Puneri Paltan began their Delhi leg with a loss against UP Yoddha with a score of 35-30 match at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi on Monday. Puneri Paltan put up a spirited performance today but couldn’t match up to their opponents.
Pune coach Anup Kumar had to assign the raiding duties to Manjeet and young Pankaj Mohite after Nitin Tomar was ruled out due to an injury. But the young players rose up to occasion, with Manjeet putting up an incredible performance for the Paltan. Shrikant Jadhav, who scored 8 raid points in a first half that saw UP Yoddha inflict an All-Out on the Paltan in the 12th minute. A raid-heavy first half ended 16-9 in favour of the UP team.
Manjeet started the second half brightly for Pune, heeding to his coach’s advice and picking up valuable Bonus Points. A two-point raid by Shrikant Jadhav in the 11th minute of the half forced another All-Out on the Pune side while the raider secured his Super 10. Puneri Paltan continued its efforts to mount a comeback.
Pune struggled to come into the match despite Manjeet’s solo efforts that saw him secure a Super 10 with 6 minutes on the clock. He enforced an All-Out on UP with a two-point raid with two minutes remaining but the Yoddha defence held firm, thanks to a High 5 by Sumit, to clinch an important victory.