PKL: Bengal Warriors posts much-needed win

Korean Jang Kun Lee’s superb raiding skills helped bottom-placed Bengal Warriors beat table topper Jaipur Pink Panthers 32-25 to record its second win of the season in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.

Jang Kun Lee contributed 12 raid points in Bengal Warriors' victory.   -  Vivek Bendre (File Photo)

Korean Jang Kun Lee’s superb raiding skills helped bottom-placed Bengal Warriors beat table topper Jaipur Pink Panthers 32-25 to record its second win of the season in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

Lee remained dominant throughout the contest to contribute 12 raid points, including a bonus, apart from contributing in a tackle, as Warriors tasted victory after a gap of six matches.

Superb efforts from its raiders, including Lee, Surjeet Narwal and Nitin Madane, put Warriors in a four-point lead in the 11th minute.

The touring side fought back to make it 10-10 before Lee’s spectacular raid fetched five points by effecting an ‘all-out’ on Pink Panthers with six minutes to go in the first half. Warriors continued to benefit from captain Nilesh Shinde’s effective tackles on the right corner but gave away points due to unforced errors of his fellow defenders.

Nevertheless, Warriors enjoyed an 18-13 lead at the break and built it further mainly due to Lee’s good work. Pink Panthers was too dependent on its raider Ajay Kumar, who picked up 11 points, and lacked in putting up a coordinated effort.

Patna Pirates rode on Rajesh Mondal's raids and Dharamaraj Cheralathan's tackles to beat U Mumba 34-24 in the other match of the day.