MATCH PREVIEW: MATCH 9- Patna Pirates vs U Mumba
Remember the final match of the previous season, U Mumba vs Patna Pirates. U Mumba were the favorites but out of nowhere Pirates defeated Mumba and won the title for the first time. It’s going to be payback time for U Mumba.
TEAM ANALYSIS: Patna Pirates are off to a great start with a win over Puneri Paltan in Mumbai. Their raiders Pardeep Narwal and Surjeet Singh are looking like the most deadly raiding duo of PKL 4. Pardeep with 7 raid points was ably supported by Surjeet Singh and Rajesh Mondal. In defense, their experienced captain Dharmaraj Cheralathan has got the first ‘High 5’ for his team and he was well supported by the Iranian Captain Fazel Atrachali and the dasher Bajirao Hodage.
For U Mumba, their captain Anup Kumar was the lone warriorin the previous match whereas their best raider of previous season Rishank Devadiga was not in his full form. But Anup is unarguably the most consistent raider the team has, as he has finished 1st, 3rd and 7th in the list of top raiders in the previous seasons of the league. Rishank had an amazing Season 3 as he was the most successful raider.If they get good support from Surendra Singh and star all-rounder Rakesh Kumar this season, their attacking line-up will be one of the most formidable in the league.
Their success in the first three seasons was mainly because of the defenders, Mohit Chhillar and Surender Nada who took the responsibility of stopping raiders from scoring points. Their powerful dashes, ankle holds and thigh holds gave many victories in the past. However, with their star defenders missing this season, the mantle of defensive solidity would fall on Surjeet and Jeeva Kumar, two of the best covers of Season 3.
PREDICTION: Patna Pirates have the upper hand in this game but one cannot forget the fact that U Mumba are the most successful team of PKL, having been the runners up of seasons 1 and 3 and the Champions of season 2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR: Surjeet Singh (Patna Pirates) & Rishank Devadiga (U Mumba)
Our Predictions:Patna Pirates 52:43 U Mumba