Paltan have already qualified for the playoffs.
Puneri Paltan lost the last encounter against Gujarat Giants by 12 points (39-51) which is one of their worst defeats in PKL season 9. A win in the last match would have guaranteed them a place in the playoffs which is now within touching distance. Also, the loss helped Jaipur leapfrog Pune to the top of the points table.
Dabang Delhi KC came from behind to tie the match against Tamil Thalaivas (37-37). The northern team were trailing twice by five points and it was Naveen Kumar who revived them both times. Amit Hooda made a huge error in the last 30 seconds when the momentum was with Delhi.
Dabang Delhi KC
Raiders: Naveen Kumar, Manjeet, Ashu Malik, Ashish Narwal, Suraj Panwar
Defenders: Ravi Kumar, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda, Vishal, Anil Kumar, Monu, Dipak, Krishan, Vinay Kumar, Vijay, Mohammad Liton Ali, Aakash
All-rounders: Vijay, Tejas Patil, Reza Katoulinezhad
Raiders: Aslam Inamdar, Mohit Goyat, Pankaj Mohite, Akash Shinde, Shubham Shelke, Aditya Shinde
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Balasaheb Jadhav, Govind Gurjar
Defenders: Sanket Sawant, Fazel Atrachali, Abinesh Nadarajan, Sombir, D Mahindra Prasad, Badal Singh, Alankar Patil, Rakesh Ram
Head to Head
Puneri Paltan and Dabang Delhi KC have faced each other 19 times in the Pro Kabaddi League out of which, Puneri Paltan has won ten matches whereas Dabang Delhi has come out victorious on nine occasions with one match ending in a tie.
Player to watch
Fazel “Sultan” Atrachali will be up against Naveen Kumar and Ashu Malik who have been in tremendous form in the last few games. Fazel has remained quiet in the Hyderabad leg and it is time for him to get into the action ahead of the playoffs.
Naveen Kumar has got back to form at the right time and has the second most super 10s this season (14). Also, the raider has been getting great support from the supporting raiders Ashu and Vijay Malik. Naveen needs to attack the cover position more which has been the weak link for Puneri Paltan.
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Key to Success
Aslam Inamdar got injured in the last encounter and if not fully fit should rest till the end of the league stages. Pankaj Mohite needs to make use of this opportunity and showcase his skills. If he performs well he might be a good backup option in the playoffs having got enough game time during the league stage.
Dabang Delhi KC needs to stick with the corner duo of Sandeep Dhull and Amit Hooda and not make too many changes in the defence. Amit Hooda made a huge mistake in the last encounter costing the team a valuable win. The defence shall not indulge in unsuccessful tackles against the young raiding unit.
Did you know
Aslam Inamdar of Puneri Paltan breached the 300 raid points mark in the 40 matches played in the Pro Kabaddi League.
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