Match – Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants
Date – 7 December 2018, 8:00 PM IST
Venue – Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Vizag
The Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 carnival moves on to a new destination as the shores of Vishakhapatnam host the home leg of the Telugu Titans. The Titans kick off proceedings with a stiff challenge against the Gujarat Fortunegiants as the inter-zone challenge week continues.
The Telugu Titans are on a run of four consecutive losses and will hope to start off their home leg with a win and avoid making it five in a row. They have suffered lately in all their departments, which has derailed their push for a playoffs spot. They will hope to make the home advantage count against an in-form Gujarat Fortunegiants side.
Gujarat Fortunegiants secured their playoffs qualification for the second year running with a commanding win over the Patna Pirates in Delhi. They have lost just twice in their past fifteen matches and are a tough side to beat for any side at the moment. The defence has been a key factor for their continued success as the young captain Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal have marshalled proceedings on the mat for them. The form of their star raider Sachin Tanwar has been a huge boost for them this season as well.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Telugu Titans – L L L L W
Gujarat Fortunegiants – L W W W W
Head to Head (Season 5):
Matches Played: 1
Won by Gujarat Fortunegiants: 1
Won by Telugu Titans: 0
Matches Drawn: 0
Probable Starting 7:
Telugu Titans –
Vishal Bhardwaj, Rahul Chaudhari, Kamal Singh, Rakshith, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Abozar Mighani, Farhad Milaghardan
Gujarat Fortunegiants –
Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin Tanwar, Dong Geon Lee, K Prapanjan, Sachin Vittala, Ruturaj Koravi
My dream XI
Sachin Tanwar (16.5 Cr), Kamal Singh (11 Cr) and Rahul Chaudhari (16.5 Cr) form the raiding unit of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The star raider of the Telugu Titans, Rahul Chaudhari hasn’t been as consistent as the past seasons this time around but will hope to start off the home leg with a strong show against Gujarat. Kamal Singh impressed in the previous fixture for the Titans and could be handy as the secondary raider for them. Sachin Tanwar has been the leading raider for the Gujarat Fortunegiants yet again and been one of the most consistent performers in the league.
Parvesh Bhainswal (15 Cr), Abozar Mighani (14.5 Cr) and Sachin Vittala (12.5 Cr) form the defensive lineup of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The dangerous Abozar Mighani always possesses the threat on the right corner for the Titans’ defensive setup and could trouble the Gujarat raiders. Parvesh Bhainswal has been incredible in the Gujarat defence alongside skipper Sunil Kumar and led the tally in tackle points for them. Sachin Vittala has emerged as a solid corner defender for the Fortunegiants with his timely back holds and is a good support in the backline.
Vishal Bhardwaj (14 Cr) is the all-rounder of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The Titans skipper returned to action after a long injury layoff and has done well since then. He will hope to lead the side from the front with his famed ankle holds on the left corner and challenge the Fortunegiants’ raiders.
Captain and vice-captain: Sachin Tanwar and Rahul Chaudhari
Alternative: Rahul Chaudhari and Parvesh Bhainswal
Player to watch out for: Sachin Tanwar
The star man of the Gujarat Fortunegiants lineup has continued to deliver consistently for coach Manpreet Singh. His ability to keep nicking in points throughout the match, even in do-or-die situations sets him as the key man to watch out for.