Tamil Thalaivas are coming off a tie against Puneri Paltan and will want to better that result against Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers play their second Chennai leg match on Wednesday against home team Tamil Thalaivas. The visitors slumped to just their second loss of the season against U.P. Yoddha on Monday and will want to put that behind them with a positive result against a team they have never lost to in VIVO Pro Kabaddi. Tamil Thalaivas, meanwhile, improved on their result of the first match in the Chennai leg with a tie against Puneri Paltan. They have momentum on their side and they will look to use that to their advantage when they take on Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Match 52: Tamil Thalaivas vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
Head-to-head: Tamil Thalaivas 0 – 2 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Win rate: 37.5%
Best Raider: Rahul Chaudhari
Best Defender: Manjeet Chhillar
Tamil Thalaivas bounced back from an 11-point loss to Bengaluru Bulls in their first home match to tie the game against Puneri Paltan. Their raider V. Ajith Kumar has been in tremendous form in the team’s home leg, having scored 12 raid points from two matches. Rahul ‘Showman’ Chaudhari also finished their last match with eight raid points to his name. They will hope ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur finds form in the home leg soon which could make the raiding trio a big challenge for any defence. The team missed the services of Manjeet Chhillar in their previous match but Ran Singh did not let his absence be felt with another 4 tackle point performance, which included only one unsuccessful tackle. His impact on the match could be vital against a Deepak Hooda who is in prime form this season.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Win rate: 75%
Best Raider: Deepak Hooda
Best Defender: Sandeep Dhull
Jaipur Pink Panthers have been led from the front by Deepak Hooda, who is currently the fifth most successful raider of the season. They also have the most successful defender of the season so far - Sandeep Dhull - in their ranks, which has allowed them to maintain their position at the top of the standing. Though the team lost their previous match to U.P. Yoddha, Hooda once again starred for them with nine raid points. The team, however, missed a consistent display from their Corners Amit Hooda and Sandeep Dhull, who only combined for two tackle points in the match. If the duo fire for the team, Tamil Thalaivas’ experienced raiding unit could find the going very tough. Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke will also want to step up and contribute points in raids to take the pressure off Hooda.