Paltan fights back to put one foot in semis

Manjeet Chhillar inspired a stunning second-half comeback by Paltan. Paltan was trailing by as nine points, but came back strongly to notch a crucial win.

Manjeet Chhillar of Puneri Paltan is grabbed by Bengaluru Bulls players.   -  K. V. S. Giri

Puneri Paltan put one foot in the semifinals of the ProKabaddi League Season 4 with a 36-33 win over Bengaluru Bulls here on Wednesday.

Manjeet Chhillar inspired a stunning second-half comeback by Paltan. Paltan was trailing by as nine points, but came back strongly to notch a crucial win.

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Manjeet scored 11 points, the most tackle points by a defender in the game. Deepak Hooda scored first point for Paltan in the second minute. Rohit Kumar replied with a raid of his own to level the scores.

Paltan led 5-1 after five minutes as its raiders scored points at will. Rohit Kumar was sent off the court in the seventh minute as Paltan led 6-1.

Bulls inflicted a super tackle in the ninth minute as they trailed 3-6. It was 9-5 in Paltan’s favour after 10 minutes. However, Bulls came back strongly and cut the lead to just one point for 9-10 after 12 minutes.

Bulls led for the first time in the match with a tackle point and doubled the advantage when Rohit Kumar scored to give his team a 12-10 lead.

Paltan crumbled under the pressure and suffered an all out in the 16th minute.

Bulls turned the game on its head to lead 19-12 after 18 minutes and Paltan’s hopes of qualifying for the semifinals were disappearing with each passing minute.

It was a stunning turnaround in the first 10 minutes of the second half as Paltan scored 12 points and Bulls just three. With eight minutes left, Hooda scored with a two-point raid to gain a 28-24 advantage.

With less than two minutes to go, Manjeet scored with a crucial tackle point to give Paltan the decisive lead.

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