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PKL 2018: Dominant Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in a closely fought contest

PKL 2018: Dominant Gujarat Fortunegiants beat Jaipur Pink Panthers in a closely fought contest

Panchkula, December 19: Gujarat Fortunegiants notched up their 15th win as they beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 33-31 in Pro Kabaddi Season (PKL) 6 here on Wednesday (December 19).

Led by the impressive raiding duo of K Prapanjan (11 points) and Sachin (8 points), Gujarat Fortunegiants survived a late second-half scare from Jaipur Pink Panthers.

Ajinkya Pawar with 9 points and Sandeep Dhull with 6 tackle points rallied to make a comeback but just fell short in the end. The win means Gujarat Fortunegiants go top of the table in Zone A.

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The match started with both teams on equal footing after four minutes with Gujarat leading 4-3. A two-point raid in the 7th minute followed by an all out gave Gujarat Fortunegiants 10-4 lead. Jaipur's defence was having an off night as they struggled to contain the Fortunegiants' raiders in the first half.

Jaipur Pink Panthers' star raider Deepak Niwas Hooda had a quiet first half and it was left to Ajinkya Pawar to get raid points. Pawar made a successful raid in the 11th minute as Jaipur trailed 7-12. Gujarat Fortunegiants kept Hooda quiet who didn't score a single point in the first half. At the end of the first half, Gujarat held a seven-point advantage as they led 17-10.

Prapanjan got Gujarat off to a good start in the second with a two-point raid. In the 22nd minute, Gujarat Fortunegiants inflicted another all out to open up a 12-point gap as they led 24-12. Ajinkya Pawar made a successful raid in the 28th minute as Jaipur inflicted an all out in an attempt to make a comeback.

With less than 10 minutes to go Gujarat Fortunegiants held a three-point lead and showed all their experience. Prapanjan's two-point raid in the 32nd minute extinguished all hopes of a Jaipur comeback as they led 30-24. Sandeep Dhull produced a strong defensive performance for Jaipur in the second half and got a high five.

Ajinkya Pawar got two points in two minutes as Jaipur trailed by just two points in the last minute. Rohit Gulia got a raid in the 40th minute to seal a narrow win for Gujarat Fortunegiants.

Source: PKL Media

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    Story first published: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 23:50 [IST]
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