Jaipur Pink Panthers will look for that consistency they haven't quite achieved from their home matches of the Pro Kabaddi League 2016. After getting a good start, the inaugural Pro Kabaddi champions succumbed to a big defeat in their second game this season at home.
The Pink Panthers bagged a nine-point win over last season's finalists Bengaluru Bulls in their first match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, but they suffered a 15-point defeat over Puneri Paltan in their second home game.
With two remaining home games to go, the Pink Panthers have no other option but to record wins if they are to seal a playoffs berth.
Jaipur Pink Panthers take on Bengal Warriors, in their third home match. Wth the Warriors in sensational form this season, the Abhishek Bachchan co-owned Pink Panthers know that getting past the Kolkata side will not be easy by any means.
Bengal Warriors are currently second in the table with 32 points from nine games, while Jaipur Pink Panthers lie sixth with 25 points from ten games.
The Kolkata side, led by Nilesh Shinde, has just three defeats this season -- two against Patna Pirates and one against defending champions U Mumba. Bengal Warriors beat Jaipur Pink Panthers by a whopping 14 points in their first encounter this season.
The wins for Jaipur Pink Panthers this season, meanwhile, have never crossed the nine-point margin. They recorded nine-point victories over U Mumba, Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls. And Navneet Gautam has got his task cut out now to inspire the team from the front, as the Pro Kabaddi League 2016 enters the now-or-never period.
Previous encounter this season: Bengal Warriors 34-20 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Squads: Jaipur Pink Panthers – Navneet Gautam (C), Gangadhari Mallesh, Jasvir Singh, Rohit Kumar, Sonu Narwal, Raju Choudhary, Rohit Rana, C Arun, Jagdeesha KK, Anil Patil, Hwangi Ahn, Rajesh Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, Mohammad M, Ran Singh, Samarjeet Singh, Sanjay Shreshtha, Satish Kumar.
Bengal Warriors – Nilesh Shinde (C), Felix Odhiambo Opnana, Jang Kun Lee, Kedar Lal, Mahendra Rajput, Mahesh Goud, Nitin Madane, Shrikant Jadhav, Umesh Mhatre, Vineet Sharma, Vijin, Nitin More, Bajirao Hodage, Chaminda, Deepak Dhull, Shyam Kumar, Deepak Kumar, Girish Ernak, Dinesh Kumar, Krushna Madane, Narendar Kumar.
Where to Watch Live:
The match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengal Warriors will begin at 8 p.m. IST (2:30 p.m. GMT) on Feb. 22.
Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengal Warriors can be caught LIVE on the Star Sports Network.
Hindi Coverage - Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 3, Star Gold
English Coverage - Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD 2
Telugu Coverage - Maa Movies
Kannada Coverage - Suvarna Plus
UK viewers can catch the action on Life OK