Rakesh Sungroya, Parteek Dahiya and Sourav Gulia helped the Giants produce an impressive second half performance to beat the Titans.
The Gujarat Giants produced a clinical performance, particularly in the second half, to secure a 30-19 victory against Telugu Titans in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Saturday. Rakesh Sungroya, Sourav Gulia and Parteek Dahiya chipped in with six points each for Gujarat in the match.
Monu Goyat pulled off a couple of raids as the Telugu Titans took the lead at 5-2 in the eighth minute. However, the Giants fought back through raider Parteek Dahiya and defender Sourav Gulia and leveled the scores at 5-5.
Rakesh pulled off a magnificent raid in the 12th minute to help his team inch ahead at 7-6. However, the Titans regained the lead at 10-8 in the 17th minute after a fantastic raid by Adarsh T. The Telugu Titans tackled Purna Singh and kept their noses in front at 12-9 at the end of the first half.
The Giants showed more urgency in the second half and took the lead at 13-12 in the 24th minute. Moments later, the Titans inflicted an all out to take a massive lead at 17-13. All-rounder Shankar Gadai also joined the party as the Giants attained a stronghold of the match at 21-15 in the 31st minute.
Rakesh Sungroya continued to shine and helped Gujarat to keep moving forward in the game. The Giants tackled Siddharth Desai in the 38th minute and held a comfortable lead at 25-19. Gujarat Giants kept raging on and eventually closed out a comprehensive victory.
Telugu Titans, who lead 12-9, were the slightly better team in the first half. However, Gujarat Giants were far superior in the second half, outscoring the Titans 21-7.
The win reinstates Gujarat Giants’ charge towards the top 4 as they are now only two points behind fourth-placed Jaipur Pink Panthers. The Giants go up against Patna Pirates on October 31, 2022, in the next round of fixtures.