Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengal Warriors 35-23

Bengal Warrior's Maninder Singh and Jang Kun Lee couldn’t live up to their high standards as the Warriors suffered a second consecutive defeat.

K Prapanjan led the scoring charts for Gujarat as he scored 9 points against Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi League.   -  Vijay Soneji

Gujarat Fortunegiants crushed Bengal Warriors 35-23 in Inter zone Challenge Week of Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 at the TransStadium Indoor Arena in Ahmedabad on Friday.

K Prapanjan led the scoring charts for Gujarat as he scored 9 points and was ably supported by Ajay Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal.

Bengal Warriors never recovered after being all out in the first half. Maninder Singh and Jang Kun Lee couldn’t live up to their high standards as the Warriors suffered a second consecutive defeat.

As it happened

Ajay and Maninder got a couple of raid points to get their team going in the first five minutes. Prapanjan’s two-point raid gave Gujarat a 6-5 lead in the sixth minute.

Both teams jostled for points and refused to budge in what was a closely contested first ten minutes. Maninder Singh scored another raid point in the ninth minute to give Bengal Warriors 9-8 lead. In the 14th minute, Gujarat grabbed the advantage with an all out and went into half-time leading 19-14.

A super tackle by Bengal Warriors in the 23rd minute reduced the deficit to four points. That was the closest Warriors came to pulling the game back. Gujarat was in no mood to allow Bengal Warriors to make a comeback. Ajay Kumar’s successful raid in the 28th minute led to Gujarat inflicting another all out and it led 27-18.

With less than five minutes to go, Gujarat Fortunegiants enjoyed a healthy 12-point advantage. The home side picked up a few more points in the last couple of minutes to wrap up an easy 35-23 win.

In the second match of the day, Jaipur Pink Panthers cruised past UP Yoddha, defeating it 42-27. Deepak Hooda picked up ten points for Jaipur as Anup Kumar, Sandeep Dhull and Sunil Siddhgavali picked up five points each.