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GUJARAT GIANTS won the match
East West rivalry to unfold at Noida.
Gujarat Giants will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Noida Indoor Stadium, NoidaBet Now
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The east west rivalry will be on display as the Gujarat Giants take on the Bengal Warriors. Gujarat is placed 3rd in the points table while the Bengal Warriors are at the 6th position. Both teams have their unique flavor, but Gujarat seems to be in better form. Though their defense crumbled under pressure, the young raiders from Gujarat stole the show. Prateek Dahiya and Rakesh managed 17 raid points between them to stay ahead of the Tamil Thalaiva. Gujarat won the match by a margin of 3 points.
On the other hand, Bengal Warriors have been struggling a bit. They lost to Dabang Delhi by a margin of 9 points. Their defense was below average and their raiders were hunted precisely by the opposition. The Warriors are going through a mid-season crisis as they have not been able to maintain the intensity in their last few matches. The Bengal Warriors have dominated Gujarat Giants in the past. Warriors won both their league games against Gujarat last year. But season 10 will be tough for the Bengal Warriors as they take on the in-form Gujarat Giants.
Stealthy Gujarat Giants seem to have a lot of tricks up their sleeve. With Captain Fazel Attrachali at the helm of affairs, the Giants have raced to the 3rd spot in the points table. Gujarat has employed the hit and run tactic since their first match. Apart from varying the pace of the game, the Giants have shocked their opponents with surprises. Young raider Sonu was their lead raider in the first 4 games. He executed 4 Super raids to help his team steal the show. Now the Giants are using raiders Rakesh and Prateek Dahiya mid-season. This helps the Gujarat Giants to unsettle their opponents who are not able to follow a set plan against the Gujarat raiders.
In their last match against the Tamil Thalaiva, Captain Fazel Attrachali and defende Sombir were ruthless. With 12 tackle points in the match, Tamil Thalaiva did not get a chance to overtake the Gujarat Giants. Though defenders Ravi Kumar and all-rounders Balaji and Nabibaksh failed to score, Sombir and Fazel did not relent. This is the specialty of the Gujarat Giants. Gujarat won their first 3 matches only to lose the next 3. They have made a comeback by winning consecutive games which has pushed them to the 3rd spot in the points table. With a 40% success rate in team tackles, Gujarat needs to improve its raiding success rate which is around 37%. But whenever Gujarat has a problem in earning via raids, they go back to their defensive style of operations. They slow down the game with empty raids as they fall back on the do-or-die raiding strategy. With the most successful defender in the history of PKL as their captain, Gujarat generally succeed with this plan.
They will be up against the Bengal Warriors who have slowed down in the last few matches. But handling Maninder Singh will be the biggest challenge for the Gujarat Giants. Their raiders will have to avoid Bengal defenders Shubham Shinde and Vaibhav Garje. Gujarat Giants will be able to tame the Warriors if they can keep Maninder Singh off the mat through the match.
Former champions Bengal Warriors are witnessing a drop in intensity mid-season. After winning 3 matches, they were forced to settle for a TIE in 2 games and then they have lost consecutive matches. The Bengal Warriors have the best defense in the tournament, but they suffer whenever their opponents are able to trap Maninder Singh. This reduces their raiding efficiency and they either lose the match or settle for a TIE.
In their last match against Dabang Delhi, captain Maninder could score just 6 points. Srikant Jadav was toned down to just 3 points while it was young Nitin Kumar who displayed acrobatic skills to escape the Delhi defenders as he scored 9 points. With just 9 raid points in the first half, the pressure is always on the Bengal defenders. Right corner Shubham Shinde and right cover Vaibhav Garje were lethal as they scored 8 tackle points between them. But Bengal conceded a couple of all-outs in the second half. Delhi defender Yogesh tackled Nitin leading to a Super tackle and an all-out. Bengal were never able to revive themselves.
The Bengal Warriors need to rejuvenate themselves. They have the best defender on the circuit in the form of Shubham Shinde. He has executed 28 successful tackles which is the highest for any defender. Captain Maninder Singh has earned 78 raid points from 61 successful raids. This includes 4 Super 10’s. Their success rate in team raids is about 41% while their efficiency in team tackles is about 40%. They just need to garnish this will some aggression and consistency.
The Bengal Warriors have to be careful as they take on the Gujarat Giants. Since their opponents are led by the shrewd Fazel Attrachali, the Warriors cannot afford any blemish during the match. They cannot run out of gas and team Bengal has to be proactive in adapting to the tactical changes initiated by the Giants. Fortunately, Bengal Warriors beat Gujarat convincingly twice last year. But this year the Giants are in red-hot form and it will be one of the best matches of 2023 as Bengal will hope to beat their western rivals.
The last day of 2023 may bring out some exciting performances from both teams. Gujarat Giants are the favorites in this contest as they have been consistent. They have tested all their raiding resources and the Giants are not dependent on any one raider. They will use Rakesh and Prateek Dahiya in the first half. Both will have to work hard to earn points from the Bengal defenders. All-rounder Rohit Gulia may be the surprise package for the Gujarat Giants. Captain Fazel Attrachali will target his counter-part Maninder Singh along with the support of defender Sombir. They will be able to slow down Maninder and Srikant Jadhav.
But Bengal raider Nitin will score a Super 10 and he will force Gujarat to change their tactics in the second half. Maninder will score less than 10 points. Defenders Shubham Shinde and Vaibhav Garje will be harsh on the Gujarat raiders. The first half may be slow but post half-time both teams will get aggressive leading to harsh tackles. So sit back, relax and get ready for some festivities on the last day of the year.
Gujarat Giants will win.
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