Pro Kabbadi league Season 5 has commenced on Friday and the excitement has only just begun.
There are two matches per day. The upcoming matches on Saturday and Sunday are given below:
Match 1- Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Dabang Delhi
Match 2- Telugu Titans vs Patna Pirates
Match 1- U Mumba vs Haryana Steelers
Match 2- Telugu Titans vs Bengaluru Bulls
The Jaipur Pink Panthers are the champions of the inaugural edition and runners-up of PLK 4. Jaipur’s performances have been sub-par (5th in PKL 2, 6th in PKL 3) since their first season win, but they showed their brilliance in the last season. Jaipur Pink Panthers have experienced players in every department. Jasvir, Manjeet and Navneet have led PKL teams in the past seasons. They will have to use their experience to guide their squad to bring their best foot forward. The Dabang Delhi team, despite having one of the best raiders, defenders and all-rounders in the PKL in the form of Kashiling Adake, Ravinder Pahal and Meraj Sheykh, have struggled to translate individual brilliance into team success in the past and are yet to finish above 6th in the points table.
Telugu Titans have been the strongest raiding team in the Pro Kabaddi League (having scored the most raid points). Rahul Chaudhari, the highest raid point scorer in PKL history with 482 raid points, has been retained in the team and they also have brought back Nilesh Salunke, the breakout star of PKL 4. After guiding Patna Pirates to a second successive win, 19-year old Pardeep Narwal is all set to defend their championship title.
U- Mumba, which is led by veteran Anup Kumar has been one of the most consistent teams in the league, reaching the semi-finals in every season save for the last. Haryana Steelers are making their debut in PKL this season. The team led by Surender Nada, is in high hopes of giving a tough fight in the title race. However, the team will miss the presence of senior raider Sonu Narwal as he has been ruled out of the league citing medical issues. Bengaluru Bulls, the team that finished in the top 4 in the first two editions of the PKL is coached by Randhir Singh, an Arjuna Awardee. The tall and fit captain Rohit Kumar, along with the likes of Ajay Kumar and Gurvinder Singh, have the power to outclass any defense this season.
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