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Full Time: Gujarat Giants will be ruing the missed chances. They made the comeback on multiple occasions only to let the Bulls pull away again. Bharat was on song for the winners and landed 18 points. Vikash and Neeraj also contributed 10 points. The Giants, despite Parteek and Ranjit picking up Super 10s could not make it past the finish line. Bulls return to top of the table, leapfrogging Puneri Paltan, while Giants stay put on 11th spot with just one point.
The scores will read as Gujarat vs Bengaluru:
38-45: A bonus point for Bulls but the raider is brought down. A seven point victory sealed by Bengaluru Bulls.
37-44: Ranjit pressurises Saurabh on the left end and the defender steps out of bounds. Seven point game.
36-44: Giants get two points from Arkam. Bulls challenge the call. Replays clearly show that the raider had a foot in the lobby when he gets his hand past the midline. The review is unsuccessful .
34-44: A do or die raid for Neeraj. He fives forward to get a tag on Rinku. A 10 point lead for Bulls.
34-43: Purna Singh is down on the mat from a tackle by Bulls’ Mahender.
34-42: A do or die raid for Giants too. Ranjit is out on the mission but he is not able to make it back.
There is a Giants player down on the mat! Seems like he will have to be stretchered out. Priyank Chandel is the man down.
34-41: A do or die raid for Bharat and he is brought down.
33-41: Bulls with successive points as Parteek is brought down.
33-40: A point for Bulls from Neeraj.
33-39: Parteek gets a two point raid as he jumps over the defender to return safe.
31-39: Another point for Giants as Bharat is unable to run past Rinku.
30-39: A point for Giants as Ranjit lands a running hand touch on Mahender.
29-39: The play resumes with a point from Bharat and Arkam is sent to the bench.
29-38: Bulls inflict an all out! The prefect timing for them. Sonu is the raider and he can only collect the bonus point.
28-35: A do or die raid for Bulls and Bharat is the raider. He gets two points off touches. But he gets the third one too according to the refs.
28-32: Ranjit continues to thrive! A super raid for Ranjit. A bonus and two touch points.
25-32: Bharat lands a tag on Manuj for a point.
25-31: Ranjit with a bonus point.
24-31: Bharat collects two points as Parteek lunges in from the right but fails to land the tackle. Giants review the call. It is a matter of inches but Bharat has a foot in the lobby as he gets back to the court. The decision stands.
24-29: Ranjit with his seventh point of the night.
23-29: Narwal with another point. Rinku is sent to the bench.
23-28: Neeraj Narwal is able to get a tag in the dying seconds of his raid. Kapil is the culprit for Giants.
23-27: Another do or die raid, this time for Giants. Parteek almost manages to head back but is brought down to the mat.
23-26: A do or die raid for the Bulls and Vikash is brought down by a tackle.
Successive empty raids to start the second half.
Half Time: Giants carry the momentum going into the 2nd half. They came back after the first all out to gain the lead but Bharat led the Bulls back ahead. The last five minutes however, saw the Giants cut down an eight point lead into half. All to play for in the 2nd half.
22-26: Ranjit first lands a two point raid. Then the defence lands a tackle on Bharat. Giants are cutting down the deficit.
19-26: Ranjit collects a bonus before he is tackled to the mat. Sourabh Nandal got the tackle.
18-25: Vikash gets a touch point.
18-24: Ranjit is able to evade a leg hold to get a point. Aman is out!
17-24: Bharat with a bonus.
17-23: Ranjit with another point.
16-23: Bhaart lands a touch on Rinku to restore the seven point lead.
16-22: A successful raid by Chandran Ranjit.
15-22: Parteek is brought down by Mayur Kadam.
15-21: Bharat picks up a raid point.
15-20: Ranjit with a bonus.
14-20: Giants are all out again. A bonus on the raid for Giants but the raider is brought down.
13-17: A point for Bulls as Poorna is sent to the bench.
13-16: A bonus for Giants.
12-16: Bharat continues to deliver.
12-15: Rakesh is brought down by a tackle from Aman.
12-14: Bharat with another raid point for Bulls.
12-13: Parteek with another raid point.
11-13: Two points for Bulls. First Ranjit is pulled inches within the opponent half. Second, Bharat completes a raid point.
11-11: Scores level off a Vikash tag on Arkam.
11-10: Oh how the tables turn! Bengaluru is all out as Parteek gets a touch on two remaining Bulls players.
7-10: Giants gaining momentum. They a tackle in on Bharat.
6-10: A dubki gets two points to Parteek Dahiya.
4-10: Bulls get the six point lead back as a bonus point is collected by Bharat.
4-9: Chandran Ranjit picks up a touch point.
3-9: A point for Giants as Manoj and Neeraj get the raider down to the mat.
2-9: An all out for Gujarat Giants. Sourav Guliya is is out of bounds even before the touch was made.
2-5: A bonus point for Parteek Dahiya.
1-5: Bharat is able to pick three points with his raid. What a start for Bulls.
1-2: Giants pick a bonus point.
0-2: Vikash gets a leg touch on the defender for another point for Bulls.
0-1: Gujarat Giants start the proceeding and Bulls get the raider Ranjit out.
Gujarat Giants won the previous encounter against Bengaluru Bulls 46-44.
Gujarat Giants: Chandran Ranjit
Bengaluru Bulls: Bharat
Gujarat Giants: Chandran Ranjit, Rakesh, Manuj, Arkam Shaikh, Parteek Dahiya, Sourav Gulia, Rinku Narwal
Bengaluru Bulls: Bharat, Vikash Kandola, Mayur Kadam, Mahender Singh, Neeraj Narwal, Saurabh Nandal, Aman
Played: 10 | Gujarat Giants: 5 | Bengaluru Bulls: 4 | Tie: 1
Beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-31
Lost 27-29 to Haryana Steelers
Drew 31-31 with Tamil Thalaivas
Lost 18-25 to Jaipur Pink Panthers
Lost 32-33 to Haryana Steelers
Two-time PKL finalists Gujarat Giants will look to return to winning ways after suffering a heartbreaking one-point loss against Haryana Steelers in their last outing at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune on Monday.
Under the tutelage of head coach Ram Mehar Singh, the Giants defeated the Bulls 46-44 in their previous meeting and will hope to replicate similar form in their upcoming clash in Hyderabad.
Having registered five wins, seven losses and one tie, the Giants are currently placed 11th in the Pro Kabaddi Season 9 standings with 32 points from 13 matches. The Chandran Ranjit-led Giants will be desperate to secure a much-needed win against Bengaluru Bulls in order to stay in contention for the playoffs.
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The Giants will bank on their star raider Rakesh, who has already bagged 125 points in 13 matches so far.
On the other hand, Bengaluru Bulls have been the most dominant team in the Pro Kabaddi this season. The Bulls have won nine of their 14 matches and are currently placed at the top of the PKL 9 standings with 51 points from 14 games.
For the Bulls, raider Bharat has been in magnificent form, having completed 131 successful raids so far - the most by any player this season.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Gujarat Giants vs Bengaluru Bulls Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 9:30 PM onwards on Friday, November 18.