Jaipur Pink Panthers will clash against Dabang Delhi in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday.
The Pink Panthers start out as favourites in this game against Dabang Delhi. They lead the points table now and have won eight of their 11 matches. Dabang Delhi still have some ground to cover as they are in sixth place. At this juncture they need to win to stay in the race for the play-offs.
The Pink Panthers on the other hand are almost assured of a play-off berth. They would, however, be a little concerned about their form off late. In their last three encounters the team has had a loss, a win and a tie come their way. For a team that was used to dominating opponents the fact they did not win all three games would be pricking them.
The Panthers appear to have some defensive problems, which is perhaps a reason why they have not been able to dominate in the last three games. These defensive woes could be clearly seen in the game against Patna Pirates where they were hammered 30 to 52.
In their last encounter they failed to pull off a win despite taking a healthy lead of 10 points early on in the first half. Yet again the defense faltered as they let U Mumba back into the game by conceding 16 points. Even after this towards the end of the game with only six minutes remaining they held the lead but they frittered it away and let U Mumba claim a tie.
In attack, though, they look pretty efficient with Jasvir Singh leading the way. He'll be the key against Dabang Delhi.
The boys from Delhi in sixth place need a win here to improve their position. They trail Bengaluru Bulls by five points who have a game in hand. A win here will see Dabang Delhi apply some pressure on the Bulls. The Dabang boys will take heart from the fact that Pink Panthers, though at top of the table, haven't been in great form in the last three games.
Both Kashiling Adake and Surjeet Narwal have been in good form. It is imperative they make their good form count against the Pink Panthers.
With Dabang Delhi desperate for a win and Jaipur Pink Panthers intending on getting back to their dominating best, an exciting contest is on the cards.
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