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DABANG DELHI K.C. won the match
Red hot Gujarat Giants take on former champions at Noida.
Gujarat Giants will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Noida Indoor Stadium, NoidaBet Now
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As everyone welcomes the new-year, Gujarat Giants and Dabang Delhi are preparing for battle with renewed vigor. Apart from the Puneri Paltan, the Gujarat Giants look invincible. They have won 6 out of their 9 matches. The most important part of their journey is that they have achieved this quietly. While all the focus is on big names, the Giants are cementing their place in the next round.
Former Champions Dabang Delhi have been slightly inconsistent. Their over-dependence on Naveen Kumar is quite evident as they find themselves at the 6th in the points table. They did beat arch-rivals UP Yodha in their last match. Captain Ashu Malik led from the front scoring a Super 10. Left corner Ashish was in top form while all the defenders performed their duties as per the plan. Gujarat and Dabang have a healthy rivalry over the years. Both teams have won 5 games each out of their 12 encounters while 2 matches ended in a TIE. But season 10 has witnessed the rise of the Giants while Dabang Delhi’s fortunes have been swinging like a pendulum. This match is expected to be a tough one for both the teams.
The Gujarat Giants have been one of the most vibrant teams of season 10. They may not have superstar raiders but they win matches regularly. Their young brigade of defenders have worked efficiently under legend Fazel Attrachali to produce some surprising results. They are in the top 2 of the points table after playing 9 matches. They have won 6 matches with a healthy score difference.
The Giants had a lean phase last month as they lost consecutive matches. But they followed it up with a hat-trick of victories, viz UP Yodha, Tamil Thalaiva and the Bengal Warriors. Adaptability has been the key to their success. They introduced young raider Sonu in the first few matches. He ended executing 4 Super raids in 4 games. With him being decoded, Gujarat got raider Rakesh to continue the earnings. But it was raider Prateek Dahiya who brewed a whirlpool in the last match as he earned 25 points against the Bengal Warriors. With his hurricane raiding, Gujarat inflicted 2 all-outs by half time to earn 28 points. It was the one-man army Prateek who celebrated the arrival of the new-year by marauding the Bengal Warriors.
This unprecedented move from the Gujarat Giants will be a cause of worry for Dabang Delhi and all the other teams. Apart from the dangerous raiding, the Gujarat Giants have one of the best defense in the tournament. Fazel Attrachali has executed 23 successful tackles in 9 matches. All-rounder Rohit Gulia and defender Sombir have been consistent. Hence Gujarat has a healthy success rate of 38% in team tackles. This looks efficient due to the support of their raiders who have earned 186 raid points to complement their defenders.
Gujarat Giants have given a tough fight to Dabang Delhi whenever they have met on the mat. Both teams have won 5 out of their 12 encounters while 2 matches have ended as a TIE. Unfortunately the Giants have not defeated Dabang Delhi since season 7. The records may favor Delhi but on current form, the Gujarat Giants look unbeatable.
Former champions are going through a mid-life crisis as they have to continue the journey without their captain Naveen Kumar. Dabang is placed 6th in the points table after playing 8 matches. They have won 4 games while Delhi had to settle for a TIE in one of the matches. They look extremely confident in the presence of Naveen Kumar. But the moment is not part of the team, Dabang Delhi look vulnerable. Though young Ashu Malik has stepped in as the captain, he has to quickly get his team minting out victories.
Dabang Delhi beat arch-rivals UP Yodha in their last match. Ashu Malik scored a Super 10 while left corner Ashish scored a Hi 5. Delhi exploited the weak UP Yodha defense to inflict 2 all-outs in the match. But consistency has eluded Dabang Delhi. They were forced to settle for a TIE against the Jaipur Pink Panthers while they got hammered by the Puneri Paltan earlier in the month. With Naveen Kumar not available for some matches, Delhi has struggled in general.
Former Champions has a success rate of about 42% in team raids while their efficiency in team tackles is about 39%. They need to improve on their defense as the tournament progresses. Left corner Ashish has executed 19 successful tackles in this season but none of the Delhi defenders are in the top 10. This explains why the former champions are struggling. Right corner Yogesh and left cover Vikrant have resonated but not very effectively. Dabang Delhi has played a massive gamble by roping young defenders for this season and this may prove to be a double edged sword.
Delhi has to be very careful against the Gujarat Giants. Though Delhi has not lost to the Giants since season 7, a lot of things have changed for them since then. Gujarat has a lethal defense in the form of Fazel Attrachali and Sombir. The young Delhi defenders will have to face one-man army Prateek Dahiya along with raider Rakesh. Dabang will sincerely hope that Naveen Kumar comes back, else they may be become the punching bag for the Gujarat Giants.
Welcome to one of the most exciting bouts of 2024 as the Gujarat Giants take on Dabang Delhi. This will be a face-off between Gujarat raider Prateek Dahiya and the young Delhi defense. This will be a test for Dabang as they counter legend Fazel Attrachali.
If Naveen Kumar is back, he will score a Super 10. Captain Ashu Malik will lead the charge for Delhi. But their defenders may have a tough time handling the Gujarat raiders. Defenders Yogesh and Ashish will be effective in the first half while defenders Vikrant and Mohit may have a tough time.
The Gujarat raiders will be aggressive from the first raid. The Giants will play dynamically through the match controlling the pace of the match. If their raiders score heavily, Gujarat may try some of its bench strength, players like Vikash Jaglan and Manuj may get some game time. But raiders Rakesh and Prateek will earn heavily. Captain Fazel and defender Sombir will be lethal as one of them will score a Hi 5. This will be a tough test for Dabang Delhi.
Gujarat Giants will win.
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