On the 26th day of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi season 2, Bengal Warriors beat Puneri Paltan by a score of 31-28. In the battle of the teams at the bottom, the Warriors extended their lead over the Paltans courtesy of a good defensive effort by Shyam Kumar Sha. The Warriors exacted revenge after the Paltans had got one over them earlier this season.
The Bengal Warriors won the first points of the match through Mahendra Rajput’s raid and a successful review as Yogesh Hooda’s claim was dismissed by the referee. The Paltans made the score 3-2 by tackling opposition captain Dinesh Kumar in the 3rd minute.
In the 7th minute, Bengal Warriors had taken another review, which also turned out to be successful as the Bengal Warriors established a 3-point lead against the Paltans. Trailing 8-4 in the match after 10 minutes, the Paltans made a silly mistake by returning empty-handed in their do-or-die raid and reduced themselves to just 3 players. However, a super tackle ensued as Warriors’ lead was reduced to just 3 points (9-6) in the process.
The Paltans completed a 4-point run as they made it a 1-point game in the 14th minute. The Paltans took the lead in the final minute through Jitesh Joshi’s successful raid. In the final raid of the half, however, the Warriors levelled the score at 12 each.
At half-time, Jang Kun Lee was substituted amidst deafening cheers from the crowd. He had an immediate impact as he won a point to get his team in the lead. However, by the 23rd minute, both the teams were level at 14-14. Kun Lee returned with a couple of successive raids as the Paltans were reduced to just 3 men as they led 19-14. The Paltans, however, conjured up a super tackle and made it a 2-point game.
In the 33rd minute, Sunil Jaipal enforced an all out on Pune when he got Harvinder Singh and Tushar Patil out as the Warriors led 26-19. Dinesh Kumar’s side did not let the lead slip and maintained a lead till the end despite Paltans late run courtesy of Wazir Singh. The Warriors ended the match 31-28 to keep their semi-final hopes alive. The Paltans have been knocked out of the tournament.
Man of the match: Shyam Kumar Sha