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Pro Kabaddi League, Qualifier 2, Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha: Gujarat Fortunegiants Book Place in Final

News18.com | January 3, 2019, 9:10 PM IST
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The penultimate match of Season 6 sees Gujarat Fortunegiants square up against U.P. Yoddha in Qualifier 2 on Thursday with a berth in the VIVO Pro Kabaddi final at stake. Zone A toppers Gujarat Fortunegiants will get a second crack at making it to the final after their defeat in Qualifier 1 against Bengaluru Bulls whereas stunning victories over U Mumba and Dabang Delhi K.C. leave U.P. Yoddha just one win away from a first-ever appearance in a VIVO Pro Kabaddi final.
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Jan 3, 2019 9:08 pm (IST)
Jan 3, 2019 9:07 pm (IST)

For the second time in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League, Gujarat Fortunegiants has made it to the final of the Pro Kabaddi League, ending the winning run that UP Yoddha were on in the process.

Jan 3, 2019 9:05 pm (IST)

There has been a seismic shift in the position of the match in the last five minutes. The deficit has been reduced to just six points, with the score now reading 29-35. But it still might be some way before the match is sealed.

Jan 3, 2019 9:00 pm (IST)

And the all out has been inflicted by UP Yoddha, but unfortunately time is not on their side here.

Jan 3, 2019 8:58 pm (IST)

The Gujarat Fortunegiants look like they're enjoying themselves here.

Jan 3, 2019 8:55 pm (IST)

Yoddha need a miracle here. And even that may not be enough to get them over the line. Such is the lead that Gujarat Fortunegiants have taken. The score reads 32-19 to UP Yoddha.

Jan 3, 2019 8:53 pm (IST)

Nitesh Kumar has now picked up 100 tackle points, and becomes the first defender in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League to do so.

Jan 3, 2019 8:49 pm (IST)

This lad is absolutely on fire here, picking up raid point after raid point.

Jan 3, 2019 8:47 pm (IST)

Oh dear. As predicted, this could get out of hand for Yoddha. The score now reads 15-30, and nothing at all is going right for them either in defence, or in attack.

Jan 3, 2019 8:45 pm (IST)

The approach of taking it cautiously even if a team was trailing is a useful tactic to use in the group stages, but not in the knockout phase. There are no points for losing with a gap of less than seven points here, remember, as opposed to the earlier part of the competition.

Jan 3, 2019 8:43 pm (IST)

Yoddha need more inventiveness in their attack here or they risk being completely being outplayed. The score reads 14-23 to Gujarat here.

Jan 3, 2019 8:41 pm (IST)

When one talks about power combinations, there are none that are more powerful than the one that Gujarat are in posession of. Speed. Power. Strength, they seem to have everything.

Jan 3, 2019 8:40 pm (IST)

Gujarat continue their dominance into the second half. The score now reads 14-21 to Gujarat.

Jan 3, 2019 8:39 pm (IST)

A cautious start from both sides at the beginning of the first half. No one committing or showing their cards too early.

Jan 3, 2019 8:38 pm (IST)
Jan 3, 2019 8:37 pm (IST)

So Gujarat fortunegiants have taken an emphatic lead here with the score reading 19-14. That was what the difference between the two sides was at half time. Only time will tell whether it will be a different story in the second half.

Jan 3, 2019 8:23 pm (IST)

And it seems to have paid off initially, the Yoddha claw back into the game with the score reading 9-11. There is a long way to go in the match, and an early lead would not really count for much at this point.

Jan 3, 2019 8:20 pm (IST)

There has been an official timeout taken by the UP Yoddha here, trying to reclaim some of the momentum lost by them early on in the match.

Jan 3, 2019 8:16 pm (IST)

An unsuccessful raid by Shrikant Jadhav here! Which hands the advantage to Gujarat Fortunegiants. The score now reads 10-7 to Gujarat.

Jan 3, 2019 8:13 pm (IST)

And in no time it's 5-5! Now that might be one of the quickest starts we have ever had to a Pro Kabaddi League match. It's like the defences of either side have taken an off, and the raiders are having a field day, picking up points left right and centre.

Jan 3, 2019 8:11 pm (IST)

But Gujarat Fortunegiants have done well here to claw back into the match. The Yoddha defence could not curtail the attacking prowess of the Gujara raiders.

Jan 3, 2019 8:07 pm (IST)

And it's UP Yoddha who have taken the early advantage here as they  have raced into a 2-1 lead. The match looks like it will be played at the same intensity as whenever the two teams take each other on.

Jan 3, 2019 8:04 pm (IST)

UP Yoddha have won the toss here and will select their choice of raid.

Jan 3, 2019 7:57 pm (IST)

This is how UP Yoddha will be lining up for the big match tonight.

Jan 3, 2019 7:56 pm (IST)

Hello and welcome to our live updates of the 2018-19 VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match between Bengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha! This is the second qualfier of the tournament, meaning it's a do-or-die for both the teams involved. A place in the final is up for grabs!

Pro Kabaddi League, Qualifier 2, Gujarat Fortunegiants vs UP Yoddha: Gujarat Fortunegiants Book Place in Final
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The two teams last met during the Ahmedabad leg where a late rally from the Gujarat Fortunegiants helped them beat U.P. Yoddha by a scoreline of 37-32.

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