Gujarat Fortune Giants saw off a spirited fight from defending champions Patna Pirates before securing a 37-29 win in one of the Pro-Kabaddi League matches on Wednesday, played at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.
A total of 17 raid points from Rohit Gulia and Ajay Kumar and a handful of High 5 from skipper Sunil Kumar helped Gujarat Fortune Giants beat Patna Pirates. This victory was Gujarat Fortune Giants’ was the sixth consecutive one as they enter into the Playoffs with topping the charts for Zone A.
The Game: Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Patna Pirates
The first saw half saw both teams almost on the same line as teams with Gujarat Fortune Giants leading just by a margin of point as the score reflected 13-12.
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 27, 2018
The start of the second half saw both teams scoring points to keep the scoreline at 15-15, but a couple of raid points from Ajay Kumar and a tackle point from the defence, helped Gujarat Fortune Giants gain a three-point lead.
Captain Sunil Kumar’s tackle on Pardeep Narwal and another raid point from Gulia reduced Patna down to just 1 man as they got close to inflicting the first all-out of the match. Bhainswal’s tackled raider Tushar Patil to inflict the all-out on Patna Pirates. But at the reset, Patna Pirates with three raid points by Pardeep and two-tackle points by Jaglan and Vijay reduced Gujarat Fortune Giants just to two men.
With the Super Tackle on, Gujarat’s coach introduced Hadi Oshtorok as a substitute and the decision paid off instantly. Hadi assisted Sunil Kumar’s tackle on Pardeep to add two more points to the team’s score.
.@Fortunegiants stole the show in #GUJvPAT while #KOLvBEN was a humdinger of a match that went in @BengalWarriors‘ favour! Here’s a look at the night in ??.
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— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 26, 2018
Chaudhary added a point to his tally with a tackle on Patil to end the night by making Gujarat Fortunegiants the only PKL team to cross the 90-point mark in the standings.
The loss left the defending champions Patna Pirates on the verge of elimination, giving a lifeline to UP Yoddha. UP Yoddha will now be facing Bengal Warriors on Thursday which will decide the third team for a playoff from Zone B. If UP Yoddha wins the fixture, they will enter the playoffs and Patna Pirates will have to go home.
Defence of Gujarat Fortune Giants proved to be the difference between two teams as they prevailed over the star-studded attacking lineup of Patna Pirates featuring the season six’s leading raider Pardeep Narwal.
In the second match of the day, Bengal Warriors defeated Bengaluru Bulls 37-31 to secure their third consecutive victory. With this victory, Bengal Warriors have an opportunity to finish as a Zone B leader if they defeat UP Yoddha in Thursday’s match.
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