After losing 3-consecutive matches in their home leg, Patna Pirates seek to clinch a maiden victory in their final home leg match against UP Yoddha in Match no. 33 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi 2019. UP Yoddha have played two ties in their recent encounters and will be hopeful in securing a win.
Patna Pirates and UP Yoddha stand at 9th and 10th spot in the points table with 11 points each. A win for either team will boost its position to the higher ranking.
Becoming the first raider to 900 raid points, Pardeep Narwal created history in his recent match against Haryana Steelers scoring his 46th Super 10. However, the team has not found support from any of its raiders in Jang Kun Lee and Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlu. Pardeep will seek a consistent performance by these players to build their offensive strength.
UP Yoddha has only scored 50 raid points as a team which is the lowest among the others. Rishank Devadiga scored five raid points against Tamil Thalaivas and saved the game from the hands of another defeat. Monu Goyat and Shrikant Jadhav will have to fire in the offense as well.
The focus for Patna's defense will yet again be Jaideep who has 21 tackle points in six matches. No other defender from Patna has scored a single High-5 this season which has been a worry for the team. Consistency in the defense is what coach Ram Meher Singh will expect from his defenders in tonight's must-win encounter.
The corner duo of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit has scored 27 tackle points in total. The defense of UP Yoddha has remained somewhat balanced with Ashu Singh (right) and Amit (left) performing as well. However, they'll need to take bold risks in the defense to stop Pardeep Narwal from the opposition.
Can Patna Pirates conclude their home leg on a winning note? Or will UP Yoddha script a win after 2-consecutive tied games?
Head To Head Record:
Patna Pirates: 3
UP Yoddha: 2
Time & Date: 8:30 PM IST (9th August 2019)
Venue: Patliputra Sports Complex, Patna
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