Pro Kabaddi: Gujarat ends campaign with win, Thalaivas upsets Jaipur to end winless streak- As it happened

Gujarat recorded its highest tally of raid points in a single match with 31 to beat Telugu Titans. Later, Tamil Thalaivas held its nerve to edge past Jaipur.

V. Ajith Kumar scored 10 raid points against Jaipur Pink Panthers to aide Tamil Thalaivas register its first victory after 14 matches.   -  PKL MEDIA

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Gujarat Fortunegiants ended it its campaign with a victory, but Jaipur couldn't.

FULL-TIME! TAMIL THALAIVAS ENDS WITH 14-MATCH WINLESS STREAK BY CLINCHING THIS THRILLER AGAINST JAIPUR. IT STAYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE AT 12TH, BUT WILL BE GLAD TO GET A WIN FINALLY.

35-33: Rahul Chaudhari ends the game with an empty raid and THAT'S THAT!

35-33: NILESH SALUNKE WALKS INTO THE LOBBY AND ALMOST LURED THE DEFENDERS INTO THE LOBBY. ONE POINT TO THALAIVAS.

34-33: Do-or-die raid for V. Ajith Kumar. SUPER-TACKLE! OH, NO! THE YOUNGSTER CANNOT CONTAIN HIS MOMENTUM AND HE RUNS INTO THE LOBBY. SHEER DRAMA HERE!!

34-31: IS THIS THE GAME FOR THALAIVAS? WHAT AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TACKLE FROM PONPARTHIBAN SUBRAMANIAM ON LOKESH KAUSHIK IN THE RIGHT CORNER.

IT'S A TWO-POINT GAME WITH JUST 90 SECONDS TO GO!

33-31: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur AND IT'S SUPER-RAID! BONUS PLUS TWO POINTS FOR GUMAN SINGH! HE HAS GOTTEN TWO TOUCH POINTS FOR SURE off Sagar, M. Abishek. THALAIVAS CHALLENGE THE CALL, CLAIMING NO BONUS. REPLAY SHOWS CLEAR BONUS AND THE ORIGINAL DECISION STANDS. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL.

33-28: Chaudhari gets Sachin Narwal with a running hand touch and the Panthers are just down to two men.

32-28: VICTOR OBIERO NOW TACKLES THE RAIDER, DEEPAK NARWAL WITH A BRILLIANT DOUBLE THIGH HOLD. HE IS HOLDING HIS TEMPLE, HE HAS TAKEN A BIT OF A BLOW, BUT LET'S HOPE HE IS FINE.

31-28: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas. IT'S A ONE-POINT GAME AS ONCE AGAIN, THE KENYAN VICTOR OBIERO GOES TO THE BENCH BY AMIT HOOD. VICTOR THINKS NILESH PULLED HIM BACK BY A JERSEY PULL AND THALAIVAS REVIEWS THE CALL. REPLAY SHOWS THERE INDEED WAS JERSEY PULL AND THE REVIEW IS SUCCESSFUL. ONE POINT TO THALAIVAS AND THE LEAD STILL THREE.

30-28: Nilesh Salunke leaves it late, but delivers. M. Abishek sent to the bench with a running hand touch.

30-27: Bonus point for Nilesh Salunke.

30-26: SUPER-10 FOR V. AJITH KUMAR! SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE. LEFT COVER AND LEFT CORNER IN LOKESH AND VISHAL HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE BENCH.

28-26: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur AND THAT IS EXCEPTIONAL WORK FROM LOKES. FINISHES THE RAID IN FIVE SECONDS AFTER GETTING A SLIDING TOE TOUCH ON SAGAR.

28-25: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas and this time, he manages to escape Sandeep Dhull's diving double ankle hold.

27-25: SUPER-TACKLE! THALAIVAS ISN'T LETTING GO OF THE ADVANTAGE AND THAT'S WELL DONE! RAN SINGH WITH A WEAK THIGH HOLD SLOWED DEEPAK DOWN BEFORE M. ABISHEK DID THE CLEAN-UP WORL.

