Puneri Paltan go up against the Telugu Titans in the Pro Kabaddi League on Tuesday at the Sri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.
The action has now shifted from Patna to Pune. Puneri Paltan would love make an impact in front of their home crowd. This is a battle between the two lowest ranked teams. Both teams only have a solitary victory from six games. The two sides haven't managed to get going at all in this tournament. Telugu Titans are second from last whereas Puneri Paltan are languishing at the bottom. This is the first meeting between the two sides.
Both Telugu Titans and Puneri Paltan have shown glimpses of form but they have failed to convert it into victories. Inconsistency has been a concern. To make matters worse, they suffered convincing defeats in their previous encounters. The Titans were torn apart 49-29 by the Jaipur Pink Panthers, while the boys from Pune were outplayed by the Patna Pirates in their previous encounter.
How the Titans will cope with the crushing loss against the Pink Panthers is important. It is in defense that they have serious problems. Pink Panthers raider Jasvir Singh cruelly exposed their defensive frailties. They may have a serious problem containing Wazir Singh if they don't tighten up their defence. Even in a win against Dabang Delhi in the closing stages, they just about held on. In attack they look alright. Rahul Chaudhari will look to seize the early initiative. Deepak Nivas Hudda can give him good support.
Puneri Paltan look completely out of sorts going into the game. Their defence too hasn't been up to scratch. In their last match, they found star raider Rakesh Kumar a handful. Conceding leads early on in most of their games has been a concern. In this match, they should look to seize the bull by the horns. Wazir Singh will be their main man here. Singh will have to be ably supported by his defence.
Both the Telugu Titans and Puneri Paltan at this stage would dearly love a win as they have to improve their standing in the league. An exciting game is on the cards.
Where to Watch Live:
Telugu Titans play Puneri Paltan at 8-00pm.Star Sports will air the match. Live coverage will comence on Star Sports HD 2 from 7.45 pm. This is the link for the live streaming option on starsports.com.