Lucknow, Aug 23: Debutants Gujarat Fortunegiants continued their winning streak in the ongoing fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League as they thrashed Puneri Paltan 35-21 here on Tuesday (August 22).
Iranian defender Fazel Atrachali scored nine tackle points to lead his team to victory and also created the record of scoring most points in the ongoing tournament.
Gujarat now tops the table in Zone A with 41 points after 10 matches. Puneri Paltan suffered only their second defeat of the season and remain second with 21 points from six games.
"It is good for kabaddi lovers that a team playing its first season is putting up a great show. I wish we continue to deliver such performances. I also hope we see other teams step up to the occasion and play like Gujarat Fortunegiants have done so far," said Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh was quoted as saying after the win.
It was a tight game in the early part of the match as both teams were level at 5-5 after eight minutes. In the next seven minutes, Gujarat Fortunegiants scored 11 points in a row including an all out to lead 16-5 after 12 minutes.
Fazel marshaled Gujarat's defence as they didn't give a sniff to Puneri Paltan. Skipper Sukesh Hegde scored four raid points for Gujarat.
Praising Fazel and his compatriot Abozar Mighuani, who is also a defender, Manpreet said, "Both of them are experienced players and know each other very nicely. They are very well aware of each other's tactics. Their combination is working for us."
Paltan scored two points in the last few minutes of the first half but they still trailed 7-16 at the break.
The second half began with both teams scoring raid and tackle points as Gujarat led 18-10 after 25 minutes. Deepak Niwas Hooda scored a raid point in the 26th minute but Sachin scored a raid point in the 31st minute as Gujarat led 22-11.
Puneri Paltan tried to reduce the deficit but Gujarat Fortunegiants looked in control of the match. Both teams exchanged a raid point in the 32nd minute as Gujarat led 23- 13.
Puneri Paltan scored five points in the next few minutes to reduce the deficit to six points. With less than five minutes remaining, Fazel achieved a high five as Gujarat Fortunegiants led 25-18.
Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 38th minute but they still trailed 20-27. In the last minute of the match, Gujarat inflicted an all out to lead 33-21 as Puneri Paltan finished the match on a disappointing note.
(With PTI inputs)