Pune: Puneri Paltan produced a superb comeback to beat Haryana Steelers 35-33 in a thrilling Pro Kabaddi Season 6 match in Pune on Wednesday.
It was a solid all-round effort by Puneri Paltan as they picked up their game in the second half. Haryana Steelers were left ruing a disappointing second half performance.
Sandeep Narwal scored seven points for Pune while GB More chipped in with six points. Monu Goyat got 11 points for Haryana but their second half performance let them down.
Monu opened Puneri Paltan's account with a two-point raid in the first minute. Haryana Steelers leveled the match at 4-4 with a couple of raid points.
Haryana Steelers tightened their grip on the match in the next few minutes as Vikas Kandola's brilliant raid in the ninth minute inflicted an all out on Pune.
Puneri Paltan could not recover from that all out in the first half as they struggled to put points on board. Harayan Steelers asserted further domination with another all out in the 17th minute to lead 20-7.
Monu Goyat and Vikas Kandola got points at regular intervals as Haryana enjoyed a healthy 15-point lead at the end of the first half.
There was a sense of complacency in Haryana's performance in the second half as in 10 minutes they could score just three points.
Puneri Paltan's hopes of a comeback were ignited as they inflicted an all out in the 29th minute to trail 21-26.
Pune's defence had a first half to forget as they could muster just two tackle points. At the start of the second half, they picked the third tackle point to trail 10-24 after 24 minutes.
A super tackle was forced by Puneri Paltan in the 25th minute as they attempted to reduce the point gap.
Puneri Paltan were in scintillating form in the second half as they inflicted an all out in the 36th minute to complete a sensational comeback.
In the last five minutes, Haryana Steelers could not come to terms with Puneri Paltan's intensity.
Bulls tame Titans
Bengaluru Bulls produced an accomplished performance to beat Telugu Titans 34-26 in the southern derby. Rohit Kumar scored eight points while Amit Sheoran scored five points. Rahul Chaudhari scored 6 points for Titans but it wasn’t enough.
Rohit got two points with his first raid to give Bengaluru 2-0 lead. Telugu titans had a strong first half as they inflicted an all out to lead 15-10 at the end of the first half. Rahul Chaudhari did the bulk of scoring for Titans in the first half.
The second half saw Bengaluru Bulls produce a strong comeback. In the 15th minute Bengaluru Bulls leveled at 17-17. Rohit and Amit combined strongly to score raid and tackle points for Bengaluru Bulls. An all out in the 38th minute tilted the balance in favour of Bulls as they led 31-25. The all out extinguished all hopes of Titans’ comeback as they crashed to a defeat.
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2018 23:39:17 IST