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Clash of characters as Gujarat Fortune Giants take on the Puneri Paltan.
This will be a TIE
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, BengaluruBet Now
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Two highly underrated teams of season 9 will face off for the first time this season. Both teams are yet to earn points for winning a game. Both teams have tied a game this season. With so many similarities there is very little to choose from.
Gujarat Fortune Giants retain their peculiar playing style under new coach Ram Mehar Singh who did wonders with Patna Pirates. Gujarat got a hammering from Dabang Delhi in their last game as they succumbed by a margin of 20 points. Their defense has been brittle even though raider Rakesh has been in top form.
Riding on the success of raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat, Puneri Paltan should have beaten the Bengaluru Bulls in their last game or at least forced a tie. Both raiders scored 23 raid points in that game.
From being the finalist of season 7 to struggling to survive in season 8, Gujarat Fortune Giants have been through all possible emotions of kabaddi. This year they are with a young team and a new coach. But they still search for their first victory of the season.
They got a taste of their own medicine in their last game as Dabang Delhi routed them by 20 points. They simply could not keep pace with their opponents even though raider Rakesh scored 15 raid points in the match. Mahendra Rajput and all-rounder Pradeek Dahiya scored 12 points together in that game.
Fortune Giants seems to be sorted in their raiding department but there is a glaring gap in their defense that has been exploited by their opponents. All-rounders Shankar Gadai, Rinku Narwal, Arkam Shaikh, and Saurav Gulia will have to rise above expectations and perform.
The Fortune Giants have not yet unleashed their star raider Rohit Kumar who earlier had led the Telegu Titans. Even their first match of the season ended in a TIE against Tamil Thalaiva. This too was due to the lackluster defense.
Gujarat Fortune Giants have a better head-to-head record against the Puneri Paltan as they have won 6 out of the 10 games they have played. But considering their current form, the Fortune Giants need to focus on their defense and make it impregnable for their opponents.
Though the Paltan has not won a game yet this season, they have some proven players. Raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat have started off in style accumulating 36 raid points among them in 2 games. Raider Askash Shinde has given them good support.
It is their defense that needs to fire. Left corner Badal Singh has been consistent while others have not contributed significantly. Defenders Balasaheb Jadhav, left cover Sanket Sawant and right corner Alankar Patil have given away points due to unsuccessfully advanced tackles.
Even though the Paltan does not have a great record against the Fortune Giants, they are in much better form than their opponents. Puneri Paltan came back in the game against Bengaluru Bulls after trailing by 14 points at the end of the first half. This proves that they can raise the intensity of the game effortlessly. They had to settle for a TIE against the Patna Pirates as they gave away a lot of points in the second half.
The Paltan has always been at the receiving end throughout the PKL. This time they have a great team to beat any opponent on any given day. Raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat were in good form at the National Games just prior to the PKL. Raiders Pankaj Mohite and Akash Shinde provide great variety. It is the defense that has to weave its magic to pave the way ahead for the Paltan.
Both teams are desperate to win their first game of the season. Gujarat Fortune Giants have a lot of issues in their defense. They have not been able to trap opposition raiders. Raider Rakesh has been looting points at will along with the support of raiders Prateek and Mahendra Rajput. Captain Chandran Ranjit needs to motivate his defenders so that they can control the game much better.
The Puneri Paltan is blessed with young raiders Aslam and Mohit. Both will exploit the brittle Gujarat defense. But the Puneri defenders need to support their raider’s earnings with lethal but precise blows.
With both teams having a weak defense, this will be a high-scoring game. But we may not have a winner in this game!!!
This will be a TIE
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