The first fixture of the final day as part of the Chennai leg of Pro Kabaddi 2019 will see season six finalists Gujarat Fortune Giants squaring off against the Patna Pirates in the 54th fixture of the season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai.
The Fortune Giants have been plagued by a horrific run of form that has seen them lose six matches in a row while the Patna Pirates themselves have five losses from their last six games.
While both the teams have just three wins from nine matches, the Fortune Giants have lost five games by less than a seven-point margin, which has seen them pick up a point from each of those losses.
However, the Pirates have had a season to forget thus far and find themselves at rock-bottom on the points table, with just 17 points from nine matches and will need to re-group to pick up a win from this game and move up the ladder.
In their 26-35 loss at the hands of the Bengal Warriors, the Patna Pirates were undone by the lack of support for Pardeep Narwal, which is a major obstacle for the Pirates as they embark on a mission to add life to their faltering campaign.
The Fortune Giants have their issues to address, with lead raider Sachin Tanwar failing to put up a show thus far. The youngster has just 44 points from nine matches and his poor performance has piled the pressure on the likes of Rohit Gulia and More GB to perform.
Another glaring issue is the below-par efforts from the defensive unit. Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal are yet to repeat their heroics from last season and have just 48 points combined from nine matches, while the next best defender for the side is More GB, who is more of a raider than a defender.
With both teams coming into this competition on the back of a string of losses, it remains to see which team will bounce back to winning ways.
Gujarat Fortune Giants - Team News
The Fortune Giants have relied on the duo of Rohit Gulia and More GB for a majority of their points and it is about time that lead raider Sachin Tanwar joins the party. On the defensive front, Sunil and Parvesh Bhainswal will have a key role to play, in order to keep Pardeep Narwal's threat at bay.
Predicted Starting 7: Sunil Kumar (C), Sachin Tanwar, Rohit Gulia, Parvesh Bhainswal, Pankaj, More GB, Ankit.
Patna Pirates - Team News
The Pirates fell to yet another embarrassing loss at the hands of the Bengal Warriors and will certainly need to get their team combination sorted out. Pardeep Narwal will be hoping to receive some support against the mighty Fortune Giants' defense unit and one man who will need to rise to the occasion is Iranian superstar Mohammad Maghsoudlou.
Predicted Starting 7: Pardeep Narwal (C), Monu, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Hadi Oshtorak, Jaideep, Vikas Jaglan, Neeraj Kumar.
Dream 11 Fantasy Tips
Raiders: Patna Pirates' skipper Pardeep Narwal did his reputation no harm as he yet again notched up a Super 10 and will continue to be a force to reckon with on the raiding front.
With the Pirates in deep trouble, one man who could turn the tide with his match-winning capabilities is Iranian Mohammad Maghsoudlou, who has not made a mark this season and one would feel that this could be the game from which he regains his lost form.
All-rounders: Despite the Fortune Giants' slew of losses, Rohit Gulia has stood tall and has picked points at will, leading the way for the Fortune Giants from the raiding front. With the youngster in good form, he should be a priority pick.
From the Pirates, Monu was given a start in the last game against Bengal Warriors and did well, picking up two tackle points and will yet again be a vital part of the defense unit against the Fortune Giants.
Defenders: Jaideep had a rare off game against Bengal but could be expected to come good against an out-of-form Fortune Giants raiding unit.
For the Fortune Giants, Sunil Kumar will undoubtedly hold the 'X-factor', given his ability to single-handedly bring down the best of defenders while he will be assisted by Ankit, who could return to the squad in place of Ruturaj Koravi.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Pardeep Narwal, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Rohit Gulia, Monu, Jaideep, Sunil Kumar, Ankit.
Captain: Pardeep Narwal Vice- Captain: Mohammad Maghsoudlou.
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Sachin Tanwar, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Rohit Gulia, Monu, Jaideep, Hadi Oshtorak, Parvesh Bhainswal.
Captain: Sachin Tanwar Vice- Captain: Parvesh Bhainswal.