PKL 2019: Vikash, Vinay shine in Haryana win; Shrikant 'Super-10' floors Pune

Haryana Steelers beat Bengal Warriors 36-33 to move above U Mumba in the points table, while UP Yoddha overcame Puneri Paltan 35-30, in a match that saw two raiders breaching the 15-point mark.

Vikas Kandola scored 11 raid points for Haryana Steelers on Monday and he was successfully tackled only once in the match by the Bengal Warriors defenders.   -

Haryana Steelers beat Bengal Warriors 36-33 in match 60 of the seventh season of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) here on Monday. Vikash Kandola was the Steelers’ star player with 11 points in the match. He recorded the tenth Super 10 of his PKL career.

Kandola got the Haryana Steelers off to a good start with an excellent raid in the first minute of the match. Vinay backed up Kandola with a Super Raid as the Steelers took a three-point lead early on in the game.

However, the Bengal Warriors fought back with a few crucial raid and tackle points and led by four points at 14-10 in the tenth minute.

As it Happened | Haryana beats Bengal 36-33, UP wins 35-30 against Pune

Kandola and Vinay ensured that Haryana stayed in the contest by pulling off some brilliant raid points. The Steelers’ Vikas Kale tackled Maninder Singh in the 17th minute and Kandola scored two raid points just before the half-time whistle as Haryana regained the lead at 18-17.

Kandola continued his good form in the second half as he effected an all out of the Bengal Warriors in the 21st minute.

Thereafter, Chand Singh backed up Kandola with a tackle point as the Steelers led by five points at 23-18. The Warriors picked up a few raid points, but the Steelers rode its momentum and widened the gap in the scoreline.

Ravi Kumar scored a tackle point and Dharmaraj Cheralathan carried out a Super Tackle as the Steelers led 31-28 in the 35th minute. Vinay and Kandola scored raid points in the dying minutes of the match as the Steelers stayed ahead. The Warriors notched a few raid points just before the final whistle, but couldn’t catch up with Haryana.

- Shrikant Jadhav steps up in the absence of Rishank and Monu to help UP beat Pune -

In the second match of the evening, UP Yoddha got the better of Puneri Paltan in an exciting 35-30 win.

The Nitesh Kumar-led side went into the game without its star raiders Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga, who missed out due to injuries. For Pune, the energetic Nitin Tomar was unavailable.

Shrikant Jadhav and Manjeet took the centre stage for their respective sides in the absence of their senior teammates.

UP Yoddha's Shrikant Jadhav garnered 15 raid points and took his side to a much-needed win, while unfortunately for Manjeet, who got 16, his Puneri Paltan side slumped to its sixth loss of the campaign.

Pune skipper Surjeet Singh registered zero points and five unsuccessful tackles in the match, while UP player Sumit ended up as the top defender of the game by bagging a High-5.

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