Jaipur Pink Panthers go up against Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
The action has now shifted from Vizag to Jaipur for this week. Neither the Jaipur Pink Panthers nor the Bengaluru Bulls can claim to be the favourite here. The Pink Panthers have performed well in this tournament, save the last game, where they were taken apart by Patna Pirates 52-30, while the Bulls, in an exciting encounter, held the Telugu Titans to a draw in their previous game.
The Pink Panthers would be hoping one loss does not lead to another. On paper, they are still a fine side with a very good offense that has the feared Jasvir Singh, who has been instrumental in winning games for them.
The loss against the Patna Pirates would have come as a surprise to them and their fans. Furthermore, the debilitating manner in which they lost may have left a few scars. The defence came a cropper in that game against the likes of Rakesh Kumar and Ravi Dalal.
In Wednesday's match against the Bulls, how they fare against the reputed Ajay Thakur and the dominating Manjit Chillar will have quite a lot of bearing on the outcome of the match.
The positive for the Pink Panthers is that they are still in a very good position in second place and are most likely to make it to the playoffs. Getting back their momentum is something they would look forward to. In addition to this a win in this game may see them move up the table and dislodge U Mumba as the leaders. As always, Jasvir will play a crucial part.
The Bengaluru Bulls, although they did not lose against the Titans, would be concerned about their defence. At times the defense looked out of place when Rahul Chaudhari and company were mounting attack after attack.
In an earlier loss to Dabang Delhi the defenders did not look too good either. Jaipur's Jasvir will have a field day if they continue in the same manner. The heartening thing for them is that in attack they are still a force to reckon with. Ajay Thakur, particularly, has been in terrific form and he once again will be the key.
Jaipur Pink Panthers are intent on getting back to winning ways while Bengaluru Bulls would dearly love to improve their position in the league -- an exciting contest is on the cards.
Where to Watch Live:
Jaipur Pink Panthers will play Bengaluru Bulls at 8-00 pm. Star Sports will air the match. Live coverage will comence on Star Sports HD 2. This is the link for the live streaming option on starsports.com.