Buneri Paltan survived a late scare by defeating Bengaluru Bulls 35-33 in the Season 9 Professional Kabaddi League (PKL) match at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, here on Sunday.
The Bulls’ late rush with Bharat at center energized the field for one of the best games of the season. With this win, Buneri moved Baltan to the top of the points table.
Described as a clash between a bull-raiding force against a Pune defense force, the start was not disappointing. Despite a quick start for the Bulls, who equalized a point for Paltan in the early exchanges, Paltan’s defense gave their team a boost a few minutes later.
Paltan hit the first out of the game within the first ten minutes as they took a 14-4 lead.
From there, it became an all-round kabaddi lesson for the team currently at the top of the table with Paltan scoring points while raiding as well as on defence. They managed to keep bulls danger man Bharat off the mat for great distances from the half to stay in control.
With another looming on the horizon, a great tackle by Mayur Kadam on Aslam Inamdar delayed the inevitable and kept them in the game. Going into halftime, Paltan had a 10-point lead at 20-10.
The Bulls started the second half with a great tackle, with Neeraj Narwhal tackling Mohit Goyat to spark some belief and get back into the side. Unfortunately, the tackle proved a false dawn, as Baltan’s defense ensured they didn’t let the Bulls off the hook. And sure enough, the pressure paid off as they went all out for the Bulls to take a 26-12 lead.
In a massive lead, and Bharat struggled to score his first point of the match, Paltan seemed to have clinched the game. Then in the last five minutes, the bulls suddenly come back to life. With just over 3 minutes left in the game, they landed their first ALL OUT on Paltan to cut the lead to five at 27-35.
With his first points in the bag, Bharat suddenly found his old form again, and the points kept pouring in. A 12-point lead was wiped out within two minutes and with ten seconds to go, the Bulls drew level to turn a walk into a stud.
With the final raid of the evening, in the Do or Die raid, Inamdar delivered the final blow, against the momentum as Paltan took the win.
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