Puneri Paltan look to end campaign on a high

Puneri Paltan look to end campaign on a high

Playing their last game of the season, Puneri Paltan will want to finish with a flourish

Puneri Paltan play their final game of the season when they take on Telugu Titans in an Inter Zone Wildcard Match at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Friday. While Puneri Paltan will want to finish their campaign on a high and confirm fourth place in Zone A with a win, Telugu Titans will look to consolidate their position in the top half of Zone B as they look to qualify for the Playoffs.

The two sides met once earlier in the season with Telugu Titans running out victors in a close game. Rahul Chaudhari and Krushna Madane starred in the win for Telugu Titans.

Match 123 (Inter Zone Wildcard Match): Puneri Paltan vs Telugu Titans

Head-to-head: Puneri Paltan 4-6 Telugu Titans. 1 tie

Form Guide

Puneri Paltan

RESULT
(W-T-L)

POINTS
SCORED

POINTS
CONCEDED

Vs. Jaipur Pink Panthers

LOST

23

36

Vs. Patna Pirates

LOST

36

53

Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.

LOST

24

35

Vs. Gujarat Fortunegiants

LOST

20

35

Vs. Haryana Steelers

WON

35

33

TOTAL

1-0-4

138

192

Stats from the last five matches

Average Points Scored – 27.6

Average Points Conceded – 38.4

Best Raider – More GB

Best Defender – Girish Maruti Ernak

Telugu Titans

RESULT
(W-T-L)

POINTS
SCORED

POINTS
CONCEDED

Vs. Bengaluru Bulls

LOST

28

44

Vs. Patna Pirates

WON

41

36

Vs. Bengaluru Bulls

LOST

24

37

Vs. U.P. Yoddha

LOST

20

27

Vs. Haryana Steelers

WON

35

31

TOTAL

2-0-3

148

175

Stats from the last five matches

Average Points Scored – 29.6

Average Points Conceded – 35.0

Best Raider – Rahul Chaudhari

Best Defender – Vishal Bhardwaj

The big battle

Girish Maruti Ernak vs Rahul Chaudhari

Girish Maruti Ernak has been a rock for Puneri Paltan in their defence this season. One of only 13 players to score 50 tackle points this season, Ernak has managed 53 in 19 games. He has also scored 4 High 5s this season, sitting joint-sixth on that list. Ernak has scored 20 tackle points through the course of his career against Telugu Titans and will be on the hunt for more as he goes up against a Telugu Titans offence led by Rahul Chaudhari.

Chaudhari is Telugu Titans leading points scorer, having scored 158 raid points in 20 outings. After a quiet start to the season, Chaudhari has regained his form. The only Telugu Titans player to score a Super 10, Chaudhari has scored four this season of which three have resulted in victories for the team. Telugu Titans will hope Chaudhari can come up with another big performance as they seek to qualify for the Playoffs.

Key Khiladi

More GB – Puneri Paltan

More GB has taken up lead raider responsibilities for Puneri Paltan after the injury to Nitin Tomar. He has been their leading scorer in that period and has also contributed in defence, having inflicted 2 Super Tackles, both in one match. More will be up against a potent Telugu Titans defence led by skipper Vishal Bhardwaj and will look to score big on the night.

Vishal Bhardwaj – Telugu Titans

Vishal Bhardwaj has been the leading defender for Telugu Titans having scored 57 tackle points in 16 games. Bhardwaj averages 3.56 tackle points per game, the fourth best in the league and has scored 5 High 5s, the joint-second best for the league. Bhardwaj will look to lead Telugu Titans’ march to the Playoffs and will want another big performance for the team.

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