Defending Champions Bengaluru Bulls started their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 7 with a come-from-behind win over Patna Pirates. The 34-32 score indicates a tight game, which it was, but a win for the Bulls was a deserving one. They now will face double defending runners-up Gujarat Fortunegiants on Sunday.
There will be considerable interest to see how the Fortunegiants have shaped up in the pre-season. As for the Bulls, they will look to pocket another win and set the early benchmark in the PKL Season 7.
Bengaluru Bulls Preview
It was the tight defence of the Bulls that pulled them across the line against the Pirates. Amit Sheoran (five points) and Ashish Sangwan (four) excelled from the defence for the Bengaluru side.
Ace raider Pawan Sehrawat continued his streak from the last season and picked up nine points. Captain Rohit Kumar showed his cool by winding up the clock at key moments. Overall, it was a complete all-round effort from the Champions.
Gujarat Fortunegiants Preview
It is just the third year of inception for the Gujarat side in the PKL. Having already made it to the finals the last two times, hopes are high that they can do one better this season. They have traditionally been a top defensive unit and will hope to continue the same.
A good start will depend on how well their raiders can hold their efforts up. With experienced names like Gurvinder Singh in the fray, the Fortunegiants will hope for a good start.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Pawan Sherawat had a great start to the campaign with nine points in the season opener. Continuing in the same form from the last season, he could be the difference once again.
Parvesh Bhainswal has been the rock-solid presence for the Fortunegiants with consistent performances. He will look to start the new season with a match-winning performance.
Rohit Kumar has been the silent performer for the Bulls with his calm leadership. Especially when he plays down the clock. Another measured performance could give them another win.
Bengaluru Bulls: 1 Rohit Kumar 2 Pawan Sehrawat 3 Ashish Sangwan 4 Mahender Singh 5 Amit Sheoran 6 Sanjay Shreshta 7 Vinod Kumar
Gujarat Fortunegiants: 1 Harmanjit Singh 2 GB More 3 Gurvinder Singh 4 Sunil Kumar 5 Abolfazl Maghsodlou 6 Pankaj 7 Parvesh Bhainswal
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