Debutants Gujarat Fortunegiants thrashed Dabang Delhi 26-20 ticking all the boxes en route to a victory. Delhi skipper Meraj Sheykh spent the majority of the time off the mat while his counterpart Fazel Atrachalli led the Gujarat defence at the outset of the game which paved the way for an easy win.
Debutants Gujarat push veterans Delhi on the backfoot
Gujarat Fortunegiants chose the court and invited Dabang Delhi to raid first. The first three raids from both the sides were empty raids and Delhi skipper Meraj Sheykh crumbled under pressure in the do-or-die raid as the debutants drew first blood. Sachin took the responsibility of
Dabang Delhi’s resurgent play comes too late
Gujarat picked up where they left with Rakesh raiding the Delhi half successfully followed by skipper Sukesh Hegde. Fortunegiants continued to dominate the game with their defensive approach led by Fazel Atrachalli extending their lead to 19-8. Gujarat ensured Delhi skipper and star raider Meraj continued to stay on the bench which forced Delhi’s left cover to raid the Fortunegiants side. Meanwhile, Rakesh continued his splendid run before the Gujarat side inflicted another all-out which fetched them three points taking the score to 25-9. R Sriram, the lone warrior from the Delhi side, managed to score four points from four raids and followed it up with two more points that resulted in the Delhi side inflicting an all-out and narrowing the lead to 26-20. However, the 16-point lead proved too much for the Dabbang Delhi who eventually ended up on the losing side with the score remaining unchanged.
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