The Match in a Tweet
Slow Start, Strong Finish
The Fortune Giants felt confident in the team that faced Tamil Thalaivas and fielded the same line-up.
After losing the toss, we were given the first raid. Sachin Tanwar brought us our first point after a couple of empty raids. Once again, the raiders got off to a good start, but the defense took time to settle in. So much so, that our first tackle point came by the 11-minute mark. Since then, the defense picked up their game as Ruturaj and Sachin Vittala put us in the lead with mighty holds.
In the 16th minute, we inflicted an all-out and extended our lead to 6 points. After a brilliant outing in the last match, Ajay Kumar was not having a similar day against the Paltan and Prapanjan was brought in his place towards the end of first half. Points were exchanged, but we went into the break at 16-12 with our lead intact.
Five in Five
There was no question that the defense had upped their game as the match progressed. Skipper Sunil Kumar began the second half with a strong thigh hold. Sachin Tanwar’s hand touches were a sight to behold as he raced to 6 raid points early in the half. Prapanjan’s substitution proved to be a good move as he extended our lead with an excellent two-point raid.
Just as Puneri Paltan cut down their deficit from 7 to 4, the defense roared back with a timely tackle. With about 8 minutes to go we had a 7-point advantage. We were in comfortable position. However, Sachin Tanwar was not getting complacent in the slightest and got us touch points almost every time he went out to raid.
Despite his effort, Puneri Paltan made a comeback, and it was a 3-point game with under 4 minutes to go. At this juncture, Mahendra Rajput’s smart Super Raid ensured that the game got out of their grasp. In the dying minutes, Ruturaj stood like a wall and Sachin Tanwar completed his second consecutive Super 10 to hand Puneri Paltan their fifth defeat in five games against us.
With three wins on the trot, the Giants are on a roll in VIVO PKL 6!