Pune, September 15: Puneri Paltan host Patna Pitrates in second game of home leg at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Sunday (September 15).
After three winless games, Puneri Paltan registered a huge win over Gujarat Fortunegiants to open their home leg on a high. So, coach Anup Kumar will hope his side use the home comforts to secure their second win at home.
Patna Pirates, on the other hand, bounced back from a six-match losing streak with back-to-back wins over Tamil Thalaivas and Jaipur Pink Panthers. So, coach Ram Mehar Singh will hope they maintain their form.
But, the reverse fixture result will haunt Patna Pirates, as Puneri Paltan beat them by a scoreline of 41-20 last time.
Puneri Paltan has had a very good season so far and lead the league in average tackle points scored per match. The team is also one of the best at protecting the bonus line and have given the least average bonus points per match.
In Saturday's match against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Puneri Paltan scored 18 tackle points in the match, which was the 2nd best defensive performance by a team this season. So, skipper Surjeet Singh led defensive unit which also includes the likes of Girish Ernak and Jhadav Shahaji.
Nitin Tomar has not been able to showcase his raiding skills this season due to his injury. But yesterday against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Nitin Tomar was the best raider for the team scoring his 1st SUPER 10 this season. With Nitin Tomar also in the scoring mix, it eases the pressure on Manjeet and Pankaj Mohite in the raiding department.
Patna Pirates, meanwhile, will pin their hopes on star raider Record-breaker Pardeep Narwal, who has struck form after a shaky start to the season. In the recent few matches Pardeep has scored 5 consecutive SUPER 10s. And in the match against Tamil Thalaivas, Pardeep Narwal scored 26 raid points in the match, the 2nd best raiding performance in a match this season.
Patna defensive unit has scored tackle points in last 5 matches. But at the same time have made a lot of failed tackles in the process. In the last 4 matches, Patna defence has had a tackle failure % above 60 in 3 matches. So, they will hope to up their game to register a win against the hosts.
Game starts at 8.30 PM
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