PKL 2018 Highlights: Fortunegiants trumps Steelers 40-31

Catch all the live updates from match 76 between Gujarat Fortunegiants and Haryana Steelers in the Zone A clash of the 2018 Pro Kabbadi League

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( Scores read: Gujarat Fortunegiants ; Haryana Steelers )

 

SECOND HALF

GUJARAT STORMS TO THE TOP OF ZONE A, WITH A GAME IN HAND!  Gujarat won 4, tied 1 and lost 1 against Delhi. 23 points from the home leg and it deservingly sits at the top. Gujarat outplayed Haryana is all departments, schooled the Steelers and cruised to a comfortable victory in the end!

40-31 WHAT A WAY TO FINISH THINGS AT THE FORTRESS BY GUJARAT!  This is the first time it has beaten Haryana Steelers!

40-31 Hadi with a dash!

39-29 Rohit Gulia. who came on for Mahendra, send Shingade back to the bench with a brilliant kick. Just 30 seconds left.

38-29 Monu Goyat is floored by a brilliant body hold by Parvesh Bhainswal. He does get a bonus though.

 

37-26 HIGH5 FOR BHAINSWAL! His fourth of the season! His strike-rate has been 100% tonight. Five tackle points in five raids.

 

36-26 10-point lead here. Less than four minutes to go.

 

35-24 SUPERSTAR SACHIN IS ENJOYING HIS NIGHT! He bags another raid point by springing over the Haryana defenders. He gets to his Super10.

 

31-21 SUPER SACHIN STRIKES! The onus is now on him to see Gujarat to the top of Zone A, should it beat Haryana tonight. He has also reached the 100 raid-point mark in the PKL history. Just seven minutes to go!

30-21 BREAKING! Mahendra Rajput will miss the rest of the night! HUGE BLOW for Gujarat! Has this opened the doors for Haryana? Monu has already earned another raid point.

30-20 OUCH! THIS MAY BE IT FOR MAHENDRA GANESH RAJPUT TONIGHT! He lands awkwardly on his knee and grabs it instantly. He seems to be in a lot of pain and seeks immediate treatment. We'll have to see whether he comes back in tonight. If not, he could be out for several months.

 

29-19 ALL-OUT! GUJARAT NOW LEADS BY 10! Sachin's speed was too much to deal with for the Haryana defender and this may be it. But again, it's Kabbadi and you never know!

 

26-19 EASY PEASY FOR PARVESH! Gets his third tackle point of the night out of three tackles.

25-19 Do-or-die raid for Sachin and Kuldeep Singh commits a blunder. He steps out of bounds and the pressure gets the better of him.

24-19 Substitute Bhuvneshwar Gaur was sent in to raid and immediately gets taken down by that man, Parvesh Bhainswal. He was initally given a bonus point, but Gujarat contested the decision by reviewing it and yet again, it proved to be a successful review.

23-19 3RD SUPER TACKLE FOR HARYANA! Just when it begins to come back into the contest, it strikes with a super tackle! Mahendra Rajput was floored by Kuldeep Singh.

 

23-17 Monu Goyat is sent back now by Hadi's body hold! This is a huge on Haryana's chances.

22-17 SUPER Tackle! Sachin Shingade helps Haryana to another super tackle. This time, its victim is K Prapanjan

 

22-15 Mahedra Rajput from left in initiates the tackle and Parvesh with Sunil runs in to stop Naveen. Good start to the second half by Gujarat.

 

FIRST HALF

 

This has been a strange half for the Steelers! It got off to an extremely poor start, but has shown glimpses of its true capability. The inconsistency is haunting them and if this continues, Gujarat will continue to run riot here. Gujarat, on the other hand, has played on its strengths and a similar show in the second half will ensure it a comfortable victory. Everything to play for in the second half.

21-15 End of the first half! An empty raid by Mahendra Rajput sends Gujarat into the break with a six-point cushion.

21-15 Gujarat answers back with two raid points by Sachin and then a tackle point by containing Vikas Kandola. Less than a minute to go in the half.

 

18-14 THE BEAST AWAKENS! SUPER RAID BY MONU GOYAT! His raiders reduces the deficit to four points.

17-10 Kuldeep leads the tackle on K Prapanjan. He needs to fire for Haryana to give Gujarat a fight.

