WHILE the Surrey-based Punjab Thunder easily beat Royal Kings USA 63-42 in the 14th match in the Wave World Kabaddi League at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday, the other B.C. team, Abbotsford-based Vancouver Lions, scored their first victory on Sunday.
According to the World Kabaddi League , Vancouver Lions beat United Singhs 57-53 in one of the closest matches of the league to pick their first points and moved up one place from the bottom of the table.
Gagandeep Singh Sabrawa was the main of the match as well as the Best Raider contributing 18 points to his team’s kitty, while Sandeep Singh put up a valiant show for United Singh with six stops in the 15th match of the League.
The United Singh were narrowly ahead at 14-13 after the first quarter, but increased that to a sizeable 29-24 at the midway stage, before the Vancouver Lions staged a remarkable comeback to snatch the lead at 40-39 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
The visitors from Canada then managed to nose ahead to 57-53 by the end for a huge morale-boosting win.
The four-point difference also equaled the record for the smallest margin of four points – Yo Yo Tigers beat Royals Kings by a similar difference 58-54 last week at the same venue.
United Singhs, who have now lost two games and won as many, have four points, while Khalsa Warriors, very popular winners over Lahore Lions last night, lead the table with eight points. Lahore Lions are second with six points, while United Singhs and Yo Yo Tigers, who have one more game to go against point-less California Eagles in the late night Sunday game, have also got four points. Royal Kings USA (three matches) have two points.
The next set of matches will be played at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on the next weekend, September 6-7.
– Man of the match: Gagandeep Singh Sabrawa (Vancouver Lion )
– Best Raider: Gagandeep Singh Sabrawa, Vancouver Lions (18 raids)
– Best Stopper: Sandeep Singh Sandhu, United Singhs (6stops)
ON Saturday, Punjab Thunder easily beat Royal Kings USA 63-42.
The star stopper Yadwinder Singh of Punjab Thunder stopped the first raid by Balram Singh of Royal Kings USA giving them a lead of one point at the start of the match. Thereby numerous raids by the Royal Kings USA were made unsuccessful by the stoppers of Punjab Thunder. Gradually Punjab Thunder overpowered Royal Kings USA giving them no chance to bounce back. Yadvinder Singh, Sukhmanjeet Singh were the best stoppers and Talwinder Singh were inevitable raiders of the Punjab Thunder, who led the team to winning position by 26 points difference over the Royal Kings USA.
Talwinder Singh, Sultan Singh, Sultan Mohammad and Baljeet Singh were the star raiders from Punjab Thunder and their prominent stoppers were skipper Yadwinder Singh, Satwinder Gill and Sukhmanjeet Singh.
For the Royal Kings USA, raiders Balram Singh and Gurlal Singh shone out and their prominent stoppers were Jasrakan Singh and Harwinder Singh.
– Man of the match : Talwinder Singh( Punjab Thunder )
– Best Raider: Talwinder Singh (26 raids)
– Best Stopper: Yadwinder Singh (6 stops)
– Stopper Yadwinder Singh scores a hat trick as best stopper
* Punjab Thunder is co-owned by Daljit Thind, Founder and CEO of Thind Properties, Rajat Bedi Bollywood Indian Film actor who currently lives in Richmond, and Monty Sikka, President of the Monark Group whose head offices located in Surrey.
* Vancouver Lions is owned by Gurjit Singh Purewal, well-known blueberry farmer.