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Puneri Paltan finish 3rd in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi with a 31-27 win over Bengal Warriors

Puneri Paltan Mahendra Rajput Bengal Warriors Pro Kabaddi
The Puneri Paltan defenders push Mahendra Singh Rajput out of the court
Modified 16 Mar 2016

Puneri Paltan finished 3rd by beating fellow semi-final debutants Bengal Warriors 31-27. With this win, they took a 4-3 lead in the overall head to head between the two teams. Jang Kun Lee’s 9 points went in vain as Deepak Niwas Hooda scored 9 points to slay the Warriors.

Bengal Warriors came roaring out of the blocks and raced to a 4-0 lead and reduced Puneri Paltan to just 3 men. However, Manjeet Chhillar stopped Jang Kun Lee in a super tackle to open his team’s account and change the momentum in their favour. Deepak Niwas Hooda returned successfully from both his raids as they took the lead 5-4 by the 11th minute to get the Warriors on the verge of an all out.

Mahendra Singh Rajput restored parity and Bajirao Hodage put Bengal in the lead with a super tackle on Deepak. However, Ajay Thakur and Manjeet completed the all out on the Warriors in the 16th minute as Pune led 11-7.

The star of the half, Deepak Hooda, continued his good form and rounded off the half with 3 points in 2 raids as the Paltan led the Warriors by 7 points at the break.

HT: Bengal Warriors 8-15 Puneri Paltan

The second half began with just 3 Warriors on the mat, but they levelled the numbers’ count through a super tackle and a successful raid. Nilesh Shinde pushed Deepak off the mat while Jang Kun Lee got the Paltan captain Manjeet Chhillar out with an acrobatic raid to reduce their deficit to just 5 points. However, the Paltan struck back and inflicted an all out on their opponents in the 28th minute increase their lead to double digits.

With the score at 22-11, most teams would have wilted and folded away, but not the team from Kolkata! Jang Kun Lee started the comeback by winning 8 points in 6 minutes for his team as Bengal Warriors completed an all out on Puneri Paltan and reduced the deficit to just 3 points.

With 5 minutes to go, the Paltan led by 4 points, but Bengal had just 4 men on the court. The Paltan increased their lead to 6 points in the 38th minute, but Bajirao Hodage and Lee combined to bring down Deepak in a super tackle. However, the Paltan held on in the final minute to win by 4 points to ensure a podium finish for the first time in their history.

FT: Bengal Warriors 27-31 Puneri Paltan

Published 05 Mar 2016, 21:00 IST
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