Narrow win for Pink Panthers, Bulls end home leg with loss

Tamil Thalaivas notched up its first win in three matches.

Puneri Paltan raider Rajesh Mondal is pinned by Jaipur Pink Panthers antis.   -  Special arrangement

Bengaluru Bulls ended its ‘home’ leg of the ProKabaddi League (PKL) on a disappointing note, going down 24-29 to Tamil Thalaivas here on Thursday.

In front of a packed house at Mankapur Indoor Stadium, Thalaivas notched up its first win in three matches. Bengaluru Bulls slipped to a third loss in seven outings.

While Rohit Kumar (12 pts) once again donned the attacking role for Bengaluru, he was a marked man when he returned to the defence. The Thalaivas raiders frequently gained touches on the opposition star player, which dented Bengaluru’s chances.

Earlier, Jaipur Pink Panthers edged out Puneri Paltan 30-28.

India international and key all-rounder Manjeet Chhillar (nine points) rallied the troops well. Puneri gave it their all, but an error from Sandeep Narwal on the final play cost them dearly.

With his side down 27-30, Sandeep required two touches to force a Jaipur all-out and a Puneri victory. The raider, however, got just the single touch and immediately rushed back to safety.

A downcast Sandeep said, “I made a mistake. I didn’t check the time before I started my raid. I thought there was time left for another play.”

Jaipur’s Jasvir Singh came through with flying colours, slowing down the pace with intentional empty raids. With his franchise holding the lead for a majority of the encounter, he saw no reason to play with fire.

The result: Jaipur Pink Panthers 30 (Manjeet Chhillar 9) bt Puneri Paltan 28 (Sandeep Narwal 9); Tamil Thalaivas 29 (K. Prapanjan 6) bt Bengaluru Bulls 24 (Rohit Kumar 12).