Bengaluru Bulls tames Bengal Warriors

It was a battle of defences as both teams put in a solid performance but it was Bulls which kept its cool and emerged victorious.

Captain Nilesh Shinde in the left catching position was in formidable form for Bengal Warriors.   -  PTI

Bengaluru Bulls pulled off a last-gasp 24-23 win over Bengal Warriors in its opening tie of the Pro Kabaddi League at the NSCI complex on Sunday. Tackler Surender Nada and raider Rohit Kumar impressed for the Bengaluru-based side.

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Defender Mohit Chillar, who initially struggled to > justify the hefty Rs 53 lakhs Bulls paid to secure his services, regained poise later in the game to chip in with a few tackle points. But it was captain Nada's tackling, which included a super-tackle, and teammate Rohit's impressive raiding, that saw the side past Bengal's challenge.

Both the teams started the match cautiously, with Mohit returning with empty raids in his first two tries. At the other end, Warriors captain Nilesh Sinde's presence in the right catcher position kept the Bengaluru raiders on their heels. Mohit was caught in his third raid as the scores remained tied at 6-6.

The intensity of moves and counter-moves on the mat moved up a level as both teams, playing in season four for the first time, got into the groove. Bulls’ Vinod Kumar leaped past a catcher and tumbled his way across the line while Warriors' South Korean Jang Kun Lee ensured his team kept pace with the opposition with three touch points and a bonus point.

Careful work by Warriors' defence meant Bulls' Rohit Kumar had to go in for a do-or-die raid. The player succumbed to the pressure and was trapped by the rival team as the scores remained level at 13-13.

Bengal took a huge leap towards victory in 33rd minute when it managed to secure an all-out and gain an eight-point lead. But the Bulls showed incredible fighting spirit to come back from being down 13-21 to send the entire Warriors team out and win by a margin of one point.

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