PKL 2019: Can Tamil Thalaivas have a reversal of fortune against Haryana Steelers

Haryana Steelers have not been beaten in their past six matches while Tamil Thalaivas have gone nine matches without tasting victory.

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A struggling Tamil Thalaivas take on a rampant Haryana Steelers’ in match 90 of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) season at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune.

Haryana Steelers have not been beaten in their past six matches while Tamil Thalaivas have gone nine matches without tasting victory. Haryana Steelers have been in exceptional form and will want to move closer to securing a semifinal spot with a win.

PKL 2019 Points Table (as of match 88)

League Matches Rankings
Dabang Delhi141121059
Bengal Warriors16943058
Haryana Steelers14941049
Bengaluru Bulls16970049
U Mumba15771043
Jaipur Pink Panthers15771042
UP Yoddha14752042
Gujarat Fortune Giants14581034
Patna Pirates155100030
Telugu Titans14482030
Puneri Paltan14482029
Tamil Thalaivas153102027

Tamil Thalaivas, meanwhile, have been looking for a reversal of fortunes since their previous nine matches and will want nothing more than to end that winless streak by beating the in-form Haryana Steelers. They have never been beaten by Haryana Steelers yet and would want to extend that record when the two teams clash.

In the four previous encounters, Tamil Thalaivas have won one with the remaining three ending in stalemate. Tamil Thalaivas currently sit on a seven-match losing sequence with their previous loss to Patna Pirates coming with a massive 26-point margin. Star raider Rahul Chaudhari is on the brink of having another 100 raid point season. Much will be expected from youngster V Ajith Kumar who shone against Patna Pirates with a Super 10.

Haryana Steelers Performance

Haryana Steelers Performance v/s Other Teams

Telugu Titans 29 – 40
Tamil Thalaivas 28 – 35
U Mumba 30 – 27
Bengal Warriors 36 – 33
Puneri Paltan 34 – 24 41 – 27
Patna Pirates 35 – 26
Bengaluru Bulls 33 – 30
UP Yoddha 36 – 33
Gujarat Fortunegiants 41 – 25
Dabang Delhi 21 – 41 47 – 25
Jaipur Pink Panthers 21 – 37 32 – 32

Haryana Steelers put on a spirited performance in the final minute of their previous season seven encounter to walk away with a tie against Jaipur Pink Panthers. However, Saturday will give them a chance to push their advantage at the top of the standings further and move into the second spot with a win. Far from being overdependent on the raider, the team has other able options like Prashanth Kumar Rai, Vinay and Naveen in attack. In defence, the team had Ravi Kumar and Sunil finish with a High 5 each in their previous encounter. This shows the quality and variety skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan has in defence which could make things very difficult for Tamil Thalaivas’ raiders.

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