In the first qualifier of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, the Gujarat Fortunegiants played against the Bengal Warriors at the Dome, NSCI in Mumbai. It was supposed to be a clash between two strong defensive units but the Gujarat Fortunegiants ran a riot on the mat.
In the first qualifier of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, the Gujarat Fortunegiants played against the Bengal Warriors at the Dome, NSCI in Mumbai. It was supposed to be a clash between two strong defensive units but the Gujarat Fortunegiants ran a riot on the mat. They totally dominated the game and won the match 42-17. With this, they also entered the finals of this year’s Pro Kabaddi League. Playing Mahendra Rajput ahead of Sukesh Hegde and Rohit Gulia turned out to be a masterstroke. Their defence was as good as always. On the other hand, Bengal had to pay a price of poor performance from Surjeet and Maninder Singh.
Here are Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengal Warriors Highlights:
9:05 PM: There goes the whistle and Gujarat have won the match by massive 25 points.
8:58 PM: Last 11 points in this game have gone to Gujarat. It’s not just their defence but even the raiders have come good at crucial moments. They are going to the finals for sure.
8:55 PM: Two more points for Gujarat, this time Sachin shines. Gujarat extend their lead to 18 points.
8:51 PM: This is absolutely brilliant from Gujarat. Their defensive unit is putting up a masterpiece here. They lead 32-16 with under 5 minutes left.
8:48 PM: The top scorer for Bengal in this match has been Shrikant Tewatia with 4 points. That tells you the entire story of the match.
8:46 PM: Gujarat have executed all out for the second time in this match. They now lead 29-14. With less than 8 minutes to go, this looks like their game.
8:45 PM: Once again both Surjeet and Maninder Singh have been sent to the bench. Gujarat now lead 26-13.
8:42 PM: Now, Gujarat are slowing down the pace of the game. They have a lead of 9 points with less than 11 minutes to go.
8:39 PM: What a brilliant tactical move it turned out to be to play Mahendra Rajput today. Gujarat left Chandran Ranjit, Sukesh Hegde and Rohit Gulia on the bench and played him. Superb!
8:37 PM: This is turning into a one-way traffic. Sachin sends Surjeet to the bench. Gujarat extend their lead to 11 points.
8:35 PM: We have the first all-out of the match and its Gujarat who executed that. We are into the 23rd minute and Maninder Singh hasn’t picked up a single point.
8:33 PM: We are into the second half. Sachin comes for the first half and picks up one crucial point. Bengal reduced to just two men.
8:27 PM: That’s the end of the 1st half. What a match it has been so far. Gujarat lead 13-10 and right at the end of that half, Fazel Atrachali announced himself by picking up his point of the game.
— GujaratFortunegiants (@Fortunegiants) October 24, 2017
8:24 PM: Mahendra Ganesh Rajput has been the star in this first half. He has picked up 5 raid points while other players have struggled. Gujarat lead 12-10.
8:22 PM: Super Tackle by Bengal Warriors. Not only they got 2 points there but they have also revived their skipper Surjeet Singh. Game on!
8:20 PM: We have 4 minutes left in the first half. Gujarat currently lead by 4 points and are close to executing an all-out.
8:18 PM: Suddenly, Gujarat lead 11-6. Mahendra Rajput has picked up a few crucial points.
8:16 PM: Now, Gujarat have sent both Maninder and Surjeet to the bench. Bengal is in trouble here, they are behind by 3 points.
8:15 PM: Interestingly, Gujarat have already lost their review in the 10th minute of the match. So, now they will have to stick with the referee’s decision.
8:09 PM: Gujarat’s defence is not giving anything away. They are holding a high line. Meanwhile, Sachin picks a point in do or die raid. Gujarat lead 5-3.
8:07 PM: Both the sides have been good defensively in the first five minutes. Right now Gujarat lead 4-2 but things can change quickly.
8:04 PM: Maninder Singh was sent to the bench early but Deepak Narwal got rid of Abozar and revived Maninder.
8:02 PM: So we are live and it has been a slow start. First two raids empty before Gujarat opened their account with a bonus point.
7:55 PM: Here are the playing 7s:
Bengal Warriors – Jang Kun Lee, Surjeet Singh, Ran Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Maninder Singh, Deepak Narwal, Young Chang Ko.
Gujarat Fortunegiants – Fazel Atrachali, Abozar Mohajermighani, Mahendra Rajput, Sachin, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sunil Kumar, Rakesh Narwal.
7:50 PM: On the other hand, Surjeet with five high 5s in the last 6 matches has been in superb form for Bengal as well. Even if one player is able to get super 10 of Gujarat, it should be an easy win for them.
7:37 PM: It won’t be easy for Maninder Singh and Deepak Narwal to steal points against Gujarat’s formidable defence. They will have to be on top of their game.
— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 24, 2017
Bengal Warriors – Jang Kun Lee, Ravindra Ramesh Kumavat, Sandeep Malik, Ameares Mondal, Ran Singh, PO Surjeet Singh, Youngchang Ko, Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Virendra Singh, Maninder Singh, Deepak Narwal, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Wankhede, Vinod Kumar, Vikash, Kuldeep, Anil Kumar.
Gujarat Fortunegiants – Fazel Atrachali, Rohit Gulia, C Kalai Arasan, Abozar Mohajermighani, Sukesh Hegde, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Seongryeol Kim, Mahipal Narwal, Vikas Kale, Manoj Kumar, Sachin, Amit Om Prakash Rathi, Dange Sultan, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sunil Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Chandran Ranjit.