Both Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers have some real tough task ahead to make it to the Pro Kabaddi League 2016 playoffs.
Bengaluru Bulls, who were the finalists of Pro Kabaddi last year, are currently stationed at the bottom half of the table along with inaugural champions Jaipur Pink Panthers . While the Bulls are seventh in the table with just two wins from nine games, the Pink Panthers stay sixth with 20 points availed from eight games.
The remainder of the league matches this season is very crucial for both sides to make it to the top four. Patna Pirates, Bengal Warriors, U Mumba and Telugu Titans continue to occupy the top four berths.
Jaipur Pink Panthers have some real positive luck ahead as they can turn around their fortunes with the start of their home games at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur from Feb. 20. The Abhishek Bachchan co-owned side, which has all the backing from Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, can now bank on their home fans to give them the much-needed inspiration to climb to the top four at the end of their four designated games in Jaipur.
Bengaluru Bulls, Puneri Paltan, Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates remain their next four opponents and in this season and we have witnessed that none of the teams are unbeatable. Patna Pirates were the only undefeated side for long but defending champions U Mumba handed them their first defeat of the season in Patna.
For Bengaluru Bulls it will be a real pressure now. The Bulls have finished third at the end of their regular 14 league games but this time they are in real trouble of not even making it to the playoffs, unless a last minute luck changes their fortune.
Previous encounter: Bengaluru Bulls 36-26 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Squads: Jaipur Pink Panthers â€“ 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.
Bengaluru Bulls â€“ Surjeet Narwal (C), Amit Rathi, Deepak Dahiya, Sinotharan, Vaibhav Kale, Vinoth Kumar, Ashish S, Ketut Ariana, Vijender Singh, Satish Kumar, R Pandu, Michal Spiczko, Deepak Kumar, Parmod Narwal, Preetam Chhillar, Shashank Wankhede, Shrikant Tewthia.
Where to watch live
The match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Bengaluru Bulls will begin at 8 p.m. IST (2:30 p.m. GMT) on Feb. 20.
Pro Kabaddi League 2016: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls 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