25-25: VICTOR OBIERO, THE KENYAN IS IN TO RAID, AND AMIT HOODA CONTAINS HIM TO GET HIS HIGH-5.

25-24: Deepak Narwal reduces the gap to one. Himanshu breaks free from the chain and tried to go solo, but it didn't work and Narwal hops back to safety.

25-23: V. AJITH KUMAR IS REVIVED AND HE IS IN TO RAID. BUT HE HAS TO GO BACK TO THE BENCH STRAIGHTAWAY! THIS TIME, IT'S VISHAL WHO DOES THE DAMAGE.

25-22: Lokesh Kaushik has been ruled out of bounds by the referees and one point is given to Thalaivas. Jaipur reviews the call, claiming three defenders followed the raider into the lobby, who entered the lobby without getting a touch. Reply shows it was not the case and THE ORIGINAL DECISION STANDS. JAIPUR'S REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL.

24-22: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas and Rahul Chaudhari is in to raid. HE PERISHES AFTER SANDEEP DHULL STRIKES WITH A LETHAL ANKLE HOLD.

24-21: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Deepak Narwal is in to raid. HE IS TACKLED BY HIMANSHU WITH A BRILLIANT BLOCK.

23-21: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas. V. Ajith Kumar is in to raid AND HE IS EVENTUALLY PICKED UP BY SANDEEP DHULL.  THE DEFENDER WILL BE RELIEVED WITH A BRILLIANT DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD.

23-20: Ran Singh, this time, fails with an amateur-like tackle on Nilesh Salunke.

23-19: DEEPAK NARWAL PICKS UP A BONUS BUT IS USHERED OFF BY A HUGE DASH FROM RAN SINGH.

22-18: Lokesh Kaushik with his second point of the night. Vineet Sharma is the man he eliminates.

22-17: V. Ajith Kumar is simply incredible. Escape a great double ankle hold from Dhull and also powers past Vishal.

20-17: AMIT HOODA GETS CHAUDHARI FOR THE FOURTH TIME. HE SLOWS RAHUL DOWN WITH AN ANKLE HOLD AND THE LEFT COVER DOES THE REST. AMIT HOODA HAS A 100% STRIKE-RATE. FOUR TACKLES ATTEMPTED, ALL FOUR ON RAHUL AND ALL FOUR SUCCESSFUL.

20-16: Vineet cannot execute a strong enough hold on Deepak Narwal and he has to visit the bench.

20-15: Third raid point in eight raids for Chaudhari. He sends Lokesh back with a running hand touch.

19-15: Lokesh Kaushik for Jaipur is subbed in and starts the second half with a bonus.

 

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF:

11raid points for Tamil Thalaivas and 9 for Jaipur.

6 tackle points for Tamil Thalaivas and 4 for Jaipur.

V. Ajith Kumar injects new life into Thalaivas, inspires comeback.

Decent defending from the men in blue.

Deepak Narwal with five raid points.

Sandeep Dhull fails to deliver in left corner.

 

 

HALF-TIME: WHAT A COMEBACK THIS HAS BEEN FOR TAMIL THALAIVAS. AT ONE POINT, THE TEAM WAS DOWN TO TWO MEN AND IT WAS AJITH KUMAR WHO GOT A REVIVAL AND THE DEFENCE FOLLOWED UP THE GOOD WORK WITH SUCCESSIVE TACKLE. EVENTUALLY, JAIPUR SUCCUMBED TO THE PRESSURE AND WAS BUNDLED OUT.

19-14: Rahul Chaudhari puts in an empty raid and that's the end of first half.

19-14: Bonus point picked up by Deepak Narwal.

19-13: LONG TIME COMING! SECOND RAID POINT FOR CHAUDHARI! Running hand touch on Nilesh Salunke.

18-13: ALL-OUT! TAMIL THALAIVAS HAS DONE IT! JAIPUR SUFFERS IT'S FIRST ONE OF THE NIGHT AND THE LEAD IS OF FIVE NOW. AMIT HOODA MANAGES TO GET A BONUS, BUT IS USHERED OUT BY VINEET SHARMA.

