With three wins to show from three games, the Giants are on a roll in the sixth edition of the VIVO ProKabaddi League. In our last outing against the Puneri Paltan, we continued our dominance over them. The head-to-head record now reads 5-0 in our favour. Sachin Tanwar managed to add another Super 10 to his name. In a game, which had a slow start, we managed to pick up the intensity at both ends of the floor to get the lead out of their reach and race to another victory.
Even though our defense had an ordinary start to the game, they managed to pick up their game as the match progressed. There were substantial contributions from all the defenders. With each passing game, the confidence of our younger players seems to be getting a boost. As the talented Giants settle in their roles, we face a new challenge in the form of the experienced Jaipur Pink Panthers.
With the likes of Anup Kumar and Mohit Chhillar, the Pink Panthers are an experienced team. Even so, in their last two matches, they have had to face defeats. They will be looking to turn around their season with a victory against us. But, if our last three wins have told us something, it is that Sunil Kumar and his men know how to keep their winning ways going.
Battle with in Battle: Sunil Kumar vs Anup Kumar
Two leaders. One, a 34-year old veteran who has led teams to championships not just in the VIVO PKL, but also in the World Cup. The second, a 21-year-old in his first stint with captaincy, who has just led a bunch of immensely talented and young players to three back-to-back wins after a jittery start to the season.
One, a raider. The second, a defender.
This battle will be between the two captains on opposite ends of the spectrum makes for an interesting watch!
With back-to-back Super 10's, Sachin seems to be in prime form. He managed to get points from virtually every raid he went for in both the games. It’s important that the in-form players keeps churning out such performances, and he too will be looking to carry the momentum into this game and leave a mark.
The young defender has had a good learning curve so far, with a couple of strong performances following couple of ordinary ones. The fact that he bagged the Defender of the Match award in the previous game would also have done him a world of good. Now, he’d love to register his maiden High 5 against the Pink Panthers and help his side make it four wins on the trot!
VIVO PKL 6, Match 45: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortune Giants, 9 PM IST
Venue: Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida
Broadcast: Star Sports Network