Gujarat Fortunegiants edge Bengaluru Bulls 27-24 in Inter Zone Challenge
In a thrilling contest, Gujarat Fortunegiants produced a terrific second half performance to beat Bengaluru Bulls in Inter Zone Challenge match. With both teams being the table toppers of their respective zones, they looked to stamp their dominance over the tournament with a win over their counterparts. And it was a team performance by Gujarat which laid their foundations of their victory. After first half Gujarat looked dead and buried but came back strongly to win the match.Rohit Kumar scored seven points for Bengaluru Bulls but it wasn’t enough.
Both teams opened their account in the third minute as the scorewas 1-1. Bengaluru Bulls led 4-2 after six minutes. Gujarat were struggling toget a foothold in the game as for the first 10 minutes they couldn’t get anypoints. Bengaluru Bulls led 7-2 in the 11th minute as they reducedGujarat to just two men. Bengaluru Bulls inflicted the first all out of thematch in the 12th minute to lead 11-3.
Gujarat Fortunegiants came back as they scored three quick pointsin two minutes to trail 6-12. Bengaluru Bulls came back strongly as theyreduced the deficit t o just four points in the 18th minute. ButGujarat scored two points in a minute to end the first half leading 14-9.
RohitGulia scored with raid point and reduced Bengaluru Bulls tojust two men as Gujarat trailed 10-14. Bengaluru Bulls responded with a supertackle in the 22nd minute to lead 16-10. Rohit Kumar scored with atwo-point raid in the 24th minute to give Bengaluru Bulls 18-10lead. Kuldeep Singh attained a high five for Bengaluru in the 25thminute.
Gujarat forced a super tackle in the 26th minute toreduce the lead to seven points. Another super tackle by Gujarat in the 29thminute made the deficit to just six points as Bengaluru Bulls 20-15. It wasGujarat’s defence which gave them a fighting chance in the match. A two-pointraid by Mahendra Rajput in the 32nd minute to reduce the lead tojust two points.Gujarat inflicted an all out in the next minute to level thematch at 21-21. Gujarat led for the first time in the match in the 34thminute. The Fortunegiants continued their onslaught as they led 24-21 with lessthan five minutes to go.
Bengaluru Bulls scored three points in a minute to level the matchat 24-24 after 37 minutes. Mahendra Rajput scored a raid point in the 39thminute to give Gujarat 25-24 lead. Bengaluru Bulls failed with a review andgave Gujarat a two-point lead in the 39th minute. Another tacklepoint by Gujarat in the dying seconds of the match gave them a 27-24 win.