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Battle for PKL trophy Season 10 Playoffs kicks off Monday

Battle for PKL trophy Season 10 Playoffs kicks off Monday

Hyderabad, Feb 25 (UNI) After 12 weeks of high-octane contests, the top six teams in the league stage are all set to battle it out in the Pro Kabaddi League Playoffs here from February 26.
Kabaddi fever will engulf the City of Pearls with two engrossing clashes at the GMC Balayogi Sports Complex, Gachibowli on Monday.
Third-placed Dabang Delhi K.C. will take on the sixth-placed Patna Pirates in Eliminator 1, meanwhile, fourth-placed Gujarat Giants will face off against fifth-placed Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 2.
All four teams will be playing for a place in the semi-finals, which will be held on February 28.
The table-toppers Puneri Paltan and second-placed Jaipur Pink Panthers have already confirmed their places in the semi-finals.
The Pune side will be up against the winner of Eliminator 1, while the defending champions will take on the winner of Eliminator 2 in the last four stage.
The grand finale will be held on March 1.
Speaking about Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 so far, Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, Pro Kabaddi League said, "PKL Season 10 has been very special because we have returned to the kabaddi catchments of each of our 12 franchise's homes after 4 years, even as the broadcast and OTT consumption of our league-stage matches has grown so impressively."
"Now we are confident that the PKL Season 10 playoffs and finale will set new thresholds for quality of competition as well as spectator and viewer engagement," he said.
When asked about Puneri Paltan's consistent run of form, their skipper Aslam Inamdar said, "We've come into the playoffs with a lot of confidence. After having topped the league, the only way to end this campaign is giving the fans the PKL trophy. We gave our 100% in the league stage and we hope to continue to do so in the playoffs as well."   

Meanwhile, Jaipur Pink Panthers' captain Sunil Kumar is confident that his team will defend their title, "Any team in the semi-final will present us with a tough opportunity to reach the final. But at the same time, the Jaipur Pink Panthers will not back down. We will also give our 100% to defend our title and win our third trophy."
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