Kolkata: Puneri Paltan put in an impressive performance but lost to Bengal Warriors in the final minutes of the match. Bengal Warriors beat Puneri Paltan 42-39 at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata on Sunday.
Young Pankaj Mohite and all-rounder Manjeet both impressed for the Pune side as they stifled the Bengal raiders with their electrifying performances.
A closely contested first half saw both teams match each other in all departments. Pankaj Mohite was handed a rare spot in the starting seven for Pune as coach Anup Kumar benched the experienced Nitin Tomar for the young raider. And it wasn’t surprising to see the raider make an instant impact as Paltan raced to a four-point lead. But Bengal Warriors raiding trio Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh, and the raiders ensured the home side clawed their way back into the game. A three-point raid by Maninder in the fourth minute was followed by good teamwork from the Warriors as they inflicted an All-Out on Pune in the tenth minute of the half.
But Pune didn’t let that stop their flow and made a comeback through Pankaj Mohite’s incredible raids. Paltan got clinched their first All-Out of the match in the dying minutes of the second half to go into the break trailing by a single point (20-21).
Bengal and Pune kept matching each other in the early minutes of the second half but mistakes from the Warriors’ raiding unit coupled with Manjeet’s all-round brilliance for Pune saw the Paltan take a slender three-point lead by the tenth minute of the half. Pankaj Mohite picked up his Super 10 as the Pune side inflicted another All-Out on the home side in the 13th minute of the half to move to a nine-point lead.
A Super Raid by Bengal’s Sukesh Hegde made it an interesting few last minutes but Pune had a four-point lead going into the last minute. Mohammad Nabibakhsh’s multi-point raid helped Warriors defeat Puneri Paltan.
Puneri Paltan will start its home leg campaign on Saturday, September 14th, when they will be playing against Gujarat Fortune Giants. Fans can brace themselves for yet another nail biting, edge of the seat thrilling Kabaddi action for non-stop 6 days. The tickets can be obtained from BookMyShow and Puneri Paltan’s official website.
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