In the 131st match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8), Gujarat Giants defeated U Mumba 36-33 to become the fifth team to reach the playoffs. With the victory of Gujarat Giants, Jaipur Pink Panthers team was out of the race for the playoffs. Haryana Steelers and Puneri Paltan will qualify for the last place in the playoffs.
Gujarat Giants 10th win in PKL 8
Gujarat Giants were ahead 20-14 after the first half. In the first half, Gujarat Giants also got U Mumba all out once. HS Rakesh put up a super 10 performance with a great performance. For U Mumba, Shivam took 6 and V. Ajit Kumar took 5 raid points. In the first half, U Mumba’s legendary raider Abhishek Singh flopped badly and could take only 1 point.
At the beginning of the second half also, Gujarat Giants all-out U Mumba and made the lead largely one-sided, but after that U Mumba made a tremendous comeback and brought the match very close. U Mumba’s V.Ajit Kumar took 11 raid points while hitting Super 10, while Shivam took 8 raid points. Captain Fazal Atrachali took three tackle points in the defence. However, the team suffered a major setback as Abhishek Singh (1 raid point) flopped badly.
HS Rakesh took the highest raid points for Gujarat Giants with 13 raid points, while Girish Maruti Ernak took 5 tackle points while hitting a high 5 in the defence. Mahendra Rajput took 6 raids and 1 tackle point in the match.
Patna Pirates face Haryana Steelers in the last match of PKL 8 league stage, in which Haryana will qualify for playoff if they win the match, while Puneri Paltan will go to playoff as sixth team if Haryana loses.