15-12: KARAMAVIR IS GIVEN THE MARCHING ORDER BY A RUNNING HAND TOUCH FROM AJITH KUMAR AND JAIPUR IS DOWN TO ONE MAN.

14-12: Bonus point for Salunke.

14-11: V. AJITH KUMAR NOW SENDS NILESH SALUNKE TO THE BENCH. NOW, JAIPUR IS DOWN TO TWO MEN. FROM INFLICTING AN ALL-OUT TO NEARLY SUFFERING, JAIPUR IS NOW IN TROUBLE.

13-11: AND NOW, TACKLE POINT FOR TAMIL! SACHIN TRIED TO EVADE FROM THE TACKLE WITH A DUBKI BUT SAGAR WAS UP TO THE TASK.

12-11: Lead with Thalaivas now and if there is one man this team could depend on, it is V. Ajith Kumar. Kumar gets the best defender of the league, Sandeep Dhull with a running hand touch as the defender fails to retreat on time.

11-11: SUPER-TACKLE AND THALAIVAS HAVE LEVELLED THE SCORES IN INCREDIBLE FASHION! DEEPAK NARWAL WAS BROUGHT DOWN BY SAGAR AND HE IS PULLED BACK JUST ON TIME.

9-11: BONUS PLUS ONE AND THOSE ARE CRUCIAL POINTS! VISHAL COMMITS AN ERROR WITH AN EAGER TACKLE ON HIMANSHU.

7-11: Deepak Narwal is up against three Thalaivas men and the raider claims Ran Singh has stepped out and that's the verdict. Ran Singh has stepped out of bounds.

7-10: Ran Singh with a bonus in the right corner.

6-10: Deepak Narwal with a running hand touch on Vineet Sharma in the left cover position.

6-9: Amit Hooda makes it 3/3 vs Rahul. This time, the defender makes himself large and Chaudhari runs right into the tackle.

6-8: Now, Salunke helps out in the raiding department. Abishek has to go back to the bench.

6-7: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas. AND THIS TIME, V. AJITH KUMAR HAS PINNED DOWN BY FOUR JAIPUR MEN. NILESH SALUNKE WITH A BRILLIANT DOUBLE THIGH HOLD.

6-6: Well done, M. Abishek in the right cover. Deepak Narwal has to go back to the bench.

5-6: Deepak Narwal scrambles back to safety after Hemant Chauhan fails to contain the raider.

5-5:  V. Ajith Kumar, as he has done all season, uses his pace to great effect and picks off the left corner this time. Pavan TR has to go back to the bench.

4-5: Guman Singh, in the absence of Deepak Hooda, gets a game today. He starts with an empty raid.

4-5: AMIT HOODA, ONCE AGAIN, GETS RAHUL CHAUDHARI WITH AN ANKLE HOLD. ONCE AGAIN, CHAUDHARI PICKS UP A BONUS IN HIS FIRST RAID AND BLOWS COLD THEREAFTER.

4-4: Deepak Narwal picks up a quick bonus in the left corner.

4-3: Ajith Kumar claims a touch off Guman Singh and after a lot of confusion, the point is awarded to Thalaivas and SANDEEP DHULL IS SENT TO THE BENCH.

3-3: Deepak Narwal bags a bonus.

3-2: V. Ajith Kumar is up and running. Vishal gifts an easy point to Ajith, who gets a touch off the left right cover defender on the turn.

2-2: Nilesh Salunke, this time, is thwarted. FIRST TACKLE POINT OF THE NIGHT FOR TAMIL THALAIVAS IN THE RIGHT CORNER. Ran Singh pulls off a great back hold on the raider, who is sent packing after bagging a bonus.

1-1: RAHUL CHAUDHARI IS FLOORED THIS TIME! HE TRIES TO BAG A BONUS IN THE RIGHT CORNER AGAIN, BUT AMIT HOODA IN THE RIGHT CORNER WAS READY THIS TIME.  FIRST TACKLE POINT OF THE NIGHT.

1-0: Deepak Narwal. is in for the first raid of Jaipur, which is playing its last match of the season and he starts with an empty raid.

