Pro Kabaddi League action carries on as the Southern teams clash in the marquee clash of Day 3 in Chennai.
Head-to-head: Tamil Thalaivas 0 – 3 Telugu Titans
Tamil Thalaivas impressed everyone in their first two games, fighting till the end in their five-point loss to U.P. Yoddha. The result won’t dent their confidence too much though as they came back from a 0-12 scoreline to bring the game very close in the dying minutes.
Ajay Thakur is undoubtedly the star of the Tamil Thalaivas campaign as he picked up his second consecutive Super 10 of the season in the game against U.P. Yoddha on Monday. However, the team was in a bit of a bother early on against the Yoddha when the second raiders went in to raid but then Athul MS emerged as the hero who almost helped the Thalaivas rescue the match. Manjeet Chhillar’s short Blocks have been working well for the team and they will hope he continues in the same vein.
Telugu Titans have created a well-balanced team for Season 6 with good backups for each position. Raid Machine Rahul Chaudhari, who they picked up once again in the auction, will have to lead the attack and, with an average of more than 9 raid points per game against the Thalaivas, he would be looking forward to facing them again. He will have Nilesh Salunke, Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari and Rakshith from last season to back him up but it will also be interesting to see how the team’s young raiders like Ankit Beniwal and Kamal Singh respond to the challenge of the big stage. New captain Vishal Bhardwaj will combine with Abozar Mohajermighani this season making it a lethal Corner combination.
Clash of the Titans
Ajay Thakur vs Rahul Chaudhari
Two raiders who, at the top of their game, are amongst the best in the world will face off in a battle that promises excitement. Rahul Chaudhari has 28 raid points against the Thalaivas while Thakur has 33 raid points against the Titans. The raider who manages to gain the upper hand and stay on the mat longer could be the player who decides the match in their team’s favour.
Key Players on the Mat
One-Man-Army Manjeet Chhillar will be keen to reach peak form early in this season’s campaign. He showed a lot of grit in the matches so far and would want to remain at the top of the tackle points tally for the season.
One half of the famed Iranian defensive duo and the only foreign defender among the top 5 defenders of Season 5, Abozar Mohajermighani is one of Telugu Titans’ key men this season and the battle between him and the experienced raiders of Tamil Thalaivas will be a treat to watch.
Tamil Thalaivas to beat Telugu Titans