PWL: Delhi Sultans beats Mumbai Maharathi 5-2

Delhi Sultans' Sakshi Malik recorded a comprehensive 16-2 win over Shipi Yadav as her team beat Mumbai Maharathi 5-2

Delhi Sultans captain Sakshi Malik recorded a comprehensive 16-2 win over Shilpi Yadav as her team beat Mumbai Maharathi 5-2 in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL).   -  PWL

Delhi Sultans captain Sakshi Malik recorded a comprehensive 16-2 win over Shilpi Yadav as her team beat Mumbai Maharathi 5-2 in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the Gautam Buddha University indoor hall here on Sunday.

Sultans won first four consecutive matches to take the tie even as the remaining three bouts became inconsequential.

Former World champion Khetik Tsabalov's commanding 9-2 win over Sachin Rathi put Sultans ahead.

Tsabalov, who led by just a point because of Rathi's passivity in the opening round, exploited his opponent's weakness to win the men's 74kg bout convincingly.

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European under-23 champion Anastasia Shustova upset Olympian Zseneth Nemeth 10-5 in a dramatic fashion and double Sultans' lead.

Trailing by five points, Shustova ignored a bleeding left ear and attacked Zseneth valiantly to collect 10 points, including a four-point throw, in the closing minute.

A lesser known Pankaj Bhainswal stunned World Military champion Ibragim Ilyasov 11-8 in a men's 57kg contest that swung from side to side.

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An alert Pankaj fought back to establish a 4-3 lead over the Russian, who wrested lead with the help of a four-pointer.

Bhainswal first drew parity and went on to secure points as the Maharathi wrestler made some desperate moves.

Sakshi, looking for a big win, had eight takedowns, including three in the first round, in her comfortable win over training partner Shilpi in the women's 62kg match.

Vinesh Phogat managed to beat Pinki 14-9 in an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

The result:

Delhi Sultans bt Mumbai Maharathi 5-2 (M74kg: Khetik Tsabalov bt Sachin Rathi 9-2; W76kg: Anastasia Shustova bt Zseneth Nemeth 10-5; M57kg: Pankaj Bhainswal bt Ibragim Ilyasov 11-8; W62kg: Sakshi Malik bt Shilpi Yadav 16-2; M86kg: Praveen lost to Deepak Punia 2-18; W53kg: Pinki lost to Vinesh Phogat 9-14; M65kg: Kviatkovski Andrey bt Harphool 4-2).