PKL: Paltan outsmarts Titans

Paltan’s first ever win over Titans helped the side leapfrog the Vizag-based side to take the fourth spot. Paltan gave a commanding performance in the opening session to take a massive 21-6 lead at half-time.

Puneri Paltan foils the raid of Merak Sheykh (yellow) of Telugu Titans.   -  Sandeep Saxena

All-rounder Manjeet Chhillar played his part in fetching 11 points as Puneri Paltan outsmarted Telugu Titans 41-24 in the Pro Kabaddi at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on Friday.

Paltan’s first ever win over Titans helped the side leapfrog the Vizag-based side to take the fourth spot.

Paltan gave a commanding performance in the opening session to take a massive 21-6 lead at the half-time.

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Deepak Hooda, who contributed three raid points and one tackle point, and Tushar Patil (two raid points) led the Paltan attack, while Chhillar (three), Jasmeer Gulia (two) and Surjeet (two) were too good in their tackling.

Paltan was 14-1 after 10 minutes and looked in complete control. Propelled by Rahul Chaudhuri’s brilliant raids and some good defensive work, Titans snatched five more points.

However, Paltan, once reduced to three men, held its nerve to maintain its strong hold over the proceedings.

In the high-scoring second half, Titans adopted a more attacking approach to gather 18 points but gave away 20 as well.

Raiders Sukesh Hegde (six) and Rohit Baliyan (five) and tackler Manoj Kumar (three) collected some useful points but those were too few against an aggressive Paltan. Rahul Chaudhari often getting out did not help Titans.

Chhillar’s outstanding tackles along with Gulia and Surjeet’s efforts in the defence boosted Paltan, while Patil excelled with his raids to take his team forward.

Pink Panthers-Delhi Dabang ends in a tie

Young Delhi Dabang substitute K. Selvamani's exceptional raids went in vain as his team's match against Jaipur Pink Panthers ended in a thrilling 21-21 tie. This was the first tied result for Dabang and second for Pink Panthers.

Dabang banked on Kashiling Adake's three raid points to enjoy a slender lead (9-8) over Pink Panthers in the first half.

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The alert Adake exhibited his skills to get rid of two rival players. In the dying seconds of the 20th minute, he spectacularly performed a successful raid but became over-ambitious to lose his team's review.

Sandeep Dhull and Anil Kumar collected some important points through effective tackles.

For Jaipur, Rajesh Narwal secured two raid points while Jagdeesha K.K. led a few productive tackles.

Dabang benefitted from the swift Selvamani’s successful raids and collective efforts of its tacklers to make Pink Panthers all out in the 31st minute and take a 17-14 lead. Slowly, the gap widened to 19-14.

However, Dabang lost Adake and Pink Panthers’ raider Ran Singh gave a sparkling performance, which included a three-pointer, to draw parity with three minutes to go.

Selvamani picked up two more points to make it 21-19 but Rajesh's successful raids saved Pink Panthers the blushes.