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Pro Kabaddi 2019, Gujarat vs UP preview: Battle of two defence heavy teams

Head to head, Gujarat Fortungiants have won three out of four matches against UP Yoddha, while one match ended in a tie

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Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengal Warriors, PKL 2019
File photo: Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengal Warriors

In Match 82 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, will look to continue their unbeaten record against UP Yoddha, when they lock horns with each other at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. The match will feature a clash between the best defensive units of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit have been the defenders for the team picking up bulk of the points. Similarly, Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal have been initiators in the defence for Both these defensive pairs have scored at an average above 5 tackle points per match and also have a minimum Tackle strike rate of 55. Each of these pairs have scored five HIGH 5s each.

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Defensive Performance - PKL 7
Nitesh Kumar and Sumit Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal
78 Tackle Points 62
6.0 Avg. Tackle Points 5.2
55 Tackle SR 58
5 HIGH 5s 5
48% Failed Tackle % 48%

Nitesh Kumar picks up the pace

In the last two matches, Nitesh Kumar scored two consecutive HIGH 5s, while he did not score any HIGH 5s in the first 11 matches this season. In PKL 6, too, Nitesh Kumar did not score a HIGH 5 until the 12th match (start of 2nd half). Nitesh Kumar, in the first 11 matches, averaged just 2.1 tackle points per match at a Tackle strike rate of 49. However, in the last two matches he has averaged six tackle points and has an amazing Tackle strike rate of 100.

Nitesh Kumar - PKL 2019
First 11 Matches Vs. Last 2 Matches
23 Tackle Points 12
2.1 Avg. Tackle Points 6.0
0 HIGH 5 2
49 Tackle SR 100
vs head to head

Head to head, Gujarat Fortungiants have won three out of four matches against while match ended in a tie one.

Player head-to-head

(All figures overall PKL; figure in brackets shows since PKL 6)

  • Monu Goyat (U.P.) 6 – 10 Sunil Kumar (GUJ) [4 – 5 since PKL 6]
  • Monu Goyat (U.P.) 7 – 7 Parvesh Bhainswal (GUJ) [3 – 5 since PKL 6]
  • Shrikant Jadhav (U.P.) 3 – 5 Sunil Kumar (GUJ) [2 – 5 since PKL 6]
  • Shrikant Jadhav (U.P.) 8 – 9 Parvesh Bhainswal (GUJ) [6 – 5 since PKL 6]
  • Rishank Devadiga (U.P.) 2 – 3 Sunil Kumar (GUJ) [1 – 1 since PKL 6]
  • Rohit Gulia (GUJ) 4 – 3 Nitesh Kumar (U.P.) [All since PKL 6]
  • Rohit Gulia (GUJ) 2 – 1 Sumit (U.P) [All since PKL 6]
  • Sachin (GUJ) 3 – 3 Nitesh Kumar (U.P.) [3 – 2 since PKL 6]
  • Sachin (GUJ) 2 – 1 Sumit (U.P.) [All Since PKL 6]

First Published: Mon, September 09 2019. 14:33 IST