Gujarat Giants beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-35 in a hard fought match

The Gujarat Giants put on a stellar performance in Thursday’s thrilling 37-35 win over Tamil Nadu’s Thalaivas in a fierce Pro Kabaddi League match.

Multiple tackles and all out in the minutes of death ensured a great night of kabaddi as coach Manpreet Singh’s men made an incredible comeback, trailing by six points.

Gujarat skipper Sunil Kumar scored a high 5, while Raider Mahendra Rajput scored 9 points, including one from the last raid of the match.

Gujarat got off to a positive start with their Rakesh S and Rakesh Narwal good performances. They helped the team open a five-point lead in the opening minutes as Tamil defenders struggled to find their normal rhythm.

But when the Giants realized they were all out, Tamil Raider Ajinkya Pawar made a spectacular super tackle to temporarily change the balance of the game.

Thalaivaso took the lead but in the defense of Gujarat, his quiet cover was marshalled by Parvesh Bhainswal and Sunil Kumar, he made sure the pace stayed with them.

Mahendra Rajput’s two-point raid put Sagar and Surjit Singh of Thalaivas out in one move and helped Gujarat get out in less than three minutes with half time remaining.

Teams changed sides with a score of 17-14 in favor of Gujarat.

The opening minutes of the second half were played with high intensity in which both teams looked clinical. Ajinkya Pawar of Thalaivas scored 9 raid points in the first 10 minutes while the raiding trio of Rakesh, Rakesh Narwal and Mahendra Rajput all made mistakes in the Tamil defense.

Thalaivas stayed with his raider Manjit within touch of the Giants.

Coach Uday Kumar wanted his Tamil team to take the lead by taking Gujarat out in the last minute.

His team did exactly that with Sagar’s stunning tackle and Manjit’s two-point raid. After Manjit and Ajinkya Pawar won the Super 10, Thalaivas took a three-point lead with four minutes left.

The Giants got back into the match when substitute Pradeep Kumar got a stunning three point super raid with just one minute left. Gujarat got all out to take a one point lead, but Mohit tackled Mahendra Rajput to level the score again.

But Sunil’s stunning tackle on Manjit and then Mahendra Rajput’s successful raid gave the Giants a decisive victory.


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