Gujarat Giants scripted a stunning comeback to play out a 51-51 tie against league leaders Jaipur Pink Panthers in their final match of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, December 9.
Having conceded a healthy lead going into the last minute of the game, the Giants rode on an inspiring performance from captain Dong Geon Lee and raider Sonu to hold table-toppers Jaipur Pink Panthers to a thrilling tie and secure three points.
Parteek Dahiya pulled off a Super Raid as the Gujarat Giants took the lead at 6-3 in the fourth minute. The all-rounder continued to effect raids and reduced the Panthers to just two members on the mat. Moments later, the Giants inflicted an ALL OUT and took a massive lead at 13-7 in the seventh minute. But the Jaipur side tackled Dong Geon Lee and stayed in the game at 11-13. Abhishek KS and Deepak Singh picked up tackle points, but the Giants still held the lead at 17-15.
Later in the match, Parteek Dahiya contributed with a magnificent multi-point raid catching out Deepak Singh and Abhishek KS and helped the Gujarat side extend its lead further. However, Rahul Chaudhari effected a couple of raids and helped the Panthers reach within touching distance of Giants' score at 20-21. Thereafter, the Jaipur side tackled Mahendra Rajput and levelled the scores at 21-21 at the stroke of half-time.
The Panthers pulled off an ALL OUT in the 24th minute and as they inched ahead at 29-26. Thereafter, Arjun Deshwal picked up a few raid points as the Jaipur side continued to keep their noses in front at 37-32. The Panthers pulled off another ALL OUT in the 32nd minute and took a stronghold of the match at 43-33.
Deshwal effected a multi-point raid soon after as the Panthers continued to forge ahead. Sonu effected a few raids for the Giants, but the Jaipur side still held the lead at 49-44 in the 39th minute. However, Sonu continued to shine as the Gujarat side inflicted an ALL OUT soon after. Moments later, Lee effected a magnificent raid in the dying seconds of the match and helped his team tie the game in the end.
For the Giants, raider Sonu finished the match with 14 points while all-rounder Parteek Dahiya bagged 12 points, ending the campaign with 11 Super 10s this season. Apart from Sonu and Parteek, skipper Dong Geon Lee also finished the season with a Super 10 to his name.
With nine wins, 11 defeats and two ties, the two-time PKL finalists Gujarat Giants have concluded Season 9 with 59 points from 22 matches.