Ajay Thakur's 9 Raid Points and Mohit Chillar's impressive defensive display summed up a powerful performance display by Tamil Thalaivas, defeating Gujarat Fortune Giants 34-28 at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Saturday, handing Gujarat their first defeat in front of their home crowd.
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As anticipated both teams cautiously approached the first 10 minutes of the match with nothing much to choose between them. Sachin Tanwar showed signs of dominance for Gujarat, fetching points at regular intervals. Ajay Thakur with two charismatic raids in the dying minutes of first-half fetched 4 points which inflicted first all out for Fortune Giants handing Thalaivas the lead.
Ajay with 6 raid points of 9 raids in the first half dominated mighty Gujarat defense with scoreline 15-10 in favor of the Thalaivas.
6 raid points from Rohit Gulia brought Gujarat back in-game at the start of the second half. Just two raid points for Thalaivas let the Fortune Giants reassemble their defensive unit. All out for Tamil Thalaivas turned the tides in favor of Gujarat which gave them a 1 point lead. Ajay Thakur emerged as the game-changer of the match with a breathtaking super raid handing Gujarat FortuneGiants their third consecutive defeat.
Head to Head Gujarat FortuneGaints against Tamil Thalaivas
Gujarat begin their home leg with tricky Tamil Thalaivas test!
Tamil Thalaivas and Gujarat Fortune Giants have squared off against each other a total of 2 times across PKL 5 and PKL 6 only to walk away with 1 victory each. All eyes would be on the Rahul Chaudhari as he takes on the mighty Fortune Giants defence. After three successive wins to start their campaign, Gujarat Fortunegiants fell short in their last two outings and will want to set things right in front of their fans. Tamil Thalaivas, on the other hand, head into the contest on the back a thrilling tie against U.P. Yoddha in their last match.