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The young brigade of Haryana Steelers up against Tie specialist Fortune Giants
Gujarat Giants will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
Gujarat Fortune Giants are street smart, they play to the plan and as per the situation. It was not surprising at all that they played safe in their last 2 games where they settled for a tie rather than taking the risk of losing the match and valuable points.
Gujarat Fotune Giants are playing their standard game, choke and wait. But on certain occasions they need to show some variety in their approach.
Haryana Steelers are an effervescent group but haven't been able to punch above their weight. Vikash Kandola has not been consistent, though they have made their opposition toil hard to beat them. Though the Steelers were listless in their last encounter against the Bulls, they can't be taken lightly.
Gujarat have got raiders Rakesh Narwal and Rakesh in top form, they use raider Ajay too in the last encounter. Left corner Girish Ernak plays well in alternate matches. Captain Sunil and Parvesh haven't been able to forge the dream partnership that they were known for in earlier seasons.
Steelers have a bunch of good players but they need to graduate to the next level to beat bigger teams. Their defenxc looks good with Surender Nada and Mohit, but they need a pacemaker to set the game for them.
Fortune Giants have had a mixed start to their campaign this season. Beating the Pink Panthers in their first encounter and coming close to upsetting the defending champions in the next. They lost to Bengal Warriors by me 3 points and then back to back “Tie” games. They have tried all their options in the early part of the season.
They have accumulated 162 raid points.
3 all outs inflicted and 3 conceded.
Top raider Rakesh Narwal with 41 points in 4 games.
Defender Girish Ernak with 12 tackle points in 4 games.
Left Corner Girish Ernak has been a bit inconsistent, while right corner Hawk Ravinder Pahal has not yet delivered. Captain Sunil and Parvesh haven't got their combo act together.
Mahedra Rajput has been in and out of the squad but players have been guilty of silly errors like going out of bound.
Young players like Rathan , Sohit Malik, Sonu Singh, Bhuvaneshwar and Harmajit have a golden opportunity to amalgamate themselves in this winning recipe.
Haryana Steelers were always dependent on Vikash Kandola as they came into this season. He has played well but not enough to dominate the opposition defenders. They played well to beat the Telegu Titans but could not rise to the occasion against the Bulls.
All rounder Meetu and Rohit Gulia hold the key to their success. If Steelers want to win games, they need all their top 3 raiders to perform well. Their defence has been strong with Surender Nada, Mohit and Ravi Kumar forging a great partnership.
Then where are they faltering?
Lack of a leader to spearhead plans.Not able to set the pace from the beginning.
Haryana Steelers haven't done anything wrong, they just need to be innovative in their approach.
All rounder Jaideep and Surender Nada have 19 tackle points between them in 4 matches.
The team has scored 144 raid points in 4 games.
68 successful raids, 37 successful tackles.
Highest super tackles in the season along with Patna Pirates- 6
Steelers have the numbers favouring them, they just need some self belief.
This is an encounter between a bunch of characters and a team which is statistically strong.
Haryana will have to believe in themselves when they enter the arena. They have all the fire power, but need to improve their accuracy. They will be taking on street smart Fortune Giants. They need to exploit the chinks in the armour and take it deep against the Fortune Giants.
Gujarat Giants will be hard to beat. Even they don't perform well, they are hard to beat. Gujarat will certainly try and dominate the game in their trademark style and put the pressure on the young Haryana raiders.
Fortune Giants will have to be careful about silly mistakes and unforced errors, which forces them to play safe rather than go for the kill.
Gujarat Giants will win.
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