The Jaipur Pink Panthers beat the Haryana Steelers in the last match and have now moved up from their bottom position in Zone A. They have a slim chance of moving up one more place in the rankings if they finish their tournament with three wins from their three matches.
It is not going to be easy to get past the Gujarat Fortunegiants, though. Not only are they in excellent form but they also have an excellent record against the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Deepak Niwas Hooda will once again be at the center of the proceedings when the Jaipur Pink Panthers take the mat. He has been near unstoppable in the last few matches and has seven Super-10’s in the last 12 games.
If the Pink Panthers are to have any chance of making it past the Fortunegiants then Deepak Niwas Hooda will have to be at his best. The defense of the Gujarat Fortunegiants is one of the best in the league and penetrating it is not going to be easy.
At the same time, they also have some very good raiders. This is why Sandeep Dhull will have to lead the defense with precision to try and stop the Gujarat Fortunegiants from running away with the match.
Sachin and Prapanjan, though, may have different ideas about how this match is going to progress. We can sense the desperation with which the Gujarat Fortunegiants have been playing in the PKL this season. They missed out on the title narrowly last year and don’t want anything to come in their way this time around.
With 7 wins from 8 matches, the Gujarat Fortunegiants are in excellent form. They have been winning on the back of a solid defense that keeps the opponents quiet and a raiding unit that can score points at will.
There are very few weaknesses in this side and we think for them to lose would require some sort of implosion rather than anything the Jaipur Fortunegiants can throw at them.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants have won 4 out of the five matches played between the two sides. They have also won the two encounters they have played against them this season.
The Gujarat Fortunegiants are in excellent form but the Jaipur Pink Panthers have been doing decently in their home leg as well. They would love to beat a top-ranked side in front of their home crowd. Considering the stakes this match has for the Gujarat Fortunegiants and the strength of their team, we have no hesitation in recommending the Gujarat Fortunegiants for the win.
Back the Gujarat Fortunegiants to win.