Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls Preview
The Jaipur Pink Panthers will go up against Bengaluru Bulls in the Inter-Zone Wildcard match in Kolkata on Thursday.
Jaipur has had a dismal season so far with elimination from the tournament already confirmed. This will be their last meeting of the 2018 PKL season. Nonetheless, Panthers have shown a marked improvement in the latter part of the season which is worthy of appreciation considering their season was already over some time ago. They have lost just 2 of their last seven matches. (Both their defeats came against table toppers Gujarat Fortune Giants)
Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have topped the Zone B points table with 73 points. As a result, they have also guaranteed a place in the knockout stage of the league. Bulls started the season as one of the most feared raiding groups and slowly evolved their defensive game as well.
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However, things have not gone as well off late. After defeating their southern counterparts Telugu Titans by 34-26, they went on to lose to Bengal Warriors (37-44) and Dabang Delhi (31-32) in consecutive matches. More recently, they were summoned to another defeat again by Bengal Warriors (31-37) after a thrilling 40-40 draw against Patna Pirates.
This match will thus prove to be an ideal testing pit for Bengaluru before they go on to play in the knockouts.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Defenders: Nitin Rawal, Santhapanaselvam, Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Mohit Chhillar, Bajirao Hodage, Young Chang Ko.
Raiders: Lokesh Kaushik, David Shilisia J Mosambayi, Ajit Singh, K. Selvamani, Sunil Siddhgavali, Gangadhari Mallesh, Anand Patil.
All-rounders: Deepak Niwas Hooda, N. Shiva Ramakrishna, Brijendra Singh Chaudhary.
Defenders: Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Ashish Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhaka, B. R. Nithesh, K. Jawahar Vivek, Raju Lal Choudhary.
Raiders: Rohit Kumar, Kashiling Adake, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Harish Naik, Sumit Singh, V. Anand, Anil, Rohit.
All-rounders: Jasmer Singh Gulia, Kyung Tae Kim, Mahesh Maruti Magdum, Dong Ju Hong.
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The match between Pink Panthers and Bengaluru Bulls will commence from 8 pm IST.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
On which channel?
The match will be telecasted live on Star Sports 2 or Star Sports 2 HD.
Where to live stream?
The match will be available for streaming on Hotstar.
This will be the second fixture between Pink Panthers and Bengaluru Bulls. In their last meeting in Match 70 at Ahmedabad, it was the Bulls who had emerged victorious with a 45-32 victory over Jaipur Pink Panthers.