1-0: Rahul Chaudhari comes in for the first raid of the match and starts with a bonus in the right corner.

TOSS- Jaipur wins the toss and Tamil Thalaivas will raid first

 

SQUADS:

TAMIL THALAIVAS:  Rahul Chaudhari, V. Ajith Kumar, M. Abishek Hemant Chauhan, Sagar Ran Singh, Ponparthiban Subramaniam

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS: Sandeep Dhull, Nilesh Salunke, Pavan TR, Vishal, Deepak Narwal, Gunam Singh, Amit Hooda

 

How have both the teams fared against each other in the past?

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 3 | Tamil Thalaivas – 0 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 3

  • Jaipur Pink Panthers have won all the matches against Tamil Thalaivas and it is the only team against whom Jaipur has a win% of 100%.
  • In their 1st H2H this season, Jaipur Pink Panther won by a narrow margin of 2 points, winning 28 – 26.
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers defence outscored Tamil Thalaivas 11 – 6.
  • Nilesh Salunke was the best raider for Jaipur scoring 7 raid points. Out of his 7 raid points, 6 were bonus points.
  • Vishal was the best defender for Jaipur scoring 4 tackle points.
  • Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur were the top scorers in raiding for Tamil Thalaivas. Bothe the raiders scored 6 raid points each.
  • Mohit Chhillar (CHE) and Vineet Sharma (CHE) led the defence scoring 3 tackle points each.

Tamil Thalaivas PKL 7 Record

  • 3 Wins, 14 Losses, 3 Ties – 31 Points (12th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Lost to U Mumba 32 – 36.
  • The team is on a 14 match win-less streak and it is the longest in PKL.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 7 Record

  • 9 Wins, 10 Losses, 2 Ties – 57 Points (7th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Beat Bengaluru Bulls 41 – 34.

 

What are some of the milestones you should look forward to in this match?

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Ajay Thakur (CHE) is 10 raid points away from reaching 800 raid points in PKL.
  • Ajinkya Pawar (JAI) is 8 raid points away from reaching 100 raid points in PKL.
  • Vishal (JAI) is 4 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AS WE SHIFT OUT FOCUS TO THE SECOND MATCH OF THE NIGHT AS TAMIL THALAIVAS TAKES ON JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS.

 

FULL-TIME! GUJARAT ENDS IT SEASON SEVEN CAMPAIGN ON A HIGH. 31 raid points for Gujarat on the night.  That's the most for them. Sonu with 17 raid points on the night and that's the most raid points a Gujarat raider has ever scored.  With this victory, Gujarat jumps to the ninth spot in the table. Not that it matters, but that's something to cheer about.

38-48: Desai gets Ruturaj Koravi and that's that.

37-48: Farhad Milagardhan with a toe touch on Parvesh Bhainswal.

36-48: BHARDWAJ WITH YET ANOTHER ERROR! THAT'S HIS 6TH MISTAKE. HE GETS A NOTHING BLOCK ON GULIA, WHO GETS ONE MORE TOUCH POINT OFF C. ARUN ON THE WAY BACK.

36-46: PARVESH BHAINSWAL WITH A GREAT TACKLE. HE PICKS UP THE THIGH AND THE ARM AT THE SAME TIME OF GOWDA. THAT'S JUST EXPERIENCE.

36-45: FINALLY, A TACKLE POINT FROM TITANS! C. ARUN CLIPS THE WINGS OF A JUMPING ROHIT GULIA IN THE LEFT CORNER.

35-45: SIDDHARTH DESAI IS TAMED AGAIN! PANKAJ WITH HIS HIGH-5 AND HOW RICHLY HE DESERVES IT!

35-44: Rohit Gulia gets the better of Vishal Bhardwaj with a running hand touch.

35-43: ALL-OUT NO. 3 ON TITANS AND THE FORTUNEGIANTS ARE ROARING! LAST MAN BHARDWAJ IS IN AND HE ALMOST GOT HIS HAND PAST THE MID-LINE. BUT GREAT WORK FROM THE RIGHT COVER TO DO THE CLEAN-UP WORK. Pankaj tackles Vishal, who only manages a bonus.

