VIVO Pro Kabaddi action continues in Greater Noida as Jaipur Pink Panthers take on fellow Zone A challengers Gujarat Fortunegiants in the first of their three games this season at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex on Friday.

The two sides have produced close contests in their three encounters so far with the margin of victory never exceeding 7 points for either team. Gujarat Fortunegiants hold the upper hand against Jaipur Pink Panthers and will look to come out on top once again as they aim to consolidate their position in the top half of Zone A.

Match 45 (Zone A): Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Head-to-head: Jaipur Pink Panthers 1-2 Gujarat Fortunegiants  

Jaipur Pink Panthers suffered a loss to Bengal Warriors in their previous match and will be keen to make amends. Deepak Niwas Hooda, though, has inspired confidence as their lead player and returned 8 raid points against Bengal Warriors. Sandeep Kumar Dhull and Mohit Chhillar managed five out of the seven tackle points in that outing and will likely emerge as key again when they face Gujarat Fortunegiants.

Gujarat Fortunegiants put in a brilliant all-round performance in their victory over Puneri Paltan. Three of their starting seven returned with 4 or more points with Sachin leading the way with a Super 10. Their corners Ruturaj Koravi and Sunil Kumar managed seven out of the 10 tackle points, establishing themselves as defenders to watch out for.

The big battle

Sachin vs Mohit Chhillar

Right Corner Mohit Chhillar has enjoyed the upper hand over Gujarat Fortunegiants’ raider Sachin. Not only has he managed four tackle points, Chhillar has also gotten Sachin out twice while raiding. Sachin on the other hand has managed to get three raid points against Chhillar. With Sachin in some serious form though, Chhillar will be tasked with keeping him quiet.

Key Khiladi

Deepak Niwas Hooda - Jaipur Pink Panthers

Deepak Niwas Hooda is the leading points scorer for Jaipur Pink Panthers this season. His side will be expecting another all-round performance from him as they seek to win for a second time this season.          

Parvesh Bhainswal - Gujarat Fortunegiants

The leading defender for Gujarat Fortunegiants this season with 15 tackle points from 5 games, Parvesh Bhainswal has been a key figure in their campaign so far. Ably supported, Gujarat Fortunegiants can look forward to the Left Cover leading their defence.