This is the second time that the Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan will be meeting each other. Puneri Paltan put on an incredible defensive display in that match as it pulled off six super tackles to completely squeeze the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
In this match, the Jaipur Pink Panthers will be looking at Deepak Niwas Hooda to convert his recent good form into a victory for the side. Hooda has scored four Super-10’s in the last five matches. His total tally of 84 raid points is impressive but consider the fact that 54 out of those points have come in the last five matches and you will realize how good his recent form has been.
The problem for the Jaipur Pink Panthers has been the lack of support from the other senior players. Anup Kumar has been very subdued in the last few matches and needs to switch on. Young raider Ajinkya Pawar is performing much more consistently than Anup and could be given a bigger role to play in this contest.
Sandeep Kumar Dhull is another experienced campaigner that is having a very good season. He has been the best defender for the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the last five matches and will be tasked with stopping the Puneri Paltan raiders once again.
Puneri Paltan has gone three matches without a win and in fact, lost four out of its last five matches. Players like More GB, Sandeep Narwal, and Ravi Kumar need to play leading roles and get their side a victory.
An extended run of losses at this stage of the tournament could prove to be very difficult for Puneri Paltan to recover from.
We believe that the Puneri Paltan defense will be more important than its offense in this game. Sandeep Narwal has scored 14 tackle points in the last five games while Ravi Kumar has more Super Tackles than anyone else in the PKL.
The two of them are going to make like difficult for Hooda and company.
The head to head between the two sides is very close. The Jaipur Pink Panthers have won 6 out of the 12 matches played against Puneri Paltan, one match has been a tie, and Puneri Paltan winning the remaining 5.
Puneri Paltan’s most recent win over the Jaipur Pin Panthers would have left a deep scar on the Jaipur Pink Panthers offense.
Both these teams are struggling for form and will be low on confidence. Puneri Paltan struggled the last time it played at home as well. We think the form of Deepak Niwas Hooda could tilt things in favor of the Pink Panthers.
Back the Jaipur Pink Panthers to win.