The fifth season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi enters Matchday 5 on Wednesday, with a new rivalry and an old rivalry set to hold fans in thrall. With a number of upsets, inspiring performances and close-fought matches taking place in the first four days already, the fans will definitely be glued onto Matchday 5 for more action and entertainment. Here’s a look at the clashes of the day.
Match 9 (Zone A): Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Haryana Steelers
Gujarat Fortunegiants put up a fantastic display in their first match of the season against Dabang Delhi K.C. on Tuesday, where they thwarted the team from the national capital in every department thanks to the brilliance of Fazel Atrachali and skipper Sukesh Hegde. The match has definitely added wings to Gujarat’s confidence and the players will be highly motivated to repeat their all-round performance against fellow Season 5 debutants. The likes of Abozar Mighani, Rakesh Narwal and Sachin are huge assets for the team as they plan to get on the mat and win two matches on the trot.
Haryana Steelers’ previous match against U Mumba was an extremely close affair, where they fell short just by a point. That was owing to the fact that they lost steam in the second half, and on Wednesday they would be focusing on keeping their performance uniform throughout, so that the opposition does not find loopholes like the last match.
The lethal combination of defenders Surender Nada and Mohit Chhillar was effective in the first match itself, with the young raider Vikash Khandola and the experienced Wazir Singh also making a big impression. The Steelers will like to up their overall game and register their first win of the league.
Match 10 (Zone B): Telugu Titans vs Bengal Warriors
Head-to-head: Telugu Titans 3:3 Bengal Warriors
Telugu Titans have not yet been able to take advantage of their home leg as they have lost three games on the trot after starting the season on a winning note. The heroics of Rahul Chaudhari have not been able to save the Titans, and it is now totally up to keep his squad spirited, not dejected. Be that as it may, with stars like Rakesh Kumar, Nilesh Salunke, Rohit Rana and the young Vishal Bhardwaj, the Titans have all the resources to make a grand comeback and stamp their authority on the league.
Bengal Warriors, meanwhile, start their VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5 campaign. After a disappointing Season 4, the Warriors will be looking for a fresh positive start. Surjeet Singh has been given the responsibility to lead the team, and the defensive stalwart is ready to command his troops and have a go at the trophy. Present alongside the likes of Ran Singh, Maninder Singh and Deepak Narwal is the Warriors’ star player across seasons, Jang Kun Lee, and he could prove to be the game-changer. With star entertainers helming both the departments, the Warriors will definitely back themselves tomorrow.
Catch the action live from 8 pm IST onwards on the Star Sports network and hotstar.