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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:40 AM IST

Battle of confidence vs grit

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Mumbai: A Confident Gujarat Fortunegiants will clash with gritty Bengaluru Bulls in the final of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Saturday. Interestingly, Bengaluru Bulls led by Rohit Kumar, had defeated Gujarat by 12 points in the first qualifier to directly book a place in the summit clash.

Gujarat, on the other hand, led by Sunil Kumar overcame a resurgent UP Yoddha in the second qualifier Thursday, to book a place in the final. The two finalists have played thrice before with both sides winning a game each and one ending in a tie. Gujarat will have their hopes pinned on star raider Sachin Tanwar, who has been consistent through the campaign.

He has averaged 8.2 raid points throughout the season and is in the top 10 raiders in the entire league. Even in the win against UP Yoddha, he played a key role clinching 10 points. He will require support from other raiders mainly K Prapanjan, who has 118 points to his credit.

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But the two need to finish the game on a high. And the raiding heavy side like Bulls, Gujarat need to maintain pace throughout the 40 minutes. Other Gujarat players Parvesh Bhainswal (84 points), skipper Sunil Kumar (72 points) and Rohit Gulia (56 points) will also have to compete at their best of abilities if Gujarat have to clinch their maiden title.

On the other hand, Benguluru Bulls will have an added advantage as they had defeated Gujarat on Monday last and face the same opponents twice inside a week. For the southern side, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (260 points) and skipper Rohit Kumar (170 points) will have their task cut out against a strong Gujarat defence. Rohit Kumar, skipper of Bengaluru Bulls said,”It has taken Bengaluru Bulls to get back to our best and we will not let this opportunity go. We have reached the finals and the aim is to take the trophy home.

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Published on: Saturday, January 05, 2019, 04:35 AM IST
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