Pro Kabaddi League 2017 Season 5: Five talking points from Day 55 of PKL 5
Deepak Niwas Hooda single-handedly changed the course of the game as the Puneri Paltan crushed the Tamil Thalaivas 33-20 in Friday's first Pro Kabaddi League encounter.
The Patna Pirates and Gujarat Fortunegiants played out a thrilling match in the second match. Two sides perched at the top of their respective points table, neither of them were in the mood to let go easily.
Here are the five major talking points from tonight.
#1 Referee under the spotlight once again
Throughout Season 5, multiple raiders have voiced their opinion on the sub-standard refereeing that continues to plague the league. Friday was no different. In what was an extremely exciting first half between Tamil Thalaivas and Puneri Paltan, the referee made a blunder midway through it.
Rajesh Mondal stepped up for a do-or-die raid and had the opportunity to inflict an all out on the home side, who had only two players on the mat. He successfully touched one of them. But just as he was about to scurry across to his half, one of the Thalaivas' players held on to his jersey.
As a result, he was tackled. Sandeep Narwal's desperate plea for a T.V referral went in vain as the referee decided to award a super tackle to the Thalaivas instead.