Rakesh and Sourav Gulia were on fire for Gujarat Giants as they handed Haryana Steelers yet another defeat in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. The Giants, who have now won two matches in a row, triumphed with the score reading 42-38.
The Steelers had the better start on the night, with their raiders and the defensive unit working in tandem, especially with Amirhossein Bastami causing some serious problems early on. However, the Giants edged ahead through Rakesh's raids before Jaideep Dahiya and Mohit Nandal brought the Steelers back in the match, in what was turning out to be a close game. However, Rakesh inflicted an All-Out on the Steelers to help the Giants surge ahead.
Meetu Sharma, Jaideep and Manjeet pulled up their socks in the final minutes of the first half, as the Steelers roared back and ended the half with a 6-point lead at 22-16.
The Giants started off the second half quite strongly and had the momentum going their way. The Steelers found it a tad bit tougher to stop their opponents as Sourav Gulia and Rakesh were on song for Gujarat Giants.
The Giants continued to score points as Rakesh went on to execute more successful raids and helped his team lead against the Steelers by 4 points in the 35th minute.
The Giants continued to build on their lead even as the Steelers gave it their all. However, in the end, Gujarat Giants held on and picked up an important win.
Best Raider - Meetu Sharma (16 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Jaideep Dahiya (5 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Rakesh (18 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sourav Gulia (5 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.