Gujarat Fortunegiants look to continue their fine form as they face a confident Puneri Paltan side at Babu Banarasi Stadium,Lucknow.
Gujarat Fortunegiants come into their first encounter of the Lucknow leg after a brilliant showing at their home lg; 5 wins and a tie at Ahmedabad. They sit atop the standings of Zone A having secured 36 points in 9 games so far.
Puneri Paltan, on the other hand have played only 5 games but have won 4 out of them. They sit on the second position in Zone A standings with 21 points to their name. Puneri Paltan are coming into this match on a high after beating the high-flying Patna Pirates on Sunday.
Gujarat Fortunegiants have looked one of the well-balanced sides in the tournament with both aspects – raiding and defense in top form. The raiding is led by the youngster Sachin, who has become a huge fan favorite for the Giants. He had an incredible run at the Ahmedabad leg, taking pressure off the under-performing skipper Sukesh Hegde.
The Gujarat defense has looked deadly with the Iranian combination of Fazel Atracheli and Abozar Mighani. They have got good support from others like Parvesh Bhainswal and Sunil K to form a formidable defensive unit.
Puneri Paltan are on a high after their win over Patna Pirates thanks to a solid raiding performance and stable defense. They managed to keep the onslaught of Pardeep Narwal in check and won the match. The raiding responsibilites are handled by the trio of Deepak Niwas Hooda, Rajesh Mondal and the energetic Sandeep Narwal, who is an all-rounder.
The defense has been the key to Puneri Paltan’s success with Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Girish Ernak; and the foreign recruit Bangladeshi Zia-ur Rehman manning their posts with confidence.
The tie throws up a interesting match-up with two good all-round sides taking on each other.
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Gujarat Fortunegiants – Sukesh Hegde (c), Sachin , Fazel Atracheli, Abozar Mighani, Parvesh Bhainswal, Rohit Gulia, Sunil Kumar
Puneri Paltan – Deepak Hooda (c), Rajesh Mondal, Sandeep Narwal, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Girish Ernak, Zia-ur Rehman, Rohit Kumar