Pro Kabaddi league qualifier, Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha: Gujarat Fortunegiants enter second successive final

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Pro Kabaddi league qualifier, Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha: Gujarat Fortunegiants enter second successive final
  • 21:23 (IST)

    That's it from us folks!

    Join us on Saturday, 5 December, as Gujarat Fortunegiants take on Bengaluru Bulls in the final of this season of the Pro Kabaddi League!

  • 21:19 (IST)

    Unsurprisingly, Nitesh Kumar picks up defender of the match!

    The cornerstone of UP Yoddha's defense, Kumar has had an incredible season, almost single-handedly taking Yoddha all the way to the final qualifier!

  • 21:17 (IST)

    Sachin Tanwar picks up perfect raider of the match!

    Gujarat Fortunegiants have relied on this man's skills time and again during the season, and his efforts have been rewarded tonight!

  • 21:14 (IST)

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Gujarat Fortunegiants wind down the clock and enter the final!

    Gujarat have been effectively raking in the bonus points to frustrate, a strategy that has worked out for them! Clinical work from the Zone A toppers sees them enter their second straight final with a 38-31 victory over UP Yoddha!

  • 21:01 (IST)

    UP Yoddha bag four points by inflicting an all out on Fortunegiants!

    Yoddha close the gap to seven points between themselves and Fortunegiants, but they're running out of time! Sachin Kumar wasted a couple of opportunities to reduce the deficit even more after gifting a bonus to Sunil Kumar.

  • 20:54 (IST)

    32-18 for Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    Finally, there's something for UP Yoddha to be cheerful about as Nitesh Kumar becomes the first man to score 100 tackle points in a single season! However, they'll need a lot more if they hope to overturn the deficit in just six minutes! 

  • 20:46 (IST)

    It's yet another all-out for Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    Parvesh Bhainswal has been understated but efficient, as he clings on for dear life to Shrikant Jadhav's ankle to inflict an all-out on Yoddha. It's becoming a little bit of a one-sided encounter, as Fortunegiants increase their lead to 29-14! However, Hadi Oshtorak looks like he's picked up a knock, which might be a problem for Fortunegiants.

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Play resumes after half-time as Gujarat Fortunegiants extend their lead to 21-14!

    Back to back empty raids from Rishan Devadiga and Sachin Tanwar keep the score at 19-14, as Gujarat Fortunegiants follow it up by a successful do-or-die raid and then send Shrikant Jadhav packing! 

  • 20:36 (IST)

  • 20:32 (IST)

    19-14 to Gujarat Fortunegiants at Half-Time

    Hadi Oshtorok, the Iranian, has been doling out pep talks to everyone and anyone. One wonders how, given the language barrier. Whatever he is saying seems to be working though, the Fortune Giants are up by five at 19-14 at half-time, after inflicting an all-out on Yoddha through Parvesh!

  • 20:31 (IST)

    19-14 to Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    A curious decision from Gujarat, as they unsuccessfully challenge a bonus for UP Yoddha, despite being in the lead. They have now lost their review, which might come back them to haunt them soon.

  • 20:30 (IST)

    16-13 to Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    What a raid from K. Prapanjan! The Gujarat raider wriggles and worms his way through the outstretched arms of Yoddha defenders to pull Fortunegiants further into the lead.

  • 20:26 (IST)

    The fairytale story continues as Yoddha take the lead!

    With just 10 minutes remaining in the first half, the Gujarat Fortune Giants had take a three-point lead, going up 10-7. UP Yoddha clawed back at 11-11 three minutes later thanks to a Super Tackle. One minute later, and they have surged ahead 13-11. The tide is starting to turn in this game

  • 20:24 (IST)

    UP Yoddha level the scores!

    Nitesh Kumar dishes out super tackles left, right and centre! His defensive strengths are on display tonight as he brings Yoddha level at 11!

  • 20:21 (IST)

    K Prapanjan is lured into a super tackle!

    The Gujarat raider fell right into UP Yoddha's trap, who have edged their way back to 11-9!

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Play resumes after a time-out!

    In the break, Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh advises captain Sunil Kumar to slow down the frenetic pace of the game and edge towards an all out.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Play resumes after a time-out!

    In the break, Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh advises captain Sunil Kumar to slow down the frenetic pace of the game and edge towards an all out.

  • 20:15 (IST)

    10-6 to Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    An audacious raid attempt from Shrikant Jadhav ends in failure, after which Sachin and K. Prapanjan raid successfully to make it 10-6!

