Date: December 25, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST (Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha); 8:30 PM IST (Puneri Paltan vs Telugu Titans); 9:30 PM IST (Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers)
Match 1: Patna Pirates vs UP Yoddha
Head to Head
Patna Pirates: Monu, Mohit, Rajveersinh Pratap Rao Chavan, Jangkun Lee, Prashanth Kumar Rai (c), Sachin, Guman Singh, Monu Goyat, Neeraj Kumar, Sunil, Sourav Gulia, Sandeep, Shubham Shinde, Sahil Mann, Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh, Sajin Chandrasekar
UP Yoddha: Surender Gill, Pardeep Narwal, Md. Masud Karim, Mohammad Taghi Paen Mahali, Shrikant Jadhav, Sahil, Gulveer Singh, Ankit, Gaurav Kumar, Aashish Nagar, Nitesh Kumar (c), Sumit, Ashu Singh, Nitin Panwar, Gurdeep
While Patna Pirates kicked off their Season 8 campaign with an impressive 42-39 win over Haryana Steelers, UP Yoddha had a disappointing start as they succumbed to a 33-38 defeat. It is going to be a face-off between the present and former side of star raider Pardeep Narwal and there is a possibility that he might be back at his absolute best, which could decide the fate of this contest.
Although the performances in their first matches favour Patna Pirates, it is quite possible that UP Yoddha were just struggling because of some new faces in the side and having played as a unit together, they might finally deliver the goods in this match.
UP Yoddha win
Match 2: Puneri Paltan vs Telugu Titans
Head to Head
Puneri Paltan: Pawan Kumar Kadian, Hadi Tajik, Balasaheb Shahaji Jadhav, Pankaj Mohite, Sanket Sawant, Govind Gurjar, Mohit Goyal, Victor Onyango Obiero, Vishal Bhardwaj, Baldev Singh, Rahul Chaudhari, Nitin Tomar (c), E Subhash, Sombir, Karmvir Vishwas S, Abinesh Nadarajan, Sourav Kumar
Telugu Titans: Rakesh Gowda, Rajnish, Ankit Beniwal, Siddharth Desai, Hyunsu Park, Rohit Kumar (c), G. Raju, Amit Chauhan, Manish, Akash Choudhary, Akash Dattu Arsul, Prince, Abe Tetsuro, Surender Singh, Sandeep, Ruturaj Shivaji Koravi, Adarsh T, C. Arun
Telugu Titans were involved in a thrilling 40-40 tied game against Tamil Thalaivas as Rohit Kumar’s side gave a display of what they are capable of this season. Meanwhile, Puneri Paltan looked slightly weak as a unit during their heavy 30-41 defeat at the hands of Dabang Delhi which will concern them and their fans.
With Siddharth ‘Baahubali’ Desai looking in good form and Sandeep Kandola registering a High 5 in first match, the Titans will have an edge in this contest.
Telugu Titans win
Match 3: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Haryana Steelers
Head to Head
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Arjun Deshwal, Deepak Niwas Hooda (c), Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Naveen, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Amit Hooda, Amir Hossein Mohammadmaleki, Mohammad Amin Nosrati, Amit Shaul Kumar, Amit Nagar, Ashok Vishal, Nitin Rawal, Sachin Narwal, Pavan TR, Sushil Gulia, Elavarasan A
Haryana Steelers: Rohit Gulia, Vikash Khandola (c), Brijendra Singh Chaudhary, Ravi Kumar, Surender Nada, Vikas Jaglan, Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsodlou, Vinay, Vikas Chillar, Hamid Mirzaei Nader, Chand Singh, Rajesh Gurjar, Ajay Ghanghas, Rajesh Narwal
Both the sides began their campaigns with defeats which is why stakes will be high for them on Saturday. While Jaipur Pink Panthers lost to Gujarat Giants by 27-34, Haryana Steelers fell short by 39-42 in a thrilling game against Patna Pirates. Comparing the performances of two sides, Haryana looked a better all-round side in Round 1.
Rohit Gulia got a Super 10 in first match while defenders Jaideep Kuldeep and Surender Nada got High 5s. With captain Vikash Khandola also looking impressive, Haryana Steelers will start as favourites in this match.
Haryana Steelers win