It’s a top of the table clash in Zone A of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2018 season 6, as leaders U Mumba (14 games, 56 points) take on hosts Gujarat Fortunegiants (12 games, 48 points) in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Gujarat are coming off a shocking loss last night to Dabang Delhi (26-29), which was only their second loss of the season. That also was the hosts’ first loss after an unbeaten run of nine matches that saw them win eight and tie one.
It is the raider Sachin leading the points tally for Gujarat with 98 points from the 11 matches he played. Otherwise, it is the defence that has been the shining beacon for the hosts. The lack of support for Sachin in raiding is pulling them down as they come up a strong defence.
U Mumba are coming off an impressive 14-point win against Tamil Thalaivas, brushing them off 36-22 in a match dominated by their defence. It is their third win on the trot and the visitors have lost just three matches in the entire season with ten wins and one tie completing their roster.
Raider Siddharth Desai has been a revelation for U Mumba with 134 points in 12 matches this season, all but three of them coming through raids. It is their defence that has been shining all through led by the left corner Fazel Atrachali with 57 tackle points and right cover Surender Singh with 36 tackle points.
The last encounter between these sides was in Mumbai, when the Fortunegiants edged U Mumba 38-36. Sachin led Gujarat with nine points, while Siddharth had 13 points for U Mumba.
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Siddharth Desai has been a revelation this season averaging 10.92 raid points per match. He has five super raids in his 12 matches so far, that also saw him notch eight Super 10s. Don’t discount another Super 10 from the in-form raider!
Fazel Atrachali has been the best defender in the league and has averaged 4.07 tackle points per game. He has a league-high five High5 performances in the season so far and another one could be on the cards.
Sachin Vittala has 98 points in the season from 11 matches and 88 of those have been from raids. Up against the strongest defence of the league, he could be up for an interesting time and raid!
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Gujarat Fortunegiants (probable seven): Sunil Kumar (Capt) 2 Sachin 3 Rohit Gulia 4 Prapanjan 5 Parvesh Bhainswal 6 Ruturaj K 7 Sachin Vittala
U Mumba (probable seven): 1 Fazel Atrachali (Capt) 2 Siddharth Desai 3 Darshan Kadian 4 Surender Kumar 5 Vinod Kumar 6 Rohit Rana 7 Dharmaraj Cheralathan