PKL: Puneri Paltans outclasses Tamil Thalaivas; Gujarat wins a thriller

It was an evenly fought match for 30 minutes but Deepak Hooda helped Pune inflict two all outs to record a comfortable victory.

Puneri Paltan defenders surround the Tamil Thalaiva raider to prevent him from scoring.

Puneri Paltan produced a composed performance in the last 10 minutes to outclass Tamil Thalaivas 33-20 in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi. It was an evenly fought match for 30 minutes but Deepak Hooda helped Pune inflict two all outs to record a comfortable victory. Tamil Thalaivas suffered as Ajay Thakur was kept in check by Puneri Paltan for most of the match.

Puneri Paltan is third in Zone A table with 52 points from 13 matches. Tamil Thalaivas is at the bottom of the pile in Zone B with 32 points from 14 matches.

MATCH CENTRE: Tamil Thalaivas v Puneri Paltan; Gujarat Fortunegiants v Patna Pirates

In a closely contested first half both teams refused to give an inch. No all outs were inflicted in the first half. Tamil Thalaivas led 3-1 in the fourth minute but Rajesh Mondal scored with a two-point raid to level the match at 3-3.

Tamil Thalaivas scored three straight points in three minutes to lead 6-3 after seven minutes. But Puneri Paltan was back on level terms after nine minutes with the score at 6-6.

Dong Geon Lee scored two points in a raid as Tamil Thalaivas led 12-11 at the end of the first half. Ajay Thakur had a quiet first half and scored just three points for Tamil Thalaivas.

The second half was similar to the first half, as, in the first five minutes Tamil Thalaivas scored two points to lead 14-11 in the 24th minute. But Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle to level the match at 14-14 after 26 minutes.

Sandeep Narwal was struggling to get tackle and raid points for Puneri Paltan as he failed to get on the scoresheet for the first 30 minutes of the match.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Puneri Paltan held a slender one-point advantage and led 16-15. Deepak scored with a two-point raid as Puneri Paltan inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 21-15. Puneri Paltan then scored two tackle points to lead 23-16 in the 33rd minute. Puneri Paltan inflicted another all out in the 37th minute to lead 30-17. The all out extinguished any little hope Thalaivas had of a comeback as they crashed to a 20-33 defeat.

Gujarat wins a thriller

In the second match of the day, Gujarat Fortunegiants narrowly beat Patna Pirates 30-29. Parvesh Bhainswal and Abozar got high fives for Gujarat as they managed to keep Patna Pirates’ danger man Pardeep Narwal quiet for most of the match.

Narwal scored just five points and had his lowest scoring match of the Pro Kabaddi Season 5. Chandran Ranjit scored seven raid points for Gujarat Fortunegiants.

Gujarat Fortunegiants is now top of the table in Zone A with 62 points from 17 matches. Patna Pirates is also on top in Zone B with 66 points from nine matches.

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