Pro Kabaddi 2019, Match 85: Haryana Steelers vs Jaipur Pink Panthers | Match preview, predictions and telecast details - Who will win today’s match?
Haryana are on a 5-match winning streak whereas Jaipur have lost their last 4 games.
Haryana have been top-notch so far. The fact that they have scored 40+ points in 3 consecutive matches speaks volumes about this team. Their best raider, Vikas Khandola completed a century of points this season in the previous game. He has 6 super 10s and his raids have a 49% success rate.
In the first half of the tournament, Naveen and Vinay served as very efficient support raiders for this team. But in the previous few games, Prashant Kumar Rai has stepped up to provide the Steelers with a massive boost. His game has allowed Vikas Khandola to free his arms.
The trio of Vikas Kale, Sunil and Ravi Kumar have also fetched valuable tackle points for the team. And the ever-young Dharmaraj Cheralthan has led this pack really well.
Haryana Steelers form guide (Last 5 games): W W W W W
Jaipur Pink Panthers’ fortunes have been opposite to that of Haryana Steelers. They won 6 of their first 7 games and maintained their top spot until Delhi dethroned them. But since then, it has all gone downhill for them. Deepak Niwas Hooda seems to have completely lost his touch. In the last 4 games, Deepak has managed only 16 points which is too less for his standards. Although he scored a super 10 in the last game, he will feel the pressure against an in-form Harayana defence.
Nilesh Salunkhe and Nitin Rawal have been good but both are long overdue for a super 10. They must stretch themselves a bit more to reduce the pressure on Deepak Hooda.
Defenders Sandeep Dhull and Santhapanaselvam have been the positives for Jaipur. Sandeep is the 4th best defender this season with 44 tackle points. But this defence will feel the pressure when Vikas Khandola and Prashant Rai attack in tandem.
Jaipur Pink Panthers Form Guide (Last 5 games): L L L L W
Predicted Starting 7s
Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Prashant Kumar Rai, Vinay, Sunil, Ravi Kumar, Vikas Kale, Dharmaraj Cheralathan (C)
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Deepak Niwas Hooda (C), Nitin Rawal, Nilesh Salunkhe, Santhapanaselvam, Deepak Narwal, Sandeep Dhull, Pavan TR
Haryana’s performance in both departments has improved as the season has progressed. Vikas Khandola will be the key for them.
Jaipur must keep the series of defeats behind them and look to put their best foot forward. Deepak’s attack along with Sandeep’s tackles will largely determine their outcome.
Haryana Steelers could be expected to beat Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Where and when to watch
Date: Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Start time: 7:30 pm IST
Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: Sportskeeda
Published 11 Sep 2019, 09:00 IST