Patna Pirates to take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in finals

Buoyed by the creditable win over local favourite, Telugu Titans, in the second semifinal, season one winner Jaipur Pnk Panthers will be looking to beat defending champion Patna Pirates and claim the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League Season 4 title.

Patna Pirate's defence has been one of the best in the league thanks mostly to Fazel Atrachali, Hadi Oshtorak and Abolfazel Maghsodlo.   -  RANJEET KUMAR

It will be a titanic clash between two equals based on current form when defending champion, Patna Pirates, takes on first edition winners, Jaipur Pink Panthers, in the final of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League Season 4 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Sunday.

Buoyed by the creditable win over local favourite, Telugu Titans, in the second semifinal, Jaipur captain Jasvir Singh should look to his teammates to continue the good work to regain the title.

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For someone who loves to lead from the front, Jasvir is an expert in dodging opposition defenders with his skilful movement and back-kicks. His craftsmanship is best illustrated the way he scores crucial points, with 69 raid points from 13 games.

Jaipur as a unit has the all-round strength with raiders Rajesh Narwal and Shabeer Bappu complementing his skipper well and the defence manned admirably by Amit Hooda and Rohit Rana.

“It will be a very tough final between two very good teams. We respect Patna’s reputation in PKL and once again defence will be the key,” insists Jasvir, while agreeing with his team owner Abhishek Bachchan’s view that in a final no team is stronger or weaker, as the better team in the given situation emerges winner.

On the other hand, the Patna outfit is obviously no push-over and would be keen to defending its title. Led by one of India’s finest players, Dharmaraj Cheralanathan, Patna can rely on the Iranian trio of Fazel Atrachali (first defender to score 50-plus tackle points in this edition), Hadi Oshtorak and Abolfazel Maghsodlo in defence, to pose a threat to any raider. The team’s raiders Pardeep Narwal and Rajesh Mondal have also excelled this season, with the former topping the leader-board with 115 points from 15 matches.

By all means, the team, with its ability to combine solidity in defence and timely aggression in tackles, will be in with a better chance to lift the trophy in front of a sell-out crowd.

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