Jaipur Pink Panthers take on playoffs-bound Bengaluru Bulls in must-win game

Jaipur Pink Panthers take on playoffs-bound Bengaluru Bulls in must-win game

A loss against Bengaluru Bulls will see Jaipur Pink Panthers eliminated from the playoffs race.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will be looking to move closer to the top 6 in the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 standings with a win over Bengaluru Bulls at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Friday. The Season 1 champions have won just one of their last 11 matches and are in dire need of maximum points from their clash against the reigning champions. Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have already qualified for the playoffs.

Match 120: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls   

Jaipur Pink Panthers take on Bengaluru Bulls in match 120 of vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7.

Head-to-head: Jaipur Pink Panthers 2-7 Bengaluru Bulls. 1 Tie.

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Played: 20

Won: 8

Tied: 2

Lost: 10

Win Rate: 40%

Best Raider: Deepak Hooda

Best Defender: Sandeep Dhull

A loss will not be enough for the Season 1 winners, making it a must-win contest for them if they want to keep their bleak chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive. Jaipur Pink Panthers need to produce an all-round performance to get the better of Bengaluru Bulls and will require skipper Deepak Hooda and Sandeep Dhull to take charge of the raiding and defensive units respectively. That said, the Jaipur Pink Panthers’ captain won’t be able to do it all alone in attack and will require help from Deepak Narwal and bonus-specialist Nilesh Salunke. Narwal and Salunke have been amongst the points in Jaipur Pink Panthers’ recent matches and they will have a big role to play against Bengaluru Bulls. On the defensive front, Dhull has been the pick of their defenders but he, too, needs to up his game and organise his troops against the defending champions. If Dhull along with fellow Corner Amit Hooda as well as Sunil Siddhgavali and Vishal put their best foot forward, Bengaluru Bulls’ raiders could be in for a tough night.  

Bengaluru Bulls

Played: 20

Won: 11

Tied: 1

Lost: 8

Win Rate: 55%

Best Raider: Pawan Sehrawat

Best Defender: Mahender Singh

With a spot in the playoffs already booked, Bengaluru Bulls can afford to experiment with their starting seven in their remaining league games. However, the defending champions will want to win all their remaining matches to move as high up the standings as possible, while also carrying some positive momentum into the playoffs. ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat will be their biggest threat and will go into the match high on confidence after a record 39 raid points in his last outing. However, with skipper Rohit Kumar unavailable in the last few games and with Banty and Sumit Singh acting as the side’s backup raiders, getting the better of Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence is by no means a forgone conclusion. Having said that, the southerners have already beaten Jaipur Pink Panthers once this year and will be confident in their ability to do the same again. Defensively, Bengaluru Bulls aren’t reliant on any particular individual and even though their leading Tackle Points scorer is Mahender Singh, they also possess talents like Saurabh Nandal and Amit Sheoran in their arsenal.

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