PREVIEW

Now the tournament moves into last leg in Kolkata, the home of Bengal Warriors. Puneri Paltan will take on Telugu Titans from Zone B. The playoff spots are up for grabs and it will be close call between Telugu Titans and Bengal Warriors. The intensity of Zone B is really heating up as there is no conclusive teams to get through the playoffs apart from the Zone toppers Bengaluru Bulls. In that scenario, this becomes a must win game for Telugu Titans who have had their ups and downs throughout the season. Puneri Paltan meanwhile will play their final game of yet another disappointing season and a win here would be their ideal send-off.

Since the departure of Nitin Tomar, Patna always struggled in their raid departments and were able to win only two games in his absence. None of their raiders were able to step up to the standards set by Nitin Tomar which was the premiere reason of their evasive downfall in the second half of the tournament. This would be the second battle between the two sides this season. Their first encounter took place in Mumbai which was a low-scoring affair as the scoreline of the match was 28-25 favouring Telugu Titans.

Puneri Paltan is coming off a 23-36 defeat against the Jaipur Pink Panthers as their defence could score just 9 tackle points vis-a-vis the Pink Panthers’ 17 points. The Titans are also coming off a 28-44 defeat against the Bengaluru Bulls, as their defence failed to stop the rampage of the Bulls’ raiders.

Pune’s team has been in continuous turmoil since the injury to Nitin Tomar. With a myriad of team combinations tried, none seem to give them the consistent results that they needed to get through to the playoffs. Now with no chance to qualify for the playoffs, the Paltan should give their all against the Telugu Titans to regain their pride.

 

Game-Time

Date: Friday, December 21, 2018

Time: 09:00 PM (IST)

Venue: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata

League: Pro Kabaddi League 2018-19, Match 123.

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network.

Online Streaming: Hotstar App

 

SQUADS

Telugu Titans: Vishal Bhardwaj(c), Abozar Mohajermighani, C Manoj Kumar, Sombir, Anil Kumar, Nilesh Salunke, Kamal Singh, Ankit Beniwal, Rajnish, Mohsen Maghsoudlou Jafari, Rakshith, Deepak, Armaan, Anuj Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan, Mahendar Reddy, Krushna Madane.

Puneri Paltan: Girish Maruti Ernak(c), Rinku Narwal, Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Akshay Jadhav, Vikash Khatri, Sandeep Narwal, Nitin Tomar, Takamitsu Kono, Bajrang, Vinod Kumar, Amit Kumar, Shubham Shinde, Monu, GB More, Lal Mohar Yadav, Rajesh Mondal, Parvesh, Sanjay Shrestha.

 

Probable Playing 7

Puneri Paltan: Girish Ernak (c), G.B. More, Sandeep, Parvesh, Sandeep Narwal, Ravi Kumar, and Shubham Shinde

Telugu Titans: Vishal Bhardwaj (c), Rahul Chaudhari, Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Farhad Milaghardan, Anil Kumar, and Abozar Mighani

 

Key Battles

Rahul Chaudhari (two-sided raider) vs Girish Ernak (left corner)

G B More (left raider) vs Abozar Mighani (right corner)

 

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