34-40: Siddharth Desai gets a bonus before GULIA SENDS SIDDHARTH TO THE BENCH.

33-39: Siddharth Desai gets Ruturaj again before Sonu gets two points off Farhad and Arsul.

32-37: Well done there, Sonu. He was thwarted off by Akash Choudhary, but manages to get his hand past the mid-line on time.

32-36: SUPER-10 FOR SIDDHARTH DESAI! HE GETS A TOUCH POINT OFF RUTURAJ KORAVI IN THE RIGHT CORNER. TITANS CHALLENGE THE DECISION, CLAIMING HE SHOULD GET A BONUS TOO. THE REPLAY SHOWS HE DID NOT CROSS THE MID-LINE AND THE TITANS REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL.

14 raid points for Sonu so far.

31-36: SUPER-RAID FROM JAGLAN THE LEAD IS BACK WITH GUJARAT! Arsul, Choudhary, C. Arun and Rakesh Gowda have to visit the bench. SONU HAD THE WEIGHT OF FOUR MEN ON HIM AND HE STILL MANAGES TO GET HIS TOE PAST THE MID-LIEN. THE TITANS DEFENCE IS CRUMBLING IN THE SECOND HALF. 21 UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLE AND SONU JAGLAN'S NIGHT HAS JUST GOTTEN BETTER.

31-32: Parvesh given the marching order by Desai, who manages to wriggle out of Parvesh Bhainswal's thigh hold.

30-32: ALL-OUT! ROHIT GULIA WITH A BRAVE, PERILOUS, YET TIMELY DASH ON RKAESH GOWDA. It was a o-or-die raid for Titans, but the raider could only manage a bonus.

29-29: SCORES LEVEL AND ROHIT GULIA ESCAPES A C. ARUN TACKLE TO REDUCE TITANS TO ONE MAN.

29-28: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat. More GB comes in to raid. He is up against four men on the mat. He tries a kick on the right corner and fails. But he doesn't fail to run away from an eager ankle hold from Vishal and then on the way back, he got a touch point off Akash Choudhary's back.

29-26: VICIOUS KICK FROM GOWDA! He gets the left corner in Pankaj after a dummy toe touch. SURPRISE SURPRISE!

28-26: More GB gets one on Arsul, who attempts an eager ankle hold and fails.

28-25: Do-or-die raid for Titans. Siddharth Desai is in to raid and the BULL is tamed. Pankaj with a brilliant chain tackle.

28-24: OUT YOU GO, SAYS AAKASH ARSUL TO ROHIT GULIA IN THE RIGHT CORNER. Brilliant ankle hold.

27-24: PALLE IS IN SUBLIME FORM TONIGHT! HE TACKLES SONU JAGLAN TO SCORE HIS FIRST SUPER-TACKLE!!

25-24: BONUS PLUS ONE! Palle gets More GB with a running hand touch.

23-24:GUJARAT IS AHEAD NOW! HE GETS TO HIS SUPER-10.  BHARDWAJ WAS LATE WITH THE DASH ON SONU AND WHILE HE IS TURNING, HE GETS A TOE TOUCH OFF FARHAD.

23-22: IT'S A ONE-POINT GAME NOW! DESAI IS BENCHED WITH A BULLDOZER-LIKE BLOCK BY MORE GB.

23-21: Sonu gets a touch point off Gowda, who was caught napping. He turns around and clips Gowda.

23-20: Siddharth Desai nicks a quick bonus.

22-20: Sonu scores his seventh point of the night with a touch point off Aakash Arsul.

22-19: ALL-OUT! GUJARAT CONCEDES A BONUS TO PALLE MALLIKARJUN BEFORE PARVESH POUNCED ON HIM WITH THE TACKLE.

21-16: SONU JAGLAN REDUCES TITANS TO ONE MAN. BHARDWAJ FAILS TO CONTAIN HIM AND GOWDA COMES FOR SUPPORT. BUT THE RAIDER GETS HIS HAND PAST THE MID-LINE.

