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Haryana Steelers settle score with Puneri Paltan

Haryana had lost their previous two matches against Pune in Sonepat and Ranchi, by 16 and 12 points respectively.

pune Updated: Oct 17, 2017 23:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Puneri Paltan failed to keep the momentum of their last two successive wins and went down to Haryana Steelers 27-31 in the Pro Kabaddi League encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Hosts Puneri Paltan failed to keep the momentum of their last two successive wins and went down to Haryana Steelers 27-31 in the Pro Kabaddi League encounter at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Tuesday.

Haryana had lost their previous two matches against Pune in Sonepat and Ranchi, by 16 and 12 points respectively. In fact, it was the Paltan who handed the Steelers first defeat this season and on today (Tuesday) they settled the scores.

In the first half, both teams were going neck to neck and skipper Deepak Hooda who has been Pune’s best raider this campaign with 132 raid points, was impressive with 4 points. He puts the team in a 0-2 lead in the first minute of the match. The team were locked 11-11 at the breather and faced another thriller in the second half.

Paltan was on the verge of getting all out, but Girish Ernak, who was the lone man standing on the mat, came up with a crucial 3-point raid. Though his heroic efforts saved Paltan from getting all out and put in a 23-21 lead, they failed to take advantage of the situation and Haryana immediately imposed all out claiming a 25-24 lead.

From Haryana Steelers, Prasanth Kumar Rai was impressive with 12 points and crucial tackles by Vikas in the left corner turned out to be decisive for the team.

Bengaluru Bulls crush UP Yoddha with a massive win of 64-24

Earlier in the first match, Rohit Kumar created a history as he scored 32 raid points to help Bengaluru Bulls hammer UP Yoddha to 64-24. This was the most raid points scored by a raider in the history of Pro Kabaddi League. Bengaluru Bulls also created the record for most points scored by a team in the fifth season of Pro Kabaddi League.

This was a rescheduled match after it was postponed due to heavy rains in Mumbai earlier in the season. Rohit Kumar was in sublime raiding form for Bulls to lead his team to victory. Surender Singh scored 11 points for UP Yoddha. Bengaluru Bulls were dominant at the last 10 minutes as they inflicted two more all outs. Bulls scored 22 points compared to just 3 points by UP Yoddha as they romped to a 64-24 victory.

Bengaluru Bulls now have 54 points from 21 matches and have reached the fourth position in Zone B. UP Yoddha are third with 60 points from 22 matches.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 23:43 IST