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Pro Kabaddi 2018: Bengaluru Bulls beat Haryana Steelers 42-34, UP Yodhha beat Puneri Paltan 29-23

The architect of Bengaluru Bulls' win was raider Pawan Sehrawat who scored 21 raid points and single-handedly tormented the Steelers' defence.

By: PTI | Pune | October 25, 2018 1:06:03 am
For Haryana Steelers, Vikas Kandola got 14 points while Monu Goyat scored nine points but it wasn’t enough as they suffer their sixth defeat of the season.

A terrific second-half performance by the Bengaluru Bulls saw them register a comfortable 42-34 victory over Haryana Steelers in the Inter Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season VI.

The architect of their win was raider Pawan Sehrawat who scored 21 raid points and single-handedly tormented the Steelers’ defence.

For Haryana Steelers, Vikas Kandola got 14 points while Monu Goyat scored nine points but it wasn’t enough as they suffer their sixth defeat of the season.

In the first few minutes of the match, it was the raiders who got their teams going.

Pawan Sehrawat, Monu Goyat scored points as Haryana Steelers led 3-2 after three minutes.

Rohit Kumar got his first raid point of the match in the fourth minute as Bengaluru Bulls trailed 3-5. Another raid by Rohit leveled the scored at 5-5 for Bengaluru Bulls in the sixth minute.

It was the battle of the raiders in the first half with both defences having a hard time to get tackle points. Bengaluru Bulls scored just two tackle points in the first half while Haryana Steelers got three.

Monu Goyat scored with a two-point raid in the 18th minute. Haryana Steelers went into the break holding a slender two-point lead with the score 15-13 in their favour.

Bengaluru Bulls started the second half strongly as first Pawan Sehrawat came up with a super raid in the 24th minute. The Bulls then inflicted the first all out of the match in the 25th minute to lead 21-17.

Pawan Sehrawat came up with another super raid in the 28th minute as Bengaluru Bulls led 26-18.

Vikas Kandola scored with four points with two raids and saved his team from two all outs. Bengaluru, however, inflicted an all out in the 32nd minute to lead 32-23.

Bengaluru Bulls were in a commanding position as they led by eight points with less than five minutes to go. Vikas Kandola got another raid point for the Steelers in the 37th minute as Haryana were left to reduce the margin of defeat.

In the next round of matches, Patna Pirates will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers while Gujarat Fortunegiants face Tamil Thalaivas.

UP Yodhha beat Puneri Paltan 29-23

In an evenly matched contest, it was UP Yoddha who showed a lot of composure to beat Puneri Paltan 29-23 in Inter Zone Challenge Week in Pro Kabaddi. Prashanth Kumar Rai and Shrikant Jadhav combined to score 14 raid points to lead UP Yoddha to another victory. At crucial moments of the match, UP Yoddha held their nerve as they beat the home team in front of a boisterous crowd. Leading raider of the season Nitin Tomar had a quiet match by his high standards as he scored just five points.

Shrikant Jadhav opened UP Yoddha’s account with a two-point raid in the first minute as Monu responded for Puneri Paltan with an equivalent raid. The two raiders scored a point apiece in the next few minutes as both teams were level at 3-3. UP Yoddha led 8-4 in the eighth minute as Prashanth Kumar Rai scored four raid points in two raids.

It took Nitin Tomar nine minutes to open his account in the match. A two-point raid in the 14th minute by Nitin Tomar reduced the deficit to one-point for Puneri Paltan. UP Yoddha went into the halfP time leading 16-12 and holding a slight edge over Pune.

There were a slew of empty raids at the start of the first half as UP Yoddha maintained four-point lead in the 23rd minute. A super tackle in the 30th minute by UP Yoddha saw them lead 21-17. It was a low-scoring second half as in 10 minutes both teams managed to score five points apiece.

With less than five minutes to go, Akshay Jadhav scored a raid point as Puneri Paltan trailed 21-25. It looked like the match would go down to the wire but UP Yoddha defence rose to the occasion as they sent Nitin Tomar to the bench twice to quell any hopes of a Puneri Paltan comeback.

In the next round of matches, Patna Pirates will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers while Gujarat Fortunegiants face Tamil Thalaivas.

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