  • 20:11 (IST)

    5-4 to Gujarat Fortunegiants!

    Rishank Devadiga is keeping UP Yoddha in it with a couple of excellent raids, but Gujarat seem up to the task, with Sachin Tanwar showcasing his speed and dexterity!

  • 20:07 (IST)

    1-0 to Fortunegiants!

    Despite raiding first through Rishank Devadiga, it's UP Yoddha who find themselves trailing!

  • 20:05 (IST)

    It's time for the toss!

    The captains Rishank Devadiga and Sunil Kumar are informed of the rules by the referee, before the coin toss. Up Yoddha's Devadiga wins the toss, and chooses to raid first!

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Aaaaand we're almost underway!

    Both teams have descended onto the mat to thunderous applause from a packed NCSI Dome. The countdown to the penultimate match of this season's Pro Kabaddi begins!

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Gujarat Fortunegiants coach Manpreet Singh with his thoughts ahead of the crucial match!

  • 19:46 (IST)

    Just 15 minutes separate us from what promises to be a thrilling encounter between the Gujarat Fortune Giants and UP Yoddha

    Qualifier 2 is a virtual semi-final. The Yoddha team got to this stage by beating U Mumba and Daband Delhi in two Eliminators. Gujarat, meanwhile, find themselves here courtesy a defeat in the first Qualifier to the Bengaluru Bulls.

  • 19:43 (IST)

    UP Yoddha have experienced an incredible turnaround in form, after qualifying for the playoffs by the skin of their teeth!

    Despite losing 10 matches in the first phase of the competition, UP Yoddha come into this match on the back of five successive wins, with key players like captain Rishank Devadiga and Prashanth Kumar Rai enjoying a second coming of sorts. 

  • 19:36 (IST)

    With a total of 184 points this season, Sachin is Gujarat Fortunegiants' highest scoring player!

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Nitesh Kumar has been absolutely vital for UP Yoddha's run in this season of the Pro Kabaddi League!

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi 2018-19 Qualifier 2!

    Stay tuned for all the latest updates as the Gujarat Fortunegiants take on UP Yoddha for a spot in the final against Bengaluru Bulls.

Preview: The penultimate match of Season 6 sees Gujarat Fortunegiants square up against UP Yoddha in Qualifier 2 on Thursday with a berth in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi final at stake. Zone A toppers Gujarat Fortunegiants will get a second crack at making it to the final after their defeat in Qualifier 1 against Bengaluru Bulls whereas stunning victories over U Mumba and Dabang Delhi K.C. leave UP Yoddha just one win away from a first-ever appearance in a Pro Kabaddi final.

The two teams last met during the Ahmedabad leg where a late rally from the Gujarat Fortunegiants helped them beat UP Yoddha by a scoreline of 37-32.

After leading 26-20 in Qualifier 1 with under seven minutes left in the contest, Gujarat Fortunegiants succumbed to a defeat against Bengaluru Bulls, sending the latter to their second VIVO Pro Kabaddi final. Despite the loss, there were many positives for Gujarat Fortunegiants as raider Sachin scored his sixth Super 10 of the campaign while K Prapanjan and Rohit Gulia also made meaningful contributions to their team’s score.

Captain Sunil Kumar and the team’s leading tackle points scorer — Parvesh Bhainswal — were limited to just a solitary point combined against Bengaluru Bulls in what was an uncharacteristic showing from an extremely potent defence. Given the form of UP Yoddha’s star-studded raiding trio of Prashanth Kumar Rai, Shrikant Jadhav and captain Rishank Devadiga, Gujarat Fortunegiants’ defence will have to be at their very best if they are to make their second straight final.

After a stellar performance against U Mumba in Eliminator 1, UP Yoddha upped their game further against Dabang Delhi K.C. in Eliminator 3, beating the team from the capital by a scoreline of 45-33, and finding themselves on the brink of a final appearance. While UP Yoddha’s defence has been the shining light of the team through this campaign, their raiders had a memorable night in Eliminator 3, with Prashanth Kumar Rai leading the way by scoring 13 raid points in a brilliant all-round performance from the team.

Veteran Cover defender Jeeva Kumar and star Right Corner Nitesh Kumar managed three tackle points each on the night, continuing from where they left off against U Mumba. With the defence in red-hot form and the raiding unit peaking at the right time, UP Yoddha are a force to be reckoned with and they will aim to continue their momentum against Gujarat Fortunegiants to qualify for their first ever Pro Kabaddi final.

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2019 21:23:13 IST