After almost 5 weeks of buzz and Bachchans pitching for it, kabaddi enters the semi-final stage today in Mumbai on August 29 with the table-toppers Panthers clashing with the Pirates of Patna in the first semifinal match at 8 pm.
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan-owned Jaipur Pink Panthers, despite their first defeat in the hands of U Mumba, emerged strong reaching the table top, with 10 victories, 3 defeats and 1 draw in 14 matches, and their top spot in the league standings with 54 points is ensured.
Mumbai’s U-Mumba team (14 matches- 8 victories, 3 defeats and 3 draw) with 51 points at no. 4 with 51 points.
PREDICTION: Jaipur Pink Panthers look confident to win but Patna Pirates can steal the show, if they can’t rob it from Abhishek Bachchan.
HOW THEY STACK-UP?
JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS
Strength: A strong defence with skipper Navneet Gautam and brilliant Rohit Rana, the team has Maninder Singh and Jasvir Singh in attack.
Weakness: The team depends on the raiding duo of Jasvir Singh and Maninder Singh, which can prove costly if any of them has a bad day. It must be noted that Jaipur have been on an eight game winning streak, which means that they have never really been stretched.
Strength: Two outstanding raiders in Sandeep Narwal and Ravi Dalal. Have a reputation of fighting till the last breath.
Weakness: Star raider Rakesh Kumar is carrying a ligament tear in two of his fingers in the right hand, and may not be able to play. The team is also relatively inexperienced.