Mumbai: Gujarat Fortune Giants became the first team to enter the final of Pro Kabaddi League season 5 after beating Bengal Warriors 42-17 in the 1st qualifier match played at NSCI stadium here on Tuesday. The losing side Bengal Warriors will have another shot at the final when they play in the third Eliminator clash.
Mahendra Rajput led the way for Gujarat with 8 points in the raiding department, while Abozar Mighani picked up 4 points in defence. For Bengal, Deepak Narwal picked up 5 points, while Shrikant Tewthia picked up 4 points.
The first half started with Mahendra Rajput opening the scoring for Gujarat with toe- touch on Maninder Singh. Rajesh Narwal then got a point for Bengal in a do-or- die raid as he got toe-touch on Abozar Mighani.
Halfway through the first half, it was Gujarat who led Bengal Warriors 4-3. It was a neck- to- neck affair between both the sides as Gujarat and Bengal dealt blows after blows.
It was Gujarat who ran away with the 13-10 lead in the first half with Mahendra Rajput scoring five points in raiding, while Rajesh Narwal was the star for Bengal with four points.
It was a one-way traffic in the second half with Gujarat inflicting an all-out in the 22nd minute to take a nine-point lead over Bengal Warriors.
Gujarat’s defence also got into the act as Abozar Mighani, who was scoreless in the first half, scored his first point of the match when he got rid of Maninder Singh. While Bengal Warriors’ raiders struggled, Gujarat inflicted another all out in the 32nd minute to lead 29-14 a lead of 15 points.
There was no stopping for the debutants as they wrapped up the match by inflicting third all-out in the 37th minute to extend their lead 38-16 .