Nagpur: Haryana Steelers overcame the challenge of the hitherto unbeaten Gujarat Fortunegiants and pounded them with a score of 32-20 here tonight in a match that saw action pick up in the second half after a rather low-scoring first half.
Vikas Khandola was one of the stars for Gujarat, with a stellar showing. He led the way with some wonderful raids which included a moment of brilliance when he was caught by the rival defenders but managed to touch the line with his legs. Gujarat fought back strongly after a moderate first half but the Steelers’ impressive play kept them ahead. They never allowed Gujarat any leeway and ran away to a 32-20 win.
With seven minutes to go, Haryana led 18-11 and the best efforts of the Fortungiants raider yielded nothing positive.
It was a rather slow first half-match in the encounter between the strong Steelers and Fortunegiants. Surjeet Singh set the ball rolling for the Steelers after Sukesh Hegde won the toss for Fortunesupergiants and opted for the left hand side of the court. Surjeet got two points for Haryana with his first raid as the men in blue looked to be frontrunners.
It took five minutes for the Gujrat franchise to get on the board as Vikas Khandola came up with an unsuccessful raid. Haryana, buoyed by the good work of Kandola, kept accumulating the points before the opponent managed to fight back.
After 18 minutes of play, the two teams were level on points as Gujarat defence rose to the occasion.