Match 18: Haryana Steelers v/s Jaipur Pink Panthers
Match 18 of Pro Kabaddi Season 7 will see Haryana Steelers take on Jaipur Pink Panthers we look at the key talking points that will decide the contest.
Head to Head: Jaipur Pink Panthers 3 wins Haryana Steelers 2 wins one tie.
Naveen the lone fighter for the Steelers
Steelers lost their match against Dabang Delhi, but in a disappointing loss, the bright spot for Haryana Steelers was the performance of young Naveen who fought a lone battle. In the two matches so far, Naveen has scored 21 raid points at an impressive raid strike rate 52.50. But the worrying fact for Haryana Steelers will be the fact that their all the other raiders combined have scored just ten raid points. Vinay has scored five raid points while Selvamani has scored only three raid points. The injuries to Prashanth Rai and Vikas Khandola have severely affected the Steelers raiding unit. The Steelers fans will hope Vikash Khandola returns quickly. Against a Jaipur team with quality defenders like Amit Hooda and Sandeep Dhull Haryana’s other raiders need to step up.
Can Haryana’s shaky defense stop Pink Panther’s raiders?
Haryana Steelers endured a torrid evening against Dabang Delhi managing just four tackle points. The Steelers defense has struggled for consistency, making silly errors and gifting points to opposition raiders. Jaipur Pink Panthers have the likes of Deepak Niwas Hooda, Deepak Narwal, Nitin Rawal and Nilesh Salunke in their ranks. They will take advantage of any mistake by the Steelers defense. How Dharmaraj Cheralathan led defence will fare against Jaipur Pink Panthers raiders will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the match.