Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST (Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Patna Pirates); 8:30 PM IST (Gujarat Giants vs Bengaluru Bulls)
Match 1: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Patna Pirates
Head to Head
Matches Played: 14
Jaipur Pink Panthers: 5
Patna Pirates: 9
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda, Vishal, Amit, Pavan TR, Elavarasan, Shaul Kumar, Deepak Singh, Amit Nagar, Amirhossein Mohammad Maleki, Arjun Deshwal, Naveen, Sushil Gulia, Ashok, Mohammad Nosrati, Deepak Hooda (c), Nitin Rawal, Sachin Narwal
Patna Pirates: Prashanth Kumar Rai (c), Sachin Tanwar, Monu Goyat, Selvamani K, Monu, Rajveer Chavan, Guman Singh, Rohit, Mohit, Mohammadreza Shadloui, Sajin Chandrasekar, Sahil Mann, Daniel Omondi, Neeraj Kumar, Shubham Shinde, Sourav Gulia, Sandeep, Manish, Sunil
Jaipur Pink Panthers: 23 points in 8 matches
Patna Pirates: 34 points in 8 matches
Both the sides are coming to this contest on the back of impressive wins. While Jaipur defeated Delhi 30-28, Patna thumped Mumbai 43-23. This is what makes the match between Jaipur and Patna one to watch out! However, considering the all-round performances of Men in Green in all departments this season, Patna have a slight edge.
Jaipur have been heavily dependent on Arjun Deshwal this season, with Deepak Hooda chipping in with few crucial performances. However, Patna look like a more complete side as players like Monu Goyat, Prashanth Rai, Sachin, Shadloi Chiyaneh have stepped up quite consistently. Hence, the table-toppers will be the favourites in this match.
Patna Pirates win
Match 2: Gujarat Giants vs Bengaluru Bulls
Head to Head
Matches Played: 6
Gujarat Giants: 3
Bengaluru Bulls: 2
Gujarat Giants: Sunil Kumar (c), Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Ajay Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Rathan K, Harmanjeet Singh, Bhuvneshwar Gaur, Harshit Yadav, Maninder Singh, Pardeep Kumar, Rakesh Sungroya, Hadi Oshtorak, Parvesh Bhainswal, Ravinder Pahal, Girish Maruti Ernak, Ankit, Davinder Amar, Sumit Malik, Vishav Chaudhary, Soleiman Pahlevani
Bengaluru Bulls: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (c), Chandran Ranjit, Deepak Narwal, GB More, Abolfazl Mghsodlou, Dong Geon Lee, Rohit Sangwan, Banty, Naseeb, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal, Ziaur Rahman, Mayur Kadam, Mohit Sehrawat, Ankit, Vikas, Rohit Kumar, Vinod Naik, Bharat
Gujarat Giants: 20 points in 8 matches
Bengaluru Bulls: 33 points in 9 matches
Just like the first match of the day, two teams who registered big wins will face off. While Gujarat defeat Telugu 44-20, Bengaluru produced one of the performances of the season to beat Delhi 61-22. Both teams will be raring high with confidence but considering how dominant Bulls were in their previous match, they can undoubtedly be considered as the strong favourites.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat registered 27 points in raiding department whereas the trio of Saurabh Nandal, Mahender Singh and Aman were solid in defense. With a great mix of experience and youth, Bulls are likely to pose a very difficult challenge in front of Jaipur.
Bengaluru Bulls win