Gujarat Giants and Bengaluru Bulls kept exchanging the momentum throughout their vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 contest, but raider Parteek Dhaiya's consistent efforts helped the Giants register a 46-44 victory at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Sunday. Dhaiya scored a total of 16 points in the match.
Captain Chandran Ranjit picked up a couple of raid points as the Giants took the lead at 5-2 in the 7th minute. Soon after, Rinku Narwal tackled Bharat and reduced the Bulls to three players on the mat. Thereafter, Parteek Dhaiya pulled off a magnificent raid to help his team inflict an All-Out and take a big lead at 12-5. However, Bharat effected a few raids and kept the Bulls in the game at 10-15 in the 16th minute. Bharat kept showcasing top form and eventually the Bulls reduced the Giants to one player on the mat at the stroke of half-time. However, the Giants led by 21-16 at the break.
The Bulls inflicted an All-Out in the opening minute of the second half and reduced the gap between the two sides significantly. Moments later, Aman tackled Rakesh and Neeraj Narwal effected a raid as Bengaluru Bulls levelled the score at 24-24 in the 24th minute. The Bulls inflicted another All-Out in the 29th minute and attained the momentum at 34-29. However, Parteek Dhaiya effected a multi-point raid and Arkam Shaikh tackled Vikash Kandola as the Giants stayed within touching distance of the Bulls' score at 32-35.
Gujarat Giants continued to fight and levelled the score at 36-36 in the 35th minute. The Giants then had a great chance to inflict an All-Out, but Neeraj Narwal pulled off a magnificent raid to help his team take the lead at 41-38 in the 38th minute. But soon after, Dhaiya effected a fantastic raid as the Giants inflicted an All-Out to inch ahead at 42-41. Gujarat Giants played their cards to perfection in the last couple of minutes and eventually closed out a narrow victory.
Best Raider - Bharat (13 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mahender Singh (2 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Parteek Dhaiya (15 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Rinku Narwal (4 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.