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Pro Kabaddi: Pawan Sehrawat stars as Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 to lift maiden title

Pawan Sehrawat single-handedly led Bulls to the title as he turned the match around in the second half with a terrific performance.

pro-kabaddi-league Updated: Jan 05, 2019 22:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Players of Bengaluru Bulls celebrates after lifting the PKL 2018/19 trophy.
Players of Bengaluru Bulls celebrates after lifting the PKL 2018/19 trophy.(PKL Image)
         

Pawan Sehrawat produced a raiding masterclass as Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Fortunegiants to lift their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title, on Saturday. Sehrawat scored 22 raid points as Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 in a thrilling final in front of a packed house in Mumbai.

Sehrawat single-handedly led Bulls to the title as he turned the match around in the second half with a terrific performance. Gujarat Fortunegiants were in the match till the last five minutes and fought really hard but couldn’t contain Sehrawat. Sachin got a super 10 for Gujarat Fortunegiants but just fell short to lead his team to the title.

Bengaluru Bulls got off the mark with a tackle point as they sent Gujarat’s danger man Sachin to the bench. Prapanjan made a successful raid to give Gujarat Fortunegiants their first point. Pawan Sehrawat got his point as he secured a bonus as Bengaluru Bulls tied the match at 2-2 after four minutes. It took more than six minutes for Gujarat’s famed defence to get their first tackle point.

Also Read: PKL Final, Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortunegiants, Highlights: As It Happened

The first half was closely contested as after 10 minutes both teams were level at 6-6. Gujarat Fortunegiants burst into life in the last five minutes as they reduced Bengaluru Bulls to lead 10-7. In the 19th minute Prapanjan made a two-point raid to inflict an all out and give 15-9 lead. At the end of the first half, Gujarat Fortunegiants led 16-9.

Bengaluru Bulls’ defence started the second half strongly as they picked up a couple of tackle points. Gujarat though kept their noses in front till the 27th minute as they maintained a six-point lead. Pawan Sehrawat then turned the match on its head with a slew of successful raids. He picked up a couple of two-point raids including one in the 31st minute that led to Bengaluru Bulls inflicting an all out and taking 23-22 lead.

Rohit Gulua produced a super raid for Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 36th minute as they led 27-25. Pawan Sehrawat picked a couple of more points and Mahendra put in a strong tackle as Bengaluru Bulls levelled the match at 29-29 in the 37th minute.

In the 39th minute Pawan Sehrawat made a two-point raid as Bengaluru Bulls inflicted a critical all out to lead 36-29. Gujarat Fortunegiants picked up a few raid points as they trailed 32-37 in the last minute. Sehrawat produced another two-point raid as Bengaluru inflicted another all out in the 39th minute as they were crowned champions for the first time.

First Published: Jan 05, 2019 22:15 IST

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