Hyderabad: Vikas Khandola and Surender Nada helped Haryana Steelers rally well after being down in the first half against Gujarat Fortunegiants before the two new teams posted the first tie match of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 5.
The two teams were deadlocked at 27-27 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.
Haryana captain Nada starred in the Zone A match between two teams with strong defences. Surender bagged seven tackle points to rescue his team, while Vikash Khandola (seven points) was the key raider for them.
For Gujarat, who had a 20-13 lead following Haryana’s all out in the 28th minute, substitute Mahendra Rajput was the main contributor with five raiding points. Sukesh Hegde and Sachin got three raiding points each, while Indian defenders Sunil Kumar and Parvesh Bhainswal got three tackling points each.
Their team effort gave them a strong beginning but each time they took a healthy lead, Haryana kept fighting back.
Gujarat threatened early on, racing away to a 4-0 lead. Sachin earned two touch points to open Gujarat’s account. Haryana’s Wazir Singh sidestepped while returning from a raid as Gujarat led 3-0. Rakesh Singh was touched out by Sachin making it 4-0.
Then, substitute Prashant Kumar Rai brought home the first point for Haryana with a touch point which revived them to four players.
Afterwards, Haryana showed a lot of grit and determination to resurrect their position. Khandola, who struggled for the better part of the match, incursed into Gujarat’s half and returned with magical three touch points to make it 20-22 and then Haryana forced an all out on Gujarat to equalise at the 23-point mark.
Bengal beat Telugu
Maninder Singh scored massive 11 points including 8 touch points as Bengal Warriors won 30-24 in the second match of the day, thereby inflicting fourth home loss on Telugu Titans.
Gujarat Fortunegiants 27 (Mahendra Rajput 5, Sukesh Hegde 3, Sunil Kumar 3, Parvesh Bhainswal 3, Sachin 3, Rakesh Narwal 2, Fazel Atrachali 2) tied with Haryana Steelers 27 (Vikas Khandola 7, Surender Nada 7, Surjeet Singh 6, Prashanth Kumar Rai 3).
Best Raider: Vikash Khandola
Best Defender: Surender Nada
Bengal Warriors (Maninder Singh 11, Jang Kun Lee 8) beat Telugu Titans (Vikas 9, Rahul Chaudhari 5, Nilesh Salunke 5, Vinod Kumar 2)
Best Raider: Maninder Singh
Best Defender: Jang Kun Lee (Bengal Warriors)