Throughout the festival that was the Pro Kabaddi 2018-19, two names remained on top – Bengaluru Bulls and Gujarat Fortunegiants. And this was evident in the high octane, exhilarating final clash for the title of the season, where the Bengaluru Bulls edged past Gujarat Fortunegiants to claim the title at the NSCI Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
In a fluctuating battle Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 final between the Bulls and the Fortunegiants, it was the late surge from the Bengaluru Bulls, which helped them come out on top by claiming an emphatic 38-33 victory.
The Bengaluru side had enjoyed a four-day break after its 41-29 hammering of the same team in the first qualifier and was well-rested side heading into the title-deciding clash but still couldn't match the performance put in by the Gujarat based side at the beginning of the match.
The men from Gujarat, came into the final after they fended off a gutsy UP Yodha 38-31 in the 2nd qualifier.
Raider Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (22 points) starred for Bulls to single-handedly dominate the match and clinch the all-important victory.
Bulls struggled in the early stages and at Halftime they trailed 9-16. But the second half saw their fate take a new turn after a Super raid by Pawan Kumar Sehrawat which put them on to 19-21 and eventually inflicted an All Out on Fortune giants with the score at 23-22 in Bulls’ favor.
The Gujarat & Bengaluru raiders picked up back to back successful raids to keep their side within touching distance at 31-29 for the Bulls. The defense of both teams was fragile, to say the least in the latter minutes of the match.
Pawan Sehrawat of Bulls then had other plans and with a super raid put the Fortune giants out of the contest at 36-30. With a minute and a half remaining, Gujarat tried to bridge the gap but it proved too little too late.
This was Gujarat Fortunegiants second straight loss in the finals.
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