Gujarat Fortune Giants came up with a lion-hearted performance in the second half including five super tackles but the effort fell short as they went down to Bengal Warriors in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 match at Eka Arena by TransStadia here on Wednesday. Sunil Kumar led outfit went down 26-28.
This was third consecutive loss for the Giants at home.
"Team really played well, it was a very close match. We erred in the last raid, where we rushed for a point. Instead gave two,"said Manpreet Singh, head coach Gujarat Fortune Giants. Manpreet was referring to the last raid by K Prapanjan when the scores were level at 26-26.
In the 39th minute Giants defence gave their fans to cheer when Nabibakhsh was supertackled to level the scores at 26-26. Unfortunately, K Prapanjan in the last and do-or-die raid of the match returned with two touch points to make 28-26.
With Bengal team dominating the mat and keeping Gujarat to two or three players, the Giants refused to give it up. In the 30th minute captain Sunil along with his younger brother Sumit managed to hold on to Nabibakhsh challenge. Three minutes later Sunil again produced a super tackle to keep Giants in touching distance of the Warriors.
"Yes, we have lost the match, but we played well. We didn’t give up and scored on supertackles," said Sunil.
Earlier, Gujarat Fortune Giants made one change to their playing seven by bringing in young and lanky Sonu Jaglan in place of G B More. The youngster immediately made an impact with his scorpion kick to make score 2-0 after Sachin Tanwar in his first raid opened the account for Gujarat.
The first half saw raiders of both the teams dominating the mat. If K Prapanjan of Bengal Warriors with his beautiful and skilful raid returned with two touch points.
Gujarat displayed their tackling skills when Nabibaksh raiding the Giants' den was super tackles in the 15th minute. The score was then 10-9 in favour of Giants. Unfortunately for head coach Manpreet Singh, his boys repeated silly mistakes allowing Bengal Warriors to inflict the first all-out and take a four point lead 15-11. At the half-time whistle, the score was 12-17 with the visitors leading by 5 points.