PWL: Vinesh Phogat helps Mumbai Maharathi down Haryana Hammers

Vinesh Phogat got the better of Haryana Hammers' Seema to help Mumbai Maharathi break a two-game losing streak in Pro Wrestling League on Thursday.

Vinesh Phogat won the women's 53kg bout against Seema 12-2 to guide Mumbai Maharathi to victory.   -  PWL Media

Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion Vinesh Phogat asserted her supremacy against Seema and contributed in Mumbai Maharathi's 4-3 win over Haryana Hammers in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the Gautam Budh University indoor hall here on Thursday.

Vinesh toyed with Seema's defence to record a 12-2 victory in the women's 53kg contest and live upto her reputation. Her win stopped Maharathi's two-match losing streak.

Deepak Punia gave a strong fight to multiple World championships medallist Ali Shabanova of before losing the 86kg bout with a 4-3 verdict.

Ali swiftly attacked Deepak's left leg to grab two points and launched another attack to take a 4-0 lead.

Deepak reduced the margin by two points with a take-down originating from a leg attack.

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The National champion bagged another point due to the Belarusian's passivity as the second round saw impressive defensive skills from the two tough wrestlers.

Deepak Punia committed crucial mistakes which allowed Ali Shabanova to win the match.   -  PWL Media

 

Deepak had himself to blame as he could not get control of Ali even after clutching his left leg with five seconds to go. It helped Hammers go 2-1 up.

Former European championships silver medallist Zseneth Nemeth's superb 6-4 victory over Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kiran to level the tie for Maharathi in the women's 76kg fight.

Kiran rallied to take a 4-2 lead with a spectacular take down from standing position, but Zseneth showed her all-round game to gain points through prompt counterattacks and defend those solidly.

The result:

Mumbai Maharathi bt Haryana Hammers 4-3

M65kg: Harphool Gulia bt Rajneesh 5-2

W62kg: Shilpi Yadav lost to Tatyana Omelchenko 0-16

M86kg: Deepak Punia lost to Ali Shabanova 4-3

W76kg: Zseneth Nemeth bt Kiran 6-4

M125kg: Baitseev Vladislav bt Khotsianivskl Aleksander 6-2

W53kg: Vinesh Phogat bt Seema 12-2

M57kg: Ibragim Ilyasov lost to Ravi Kumar 9-13