MATCH PREVIEW: MATCH 8- Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Telugu Titans
Both teams have been defeated by close margins in their first games. Titans lost to Pune by 24-28 and Jaipur lost to Mumba by 34-36. It will be interesting to see how they recover from their respective defeats.
TEAM ANALYSIS: Telugu Titans will rely on their star raider Rahul Chaudhary who didn’t perform well in the game against the Paltans. Sandeep Narwal is one of the most consistent all-rounders of PKL and he was the best defender of Season 3 but this time he has to provide some support to Rahul Chaudhary in the raiding department as well. In defense, they have Sandeep Dhull and Jasmer Singh Gulia. All in all, Titans are a good all round team and if they give their 100% they will reach the playoffs at the least.
The Abhishek Bachchan-owned Jaipur Pink Panthers won the inaugural edition of the league but they were in bits and pieces in the other two seasons. The team which struggled with injuries last year has retained the services of Jasvir Singh and Rajesh Narwal.
They have strengthened their squad by signing the former U Mumba raider Shabeer Bapu but players like Rohit Rana and Ran Singh who failed to impress in defense last time should step up in the current season.
Telugu Titans are the favorites but Jaipur has got the support of their home crowd.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR: Sandeep Narwal (Telugu Titans) & Shabeer Bapu (Jaipur Pink Panthers)