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PATNA PIRATES won the match
Home favorites Patna take on resurgent Gujarat Giants.
Gujarat Giants will win.
Tournament: Pro Kabaddi (PKL) | Venue: Patliputra indoor stadium, PatnaBet Now
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Welcome to the contest to firebrand teams who seem to be peaking at the right time. The Patna Pirates will consider themselves lucky as they forced a TIE against the mighty Puneri Paltan. This was a spirited performance by the Pirates as they matched every move of their opponents. Patna has 2 TIED games in the last fortnight which has enhanced their position in the points table. The Gujarat Giants are back to winning ways as they defeated arch-rivals U Mumba in their last match. Young raiders Prateek Dahiya and Sonu did the bulk of the scoring as the defense led by Fazel Attrachali stonewalled U Mumba.
Hence both teams have found the momentum in this season. This encounter will be an epic one as the Pirates have performed exceptionally in front of their fans. The Gujarat Giants are placed 4th in the points table with 9 victories in 15 matches. The Patna Pirates have blossomed a bit late with 7 victories out of 16 matches. Patna will be playing their 3rd match in 4 days and this will be a test of their mental and physical toughness.
The Pirates had a sensational start to their campaign with a huge win over the Telegu Titans. They also clocked 50 points in a match this season. The Pirates went crazy as they stole points, inflicted all-outs and tackled with ease. But post that hotshot beginning, the Pirates could not maintain the intensity. They had major issues with their raiding as Sachin Tanwar and Manjeet went through an earning drought. But the “Rivalry week” has brought them some luck as they have moved to the 5th position in the points table. The Pirates have lost just 1 out of their last 5 matches and playing in front of their fans has helped them raise the bar.
Patna Pirates have also learnt to adapt. They forced a TIE against Dabang Delhi as well as the strong Puneri Paltan. Usually the Pirates would have committed some tactical blunder to lose from such sitations, but Patna made sure that they shared points rather than losing them. Hence this encounter with the Gujarat Giants become very important. The Pirates seem to be hungry for more. They have a fantastic combination of raiders and defenders who have settled very quickly. The Pirates will look forward to compensate for an average season 9 where they finished 11th in the points table. They lost their trump card left corner Mohammedreza in the auctions to the Puneri Paltan.
Hence they have utilized several all-rounders in various positions. This strategy has worked for them. They have used the services of Ankit and Sajin in different postions. They have to be careful of Fazel Attrachali as he may derail their best laid plans. Raider Sachin is in good form as he scored 9 points in the last match. The raiding combination of Sachin and Manjeet has been effective off-late. But if anyone of them fails, the Pirates will need their backup raiders to perform. They do have many options in this case such as Sandeep Kumar, Rakesh Narwal and Sudhakar.
The Patna Pirates have won 6 out of their 12 encounters with Gujarat Giants. They beat them once last year. But their biggest roadblock will be Sultan Fazel Attrachali. If the Pirates are able to win this match, they will be able to overtake the Giants in the points table.
Runners up of season 5 and 6 have maintained a decent form in season 10. They are currently placed 4th in the points table with 9 victories out of 15 matches. The biggest reason for this turn-around is the presence of Captain Fazel Attrachali on the mat. With any big names, the young guns have performed beyond expectations. Raiders Sonu, Prateek Dahiya and Rakesh have punched above their weight. Veteran defender Sombir has been rock-solid through the season. He sustained a severe head injury few weeks back. After taking a break in one match, he was back again on the mat with a heavy bandage around his forehead. Sombir was more ruthless than earlier. Apart from these two, raider Rakesh and all-rounder Rohit Gulia have been phenomenal. Both have contributed handsomely thus making the Giants an unbeatable unit. Defenders Arkam Shaikh and Nabibaksh have been unbeatable. Hence their opponents are not able to gauge the weakness of Gujarat Giants.
The Gujarat Giants defeated arch-rivals U Mumba in their last match. Prateek scored a Super 10 while Sonu and Rakesh contributed for the team cause. The entire Gujarat defense was on its toes as each member executed successful tackles. Right cover Dipak Singh has been impressive in the last few matches. The Giants inflicted 2 all-outs which blanked out U Mumba.
Gujarat has inflicted 19 all-outs in the season while conceding 12.
Their success rate in team raids is about 36% while their efficiency in team tackles is about 40%.
But the Giants have to be careful of the Patna Pirates who defeated them in their first encounter of season 10. Gujarat lost the match by a margin of 3 points. This was when the Patna Pirates were not in the best of form. Both teams have won 6 out of their 12 matches and there has never been a TIE between these teams. This will be an epic encounter as there is not much to choose between the two teams.
Gujarat Giants will be aiming to add another victory to this list. They will have to be careful as if they lose, Patna will overtake them in the points table.
Welcome to the battle of characters as the Patna Pirates take on the Gujarat Giants on their home turf. Patna will be relieved to see their raiders back in form. Sachin Tanwar and Manjeet scored effortlessly in the last couple of games, but they may hit a speed breaker against the Gujarat Giants. None of the Patna raiders will be able to score a Super 10. But the Pirates defense will trouble the Gujarat raiders too. All-rounder Ankit and Krishnan will be precise with their tackles while the biggest threat will be defender Mayur Kadam. Hence the first half will be slow.
Captain Fazel Attrachali and Sombir will target former teammate Sachin Tanwar. Raiders Prateek Dahiya and Sonu will trouble the Patna defenders. This will be a very interesting match as both teams will rely on unconventional tactics. Post half-time both teams will become aggressive leading to harsh tackles. Some of the players from both sides will get a green card warning. Overall this will be an entertaining match as the Gujarat Giants will aim for redemption against the Patna Pirates.
Gujarat Giants will win.
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