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Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Giants, Pro Kabaddi (PKL), Today Match Prediction

The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

Colourless Fortune Giants take on the Bengaluru BULLS.

  • Bengaluru Bulls are placed 3rd in the points table after playing 18 games.
  • The Fortune Giants made a grand comeback by winning consecutive games.
  • But they still languish at the 11th spot in the points table.

Bengaluru Bulls will win.

Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.

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This is a story of two contrasting teams, the Bulls have always been in the top 3 while the Fortune Giants have never gone beyond the 9th place in the points table. The Fortune Giants made a grand comeback after recovering from Covid as they beat the Haryana Steelers and the Bengal Warriors on consecutive days. This was primarily due to raider Pradeep Kumar who brought a fresh swag to their team. But then they ran out of steam against the Pirates in the next match and are back to old ways. The Bulls are having a tough time off late as they settled for a TIE against Dabang Delhi in the last game. They have won just 2 out of their last 5 games but they have remained in the top 3 throughout the season. Hi Flyer Pawan Sehrawat continues to torment the opposition while their defense has been decent. The Bullls will be planning to decimate the Fortune Giants as these points will be very useful for them later in the match-ups of the knockouts. Gujarat Fortune Giants need to play for pride and make the Bulls sweat for every point.

Bengaluru Bulls Preview

The Bengaluru Bulls have been one of the best teams in the tournament along with Dabang and the Pirates. Hi flyer Pawan Sehrawat has led the team with style and swag and no wonder he is the highest grosser of the season. He has earned 232 raid points from 188 successful raids including 13 Super 10’s. Once in a while the opposition is able to isolate him, but Pawan has tormented most of the defenders in the tournament.

Recently they lost to U Mumba and the Tamil Thalaiva, everyone thought that this might be the biggest breakdown of the season. But The Bulls came back to win the next game and forced a TIE against a strong Dabang side. Their defense has improved its efficiency which has improved their chances of winning games even if Pawan is not able to score.

The Bulls have executed 326 successful raids out of 744 successful team raids. 

They also have conducted 170 successful team tackles which is the highest among all teams. 

They are a high maintenance team as they have earned 397 team raid points while conceding 629 team points. Both are highest in their respective categories.

Raiders Bharat and G B More have given strong support to Pawan while defenders Ankit, Saurabh Nandal and Aman have been lethal. The Bulls have made sure they have contingency plans if either the raiders or the defenders fail. Hence they will look forward to winning all their remaining games and maintain themselves in the top 3 teams.

Gujarat Giants Preview

Gujarat Fortune Giants have been brave but more than that they have been reckless in most of their games. They have not been able to blossom this season or reap a healthy harvest. They remind you of an arid zone which is never able to get a good crop due to low rainfall. 

The team came back in style after recovering from Covid and they have a new star- raider Pradeep Kumar. The major reason for their non performance was the inconsistencies of their defence which never took off. They also did not have many replacement options for specific positions and hence they languish at the 11th place in the points table with the knock-outs becoming an impossible dream to achieve.

They will be up against the Bulls to whom they lost by 9 points in their last meeting. It was a high scoring game where they could not trap Pawan Sehrawat as he went on to score 19 points. The Gujarat raiders also earned well in this high scoring game but it all boiled down to their defence which could earn only 11 tackle points in that match along with conceding 3 all-outs. This has been their chronic problem.

They have conceded the least number of points this season but they haven’t earned enough to dominate and win games. They have conceded 474 points in 15 games while earning just 280 raid points. They will have a tough time against the Bulls who look in ominous form. The Fortune Giants do not have the fire power to isolate Pawan Sehrawat, but if they can trap him somehow, they may manage to tame the BULLS.

The Bulls are in rampaging form while the Fortune Giants are still searching for their fortune cookies. This is a contest between the Bulls who have conceded the highest number of points while they have also earned the highest. While the Fortune Giants have conceded the least but earned the least too. The Fortune Giants need to unleash raider Pradeep Kumar very early and create panic in the Bulls camp. Their defence has under-performed and if they hope for a miracle, they will have to hunt down every raider that comes in their half for all the remaining matches. 

The Bulls are in a much better position with Pawan maintaining his efficiency as well as his fitness. They beat the Fortune Giants comfortably earlier in the season and winning this match will give them the valuable points they need to maintain their position in the top 3.

The Bulls will once again look forward for another massacre by Pawan. If he gets going it will be very difficult for the Giants to tame the Bulls.

Bengaluru Bulls will win.

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Author: Pankaj Khiladino