Captain Chandran Ranjit led from the front with 20 points to help Gujarat Giants defeat U.P. Yoddhas 51-45 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Ranjit received good support from his fellow raider Rakesh, who racked up 16 points in the match.

Chandran Ranjit stepped up with a couple of successful raids for Gujarat Giants, but Surender Gill also picked up raid points for U.P. Yoddhas as both sides traded points in the first five minutes of the match. However, Pardeep Narwal pulled off a Super Raid in the 9th minute to help the Yoddhas take the lead at 10-7. Moments later, Ranjit effected a fantastic raid and helped his side regain the lead at 12-11.

The Yoddhas then went on to inflict an All-Out in the 12th minute and attained a stronghold in the match at 16-14. Defenders Ashu Singh and Sumit also joined the party for U.P. Yoddhas as the team widened its lead to 19-15. Ranjit and Rakesh then pulled off successful raids for the Giants, but the Yoddhas managed to stay ahead at 21-19 by the end of the first half.

The Giants showed more determination and inflicted an All-Out in the opening minutes of the second half to take the lead at 25-23. Moments later, Ranjit executed a Super Raid and reduced the Yoddhas to three players on the mat. Gujarat Giants kept raging on and inflicted another All-Out in the 28th minute to take a massive lead at 37-29. Rakesh also continued to showcase top form as the Giants stayed in the lead at 42-35 in the 35th minute. Soon after, Gujarat Giants sealed the deal after effecting another All-Out and taking a big lead at 49-38. Pardeep Narwal pulled off a Super Raid in the dying minutes of the match, but the Giants held on to their lead and eventually walked off the mat as winners.

Top Performers

Gujarat Giants

Best Raider - Chandran Ranjit (19 Raid Points)

Best Defender - Sourav Gulia (3 Tackle Points)

U.P. Yoddhas

Best Raider - Pardeep Narwal (17 Raid Points)

Best Defender - Sumit (2 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.