Pro Kabaddi League 2018, Match 69: Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls | Match Preview and Predicted Lineups
The home side, Gujarat Fortunegiants take on the Bengaluru Bulls in the Inter-Zone Challenge Week at the Transstadia Arena tomorrow, Saturday at 9 pm IST.
After a winning start to their home leg, the Fortunegiants would be all set to continue the momentum by clinching a victory against a strong Bengaluru Bulls.
Gujarat was clinical in their victory over the Bengal Warriors in tonight's encounter, as their attack, as well as defence, managed to score crucial points to win them the game.
They rested Sachin, their raiding spearhead and gave a chance to Ajay Kumar who managed well with his 6 raid points. This shows the depth in the squad of the Fortunegiants, which would hold them in great stead as their home leg progresses.
The Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, are coming off a narrow loss (29-32) against U Mumba and would be raging to go up against the Fortunegiants.
As the strategy used by U Mumba of employing 5 specialist defenders to choke the Bulls' raiders worked well, the Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh would most likely employ the same. The Bulls need to have thought of a counter to such a strategy so that the game against Gujarat doesn't turn the way the one against U Mumba did.
Despite the strategy, the Bulls' raiders managed to clinch 21 raid points, but it was their defence which had a miserable outing against U Mumba with just 4 tackle points. Raju Lal Choudhary, the Bulls' right corner, has been a little tentative since his comeback from injury, but once he gets going, there's no stopping the Bulls in the competition.
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Key Battles to keep an eye on:
#1 Pawan Sehrawat (right raider) vs Sunil Kumar (right cover)
#2 Sachin (right raider) vs Sandeep (left corner)
Probable playing 7:
Gujarat Fortunegiants: Sunil Kumar (c), Sachin, Rohit Gulia, Ajay Kumar/Dong Geon Lee, Parvesh Bhainswal, Ruturaj Koravi, and Sachin Vittala
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Sandeep, and Raju Lal Choudhary
When and where to watch: 21:00 IST on the Star Sports network and on digital streaming platform Hotstar.