PWL: Punjab Royals overcomes UP Dangal to reach final

In a repeat of Monday night's round robin clash between the two sides, Royals relied on its depth to emerge as the winner in the exciting best-of nine-bout Pro Wrestling League tie.

Mimi Hristova (R) edged out Sarita Mor in the women's 57kg category.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Nitin Rathi and Mimi Hristova rallied to win their respective bouts as Punjab Royals got the better of UP Dangal 5-4 in the semifinals to reach the Pro Wrestling League title clash at the Gautam Buddha University indoor hall here on Tuesday.

In a repeat of Monday night's round robin clash between the two sides, Royals relied on its depth to emerge as the winner in the exciting best-of nine-bout tie.

Royals' Dato Marsagishvili again prevailed over Irakli Misturi 4-2, while Dangal's Vanesa Kaladzinskaya again warded off young Anju's challenge for a 19-6 win.

Bajrang Punia dropped two points before taming Pankaj Rana 6-2 and record Royals' second win.

Anita upset Asian champion Navjot Kaur 8-4 for second successive time to widen Royals' lead.

Anita performed a quick take down and flip to erase a four-point deficit and scored a four-pointer with 14 seconds to go. Navjot hurt her left leg badly and was stretchered off as the bout could not be completed.

Georgi Sakandelidze's 2-1 victory over Korey Jarvis made it 2-3 for Dangal and Epp Mae's 2-0 win over Cynthia Vescan levelled the scores.

Rathi beat Amit on the basis of scoring the last point in the 2-2 deadlock and swung the tie in Royals' favour.

Mimi made a sensational comeback in the final minute to edge out Sarita Mor 5-2 and seal Royals' berth in the final.

The result (semifinals)

Punjab Royals bt UP Dangal 5-4 (M86kg: Dato Marsagishvili bt Irakli Misturi 4-2; W53kg: Anju lost to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya 6-19; M65kg: Bajrang Punia bt Pankaj Rana 6-2; W62kg: Anita bt Navjot Kaur 8-4; M125kg: Korey Jarvis lost to Georgi Sakandelidze 1-2; W76kg: Cynthia Vescan lost to Epp Mae 0-2; M57kg: Nitin Rathi bt Amit 2-2; W57kg: Mimi Hristova bt Sarita Mor 5-2; M74kg: Amit Dhanker lost to Jitender 0-5)