PKL Weekly: Ahmedabad Action
As we bid goodbye to Gujarat, we’re a third of the way into the 2019 Pro Kabaddi season and it has certainly thrown up its fair share of surprises.
The 2019 Pro Kabaddi season completed a third of its way with the completion of the Ahmedabad leg, and as usual, the action was hot and heavy. However, many consistent threads, some carried over from last season, continued to hold strong. We talk about all that and more in our weekly summary of the action from the EKA Arena by TransStadia.
RETURN OF THE HOME CURSE
As we’d covered in our Patna round-up, the home teams have not been feeling very homely, let’s say. And the Gujarat Foretunegiants found that out the hard way, as they extended their losing streak to five matches, including all four played at their home arena!
@nautankideep & I are willing to be auctioned for Gujarat Team fortunegiants for the next tournament. What say @a_sanjay ??!!#thecomedyfactory#GFG #LePanga #ProKabaddiLeague @ Kabaddi Player https://t.co/nFkMrW4Mkz
— Manan Desai (@mananspeaks) August 16, 2019
What’s especially glaring about this is they had lost just once at home, over a span of two years! Definitely time to bring out the lucky charms for local teams from here on out, we think.
If the home boys struggled in Gujarat, the Haryana Steelers were the rampaging invaders. The Dharmaraj Cheralathan-led team won both their matches, first beating Bengaluru Bulls 30-33 on Sunday before edging UP Yoddha 33-36. For both victories, a large part of the credit goes to a 12-point haul by Vikas Kandola in each of the two matches.
The Jind-born player was a fireplug for the Steelers last season, finishing as their leading point-scorer, and he has continued to occupy that mantle into season 7.
Feared for his running hand touches and sprints across the mat, he has a gift for racking up bonus points.
A WIN AT LAST
As we had feared after the season-opener, the Telugu Titans’ almost embarrassingly expensive purchase of Siddharth Desai seemed to have been a dud of a deal. However, after the grueling grind of the opening legs, the team finally scored their first win of the season with a 24-30 win over Gujarat Fortunegiants.
Until then, of their six games played, the Titans had lost five and tied one — pretty miserable numbers, to put it lightly. However, thanks to the efforts of Vishal Bhardwaj, Desai and Abozar Mighani, they were finally able to swim against the current and fish out a well-deserved victory.
Going ahead, the Titans will be looking forward to more such performances from Desai and Bhardwaj where they get in form and grab control of the match.
TIES THAT BIND
Heading into the match between Bengal Warriors and Telugu Titans, one of the main stories was that it was the most tied fixture in the series’ history.
And wouldn’t you know it, they tied again, for a record fifth time! A back-and-forth contest that saw the advantage swing both ways ended in a 29-29 tie as the two sides high-fived each other, looking as amused about it all as the onlookers themselves.
Before the match: 🤝😁
After the match: 👏😅
— Bengal Warriors (@BengalWarriors) August 12, 2019
The teams head down south next to compete in the fifth leg of the season at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. Stay tuned for our round-up next week!
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