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PKL 2018: Gujrat Beats Jaipur 33-31; Patna Pirates, Bengaluru Bulls settles tie 40-40

On day 62 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 2018, Gujarat Fortune Giants registered their 15th win as they defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 33-31 at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula on Wednesday. Led by the solid raiding duo of K Prapanjan (11 points) and Sachin (8 points), Gujarat Fortune Giants survived a late second-half scare from Jaipur Pink Panthers. Ajinkya Pawar with 9 points and Sandeep Dhull with 6 tackle points tried to make a comeback but they just fell short in the end.

First Half

The match almost began on the same note for both teams. After four minutes in the game, Gujarat Fortune Giants were leading 4-3. A couple of point raid in the seventh minute followed by an all-out gave Gujarat Fortune Giants 10-4 lead. Jaipur’s defence was not up to the mark in the first half as they struggled to cover Gujarat’s raiders.

Jaipur’s star raider Deepak Hooda had a silent first half and the onus was left on to Ajinkya Pawar to get raid points. Ajinkya made a successful raid in the 11th minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers trailed 7-12. Gujarat Fortune Giants did not allow their opposite team to score even a single point in the first half. At the end of the first half, Gujarat Fortune Giants held a healthy seven-point advantage as they were leading 17-10.

Second Half

K Prapanjan got Gujarat Fortune Giants off to a good start in the second half with a two-point raid. In the 22nd minute, Gujarat Fortune Giants inflicted another all-out to increase a lead by 12 points as they were leading 24-12. Ajinkya made a successful raid in the 28th minute as Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicted an all-out in an effort to make a comeback.

With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, Gujarat Fortune Giants held a three-point lead and utilised all their experience. K Prapanjan’s couple of point raid in the 32nd minute reduced hopes of Jaipur Pink Panthers as they were trailing 24-30.

Sandeep Dhull produced a solid defensive performance for Jaipur Pink Panthers in the second half and got a high five. Ajinkya Pawar got another two points in a couple of minutes and reduced the lead gap to just two points in the last minute. Rohit Gulia got a raid in the last minute to seal a narrow win for Gujarat Fortune Giants as the final score reflected 33-31.

With this win, Gujarat Fortune Giants go to the top of the table in Zone A.

Patna Pirates vs Bengaluru Bulls

In the second match of the day at Panchkula stadium, Patna Pirates scored 3 crucial points in last 20 seconds of the match to pull off a 40-40 tie versus Bengaluru Bulls in a thrilling PKL match on Wednesday. Vikas Jaglan was the hero for Patna Pirates as he scored one tackle and two raid points in the dying seconds which saved Pirates from a certain defeat.

Pardeep Narwal scored maximum 17 points for Patna Pirates.  For Bengaluru Bulls, Rohit Kumar scored maximum 16 points and Mahender contributed with a high five in defence.

With this draw, Patna Pirates are still in the race for a place in the playoffs while Bengaluru Bulls have already qualified.

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