Gujarat scores impressive debut win

Jigar Hindocha
Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hyderabad: Super solid defence and two ‘all out’ forced on U Mumba by Puneri Paltan made sure that Pune come out as winners in the Maharashtra derby here on Friday night.

The Pune outfit kept control over the match in all 40 minutes and ousted Mumbai with the score reading 33-21 on Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
Sandeep Nawal, More GB and Deepak Hooda were the architects of Puneri Paltan’s victory. 

Hyderabad: Super solid defence and two ‘all out’ forced on U Mumba by Puneri Paltan made sure that Pune come out as winners in the Maharashtra derby here on Friday night.

The Pune outfit kept control over the match in all 40 minutes and ousted Mumbai with the score reading 33-21 on Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad.
Sandeep Nawal, More GB and Deepak Hooda were the architects of Puneri Paltan’s victory. 

Along with the trio, defence quadrant of Dharamraj Cheralathan, Rajesh Mondal did not allow U Mumba raiders to score easily. 
“We had a plan for Anup, I was sure if we target Anup then their whole team will crumble under pressure and same happened today,” said Sandeep Narwal.

For U Mumba, along with captain Anup, other players Shabeer Bapu, Kashiling Adke failed to performed to their full potential.
Pune managed to ‘all out’ U Mumba twice whereas Mumbai outfit could not force an ‘all out’ on their opponent even once.

Telugu Titans win
Earlier the home team rode high on the performance of Rahul Chaudhari and Vishal Bhardwaj to defeat Tamil Thalavias 32-27 in the first enconter of the day.

Rahul as usual with his raids did the damage but special credits must go to Vishal who is new addition to the Titans team who collected 6 tackle points. The Titans came out with an all round performance and all the players managed to collect points for their team.

The defence which was not a strong point of the Titans in the previous seasons gave a strong performance in the middle. Vishal Bhardwaj, Ankit Malik and Farahad Milagharadan were impressive to keep Titans ahead in the match at every stage.

For Thalavias, Ajay Thahur and K Prapanjan were the only two players.

Results:
Match 1: 
Gujarat Fortunegiants 26 (Fazel Atrachali 4, Sukesh Hegde 3, Rakesh Narwal 3) beat Dabang Delhi KC 20 (R Sriram 5, Anand Patil 3, Nilesh Shinde 2).
Best Raider: S Sriram (Dabang Delhi)
Best Defender: Fazel Atrachali (Gujarat Fortunegiants)
Match 2:
Telugu Titans () bt UP Yoddha ()
Best Raider: S Sriram (Dabang Delhi KC)
Best Defender: Fazel Atrachali (Gujarat Fortunegiants)

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