Raider Pawan Sehrawat starred for Bengaluru Bulls as they defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 in a pulsating final to lift their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title on Saturday.
Sehrawat accumulated 22 points in his 25 raids and turned the match on its head as he single-handedly took the southern outfit to a memorable win. Their second-best player was Sumit Singh (3 points).
It was heartbreak for Gujarat yet again like the last season, when they ended up as runners-up.
Pawan was the difference between the two teams as he pulled back his side into the game after trailing 9-16 after the first half at the NSCI Dome at Worli.
A resurgent Bengaluru, courtesy Pawan's show, inflicted all-out not once but twice on the Gujarat team to move ahead and then held their nerve to come out triumphant.
They came!— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) January 5, 2019
They took the #VivoProKabaddi 🏆 home!
Winning the #VivoProKabaddiFinal courtesy a trademark comeback, @BengaluruBulls etched their name in history! Here are a few standout moments from #BENvGUJ.
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Earlier, Bengaluru opened their account by sending off Gujarat's star raider Sachin Tanwar in the opening minute. Gujarat's raider K Prapanjan made it 1-1 after a successful raid.
After Gujarat went ahead 2-1, they brought back Sachin Tanwar. But Pawan Kumar Sehrawat attempted two successful raids to take them 3-2 ahead.
In a final where every point mattered, the two teams were going neck-to-neck with 4-4, after the initial seven minutes of the match.
The two teams showed amazing skills, that included super tackles and raids, and were locked at 7-7 with eight minutes to go for the completion of first half.
But then Gujarat seemed to have found the momentum as they surged ahead 11-7 with a couple of successful raids and tackles. And then Gujarat inflicted an 'all-out' on their opponents to increase their lead to 15-9. At the half-way mark, Gujarat led 16-9.
After the change of ends, Bengaluru, with some fine defence and tackles, made it 17-21.
However, the turning point came when Sehrawat grabbed six points for his side after two successful raids which led to Gujarat's all-out as Bengaluru edged ahead 23-22, with about nine minutes before the final whistle.
Bengaluru and Gujarat were tied at 29-29 at one point. Again it was Pawan, who grabbed two points for his team, to take them 31-29 ahead, with two minutes remaining for the final whistle.
Again a successful raid by Pawan meant that Bengaluru inflicted another 'all-out' and surged 36-30 ahead and then ended the game at 38-33.
Bengaluru went home richer by Rs 3 crore while Gujarat bagged Rs 1.80 crore as prize money. The seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League will begin in July.