Pro Kabaddi League 2018-19: Bengaluru Bulls defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants in the final to lift their maiden Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) title in Mumbai on Saturday. In a high-octane summit clash, Bengaluru Bulls came from behind to win the contest 38-33 against Gujarat Fortunegiants, who finished runners-up for the second time.Pawan Sehrawat of Bengaluru Bulls was the star performer of the night as he collected 22 points from 25 raids. Pawan Sehrawat’s brilliance on the court helped Bengaluru Bulls become the fourth team to win the Pro Kabaddi League crown.Jaipur Pink Panthers had won the inaugural championship in 2014 while U Mumba lifted the title in 2015. Patna Pirates then created history by winning the titles three times in a row in (2016, 2016 and 2017).It was heartbreak for Gujarat yet again like the last season, when they lost the final against Patna Pirates.Victory is always a confetti-filled blur. It hides the many years of dreams & hard work. Bravo @BengaluruBulls The dream is now reality. Time for Bengaluru to celebrate their hometown heroes @ProKabaddi #vivoprokabaddifinal #VivoProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/aUiQSGGPxuanand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 5, 2019Pawan 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.Congratulations @BengaluruBulls on winning the #ProKabaddi LeagueEmphatic throughout the tournament #CupNamade #Bengaluru #PlayBoldRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) January 5, 2019Heartiest congratulations to @BengaluruBulls for winning the #VivoProKabaddi Season 6 title #TheEagles #DilBoleDilli #vivoprokabaddifinal #vivoprokabaddiseason6 @ProKabaddi @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/GJZ1Ltoef1advertisementDabang Delhi KC (@DabangDelhiKC) January 5, 2019A 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.Well played @Fortunegiants. Thank you for giving us a memorable match! #FullChargeMaadi #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BENvGUJBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019The new CHAMPIONS have been CROWNED!!!#FullChargeMaadi #VivoPKL6 #FINAL #BENvGUJ #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BengaluruBulls #BB #Kabaddi #VivoProKabaddiLeague #Season6 #KhelKabaddi #LePanga pic.twitter.com/wclVJWu6NuBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019Earlier, 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.MOTHER of all COMEBACKS!!!#FullChargeMaadi #VivoPKL6 #FINAL #BENvGUJ #VivoProKabaddiFinal #BengaluruBulls #BB #Kabaddi #VivoProKabaddiLeague #Season6 #KhelKabaddi #LePanga pic.twitter.com/6mC0Hs9A6eBengaluru Bulls (@BengaluruBulls) January 5, 2019In 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.
Pro Kabaddi League: Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Fortunegiants to lift maiden title