Deepak Narwal scored 3 points in the last 2 raids to force a 26-all draw against Gujarat, who failed to secure a perfect record in their home leg. Sachin, Mahendra, and Sukesh Hegde managed to bring the hosts back into the game after a disastrous first half, accounting for 20 of Gujarat's 26 points.
Tactical blunder by Gujarat hands Bengal a halftime lead
Gujarat Fortunegiants won the toss and invited Bengal Warriors to raid first and the visitors responded with a successful raid in their first attempt. Sukesh Hegde’s bonus point helped the hosts level the score 1-1 but Bengal
Gujarat faced do or die raid where Sukesh easily got one point for his team but Deepak Narwal again levelled the game in the very next raid. Deepak Narwal was getting into his groove as the pressure was beginning to tell on the home side as Gujarat’s defender stepped out of the mat. Sukesh failed to score in the do or die raid which meant that Bengal had acquired a 7-9 lead. The game turned when Gujarat made a tactical blunder bringing in raider Mahendra in place of defender Sunil
Exceptional Deepak Narwal forces a draw in the final minute
At the start of the second half, Bengal managed to maintain the lead as Maninder got one point through his raid and he dashed Sachin perfectly but Gujarat got a point of their own but a successful Lee raid ensured the away side maintained a six point lead with the score at 11-17. Gujarat once again faced a do or die raid only this time Sukesh got a point on the board. Maninder, on the other hand, failed to recreate his counterpart’s move which meant that the deficit had been reduced to just 4 points. By now, Sukesh Hegde was in the zone as he scored three points in one raid which included two touch points and one bonus points. Deepak Narwal’s running hand touch increased Bengal’s lead but Sukesh was not done yet as he kept his team in the game with the scoreboard reading 16-19. Sachin was also picking up his form that has seen him become one of the best raiders in this season’s
It was then Gujarat’s
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