Match – Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls
Date – 27 December 2018, 8:00 PM IST
Venue – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata
The final day of the three-month-long Pro Kabaddi League season sees the inter-zone wildcard challenge continue in the Kolkata leg as the Jaipur Pink Panthers face off against the Bengaluru Bulls at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium.
Jaipur Pink Panthers come into the fixture after a roller-coaster affair in their home leg with two wins, two losses and two drawn matches. They bowed out of playoff contention and will be playing for pride in the last match. Deepak Niwas Hooda and co. will aim to end the season on a high after managing to lift themselves off the foot of the table in the Zone A standings.
Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have constantly maintained their top spot in the Zone B standings throughout the season. The Bulls secured their qualification to the playoffs a couple of weeks ago and will aim to get the win and stay in a comfortable position at the top of the table. They have impressed all across the mat with the raiding duo of Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar operating well, backed by a stable defensive setup.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Jaipur Pink Panthers – D L W L D
Bengaluru Bulls – L D W W L
Head to Head (Season 6):
Matches Played: 1
Won by Jaipur Pink Panthers: 0
Won by Bengaluru Bulls: 1
Matches Drawn: 0
Probable Starting 7:
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Deepak Niwas Hooda (c), Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Sunil Siddhgavali, Santhapanaselvam, Amit Kumar, Ajinkya Pawar, K Selvamani
Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Amit Sheoran, Mahender Singh, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Raju Lal Choudhary
My dream XI
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (17.5 Cr), Rohit Kumar (15 Cr) and Ajinkya Pawar (13 Cr) form the raiding unit of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The raiding partnership of Rohit Kumar and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has been the key factor for Bengaluru’s success and qualification to the playoffs. Pawan has been one of the most prolific raiders this season and has impressed everyone with his dynamic raiding. Another young raider who has shown promise has been Jaipur’s Ajinkya Pawar who has shone after Nitin Rawal’s mid-season injury, supporting the skipper Deepak Niwas Hooda well by picking crucial raid points.
Sandeep Kumar Dhull (14 Cr), Sunil Siddhgavali (12 Cr) and Amit Sheoran (11.5 Cr) form the defensive lineup of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
Sandeep Kumar Dhull was the best defender during the Panchkula leg of the competition and features amongst the top scoring defenders of the season with 63 points from 21 matches. Sunil Siddhgavali formed a strong partnership with Sandeep Kumar Dhull in the Jaipur defence providing able support from the cover position. Bengaluru Bulls’ left corner Amit Sheoran cemented his place in the lineup after a strong second half of the season, scoring 31 points in 11 matches, and will be aiming to add more points with his ankle holds and blocks.
Deepak Niwas Hooda (16 Cr) forms the all-rounders of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
After a strong showing at Jaipur’s home leg in Panchkula, Deepak Niwas Hooda will be keen to continue the momentum and end the season on a positive note. He was the top scoring raider in Panchkula and will aim to get past the 200 raid point mark (he currently stands at 195 points).
Captain and vice-captain: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat
Alternative: Deepak Niwas Hooda and Rohit Kumar
Player to watch out for: Deepak Niwas Hooda
The Jaipur Pink Panthers’ skipper Deepak Niwas Hooda has been the lone warrior for the side this season on the mat and will aim to end the campaign with a last flourish after failing to make the cut for the playoffs.