| Action during the match between Bengal Warriors and Puneri Paltans. A Telegraph picture |
Calcutta: Bengal Warriors recorded their second win on the trot defeating Puneri Paltans 38-35 in a Star Sports Pro-Kabaddi League match, at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, on Friday.
Bengal raced to a 10-0 lead in the first half with Nitin Madane and South Korean recruit Jang Kun Lee making successive successful raids. The matters were made worse for the Paltans as Nilesh Shinde led from the front while defending and executing waist holds and leg traps to perfection.
But the Paltans came back midway through the first half with some good show from skipper Wazir Singh and Manoj Kumar. Vikas Tomar and Jitesh Joshi showed their defensive skills as Paltans pulled back 4 points in a row and finished first half on 14-20.
The Paltans showed tremendous resilience through their top raider Mahipal Narwal (10) and Wazir Singh (9) to make the going tough for the local outfit. They snatched a 28-29 lead in the 32nd minute.
Warriors continued to attack through Jang, their over-reliance was exposed when Lee was successfully caught by an all-out Paltan to take a two-point lead.
Just when it seemed to go out of their hand, the Warriors coach Rajnarain Sharma played a masterstroke by bringing in Sunil Jaipal in place of their skipper Mahesh Goud that turned the match around.
Jaipal raided with excellence and combined well with Lee to hand the Paltans a third straight loss as Warriors with 10 points jumped to third place behind leaders U Mumba (18) and Bengaluru Bulls (15).
Lee was adjudged Best Raider for the second consecutive day, while Paltan’s Manoj Kumar was Best Defender and Mahipal Narwal won the Best Moment of the day.
Earlier, Patna Pirates bounced back in the second half to edge past Telugu Titans 38-35 and register their first victory. Ravi Dalal was the chief architect in Pirates’ victory with 14 raid points and received fine support from Rakesh Kumar with seven points.