Following a thrilling 24-24 tie against Dabang Delhi, Gujarat Giants squared off against UP Yoddha in their last match of 2021. With the teams placed at 7th and 9th respectively in the vivo Pro Kabaddi League table, the match promised to be an enthralling encounter, as both teams were hungry for a win.
The match kicked off with a Pardeep Narwal raid, where he secured 2 points, but soon after a Super Raid by Rakesh Narwal swung the momentum back in Gujarat’s favour. The Giants notched up the first All Out of the match, as they took a substantial 14-7 lead in the 11th minute. Superstar raider, Rakesh Narwal, was in impeccable form in the first half - registering 6 points in the first 15 minutes. Girish Ernak spearheaded defensie department, with 4 points to his name in the first half.
With the Giants comfortably leading 20-14 at the half-time whistle, a win seemed inevitable for the visitors. However, the beautiful and unpredictable sport of Kabaddi threw another surprise for the fans.
The game tilted in the second half as Pardeep Narwal recreated his old form. UP Yoddha claimed their first All Out of the match, as the deficit was reduced to a paltry two points. Having lost all their reviews in the 27th minute, Gujarat Giants squandered their lead to square the match at 25-all.
Rakesh Narwal capped off a fantastic performance by bringing up his Super 10 in the 29th minute. With tension mounting in both the camps, the teams traded punches in the final quarter of the game. Pardeep Narwal secured a Super 10, while Ajay Kumar was impressive in his debut game.
The teams went neck-and-neck until the very end, as the score was tied at 32-all with both sides left with a raid apiece. Rakesh Narwal made the final raid for Gujarat Giants but came back empty-handed, giving Pardeep Narwal the golden opportunity to seal the deal.
In a rather shocking turn of events, the “Record-Breaker” seemed uninterested in going for a raid point. After legitimizing his raid, Pardeep Narwal went back to the halfway line to run down the clock. The match ended at 32-32, with Gujarat Giants climbing to second place in the vivo Pro Kabaddi League table.