Gujarat Fortune Giants met with Jaipur Pink Panthers in a back-to-back clash in Panchkula - home ground of the Panthers for season 6 and our giants were able to come out on top in both the encounters, which were closely fought. In our last encounter with the Panthers, the game came down to the last raid. With his calm nerves, Rohit Gulia was able to get the much-needed points for us to win the game. With narrow victories against Jaipur Pink Panthers, we were able to move to the top of Zone A.
After a week’s rest, our Giants will take on the Patna Pirates in a wild-card game. This will be our second encounter with them in season 6. In our previous clash, our Giants had a convincing win over them. With Patna's chance to make it to the playoffs hanging in the balance it will be a battle which they will try to win. It is a do-or-die match for the Pirates.
However, coach Manpreet Singh won’t be offering any freebies and we will go into the game with a winning mentality like all other games. Parvesh Bhainswal has the chance to consolidate his position atop the defender list if he continues the same form which he has been displaying throughout the seaso . Our Giants will play to keep the winning moment going as we approach the playoffs.
Battle within Battle: K Prapanjan Vs. Deepak Narwal
Behind the top raider Pradeep Narwal, Deepak has had quite a good season so far. With their hopes to make it to playoffs resting on the last game he will have to step up his play to pull off a victory over us. K Prapanjan is on a run of his own with 4 Super 10s this season. He has masterfully helped our cause of team-first mentality. Both the players would like to perform for their respective teams and give a chance for their teams to win. A battle to watch on the mat. A dual that will turn the outcome of the game.
In the race to become the top defender of the season, Parvesh Bhainswal will have to give the ultimate test and go up against the top raider of the season in Pradeep Narwal. Our defence has been our strong suit throughout the season, and for the last time in regular season, they will have to perform against the top raider and keep him off the mat. Parvesh Bhainswal has had a strong game against Pradeep Narwal and surely can stop him.
When you are playing up against the reigning MVP of the VIVO PKL, you need to have a strong defence to have a chance to stop him. Luckily for us, we have that in Parvesh Bhainswal and Sunil Kumar. One of the top cover duos of the PKL, they have become a nightmare for the opponents’ raiders. They will both play a key role in keeping Pardeep Narwal off the mat and inching us closer to victory against Patna Pirates.
VIVO PKL 6, Match 87: Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Patna Pirates, 8 PM IST
Venue: NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE INDOOR STADIUM, KOLKATA
Broadcast: Star Sports Network