The last match of the Inter-Zone Challenge Week sees Patna Pirates take on Haryana Steelers at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna. Following a 39-40 loss to U Mumba in their previous game, Patna Pirates will look to please the home crowd with a second win.
Match 38 (Inter-Zone Challenge Week): Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers
Head-to-head: Patna Pirates 1-0 Haryana Steelers. 1 Tie
Following a victory over Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates suffered a narrow defeat to U Mumba. Pardeep Narwal was at his raiding best as he returned 17 raid points, his 34th Super 10 in VIVO Pro Kabaddi. He was well-supported by Corner Jaideep and Vikas Jaglan.
After a tough home leg that saw them win two of their six games, Haryana Steelers suffered a loss against Bengaluru Bulls in their previous match. Their raiding duo of captain Monu Goyat and Vikash Khandola bagged 25 raid points. On the other hand, their defence could manage only 4 tackle points. Their offence will need to deliver a similar performance against Patna Pirates to enhance their team’s chances of winning their first match against Patna Pirates.
The big battle
Pardeep Narwal vs Monu Goyat
It will be a raiding fest as Goyat battles against his former captain Pardeep Narwal. With 74 raid points in 6 games, Narwal has been in excellent form. While 33 raid points in his last 3 games show that Goyat has also hit top gear. Goyat’s performance will be key as he and Haryana Steelers seek victory over Patna Pirates. He will look to outshine Narwal in a match where the performance of both raiders could determine the outcome of the game.
Jaideep- Patna Pirates
Managing a High 5 against U Mumba, Jaideep is Patna Pirates’ most successful defender this season. The team will rely on another strong defensive performance from the Left Corner as they seek to get their second win at home this season.
Vikash Khandola- Haryana Steelers
Having returned 14 raid points in their loss to Bengaluru Bulls, Vikash Khandola has shown everyone what he can do on the mat. Haryana Steelers will be hoping for another strong performance from the youngster as they look to beat Patna Pirates for the first time.