The Match in a Tweet

3 x All-outs, 3 x Entertainment

It was expected that the Giants would post an unchanged line-up after consecutive wins. But surprisingly, they went into the battle with one change. The Korean raider, Dong Geon Lee came in for Mahendra Rajput.

Rohit Gulia went in to raid first and slipped in a slick toe-touch to bring home our first point of the night. Sachin Tanwar went in next and reached the milestone of 50 raid points for the season. Rohit Gulia looked on song. With his second raid, he managed to drag back three of Delhi’s defenders to the mid-line for a fantastic Super Raid.

Very quickly, the Giants had amassed a massive lead. Just over 5 minutes into the game, the Giants inflicted their first all-out as well. The Giants were well and truly on a roll!

Rohit Gulia was having himself a night. Under pressure in a do-or-die raid, he managed to get yet another touch point and a bonus. He had already scored 7 raid points at the 10-minute mark.

At one point, we held a lead of 10. But, Dabang Delhi made a comeback and inflicted an all-out on the Giants. With just under 5 minutes to go in the first half, Gujarat’s lead was cut down to two. The Giants roared back to get Delhi all-out again. It was a highly entertaining half with a total of three all-outs between both the teams. However, the Giants were the better of both outfits and we went into half-time with a comfortable lead of 9 points.

Dong Grabs Opportunity with Maiden Super 10

With a dive, our Korean import reached the mid-line to score his fifth point of the night and our first of the second half. Delhi however, did not let us take a breather as they kept scoring, reducing us to three people on the mat. Nevertheless, just like in the first half, we held our ground and came back stronger every time Dabang Delhi K.C. got close.

Despite the Delhi camp scoring another all-out on us soon after, our lead was still intact. The star of the game was Dong Geon Lee! He was presented with an opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands, scoring his maiden Super 10 in the VIVO PKL. He displayed his range as a raider throughout the game, scoring bonuses regularly and touch points in varied fashion. Dong Geon Lee announcing his arrival in this manner will provide Manpreet Singh and Co. with a couple selection headaches, but these are good headaches to have!

The game ebbed and flowed throughout the night. Dabang Delhi fought back yet again to come within 4 points of us. Once more, just as the Delhi outfit neared our score, the Giants stepped up in spectacular fashion. First, a massive Super Tackle from Sachin Vittala gave us some breathing space. Then, Parvesh Bhainswal caught another one of their raiders to complete a commendable High 5.

Our lead reached 7 with about a minute and a half to go, and the game was pretty much sealed. Some clever running down of the clock followed, and we made it five wins in five.

Our winning streak was still on. Is there anyone who’d dare face the Giants in this form?