Gujarat Fortune Giants commenced their home leg on an emphatic note when they outplayed Bengal Warriors in the Inter-Zone Challenge Week match here at The Arena by TransStadia Maninagar, Ahmedabad. Manpreet Singh’s boys recorded 35-23 win. This was seventh consecutive win for the
Continuing to surprise the opposition, Giants coach Manpreet Singhintroduced Ajay Kumar in place of star raider Sachin Tanwar in the starting seven giving the raiding responsibility to Dong Geon Lee and K Prapanjan. The two raiders shouldered the responsibility to
Executing as per the coach ordered, the Giants raiders were swift during the raids. With some excellent running hand touch points they n kept the Warriors less than 7 players on the mat for most of the time in the match.K Prapanjan for his 9 (8 raid and 1bonus) points walked away with perfect raider of the match award.
When asked about Sachin Tanwar’s absence, coach Manpreet Singh said, “He has been our top raider. But Giants doesn’t want to be dependenton one player and wish to give everyone a chance. And the best part is other raiders delivered today.”
The Giants were little cautious at the start. Defenders took little time to get into business but once they got involved Giants were on the top. In the 16th minute of the first half when Dong Geon Lee returned with two touch points, Giants inflicted first allout of the match. At the stroke of half time when Giants defender Parvesh Bhainswal tackled Warrriors’ main raider Maninder Singh with a waist-hold-grip Giants made intentions clear. The home team led 19-14 at half time. Later Parvesh was named best defender of the match.
Bengal Warriors tried to make a comeback in the second half and for a brief period of time they managed too, but the Giants were too strong.Raiders were breathing fire and defenders chocking Warriors raiders. In the 30th minute of the match, Giants inflicted second allout and all but sealed the match at 27-18.Having taken total control of the encounter, the Giants played safe in the last 10 minutes to record a 35-22 win.
Bengal Warriors coach Jagdish Kumble admitted Giants’ defence was too strong. “First half was well balanced one. However, it changed in second half. Giants have a very good defence. Maninder is our main raider and he has power game. Unfortunately for us Giants kept him
away from the match and that is what made the difference,” said Kumble.