Gujarat Giants beat Tamil Thalaivas 43-33 in the 129th match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) to move up to seventh place with their ninth win and their playoff hopes still intact. Three teams (Patna Pirates, Dabang Delhi, UP Yoddha) have already entered the playoffs and now 5 teams (Bengaluru Bulls, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan and Bangalore Bulls, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan and Gujarat Giants).
Gujarat Giants dominate in PKL 8 match
After the first half, Gujarat Giants were leading 16-13 in the match. Gujarat Giants also got Tamil Thalaivas all out once and due to this they had a three point lead. For Gujarat, Mahendra Rajput and HS Rakesh took four raid points each and Girish Maruti Ernak took three tackle points in the first half. Sagar and Ashish took two tackle points each in the first half for Tamil Thalaivas.
At the start of the second half, Tamil Thalaivas came back strongly and took the lead, but Gujarat Giants again took the lead before a strategic time-out and the score was 28-23 in their favor after 30 minutes. After this, Gujarat Giants did not give Tamil Thalaivas a chance to come back and in the end registered a one-sided victory by 10 points.
In the match for Gujarat Giants, Mahendra Rajput took 10 raid points while hitting a Super 10, while Parvesh Bhainswal took 5 tackle points while hitting a high 5 in the defense. Sunil Kumar and Girish Maruti Ernak took four tackle points each. Himanshu took the maximum 8 points (7 raids + 1 tackle) for Tamil Thalaivas. Sagar took 4 tackle points in the defence.
Jaipur Pink Panthers will face Puneri Paltan, Gujarat Giants will face U Mumba and Patna Pirates will face Haryana Steelers on the last day of PKL 8 League Stage on 19 February.