PKL: Bengal Warriors thrash Jaipur Pink Panthers

The ever-alert Warriors' captain Nilesh Shinde, who contributed in four tackles, was on top form on the right side of the mat while the stoutly built Girish Ernak on the left and the dependable Bajirao Hodage provided their leader ample support.

Jaipur Pink Panthers' defenders try to pin Bengal Warriors' Jang Kun Lee during a Pro Kabaddi league match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.   -  Rohit Jain Paras

Bengal Warriors' exemplary tackling helped the team thump Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-18 in the Pro Kabaddi league match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Monday.

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After securing its seventh win and the second over Panthers, Warriors comfortably held on to its second spot and remained in contention for a berth in the playoffs.

Following a keen contest till 13 minutes, where both the teams were locked 6-6, Warriors slightly tightened its grip over the match with some strong defending to blunt the Panthers' raids. The ever-alert Warriors' captain Nilesh Shinde, who contributed in four tackles, was on top form on the right. The stoutly built Girish Ernak on the left and the dependable Bajirao Hodage provided their leader ample support.

Sonu Narwal led the Panthers' raids, collecting two points on the trot apart from a bonus. However, he did not have much support from his colleagues as the home side trailed 8-11 at the half-time.

Warriors' defenders remained busy on the other side of the break to make Panthers all out in the 26th minute and garner three valuable points.

A collective tackling by Panthers followed by Rajesh Narwal's two raids excited the home supporters but Warriors' defenders Ernak and Hodage continued with their good work to help the Bengal side maintain its stranglehold.

With the help of its Korean star Jang Kun Lee's magnificent raids, which earned the team six points, Warriors cruised to 25-14. Even though Panthers tried to stage a late come-back through a super-tackle by Rohit Rana and C. Arun, with just three minutes remaining in the match, the effort came too late. Panthers were all out again towards the end of the match and faced the inevitable.