Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 22-19. They go on top of the table with a brilliantly tactical performance. Gujarat have been condemned to their sixth straight loss and they have now lost all their home matches.
Gujarat Fortunegiants have been condemned to their sixth straight loss of the season and have now lost all their four home matches for the first time in their history. Jaipur Pink Panthers continue their winning streak and go on top of the league standings, with their only defeat coming against second-placed Dabang Delhi KC. Jaipur now trail Gujarat 2-5 in their head-to-head record.
Deepak Niwas Hooda takes way too much time in the do-or-die raid, gets his speed up in just the last 10 seconds and he is tackled down by Rohit Gulia. Jaipur challenge for bonus point and made a successful review.
Next raid, Pavan TR tackles down More GB and Jaipur restore their two-point lead.
Gujarat Fortunegiants 18-20 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Sonu gets tackled down by Sandeep Dhull in the do-or-die raid for Gujarat.
Next, Deepak Niwas Hooda goes for the do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Parvesh Bhainswal makes a mistake and the Jaipur captain gets a touch point. Brilliant this from Deepak Hooda.
Gujarat Fortunegiants 15-17 Jaipur Pink Panthers
Jaipur Pink Panthers lead Gujarat Fortunegiants 10-9 at half time. A good performance so far from both teams with Pankaj performing extremely well for Gujarat while Jaipur have put in a solid team effort.
HT: #JAI 10-9 #GUJ— Jaipur Pink Panthers (@JaipurPanthers) August 16, 2019
A closely fought half in Ahmedabad as the #PantherSquad lead by a solitary point#RoarForPanthers #TopCats #JaiHanuman #GUJvJAI#IsseToughKuchNahi #VIVOProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/OIMX9IPS92
Here is the starting line-up of Gujarat Fortunegiants against Jaipur Pink Panthers: Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sonu, Rohit Gulia, Ruturaj Koravi and Pankaj.
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Here is the starting line-up of Jaipur Pink Panthers as they take on Gujarat Fortunegiants: Deepak Hooda, Nilesh Salunke, Nitin Rawal, Amit Hooda, Vishal Lather, Sandeep Dhull and Pavan TR.
Presenting the starting lineup of the #PantherSquad against the @Fortunegiants#RoarForPanthers #PantherSquad #Panthers #TopCats #Kabaddi #JaipurPinkPanthers #ProKabaddi #JaiHanuman #PKL #LePanga #StarSports #VIVOProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/sS03aKTd9V— Jaipur Pink Panthers (@JaipurPanthers) August 16, 2019
Gujarat have two brilliant defenders in Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal and the team will need these two to stand tall against Jaipur Pink Panthers tonight.
With Sunil-Parvesh guarding the doors, there's no pravesh for raiders into @Fortunegiants territory!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 16, 2019
How will they do tonight in #GUJvJAI?
Find out LIVE, on Star Sports & Hotstar!#VIVOProKabaddi #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/G67ZaElmrl
Gujarat Fortunegiants will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in Pro Kabaddi League. (Photo Credit: PKL)
Gujarat Fortunegiants had lost just seven matches over the past two seasons but this season, they find themselves in an uncharacteristic position, having failed to win in each of their past five matches. Through 12 matches at home in Season 5 and 6, Gujarat saw defeat only once, but they have already dropped three games at home this campaign. While the form of their defence specifically has been worrisome, their average margin of defeat over the past four matches is just four points, reaffirming coach Manpreet Singh's assessment that the team may just be in need of a win to get their season back on track. Gujarat's defence has been good but not as formidable as the previous season, averaging just over 10 tackle points so far. The raiding unit has also done well in certain matches but has lacked the consistency of the past two campaigns. Star raider Sachin Tanwar, in particular, has struggled to hit the heights that he did in Season 5 and 6 and is averaging just five raid points. However, Gujarat will look to put behind all worries and like their coach said, they might come out to play to give some cheer back to their home fans.
Fortune hasn't favoured the giants much on their home soil, but @Fortunegiants' Ro-HIT show has impressed one and all.— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 16, 2019
As #VIVOProKabaddi heads to Chennai, can he lead #GUJ's comeback in Season 7?
Find out LIVE, only on Star Sports and Hotstar! #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/vqUC5itzXA
With a clinical display against Puneri Paltan last night, Jaipur Pink Panthers showcased that they are among the frontrunners for the semi-finals this season. They have lost just one of their six fixtures so far and have won the remaining five matches, placing them third on the table, level on points with second-placed Bengal Warriors, who have played a game more. Captain Deepak Hooda has led the team by example and has scored 50 raid points in his six outings so far. However, the star of the team has undoubtedly been Left Corner Sandeep Dhull, who leads the league in tackle points with 27. Dhull, and Jaipur Pink Panthers' defensive unit, has been spectacular this season and are currently averaging 11.33 tackle points per game, making them the second highest-scoring defence in the league. With the offence in such terrific shape and the defence playing at an elite level, Jaipur Pink Panthers are among the league's best teams at the moment and will hope to continue their outstanding start to the campaign.
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