Pro Kabaddi: 5 ways Patna Pirates can beat Jaipur Pink Panthers
Patna Pirates trail the Jaipur Pink Panthers by a point going into the game between the two heavyweights, the winner of which will progress to the semi-finals of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi 2015 to be held on 21st August 2015 in Mumbai.
Patna beat Jaipur earlier in the season, but the team from Jaipur were in a bad run of form back then and have since picked up and will be a different proposition this time around. So, with the Patna Pirates up against the champions in a do-or-die battle to keep their season alive, we take a look at few statistics which the Patna Pirates and their fans need to have an eye on.
Here are five ways how the Patna Pirates can win the game against the Jaipur Pink Panthers today:
1. Score more than 28 points
Patna Pirates have won 86% of their matches when they have scored more than 28 points in matches this season. The only defeat they suffered after scoring more came against the Telugu Titans, who managed to score 54 points that day. So, if the Pirates hit that magic figure of 29, the semi-finals may well be in touching distance.
2. Get Sandeep Narwal on the act
Sandeep Narwal is obviously an important player for the Pirates and statistics show how the Patna Pirates’ success coincides with their skipper doing well. Whenever Sandeep Narwal scores more than 5 points in a game, the Patna Pirates win 72% of those games. So the Pink Panthers know whom they need to watch out for.
3. Don’t allow more than 10 tackle points to the opponents
Raiding is not just about racking up points and getting opponent players out, its also about not allowing the defence to gobble you up. When the Pirates have followed this mantra, they have ended up winning on most of the occasions. When the Pirates have allowed the opposition to score 10 or less tackle points, the Pirates have been successful 84% of the times this season.
4. Start well and consolidate
It’s important to start well in games and not allow the opposition to run away with things. After getting a good start, it’s also important to consolidate and take an advantage into the second half. Leading at half time is something the Patna Pirates haven’t managed often but when they have they have won 70% of those games. So it is extremely crucial for the Pirates to start well and go into half time in front.
5. Keep an eye on Sonu Narwal
The Patna Pirates need not just focus on Rajesh Narwal and Jasvir Singh as there is someone else who often makes the difference for the Pink Panthers. The Pink Panthers win 80% of their matches when Sonu Narwal scores 5 or more points. So, the Pirates need to keep an eye on him and prevent him from making the decisive blow.