Patna will play against Bengaluru in a Zone B conflict of PKL 2018 at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula tonight at 8 PM.
The Patna side is falling off a 31-47 thrashing from the UP, as their defense keeps on with their frustrations and eventually leads them to massacres.
Their defence could score only 9 tackle points opposite the UP’13, and their ineffectualness to control the scoring prompted the UP brigade in scoring 26 raid points. Their overdependency on Pardeep Narwal went to the fore, as it was one of the uncommon out-of-frame days for Pardeep (2 raid points) and his group neglected to ascend to fill the vacuum.
The Bengaluru side, yet again, is falling off a far-reaching 16 points win (44-28) over the Telugu side to wind up the primary group from Zone B to meet all requirements for the playoffs.
Both their raiding and defending were on point as they ruled the procedures from the get-go. While Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (13) and Rohit Kumar (6 raid points) drove the group’s raids, Amit Sheoran (5 points) and Ashish Kumar Sangwan (4) were the key players in the defense.
Patna and Bengaluru have met each other twice in this season until now, wherein Bengaluru won the main match, match no. 42, by 43-41, though Patna returned emphatically to win the second in the match no. 82, by 35-32. It’s one each and both the groups would search for a successor to increase significant certainty before their respective playoffs.
Tentative 7 players aligned for each team
Patna Team: (Captain) Pardeep Narwal, Manjeet, Vijay, Manish, Vikas Kale, Vikas Jaglan, Jaideep
Bengaluru Team: (Captain) Rohit Kumar, Harish Naik, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Raju Lal Choudhary, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Ashish Kumar Sangwan
Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat
Pardeep Narwal, the Patna captain with his fantastic raiding skills would be expected to show similar performance in tonight’s match too. Pawan would be the critical raider again to watch out for through his speed and agility to cast away the defenders of Patna for the Bengaluru side.
Jaideep, Amit Sheoran and Raju Lal Choudhary
Jaideep, the left corner defender for the Patna group will play a critical role tonight in adding tackle points in the team’s kitty. Amit Sheoran has so far picked up a good number of tackle points for the team and would be expected to do the same tonight. Raju Lal Choudhary plays at the right corner and indeed is strong support for his team as he chips in those critical tackle points in every match along with Amit Sheoran.
Vijay, the all-rounder from Patna would be relied upon to play well in tonight’s match too for the Patna side.
Match Prediction – Patna vs Bengaluru
Looking at the current gaming trend of both the teams, we feel that Bengaluru is more confident to win tonight’s match.