Patna Pirates have almost made it to the playoffs of the Pro Kabaddi League 2016. The side, led by Manpreet Singh, recorded their eighth victory of the season on Wednesday against Bengaluru Bulls, and now they will be keen on increasing their whopping tally of points even more on Thursday.
The Pirates take on Puneri Paltan at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna in their 10th game of the season.
Star raiders Deepak Narwal and Rohit Kumar gave oodles of points to Patna Pirates in their game, which was as-close-as-it-gets, against the Bulls on Wednesday. Surjeet Narwal from Bengaluru Bulls stepped from the front to make the match an exciting contest, but in the end, it was defender Mahipal Narwal of the Patna Pirates whose brilliance snatched the win for the Pro Kabaddi 2016 leaders.
Puneri Paltan, seated sixth in the table, know what they are up for on Thursday. With just two wins from seven games, the Pune side, which boasts of big names like Manjeet Chhillar (C), Ajay Thakur and Deepak Hooda, never really got their combination right this season.
And the playoffs spot also looks a bit tough for them at this point. However, with seven points to go, it's now-or-never for the Puneri Paltan side.
It was a tie the last time these two sides faced in the Pro Kabaddi this season.
Squads: Patna Pirates â€“ Manpreet Singh (C), Sandeep Narwal, Abhinandan Kumar, Bhabesh Kumar, Deepak Narwal, Gurvinder Singh, G Singh, M Narwal, Rajesh Mondal, Sunil Jaipal, Vijay Malik, Suresh Kumar, Manish, Amit Hooda, Ram Sah, Vinod Kumar, Nasir Ali, Sandeep, Sunil Kumar, Hadi Oshtorak, Tae Deok Eom.
Puneri Paltan â€“ Manjeet Chhillar (C), Ajay Thakur, David M, Nilesh Salunke, Ramkumar S, Ravi V, Sachin V, Simon Kinura, Surendra Singh, Tushar Patil, Waleed Hasani, Yogesh Hooda, Ravi Kumar, Somvir Sekhar, Thongkham K, Manoj Dhull, Prashant Chavan, Ravinder Kumar, Sachin Shingade, Sachin Khambe, Sandeep Malik, Deepak Hooda, Jasmer Gulia.
Where to Watch Live:
The match between Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltan will begin at 9 p.m. IST (3:30 p.m. GMT) Thursday, Feb. 18.
Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Patna Pirates vs Puneri Paltan 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