Patna Pirates v Puneri Paltan
07th December, Friday, 21:00 IST
Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Vizag
On the back of a string of victories that have placed Patna in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs, the Pardeep Narwal-led side will be banking on their form this season to pose a mighty challenge to the Puneri Paltan, a team which will be coming into this contest with two losses in a row.
A win in the game could take the Pirates closer to the top spot in the Zone ‘B’ table while Pune face a must-win situation with just seven wins from 19 matches this season.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Patna Pirates: L D W W W (Good form)
Puneri Paltan: L L W D L (Moderate form)
Head to Head:
Won by Patna Pirates: 8
Won by Puneri Paltan: 1
Probable Starting XI:
Team: Pardeep Narwal (Captain), Deepak Narwal, Manjeet, Vikas Jaglan, Jaideep, Vikas Kale, Jawahar Dagar.
Team: Girish Ernak (Captain), More GB, Akshay Jadhav, Sandeep Narwal, Ravi Kumar, Rinku Narwal, Monu.
My dream XI
Girish Maruti Ernak has looked solid right through the season but has not been in the best of form recently. However, he will look to pile the pressure on the Patna raiders with his crucial blocks and dashes. For Patna, Jawahar Dagar and Vikas Kale will need to combine in order to stop the Pune raiders from running away with the game.
Young Manjeet has slowly emerged as a vital all-rounder in the team with some vicious ankle holds and his form will certainly have an impact on the outcome.
In Nitin Tomar’s absence, GB More and Akshay Jadhav have taken up the raiding duties and have managed to chip in with the crucial points. For Patna, the onus will be on skipper Pardeep Narwal, who will hope to erase his woeful outing against the Fortunegiants and make a big impression on this game.
Captain and vice-captain: Pardeep Narwal and Manjeet.
Alternatives: Pardeep Narwal and More GB.
Player to watch out for: Pardeep Narwal
Pardeep leads the chart for the most ‘Super 10s’ and is the third-highest raid points scorer this season. Against the Pune defense, Pardeep will hold the aces as he looks to help Patna dominate and register another impressive win.