Telugu Titans go up against Puneri Paltan in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Rajiv Gandhi Port Stadium in Vizag on Monday.
The Titans, the home-team, playing their second match in two days, would be confident as they take on Puneri Paltan. They edged past table toppers U Mumba by a point in a heart-stopping encounter on Sunday.
Going into the game against Puneri Paltan, the Telugu Titans are without a shadow of doubt the favourites. Their attack led by Rahul Chaudhari has been simply magnificent. In the game against U Mumba they took a healthy lead early on.
U Mumba's policy has been to go hard at the opposition from the very start. In this game the aggression of the Telugu Titans threw them back. For a Titans' fan this would have been very pleasing. Another pleasing aspect for somebody rooting for the Titans is Chaudhari's incredible form. He has notched up more than 100 raid points in this tournament and would be licking his lips going up against the Puneri Paltan defence which has not been in great form.
In defence, however, the Telugu Titans do have a few problems. They allowed U Mumba to come back into the game toward the end, and against Bengaluru Bulls they had to settle for a tie despite leading right at the death. As the side is looking for a playoff spot they would need to bolster the defence.
Puneri Paltan, at present, have a lot of problems to deal with. They are second last and do not look in any sort of form at all. The Jaipur Pink Panthers ripped them apart in an earlier match. In the game against the Pirates too they looked out of sorts and lost the game.
Their defending has been shoddy and all over the place. If it continues to be that way, Rahul Chaudhari is likely to run amok. The attack will depend a lot on Wazir Singh. For the Pune outfit to get back on track and qualify for the playoffs they need to start chalking up wins.
The Telugu Titans intent on notching up their second win in a row, Puneri Paltan in dire need of a triumph — a tight game is on the cards.
Where to Watch Live:
Puneri Paltan play Telugu Titans at 9 pm. Star Sports will air the match. Live coverage will comence on Star Sports HD 2 after the first match. This is the link for the live streaming option on starsports.com.