21-14: SIDDHARTH DESAI, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE DAY, HE IS SENT TO THE BENCH. BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD IN THE LEFT CORNER FROM PANKAJ.

 

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF:

  • 11 raid points for Titans and 10 for Gujarat.
  • 7 tackle points for Titans and 3 for Gujarat.
  • one all-out inflicted on Guj by Titans.
  • Akash Choudhary and Bhardwaj with great defensive show.
  • Desai and Gowda picking up points.
  • Gujarat's poor defensive show. Sonu Jaglan the only positive.

 

HALF-TIME! SEVEN RAID POINTS FOR SIDDHARTH FROM 7 RAIDS AND WITH AN ALL-ROUND BRILLIANCE, TITANS HEADS INTO THE BREAK WITH MOMENTUM AND AN EIGHT-POINT ADVANTAGE.

21-13: Gowda brings the first half to a close with an empty raid.

21-13: Now, Aakash Arsul fails with a waist hold on Sonu, who falls back first to safety.

21-12: Easy pickings! Siddharth Desai plants his foot on Ruturaj Koravi's and deposits him to the bench.

20-12: Rare error from Farhad in the right corner. He goes in looking for the ankle hold, but Sonu uses his height to great effect to jump out of the grapple and go back to safety.

20-11: Sonu gets a touch on Aakash Arsul.

20-10: THIRD TACKLE POINT FOR GUJARAT. PANKAJ FROM THE LEFT CORNER THROWS IN A BIG DIVE TO SEND RAKESH GOWDA PACKING.

20-9: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat AND AKASH CHOUDHARY IS ABSOLUTELY ROARING! MORE GB IS FIRST BLOCKED BY VISHAL BHARDWAJ AND THEN CHOUDHARY RUNS IN FOR SUPPORT.

19-9: Do-or-die raid for Titans. Farhad is in to raid. He has scored one point so far. He was tackled in the last DOD raid and he fails yet again. He is dashed out by Parvesh Bhainswal.

19-8: Akash Choudhary is on fire today. Rohit Gulia tries the toe touch and gives Akash enough time to hold him back with an ankle grapple. More than the initiation, this tackle was about great support from left cover.

18-8: Do-or-die raid for Titans. First one of the night and Farhad is in. He waits for a long time and then is floored by a double diving ankle hold from Parvesh in the right corner. FIRST TACKLE POINT OF THE NIGH FOR GUJARAT.

18-7: 5TH TACKLE POINT FOR TITANS! GOWDA WITH A DIVING DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD TO SEND  SONU JAGLAN TO THE BENCH.

NO TACKLE POINTS FOR GUJARAT IN THE MATCH YET

 

17-7: DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD FROM C. ARUN IN THE LEFT COVER AND THAT WAS A TREAT TO WATCH! MORE GB IS CONTAINED.

16-7: Rakesh Gowda with a bonus.

15-7: THAT'S AN EXCELLENT BACK HOLD FROM AKASH CHOUDHARY. HE COMES AROUND THE RAIDER QUICKLY AND SENDS ROHIT TO THE BENCH.

14-7: Three bonuses, two for each team. Rohit Gulia with two in two raids. Rakesh Gowda and Siddharth Desai for Titans.

12-5: All-out! THIS HAS COME IN QUICK TIME! DESAI HAD GONE TO RAID AND PARVESH HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SURRENDER!

9-5: ANOTHER ERROR FROM GUJARAT, THIS TIME FROM THE RAIDER! LALIT CHOUDHARY WALKS INTO THE LOBBY IN THE LEFT FLANK AND CANNOT CONTAIN HIS MOMENTUM.

8-5: Desai bags his fourth point of the match with a touch on Rohit Gulia.

7-5: Bonus in the right corner for Rohit Gulia.

7-4: Farhad with the first raid of his night and he gets a hand touch on More GB.

6-4: Arsul continues the good work as he floors Sonu.

5-4: Desai responds with a two-point raid AS HE GETS HE TOUCH OFF AMIT AND VINOD KUMAR AND JUMPS BACK TO SAFETY.