15-9 This is the fight you'd want to see from the Steelers! First, Naveen got a raid point and then Sachin Shingade comes in with a double ankle hold to send Gujarat's main raider, Sachin bak to the bench.

 

14-6 SACHIN TAKES OUT VIKAS KANDOLA! Third raid points for Sachin and he bags a huge scalp in the form of Vikas. Big trouble going forward for Haryana Steelers!

12-6 Vikas Kandola comes to Haryana's rescue. His first raid of the night fetched his team a bonus point and a touch point.

 

11-4 HARYANA IS ALL-OUT NOW! Not many have been able to power past Parvesh Bhainswal and there was no escaping for the Haryana raider this time. Ridiculous review by Haryana and it will have to fight it out for the rest of the night without the use of technology.

 

7-4 SUCCESSFUL REVIEW! Haryana gets two points, including a bonus.

7-2 ALL-OUT? Haryana reviews the decision saying that the raider hadn't gone out of bounds.

7-2 K Prapanjan, now, gets off the mark tonight. Gujarat showing its potential.

5-2 SUPER TACKLE BY HARYANA! Haryana finally wakes up! Mahendra Rajput runs into the lobby to hand Haryana two easy points!

 

5-0 Monu tastes the dust! What a scalp for Gujarat! The dangerous Monu Goyat is back on the bench. Only two men remaining on the mat!

4-0 THE DEFENCE JOINS THE PARTY! What a strong tackle by skipper Sunil Kumar.

 

3-0 SUPER RAID! WHAT A START BY MAHENDRA RAJPUT! An ankle hold by Sunil wasn't strong enough to hold him off and two other joined him on the bench.

0-0 Haryana wins toss and Gujarat will raid first.

 

It's game time. Let's find out how the action unfolds.

 

 

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The final game night in Ahmedabad first see Gujarat Fortunegiants host Haryana Steelers at The Arena by TransStadia.

The teams clashed earlier in the season at Sonepat in a highly entertaining contest that saw Haryana Steelers come out on top with a victory. Its Corners, Sunil and Kuldeep Singh both managed High 5s in the game, as Haryana Steelers handed Gujarat Fortunegiants one of their only two defeats this season.

Will Gujarat get its revenge tonight and go past U Mumba to the top of Zone A with a win or will Haryana inflict another loss on Gujarat?

Let's find out.

line-ups:

Gujarat Fortunegiants: Sachin, Sunil Kumar(C), Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin Vittala, Mahendra Rajput, K Prapanjan, Hadi Oshtorak

Subs:  Ajay Kumar, Amit, Shubham Palkar Anil, Rohit Gulia,

 

Haryana Steelers: Monu Goyat (C), Sudhanshu Tyagi, Parveen, Naveen, Vikas Kandola, Sunil, Kuldeep Singh

Subs: Anand Surendra Tomar, Mayur Shivtarkar, Tin Phonchoo, Sachin Shingade, Bhuvneshwar Gaur

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall: Matches – 4 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 0 | Haryana Steelers – 3 | Tie – 1

PKL 6: Matches – 1 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 0 | Haryana Steelers – 1 | Tie – 0

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants are yet to win a game against the Haryana Steelers in the 4 matches that they have played.

  • Haryana Steelers are the only team in PKL against whom Gujarat are yet to win.   

  • Their first meeting in PKL 6 was the first game of the Haryana leg and the Steelers won 32-25:

    • Monu Goyat led the way for Haryana with 7 raid points while Naveen also had 5.

    • Kuldeep Singh (6 tackle points) and Sunil (5 tackle points) both had HIGH 5s for the Steelers.

    • K. Prapanjan had 9 raid points for Gujarat while no defender scored more than 3 tackle points for them.

    • After that defeat to Haryana, Gujarat went on a 9-game unbeaten run which ended with defeat to Dabang Delhi K.C. two days ago.

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL 6: 9 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties. Won last match against U Mumba by 4 points.

    • With a win Gujarat have the chance to go to the top of Zone A.

    • Gujarat have lost only 1 game at home in their PKL history. Today’s game will be their final home game this season.      

  • Haryana Steelers PKL 6: 4 wins, 8 losses, 1 tie. Tied last match against Tamil Thalaivas 32-32.