Neeraj Kumar, Vikas Jaglan, Hadi Oshtorak, Jaideep
Both these teams are on a big losing streak. Tamil Thaliavas have a lot of experience in their ranks whereas Patna have the brilliance of Pardeep Narwal.
Patna Pirates could be expected to beat Tamil Thalaivas.
Where and when to watch
Date: Monday, 9th September 2019
Start time: 8:30 pm IST
Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda