Bengaluru Bulls eye maiden title

Bengaluru Bulls eye maiden title

Bengaluru Bulls, led by Rohit Kumar, will face a stiff challenge from Gujarat Fortunegiants in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI File Photo

Last season's runner-up Gujarat Fortunegiants will clash with Bengaluru Bulls in the final of the sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Saturday.

Interestingly, Bengaluru led by Rohit Kumar, had defeated Gujarat by 12 points in the first qualifier to directly book a place in the summit clash.

Gujarat, on the other hand, led by Sunil Kumar overcame a resurgent UP Yoddha in the second qualifier Thursday, to book a place in the final.

The two finalists have played thrice before with both sides winning a game each and one ending in a tie.

An enthralling contest is expected to be on the card and the winner will be richer by Rs three crore, while the runner-ups take home Rs 1.80 crore. 

For Bengaluru, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (260 points) and skipper Rohit Kumar (170 points) will have their task cut out against a strong Gujarat defence.

Rohit Kumar, skipper of Bulls said: "It has taken Bengaluru Bulls to get back to our best and we will not let this opportunity go. We have reached the finals and the aim is to take the trophy home.

"We are focusing on our strengthening our attack and tightening our defence because while Gujarat is a young team one cannot underestimate them."

"They have played well through the season and we will give them a tough fight in the finals," he added.

Gujarat will have their hopes pinned on star raider Sachin Tanwar, who has been consistent through the campaign.

He has averaged 8.2 raid points throughout the season and is in the top 10 raiders in the entire league. Even in the win against UP Yoddha, he played a key role clinching 10 points.

He will require support from other raiders mainly K Prapanjan, who has 118 points to his credit.

Meanwhile, Manpreet Singh, coach of Fortunegiants, said: "Last year, we came very close to winning the trophy and this year we are better prepared."