A total of 10 matches have already taken place at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, with the last game of this first leg to be played on Thursday evening. It’s home team Telugu Titans vs double defending champions Patna Pirates in action, and let’s see how these two teams stack up against each other on Matchday 6.
Match 11: Telugu Titans vs Patna Pirates
Head-to-head: Telugu Titans 6:4 Patna Pirates
A rematch of Match 4 is on the cards on Thursday at Hyderabad where the Titans’ Rahul Chaudhari is up against Pirates’ Pardeep Narwal for the second time in Season 5. The first encounter between these two teams on Matchday 2 had ended with Patna Pirates handing Telugu Titans their first defeat of the season. A six-point difference separated the two teams at the end of regulation time as the scoreline read 29-35.
In that match, Pirates captain Narwal showed why he was retained by the double defending champions at the start of the season. Titans star raider and captain Chaudhari also tried to replicate the performance of the previous match against Tamil Thalaivas but he and his team faltered under pressure. To make it worse, the Titans have since lost three more matches.
The home team now will have to regroup and get back their confidence as they currently have just seven points from five matches in Zone B. In the last match of the Hyderabad leg, the Titans would love to give their passionate fans something to cheer, and what could be a better way than beating the team who handed them their first defeat this season? However, to achieve that object in view of their current form, Chaudhari, Rakesh Kumar, Rohit Rana and Vishal Bhardwaj all will have to play out of their skin. There’s no two ways about it!
Patna Pirates, meanwhile, have played just one match this season - against the same opponents - and put up a great all-round show on that occasion. With the presence of Narwal and Vishal Mane in the team and that fact that the Titans are terribly low on confidence, the double defending champions will definitely back themselves for this game.
Catch the action live from 8 pm IST onwards on the Star Sports network and hotstar.