Pro Kabaddi League Season 5: Five player battles to watch out for in the Pune leg
Season five of the Pro Kabaddi League is moving into its final week of league matches as the action shifts to Pune.
Puneri Paltan have shown that they are one of the best teams in the league and have the chance to go on top of the table in Zone A if they get some wins in their last six matches.
Though the Super Playoff spots have been sealed in Zone A, Bengaluru Bulls still have a minuscule chance of making the Super Playoffs from Zone B. As they look to win their three remaining matches, they would be hoping that U.P. Yoddha lose both of their matches.
With just one leg of league matches remaining, teams are working hard to iron out any issues as they get ready for the playoffs while the others continue to play for pride.
Here are five key player battles to watch out for in the Pune leg:
#1 Deepak Niwas Hooda (Puneri Paltan) vs Fazel Atrachali (Gujarat Fortunegiants)
The first of two matches between these two giants will open the Pune leg of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Puneri Paltan will rely on captain Deepak Niwas Hooda to get past the Gujarat defence. He has scored 107 points in their 16 matches so far, working efficiently when raiding.
Hooda has used a combination of touch points, bonus points and the odd risky raid to ensure that the Paltan defence has enough points on the board to defend.
Fazel Atrachali has been in immense form for the Gujarat Fortunegiants, continuing on from where he left off in season four when he was declared the best defender in the league.
The Iranian has scored 53 tackle points in 20 matches, using his strength and speed to perfection while executing dashes and ankle holds.