Jaipur Pink Panthers and Gujarat Fortunegiants share the spoils 28 each in an edge of a seat thriller !
Home team Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday. Both defenses played exceptionally well in front of a packed audience but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite being on a healthy lead for most of the first half. Vishal was the best defender for Jaipur with 9 tackle points followed by Parvesh Bhainswal with 5 tackle points for Gujarat.
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Jaipur and Gujarat played out a Tie in a defense feast | 28- 28
Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled for solitary raid points as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles. Boosted by the return of Vishal, Pink Panthers looked slightly better in terms of defense. Pink Panthers inflicted an All-Out on the Fortunegiants in the 13th minute, opening up a 6-point lead for the home side. Both sets of raiders continued to be below average post the All-Out with only Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda impressing in his raids. The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.
Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defense picked their game up to halt the Jaipur dominance. The visitors picked up their All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. Both teams played the match on their defensive strengths which kept thwarting all the raiders who came their way. Gujarat moved to a three-point lead with under four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal. But Vishal pulled out a successful Super Tackle to once again make it a one-point match in the dying minutes.
Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under 3 minutes left to play. Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead. The Jaipur All-Rounder secured his High 5 in the process but he was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to end the match on a tie.
Last encounter: Jaipur Pink Panthers and Gujarat Fortunegaints: Fortunegiants ends their home leg with losing all the matches
Match Preview: Jaipur look to start their home leg with a victory against the Gujarat Fortunegiants
The home side Jaipur Pink Panthers take on the Gujarat Fortune Giants in the first match of the Jaipur leg of PKL 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on Saturday, 21st September.
Deepak Hooda could be the difference maker for Jaipur against the strong Gujarat defence. Rohit gulia needs to fire for Gujarat for keeping them par with the Pink Panthers. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Jaipur beat Gujarat 22-19 in a low-scoring thriller and similar encounter is anticipated today as well.
Head to head: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegaints