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Clash of the Vagabonds- Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre, Bengaluru.Bet Now
The Gujarat Fortune Giants will be playing back to back matches in 2 days but they got a shot in the arm as they beat the fancied Bengaluru Bulls. It was a match that went down the wire, but the Fortune Giants kept their cool to emerge as winners. This win has helped them move to the 9th spot in the points table. Jaipur Pink Panthers are at the crossroads as they still have to win all their remaining matches in order to knock the doors of the play-offs. They are place 7th in the points table with 46 points from 16 games. They were in spicy form mid-season but fatigue has caught up as they have won just 2 out of their last 5 games. The Fortune Giants are a bunch of maverick players who have turned up the heat of their opponents. If the Fortune Giants beat the Bulls, the Pink Panthers got the better of Dabang Delhi in their last game. This will be a contest of teams desperate to win. Both teams have enough firepower but it will all depend on they get their hot guns blazing on the mat.
The Fortune Giants are rediscovering their form at the business end of the tournament and this can be scary for other teams. Post their recovery from Covid, the Fortune Giants have messed around with big teams winning 3 of their last 5 games. They beat the Bengaluru Bulls in a sensational match thus creating ripples among other teams. They will take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers in the next game which will be their second game in 2 days.
Essentially a very defensive team, the Fortune Giants woke up late to the party and were forced to change their outlook after they lost most of their games. They were rigid in their strategies and paid the price. They are back with a new plan and it seems to be working for them. They have played some high scoring games in the last 2 week which has allowed them to set panic in the opposition camp. They dominated the Bulls in their last match. They led till the end, only to get into an uncomfortable situation in the last minute of the game. They won due to the silly mistakes of the Bulls, but a win is a win.
This turnaround has happened due to the introduction of raider Pradeep Kumar who has displayed some raw power in the last few games. He has scored 38 points in 9 games. More than that, he has inspired his team members to play the power game.
The increase in the raid points has given the cushion to the Fortune Giants to camouflage their unforced errors. Their defense is still not the best and they will try and upset the rhythm of the Pink Panthers very early. This might keep their dream alive to make it to the play-offs.
A very colourful team, but short of ideas, Jaipur Pink Panthers have been a story yet to unfold. After tasting success in their very first season, they have not been able to replicate the same. Their major concern is the high percentage of empty raids, unsuccessful tackles and low all outs inflicted. They have represented a sinusoidal pattern where they started off slowly, gained momentum mid-way and then went down as the season progressed.
The Pink Panthers are placed 7th in the points table with 7 victories out of 16 games. They have won just 2 out o their last 5 games and this is a matter of concern. They upset Dabang Delhi earlier only to lose to the Harayana Steelers in the next game.
They have executed 266 successful team raids but they could conduct only 134 successful team tackles in 16 games. They have a wonderful combination of Sahul Kumar and Sandeep Dhull in their defence but they seem to be fatigued due to the long season.
While they earned 36 raid points against Dabang Delhi they could only get 28 against the Steelers which led to their loss.
Raider Arjun Deshwal has been their trump card but the backup raiding has been inconsistent. Deepak Hooda has to contribute more as the team is looking to seal their berth for the play-offs.
They need to curtail their unforced errors as they take on the Gujarat Fortune Giants. They have a good opportunity to exploit the weak defence of the Giants and play with a lot of intensity from the beginning.
Welcome to the party of mavericks. While the Fortune Giants are random in their approach, the Pink Panthers are suffering a mid-tournament crisis. The Fortune Giants will expect raiders Ajay and Pradeep to turn up the heat so that they can earn heavily. They have to be careful about their fragile defence else it will be very difficult for them to win. The Pink Panthers will have to curtail their instincts and reduce their unforced errors. Raider Arjun Deshwal has been in great form and he needs to be unleashed very early so that the Pink Panthers can take an early lead. Deepak Hooda will play an important role in both raiding and tackling. Defenders Deepak Singh and Vishal will have to play an important role for the Panthers in this crucial encounter. Expect these colourful teams to create a sauna on the mat with their heated attacks. The Fortune Giants will be planning for a heist, while the Pink Panthers will look forward to taking the Bull by its horns.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will win.
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