Two tantalising contests are heading your way on Thursday.
First, Jaipur Pink Panthers will take on league leaders Dabang Delhi, and later, Telugu Titans will battle Tamil Thalaivas in the Southern Derby
Check out our preview for both games:
Match 90: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi K.C.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers are coming into this on the back of their most impressive performance this season. They trounced the Patna Pirates 51-30, with Arjun Deshwal leading the way with 17 points. Skipper Deepak Hooda played his role to perfection and scored eight points, while Sandeep Dhull helped himself to a High 5. The Pink Panthers played to their potential and registered a massive win over the best teams in the league. If they can continue to play at the same level, they will soon find themselves booking a playoff berth.
Dabang Delhi K.C. outlasted U Mumba in a titanic battle in their previous outing to continue their reign at the top of the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 standings. All-rounder Vijay shined in Naveen’s absence, finishing the game with 12 points. Ashu Malik and Neeraj Narwal were terrific and combined for 14 points in only 20 raid attempts. The much-maligned defence managed only eight tackle points and will need to improve if they are to upstage the Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi head-to-head
The Pink Panthers hold a slender 8-7 lead in their head-to-head series against Dabang Delhi. The two teams have shared the spoils once. Jaipur’s eighth win over Delhi came earlier this season when they beat them 30-28. Two games between the sides have finished in a tie.
Match 91: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas
It’s been a tough season for the Telugu Titans, but they haven’t downed their tools yet. They fought hard to secure a 39-39 tie in their previous outing against the Haryana Steelers, with Ankit Beniwal leading the way with a Super 10. Rohit Kumar had his best game of the year, as he racked up eight points. Sandeep Kandola and Adarsh T were impactful, as they combined for 12 points. The Titans will want to finish the season with as many wins as possible, and a victory over rivals Tamil Thalaivas will be high on the priority list.
The Tamil Thalaivas come into this game looking to make two Southern Derby wins in two games. They registered a comprehensive 42-24 over the Bengaluru Bulls in their previous outing and snapped their run of five games without a win. Ajinkya Pawar and Manjeet were sensational, as the former scored a Super 10 while the latter managed eight points. Sagar scored his seventh High 5 of the season, three more than any other player in vivo Pro Kabaddi this season. If their defence can hold its own, the Thalaivas’ odds of winning the game will improve significantly.
Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas head-to-head
The Telugu Titans have won five and lost three of their nine matches against the Tamil Thalaivas. The two teams played out a 40-40 tie and shared the spoils when they met earlier this season.
PKL Schedule for Thursday, February 3
Match 90: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi K.C., 7:30 PM IST
Match 91: Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas, 8:30 PM IST
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