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Haryana beat Punjab to reach PWL final

other sports Updated: Dec 27, 2015 01:12 IST
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Punjab Royals wrestler Vasilisa Marzaliuk in action against Geetika Jakhar of Haryana Hammers during the Pro Wrestling League match, in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

Haryana Hammers entered the final of the Pro Wrestling League after prevailing over Punjab Royals 4-3 in the second semifinal on Saturday.

Haryana Hammers will take on table toppers Mumbai Garuda in Sunday’s final. Haryana registered a come-from-behind win to make it to the grand finale.

Punjab Royals took an early 2-0 lead before Haryana Hammers tied the scores. A win each in the following two bouts and scores were tied yet again.

The crucial deciding bout was won by Haryana’s Livan Lopez Azcuy 5-1 against Punjab’s Praveen Rana, who got injured in the beginning of the bout.

In the absence of injured captain Yogeshwar Dutt, Haryana Hammers fielded little-known Vishal Rana against Rajneesh of Punjab Royals in men’s 65kg.

In a one-sided contest, Rajneesh beat Vishal 12-2 by technical superiority in just four minutes and 32 seconds. Royals’ Vasilisa Marzaliuk prevailed 4-0 over Geetika Jhakhar of Haryana in women’s 69kg.

Hammers’ Andriitesey Valerii beat Mausam Khatri of Punjab 5-4 by fall verdict in men’s 97kg. In a similar fashion, Haryana’s stand-in-skipper Tatyana Kit, a World Championship bronze medallist, also came from behind to register a 5-4 by fall victory over Priyanka Phogat of Punjab in women’s 53kg.