Bengaluru Bulls beat Puneri Paltan in Pro Kabaddi League

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) Bengaluru Bulls staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Puneri Paltans 31-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) encounter at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

The triumph helped Bengaluru retain third place with three wins from four games, whereas Paltan remain last in the leaderboard with four consecutive losses.

Paltan were quick off the blocks, racing to a 4-0 lead courtesy successful raids from skipper Wazir Singh and Tushar Patil and the defence too played its part in holding onto opponent raiders.

But Bulls charged back into the match through their captain Manjeet Chillar who with his all-round performance made sure his side was breathing down the neck of its rival.

Bengaluru raider Ashish Chhokar was at the top of his game too as he stormed into the opponents half and clinched six points till the breather.

Wazir collected a few more points ensuring Paltan do not crumble under pressure as at half-time, Pune led 13-12.

It was again a tight contest after the break but Bulls with more consistency moved ahead and had a 27-19 lead at the 32nd-minute mark.

Raider Rajesh Mondal and Joginder Narwal combined with Dharmaraj Cheralatan to make sure they logged precious points for Bengaluru, even substitute Rakesh Narwal had three touch points to his credit.

Seeing the game going out of their grasp, Wazir again tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck as he along with Amit Rathi pulled back a few points and inched closer to the Bulls.

Bengaluru, however, did not choke and held onto their lead till the end, winning the match 31-26.

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