Bengal Warriors put on an inspiring performance to defeat Gujarat Giants 46-27 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Saturday. Maninder Singh (12 points) and Shrikant Jadhav (10 points) were the top performers for the Warriors on the night.
Bengal Warriors and Gujarat Giants played out a neck and neck contest in the opening minutes of the match and were locked at 6-6 in the 8th minute. However, Sakthivel R pulled off a couple of tackle points and helped the Warriors inch ahead at 9-8 in the 11th minute. Deepak Hooda also joined the party as the Warriors continued to hold the lead at 11-9. But, captain Chandran Ranjit didn't take his foot off the pedal and kept the Giants in the game. Rakesh also stepped up his game as the Giants stole the lead at 15-14 just before halftime.
The Giants rode on the momentum and reduced the Warriors to two players on the mat in the opening minutes of the second half. But Rakesh missed a raid, which allowed Maninder Singh to come back on the mat and help the Warriors take the lead at 20-18 in the 25th minute. Maninder effected a multi-point raid in the 29th minute and helped his team inflict an All-Out and take a big lead at 27-20.
Jadhav backed up Maninder with a couple of raids as the Warriors attained a stronghold of the match at 35-23 in the 35th minute. Bengal Warriors inflicted another All-Out in the 39th minute and extended their lead even further. The Warriors kept raging on and eventually walked off the mat as the winners.
Best Raider - Maninder Singh (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sakthivel R (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Chandran Ranjit (8 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Manuj (3 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.