Our fifth game of the season against the Bengal Warriors started off very slow with a few empty raids from both sides. The Bengal Warriors eventually started off with a minor lead, we were racking up points as well in return. Consequently, our captain Rishank Devadiga took the initiative to make a comeback into the game and he went in and delivered a fantastic super raid. This shifted the momentum completely and the game was suddenly in our hands. Our defence too looked very solid as they consistently denied the raids of Jang Kun Lee and Maninder Singh. This trend lead to the half-time score being 18-15 in the favour of our Yoddha.
The start of second half, we continued that trend and it eventually led to the Bengal Warriors going all-out. We kept on maintaining our defensive solidarity as we extended our lead by 7 points. The score was 30-23 in the favour of our Yoddha when the Bengal Warriors started their comeback. There was a streak of successful tackles from the Bengal Warriors that got them level. We eventually got all-out and the score became level at 32-32.
Our captain RIshank Devadiga just couldn’t make that final leap across the finish line and get that Super 10 he has been missing this VIVO ProKabaddi Season. He got thwarted every time an attempt was made. It was not the same on the other side though, their star raider Maninder Singh took this as an opportunity and got that much needed super 10 for his team. The Bengal Warriors had just taken a slender lead when our mighty raider Prashanth Kumar Rai showed us his A-game for the team. He got a chain of successful bonus points and raids which ignited our revival in the dying minutes of the game. He dominated the Bengal Warriors’ left corner in the latter part of the second half.
The game was neck and neck till the end and it just kept on delivering. The game ended up in a tie, high octane clashes throughout but no team could outdo each other. We take this game as a positive moving forward and will ensure to deliver a win for our fans the next time we step onto the mat.