Telugu Titans face a defensively strong Gujarat Fortunegiants in first home game

Telugu Titans face a defensively strong Gujarat Fortunegiants in first home game

VIVO Pro Kabaddi action next shifts to Vizag as Telugu Titans take on Gujarat Fortunegiants in an Inter Zone Challenge Week clash at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Friday. While Gujarat Fortunegiants have already qualified for the Playoffs, Telugu Titans will be looking to close the gap on third-placed Bengal Warriors in Zone B.

Gujarat Fortunegiants got the better of Telugu Titans in the only game the teams have played so far in VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season 5. Sachin scored a Super 10 while Right Corner Abozar Mohajermighani managed four tackle points for Gujarat Fortunegiants. But the star defender will turn up for the opposition this time around which could make things tricky for Gujarat Fortunegiants.

Match 100 (Inter-Zone Challenge Week): Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

Head-to-head: Telugu Titans 0-1 Gujarat Fortunegiants

Form Guide:

Telugu Titans

RESULT(W-T-L)

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.

LOST

29

34

Vs. Bengaluru Bulls

LOST

26

34

Vs. Tamil Thalaivas

LOST

25

31

Vs. Tamil Thalaivas

LOST

23

27

Vs. Puneri Paltan

WON

28

25

TOTAL

1-0-4

131

151

Stats from the last five matches –

Average Points Scored – 26.2

Average Points Conceded – 30.2

Best Raider – Rahul Chaudhari

Best Defender – Vishal Bhardwaj

Gujarat Fortunegiants

RESULT(W-T-L)

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

Vs. Patna Pirates

WON

45

27

Vs. U Mumba

LOST

26

36

Vs. Puneri Paltan

WON

35

20

Vs. Haryana Steelers

WON

40

31

Vs. U Mumba

WON

39

35

TOTAL

4-0-1

185

149

Stats from the last five matches –

Average Points Scored – 37

Average Points Conceded – 29.8

Best Raider – Sachin

Best Defender – Parvesh Bhainswal

The big battle

Vishal Bhardwaj vs Sachin

Despite missing a few games due to injury, Vishal Bhardwaj has been Telugu Titans’ best defender with 38 tackle points so far this season. Since his comeback, Bhardwaj has managed to rack up two High 5s in three games and currently has an average of 4.22 tackle points per game.

Bhardwaj, though, will be up against an in-form Sachin this time around, who has wonderfully led Gujarat Fortunegiants’ offence for the second year in succession. Sachin sits eighth on the Best Raiders’ list for the season, having managed to score 127 points in 16 games.

Though Sachin got the better of Bhardwaj in the only time the two teams met, the right raider will have his hands full when he goes up against the duo of Telugu Titans’ skipper and Mighani, who have been doing well together this season.

Key Khiladi –

Rahul Chaudhari – Telugu Titans

Rahul Chaudhari has looked back at his best in the previous few matches, being the team’s leading point scorer over their past five outings. Having managed 98 raid points so far this season, Chaudhari will look to start Telugu Titans’ home leg hoping to continue his excellent touch.

Parvesh Bhainswal – Gujarat Fortunegiants

Parvesh Bhainswal has been at the top of his game in Season 6, having garnered 64 tackle points in 17 games to sit second on the list of Best Defenders. Bhainswal has had a huge role to play in Gujarat Fortunegiants’ defence, which currently ranks as the second best amongst all teams this season with a combined 198 tackle points, leading them to the Playoffs for the second successive season. Bhainswal managed a career-high eight tackle points in his previous outing.

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