After a long wait, Pro Kabaddi Season 9 is set to kick off at Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday, October 7 from 7:30pm IST. After a long wait due to the pandemic, fans will finally return to the stadiums for the new campaign. The opening day of the new season offers fans a triple panga with Dabang Delhi KC and U Mumba competing in the first match, while Bengaluru Bulls take on Telugu Titans in the second. The final match of the opening day features Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddhas.
Here’s our preview for the opening day matches: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddhas
In the final match of the opening day in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9, Jaipur Pink Panthers will cross swords with UP Yoddhas. The Season 1 champions look like a solid team on paper and hope they can live up to their potential on the mat. With raiders like Rahul Chaudhari, Arjun Deshwal and V Ajith Kumar on the team, the Panthers have ensured that they have multiple choices in attack. Arjun Deshwal was the second highest raid points (267) scorer last season and will be the team’s primary raider with the support of Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar as secondary raiders. On the defensive, Jaipur Pink Panthers have the veteran Sunil Kumar and Sahul Kumar, who impressed with his approach to the season 1 champions in the latest campaign. Additionally, new signings like Lucky Sharma and Nitin Chandel hope to help defensively as well.
As for the UP Yoddhas, all eyes will be on their electrifying heist trio of Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill and Nitin Tomar. All three raiders are match winners on their day and will share the burden of earning raid points for the Yoddhas. The duo of Pardeep Narwhal and Surender Gill scored 188 and 189 raid points for the Yoddhas last season and will support themselves to rack up even more points in the upcoming campaign with Nitin Tomar by their side to lighten the attack burden on them. Defensively, a lot will depend on their established combination of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit. Both defenders have a lot of experience playing side by side and you can be sure that opposing attackers aren’t looking forward to going up against them. Sumit, who has been among the top five defenders for the past two seasons, is a perfect partner for the more experienced Nitesh, who will be the leader of the UP Yoddhas defence.
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddhas against each other
Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddhas have played against each other seven times. The Panthers have won three games, while the Yoddhas have won four.