3-4: SUPER-RAID FOR MORE GB! WIPES OUT BOTH CORNERS IN ARSUL AND BHARDWAJ AND THEN C. ARUN IN COVER.

3-1: SLICK FROM GOWDA! He sends Amit to the bench with a great toe touch. It cam out of nowhere.

2-1: FIRST POINT OF THE NIGHT FOR GUJARAT. Sonu with a running hand touch on Aakash Arsul, who fails to retreat on time.

2-0: Desai nicks a bonus in the left corner.

1-0: RIGHT CORNER IN AKASH CHOUDHARY WITH A TERRIFIC ANKLE HOLD AND GULIA VISITS THE BENCH.

0-0: Siddharth Desai comes in to raid for one final time this season and he starts with an empty raid.

0-0: Rohit Gulia comes in for the first raid of the match and he starts with an empty raid.

TOSS-Titans won the toss and Gujarat will raid first.

SQUADS:

TELUGU TITANS: Siddharth Desai, Vishal Bhardwaj, Aakash Arsul, Rakesh Gowda, C. Arun, Farhad Milagardhan, Akash Choudhary

Subs: Armaan, Krushna Madane, Palle Mallikarjun, Manish, Ankit Beniwal

 

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS: Sonu, Amit, Parvesh Bhainswal, Rohit Gulia, More GB. Rohit Gulia, Vinod Kumar, Sumit

Subs: Pankaj, Abofazl Maghsoudlou, Ruturaj Koravi, Harmanjit Singh, Pankaj

 

TEAM NEWS:

Telugu Titans-

  • Welcome back Vishal Bhardwaj.
  • No Rajnish and instead, Akash Choudhary starts.
  • Aakash Arsul and Rakesh Gowda start again, owing to their good performances.

Gujarat Fortunegiants-

  • Sonu Jaglan and Sumit start again. Sonu has been exceptional form in the past few games for Gujarat.
  • No Sachin Tanwar, the lead raider, for the Fortunegiants.
  • Usual suspects Rohit Gulia and defender More GB and Parvesh Bhainswal also start.
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ONE LAST HURRAH FOR TELUGU TITANS:

Siddharth Desai and co. will take to the mat for one last time this season.

If you remember, Telugu Titans still had a chance of making it to the playoff when it took on Puneri Paltna earlier last week. But the fans were shocked to see Gholamreza Mazandarani, the coach, sit out star defenders Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mighani out. 

Today, the former will feature and the team's usual skipper, Abozar still misses out.

 

How have both the teams fared against each other in the past?

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 3 | Telugu Titans – 1 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 2

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants has the slight edge in the H2H against Telugu Titans winning 2 – 1.
  • But in their first meeting this season, Telugu Titans registered their 1st win against Gujarat winning 30 – 24.
  • Telugu Titans defence were dominant in the match scoring 16 tackle points to Gujarat’s 8 tackle points.
  • Siddharth Desai was the lead raider in the team scoring 7 raid points.
  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) was the best defender scoring a HIGH 5 (7 tackle points). Farhad Milaghardan (HYD) and Abozar Mighani (HYD) pitched in with 3 tackle points each.
  • Rohit Gulia was the top raider for Gujarat scoring 5 raid points.
  • Parvesh Bhainswal was the best defender for Gujarat scoring a HIGH 5 (7 tackle points).

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 5 Wins, 12 Losses, 3 Ties – 40 Points (11th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Haryana Steelers 32 – 52.

Gujarat Fortunegiants 7 Record

  • 6 Wins, 13 Losses, 2 Ties – 46 Points (9th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Patna Pirates 33 – 39.

 

What are some of the milestones you should look forward to in this match?

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 2 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL. He will be fastest to 200 tackle points in PKL history.
  • Sunil Kumar (GUJ) is 4 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

WATCH: While we wait for two exciting encounters to begin, you can check out the Desai brothers, Siddharth and Suraj, get candid during a chat with Sportstar and reveal some interesting information about himself on the#KingsofKabaddi series. We have a little over half an hour to go, so we have given you enough time to catch up. ENJOY!

 

 

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