Patna Pirates’ second home-leg match sees them take on Puneri Paltan at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium on Sunday. The home team will be keen to get a win under their belt early in their home-leg against a team which has only managed to defeat them once in VIVO Pro Kabaddi. Puneri Paltan, meanwhile will be chasing their first win of Season 7 to kickstart their campaign.
Match 26: Patna Pirates vs Puneri Paltan
Head-to-head: Patna Pirates 10 – 1 Puneri Paltan. 2 Ties.
Win rate: 50%
Best Raider: Pardeep Narwal
Best Defender: Jaideep
Patna Pirates will be targeting a positive result against Puneri Paltan after they were undone by an impressive defensive display by Jaipur Pink Panthers in their opening match of their home leg. They will, however, draw some positives, especially the nine-raid-point performance from their talisman Pardeep ‘Record-Breaker’ Narwal. Monu, too, has made a solid impact for the team and he led the defenders in the match against Jaipur Pink Panthers with 3 tackle points. The team’s most successful defenders Jaideep and Hadi Oshtorak, though, combined to score just three tackle points in that match and will want to improve on that performance when they take on Puneri Paltan. Iranian Mohammad Maghsoudlou has not yet opened his account in the team’s home leg and will be looking to do so in the coming game.
Win rate: 0%
Best Raider: Pawan Kumar Kadian
Best Defender: Shubham Shinde
Puneri Paltan have not had an ideal start to their VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 7 campaign, having faced three losses in their three matches so far. However, they will look to capitalise on Patna Pirates’ loss to Jaipur Pink Panthers on Saturday to get their first win of the season against the three-time champions. They have several young players who can turn it around from them such as Sushant Sail, Amit Kumar and Pankaj Mohite. Captain Surjeet Singh led the team with a 6-point effort in their match against U Mumba and narrowly missed out on a High 5. He will want to do one better when the team takes on Patna Pirates. A lot will also dependant on the team’s lead raiders Pawan Kumar Kadian and Manjeet. If they can get the team off to a good start, then their experienced defence could make things very difficult for Patna Pirates.