Gujarat Fortunegiants Vs Bengaluru Bulls Final match highlights:
- Bengaluru Bulls defeated the Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League
- They fought back from a first-half deficit of 16-9 to record 22 raid points in the second half
- For the Fortunegiants it was the second year in a running that they have ended up as the silver medallists in the tournament
It was heartbreaking once again for the Gujarat Fortunegiants, with them falling at the final hurdle of the showpiece tournament. Failing to overcome the summit clash’s jitters, the Fortunegiants once again ended up as silver medallists to add to their disappointment of 2017-18 after they catapulted in the second half to allow Bengaluru Bulls to come back into the match and win the title.
From a position of relative comfort of 16-9, the Fortunegiants were left with onto themselves to blame as they suffered a massive collapse in an otherwise extremely strong defence, seeing them hand over 22 raid points to the Bulls to see them lift the title.
A season which will go down as one of the best ever in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League saw a final worthy of wrapping up such an illustrious season. The Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls final was an eye-catching affair, one that left the jam-packed arena in Mumbai mesmerised and enthralled right till the dying minutes of the season end match.
When one of the league’s world best defences took on one of the most stellar attacks, fireworks were expected to go off and they certainly did with all the ingredients for a legendary final coming together to dish up an exquisite match. The opening exchanges were a cagey affair, with each side playing it safe, deciding to do nothing untoward and waiting for the other side to make the first move to push ahead.
After sharing the spoils in the first 10 minutes of the first half, Gujarat Fortunegiants finally took the onus of shifting up a gear at 6-6, taking the ante up as they moved onto attack with more intent and vigour. It paid off for them in royal fashion with them taking the first meaningful lead of the match, moving ahead by four points with just two minutes left of the half.
Buoyed by the lead they had raced into, Gujarat who looked far livelier of the two sides continued raiding in ruthless style, to take four points on the super raid to inflict the first super raid of the match which saw them sit pretty at 16-9 going into the first breather of the match.
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Unfortunately for the Fortunegiants, the second half was a case of two scenarios. A defence that had managed to tame their opposition with relative ease surprisingly came undone as the Bulls who had come under heat for being far too defensive in the first finally started making inroads as they looked to overturn their seven-point deficit.
The match started moving into the Bulls favour when they managed to survive a do or die raid, getting a crucial point from it. From there on they went on cutting off from Gujarat’s lead. With Rohit Kumar shepherded off the match by Gujarat, Pawan Sehrawat did most of the raids in his absence, getting the first super 10 of the match, one that was a sign of things to follow from the winners.
The game was balanced at 29-29 and the match went into its concluding break with the Gujarat camp coming out with one clear message, defend in numbers and the match will swing your way. It wouldn’t happen to them though as the back-line of Gujarat started coming undone as soon the Bulls came close to their lead, unravelling so quickly and shambolically that there was no coming back for them for there.
The Bulls inflicted an all-out on their counterparts in the last moments of the match to all but seal a likely result in their favour. It was an emphatic 38-33 victory on the night, one that as unlikely as it looked was celebrated with even more jubilation by the players. It was a harrowing ride on the other side of the mat though, with the Fortunegiants team downtrodden and shell-shocked, left ruing what could have easily been their hands on a trophy that has eluded them twice on the bounce now.
Gujarat Fortune Giants: Sunil Kumar (c), Sachin, K.Prapanjan, Hadi Oshtorak, Parvesh Bhainswal, Ruturaj Koravi, and Sachin Vittala
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Amit Sheoran, and Raju Lal Choudhary