Three wins and a tie in the last four matches shows the kind of good form that the Patna Pirates have been in recently. Pardeep Narwal has been back at his best and is leading the side from the front. Jang Kun Lee has also started to make some important contributions at this late stage in the tournament but Mohammad Maghsoudlou has been a massive disappointment.
The Patna Pirates cannot afford to lose another match at this stage. They are on a winning run and need to make sure that they make the most of this form. This is going to require Pardeep Narwal and the rest of the raiders to make the most against a Haryana Steelers defense that can be a bit shaky.
Of course, the Patna Pirates are struggling in terms of their own defense as well.
Jaideep, Hadi Oshtorak, and Neeraj Kumar have been quite inconsistent. It is going to be difficult for the Patna Pirates to stop the strong Haryana Steelers offense but they have to try their best and hope a little luck goes their way.
The Haryana Steelers have been in terrific form this entire PKL and are one of the contenders for the title. Their loss against the Bengal Warriors was a break from the dominating performances they have been putting in.
Here is the real deal. The Haryana Steelers were outmuscled and outclassed by the Bengal Warriors. We don’t think that Pardeep Narwal is going to be able to do that all on his own.
The Haryana Steelers were also missing Dharmraj Cherlathan in the previous match and that is why the defense looked more vulnerable than is usual. We are not sure if he is going to be playing a role in this match but if he does then the Haryana Steelers can expect to see an improvement in their defensive play.
Vikash Kandola, Prashant Kumar rai, and Vinay are the three raiders that will be tasked with getting the best of the Patna Pirates defense. It is not at all a far-fetched thing to expect this trio to run circles around the opposing defense.
Vikash Kandola is the lead raider of this side but the other two players should not be counted out either.
There have been four matches played between the Patna Pirates and the Haryana Steelers in the past. Two of those matches have been won by the Haryana Steelers, one by the Patna Pirates, and one match has ended in a tie.
We think the Patna Pirates have built up some nice momentum heading into this match and could cause an upset. The Haryana Steelers defense was rocked by the Bengal Warriors and could be a bit short on confidence as well.
Bet on the Patna Pirates to win.