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Bengaluru Bulls 24-34 Bengal Warriors; The Bulls suffer second consecutive home loss

985   //    04 Feb 2016, 21:05 IST
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Bengaluru Bulls captain Surjeet Narwal during a raid vs Bengal Warriors

Bengaluru Bulls suffered a 24-34 loss at home, this time to high-flying Bengal Warriors. This was the Bulls’ second home loss and their first vs the Warriors in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi history. Jang Kun Lee won 11 points for his team while Nitin Tomar and Girish Maruti Ernak supported him well. The Bulls put up a subdued performance as neither Surjeet Narwal or Amit Rathi could get going.

Nitin Tomar continued where he left off in the last match and won a point in the very first raid while his team’s defence tackled Surjeet Narwal in the resulting raid. The Bulls hit back through stellar defending and levelled the score right after the second minute.

The home team went on a 3-point run after the 5th minute to take a 5-3 lead. But, the Warriors introduced Jang Kun Lee in the game and that immediately lifted their morale. With 4 straight points, they silenced the crowd by restoring parity in the game by the 13th minute.

However, the crowd went wild when the visitors were reduced to just 2 men in the next two minutes. South Korean Lee was caught in the resulting raid and Amit Rathi completed the all out to give the Bulls a 5-point lead (13-8). Not to be outdone, the Warriors won 4 unanswered points as the half concluded with Bengaluru Bulls leading by just 1 point.

HT: Bengaluru Bulls 13-12 Bengal Warriors

Nitin Tomar couldn’t keep his footing and stepped into the lobby as the home team won 2 more points, but the Warriors struck back and reduced the Bulls to just 1 man. However, that man was Surjeet Narwal, who won 2 points in his 2 raids and joined hands with Amit Rathi to complete a super tackle to not only prevent the all out, but level the men on the mat for each team.

With just 9 minutes left on the clock, the Warriors turned it around by completing an all out on the home team and taking a 2-point lead. They did not let the Bulls any closer in the score and went from strength to strength till the final whistle.

They inflicted another all out on the home team in the 39th minute and ensured they did not let the Bulls even a single point in the table by winning through a huge 10-point margin.

FT: Bengaluru Bulls 24-34 Bengal Warriors

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