Bottom of the charts in Zone A, Jaipur Pink Panthers will look to surprise Zone B toppers Bengaluru Bulls when the sides meet in the Inter Zone Challenge Week, at Ahmedabad on Sunday.
The Panthers, who were the inaugural season winner of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), have won just three matches out of their ten this season. The problems for the Jaipur side run across all departments. Only 146 of their 429 raids have been successful this season – which is roughly one in every three raids.
Jaipur come into this match with two wins in their last four matches and that is a good sign that things are about to change. However, with just 312 points scored in the season, Jaipur Pink Panthers are not setting the tournament alight. All-rounder Deepak Niwas Hooda remains their best rider with 80 points in the season so far.
Setting the tournament alight, for sure, is the Bangalore Bulls side that now tops the Zone B points tally with six wins, two losses and a draw in their nine matches so far. It is the exploits of rider Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, who has 112 points in the season, that is leading the Bulls.
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Deepak Niwas Hooda has 80 points in the season so far and his all-round skills are the reason for Pink Panthers’ points so far. With Anoop Kumar not in the best of his form, Hooda should get a lot of opportunities to lead the raids and be his side’s best bet to pick points.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has already notched up 112 points in nine games and is eclipsing the lead raider of his side Rohit Kumar. With the Jaipur side struggling with their defence this season, Pawan could be itching to go and pick up a Super 10.
With the defences of the sides under question, the one who stands out from both the sides is the left-cover of Bengaluru Bulls Mahender Singh. The youngster could be crucial to stopping the Pink Panthers’ all-rounder Hooda, which could determine their chances.
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Jaipur Pink Panthers (probable seven): 1 Anup Kumar (capt) 2 Selvamani K 3 Deepak Niwas Hooda 4 Young Chang Ko 5 Sunil Siddhgavali 6 Sandeep Dhull 7 Mohit Chillar
Bengaluru Bulls (probable seven): 1 Rohit Kumar (capt) 2 Kashiling Adake 3 Pawan Kumar Sehrawat 4 Sumit Singh 5 Mahender Singh 6 Ajay 7 Ankit