PKL 2018-19: Bengal registers narrow 26—22 win over Pune

Maninder Singh's two-point raid in the 35th minute proved to be crucial for Bengal Warriors in the Inter-Zone match against Puneri Paltan

Bengal Warriors' all out, four minutes from the whistle gave them a narrow 26-22 victory over Puneri Paltan.   -  PKL

Bengal Warriors clinched a narrow 26—22 win over Puneri Paltan in the inter—zone clash here at the The Arena by TransStadia, on Saturday.

Bengal’s Maninder Singh scored six raid points and his teammate Ravindra Kumawat fetched five crucial points.

On the other hand, Puneri Paltan’s G.B. More scored nine points but just did not get enough support from his fellow raiders.

G.B. More got Puneri Paltan up and running with two raids in two minutes, but Bengal Warriors levelled the game with a tackle and raid point. Akshay Jadhav got into the act for Puneri Paltan and scored two raid points to give his team 4—2 lead. G.B. More made a two—point raid as Puneri Paltan led 6—3 after five minutes.

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Bengal Warriors never let the lead increase to more than three points as its defence helped it level the match at 7—7 after 10 minutes. Both teams approached the match with caution as it traded raid and tackle points at regular intervals. At the end of the first half, Puneri Paltan held a slender one—point advantage to lead 13—12.

The second half saw the same pattern emerge as neither teams could gain an advantage. There was no all—out inflicted and neither teams’ raiders could get going. After 30 minutes of play, both teams were level at 16—16.

Both teams played on the do—or—die raid strategy and Bengal Warriors defence came up with a slew of successful tackles.

In the 36th minute, Maninder Singh made a crucial two—point raid to give Bengal Warriors 21—19 lead. In the next minute, Bengal Warriors inflicted the first all—out of the match to open a six—point gap to lead 25—19.

Despite G.B. More getting two raid points in the last two minutes, Bengal Warriors held its nerve to win 26—22.

In the second match of the day, Bengaluru Bulls was held to a 30-30 draw against Gujarat Fortunegiants.

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