Brimming with confidence post a massive 42-24 win against defending champions Bengaluru Bulls, the Gujarat Fortune Giants will be keen on maintaining their winning run when they face off against UP Yoddha in Match 10 of Pro Kabaddi 2019 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
Sachin Tanwar was the star of the show for Gujarat as the talented raider went about his task with precision, finishing with 7 raid points to his credit. Skipper Sunil Kumar led from the front with six tackle points to his credit and has stamped his authority early in the tournament.
More GB's addition to the squad also proved to be a game-changer as the all-rounder contributed on both fronts with three raid points and three tackle points as his support ensured that there was not a lot of pressure on Sachin Tanwar.
UP Yoddha, on the other hand, had a disastrous start to their campaign as they were handed a 31-point pounding by the Bengal Warriors in their opening game. In the absence of star raider Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat and Shrikant Jadhav failed to put their best foot forward, with the latter shockingly unable to pick up a single point.
On the defensive front, only Nitesh Kumar and Amit picked up a brace each as the other defenders were unable to bring down the raiding partnership of Maninder Singh and Iranian Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh.
Against the likes of Sachin Tanwar, Rohit Gulia and More GB, Nitesh Kumar's form will be crucial for the Yoddha, while they would also want the experienced duo of Narender and Sachin Kumar to contribute in applying pressure on the opposition raiders.
The imminent return of star raider Rishank Devadiga from injury is sure to add a lot more value to the UP Yoddha raiding setup which will need to be at its best in order to combat the defence-heavy Gujarat outfit.
Predicted starting 7s
U.P Yoddha: Nitesh Kumar (c), Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat, Shrikant Jadhav, Sachin Kumar, Narender, Amit.
Gujarat Fortune Giants: Sunil Kumar (c), Sachin Tanwar, Rohit Gulia, GB More, Parvesh Bhainswal, Ruturaj Koravi, Sumit.
The Fortune Giants have made a fabulous start to their PKL 7 season with a massive win over the defending champions, having lost to the same side in the finals of the sixth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Up Yoddha, on the other hand, opted to retain their whole defensive unit for PKL 7 which will need to perform in cohesion to bring down the on-song raiding unit of the Fortune Giants.
However, with the form on the Fortune Giants side and a well-rounded squad at captain Sunil Kumar's disposal, one can expect his side to triumph in this game.
Gujarat Fortune Giants could be expected to win this match.
Where and when to watch, live streaming details
Date: Friday, 26th July 2019
Start time: 7.30 PM IST.
Venue: Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad.
Live telecast: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Hotstar
Live updates: SportskeedaPublished 26 Jul 2019, 09:00 IST