Pro Kabaddi League 2017 on Tuesday witnessed its first tie of the tournament as the match between Haryana Steelers and Gujarat Fortunegiants ended all square at 27-27.
The two debutants were facing each other for the first time in the Pro Kabaddi League. Gujarat Fortunegiants was looking great at the start but Haryana Stleers made a comeback in the minutes of the game.
As expected Haryana’s raiders Vikas Khandola and Surjeet Singh played superbly and contributed seven and six points respectively. Whereas, Surender Nada scored seven raid points. The team scored 13 points in the last five minutes but it wasn’t enough to take them over the line.
Mahendra Kumar scored five points for Gujarat FortuneGiants. They started well and opened their account with a two-point raid in the third minute. They scored the fourth point in the fifth minute reducing the rivals to just three men. However, the last two crucial minutes saw both teams draw blank raids.
Haryana scored their first point in the sixth minute as they trailed 1-4. They came back into the game as their raiders found their feet and trailed 4-5 after nine minutes. Haryana forced a super tackle in the 12th minute as Surender Nada led the charge with his team trailing 6-7.
The game was levelled by Haryana in the 13th minute after their defence piled the pressure on the opponent team. In the last two minutes of the first half, Gujarat scored three points taking the score to 11-8.
Haryana substitute Surjeet Singh scored with a two-point raid and averted an all-out as Haryana trailed 10-11 after 22 minutes. Haryana Steelers led 12-11 in the 24th minute and Gujarat were reduced to just three men. Gujarat came back in the match with a super tackle in the 25th minute and led 13-12.
Fazel Atrachali scored his 100th tackle point in Pro Kabaddi League as Gujarat led 15-12 after 27 minutes. Gujarat inflicted the first all out of the match in 28th minute as they led 20-13.
With less than ten minutes left on the clock, Gujarat was coasting to an easy win as they led 22-15 after 32 minutes. Haryana picked up three points in less than 40 seconds to cut the deficit to five as they trailed 17-22.
Vikas Khandola came up with a terrific super raid in the 34th minute as they trailed 20-22. Haryana inflicted an all out in the 35th minute to level the game at 23-23.
It was a closely contested affair with both teams tied at 24-24 as the game went into the last five minutes. Fazel Atrachali scored a crucial tackle point in the 37th minute to level the game at 25-25. Sukesh Hegde scored with a touch point in the last minute to tie the game at 26-26.
Vikas Khandola responded with a touch point as Haryana led 27-26 with 24 seconds left on the clock. In a nail-biting finish, Gujarat again leveled the game at 27-27.
(With PTI inputs)