Fourth-placed Goa Challengers take on bottom-placed Puneri Paltan Table Tennis in Tie 14 of Ultimate Table Tennis Season 3 at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi tonight.
Puneri Paltan will be fighting for survival in their final tie of the league stage this season. The Paltan still have a mathematical chance to make it to the playoffs, if they manage a perfect victory over the Challengers, at the cost of their opponents.
The outfit from Goa started strong in the competition but managed only one victory after. The players came up short against a rampant U Mumba TT side in their last outing which did not help their case in making the top 4. In a do or die battle tonight, the Challengers will be as motivated as their opponents to win this tie with conviction.
Harmeet Desai will lead his charges tonight with a point to prove, unable to manage a win for himself so far, and it waits to be seen if the Captain, aided by Chuang Chih-Yuan, Sabine Winter and Ayhika Mukherjee, grab this encounter by the collar and make the most of it.
Goa Challengers are a team known for the quality in their side but were undone by some unexpected results that went against them.
Archana Kamath was beaten for the first time in the competition by U Mumba’s Doo Hoi Kem by a clean sweep, and Cheng I-Ching lost to Sutirtha Mukherjee after missing her previous tie due to an illness.
Similarly, Alvaro Robles and Amalraj Anthony’s form has mirrored the team’s current form, but in a battle with everything on the line, you can expect the two veterans to do what it takes to get the Challengers over the line.
Tune in to Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 1 HD, Hotstar and JioTV today at 7 pm IST to watch this battle for survival in the UTT.
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