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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Preview: Telugu Titans eye win over Puneri Paltan to stay alive in play-off race

Telugu Titans in must-win game against Puneri Paltan (Image Courtesy: Pro Kabaddi)

Bengaluru, October 3: Telugu Titans square off against Puneri Paltan in Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Thursday (October 3).

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While, Telugu Titans are in must-win situation to keep their bleak hopes of making the Season 7 playoffs alive, Puneri Paltan will be playing for pride.

Telugu Titans, in fact, need to win all their remaining games and hope that results elsewhere go in their favour to qualify for the playoffs. In their last game, Titans got the better of fellow play-off aspirants Jaipur Pink Panthers and will hope to continue the winning run.

Puneri Paltan, on the other hand, are out of the playoffs reckoning and come into Thursday's contest on the back of two successive defeats but will be confident about their chances against Telugu Titans having already beaten them once this season.

Outside chance of progress

Outside chance of progress

With their chances of making the playoffs hanging by a thread, Telugu Titans cannot afford to drop anymore points. Even collecting maximum points from their remaining games may not be enough to secure playoffs qualification but Telugu Titans will be aiming to do everything in their power to continue fighting.

Siddharth and Vishal lead the charge

Siddharth and Vishal lead the charge

‘Baahubali' Siddharth Desai has looked unstoppable for most of the latter half of the league stage and will be heading into the clash after a 22-raid points effort last time around. Rajnish has been a good foil for Desai of late and has revived their ace raider frequently, while also pulling off stunning raids himself in pressure situations.

Desai and Rajnish will, of course, fancy their chances against Puneri Paltan's at times indecisive defence, making for an exciting encounter on the cards. In defence, Vishal Bhardwaj has looked rock solid, but needs to be complemented in a better manner by the likes of C. Arun, Farhad Milaghardan and their captain Abozar Mohajermighani.

Playing for pride

Playing for pride

Puneri Paltan have improved as the season progressed, with their raiders in particular, showing their potential in the latter half of the league stage.

Coach Anup Kumar's men go into the clash knowing they can do the double over Telugu Titans with another win against them as they look to end their season on a positive note despite no longer being in the playoffs race.

Well-balanced unit

Well-balanced unit

While Manjeet became their go-to raider towards the middle of the league phase, Pankaj Mohite has taken on that mantle in recent games having looked impressive throughout the campaign. However, more is expected of Nitin Tomar and Sushant Sail while raiding as well.

Their defence though has to improve for that to happen and will head into the fixture on the back of a 40-60 loss against Dabang Delhi K.C. Skipper Surjeet Singh must lead by example along with other seniors like Girish Ernak. Balasaheb Jadhav and Sagar Krishna have also shown glimpses of brilliance in defence and will be striving for consistency in their remaining matches.

Match start time and where to watch

Telugu Titans vs Puneri Paltan takes place at the at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Thursday (October 3). The game starts at 7.30 PM IST. And Star Sports Network will telecast the game live while HotStar will live stream the event.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11:14 [IST]
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