Gujarat Giants defeated defending champions Bengal Warriors 34-25 in the Pro Kabaddi League(PKL) Season 8’s ‘Rivalry Week’.
The first half was closely fought with both defences bringing their A-game to the mat. The Giants took an early lead in the match, but Bengal found their way back. The lead kept changing hands in the first half with Gujarat going on top once again through a 3-point Super Raid by Pardeep Kumar in the 9th minute.
Bengal immediately bounced back in the match with a 2-point raid by Maninder Singh. Both defences opted for a high line which meant there were no bonus points on offer. The half ended with scores 13-12 in the Giants’ favour.
Rakesh S was brought in in the second half and the raider immediately fetched a 3-point Super Raid in the early minutes which gave the Giants enough momentum to secure an ALL OUT in the 7th minute.
Gujarat had a 9-point lead going into the final five minutes and they kept controlling the mat through Pardeep Kumar’s raids. At no point did the lead look in threat as Gujarat won the match with a 9 point margin.
Raiders: Ajay Kumar, Gujarat Giants, 9 points; Maninder Singh, Bengal Warriors, 9 points
All-rounder: Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Bengal Warriors, 5 points