Gujarat Fortunegiants hold UP Yoddha in Pro Kabaddi League
Nitin Tomar top scored with seven points for UP Yoddha, while Sukesh Hegde scored five points for Gujarat Fortunegiants in their Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) matchother sports Updated: Sep 09, 2017 10:20 IST
UP Yoddha and Gujarat Fortunegiants played out a thrilling 30-30 tie in Inter Zone Challenge Week of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) on Friday.
In the game that kept fluctuating, with the lead changing hands, Nitin Tomar scored seven points for UP Yoddha while Sukesh Hegde scored five points for Gujarat Fortunegiants.
Both teams started on equal footing and it was 2-2 after four minutes.
Surender Singh made a successful raid in the fifth minute to give UP Yoddha a 4-2 lead. UP then stepped on the gas and Rishank Devadiga scored three points to give them a 7-3 after eight minutes.
UP Yoddha inflicted an all out in the 11th minute to lead 13-5 and it seemed they will run away with the match.
But Gujarat Fortunegiants scored two points in a minute and began their comeback. Another two points were scored by Gujarat defence to take the score to 9-13 after 14 minutes.
Tomar made a successful raid in the 15th minute as UP Yoddha shook off Gujarat’s run. However, Fortunegiants made a comeback in the last minutes of the first half as they inflicted an all out to take the score to 16-18 at the end of the first half.
UP Yoddha held a slender advantage at the beginning of the second half and extended it further, leading 22-16 after 24 minutes. Gujarat scored four points in the next five minutes and took the lead (25-22) after 30 minutes, following an all out.
Gujarat Fortunegiants led 28-25 after 35 minutes as UP Yoddha struggled to claw their way back into the match. Nitin Tomar scored with a two-point raid in the 36th minute. UP Yoddha took 29-28 lead in the 37th minute to turn the match on its head. The pendulum swung in Gujarat’s favour in the 40th minute, leading 30-29. However, the UP defence scored a tackle point in the dying seconds to tie the match at 30-30.