Kabaddi: Telugu Titans beat Bengal Warriors

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) Telugu Titans came out on top of Bengal Warriors in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) encounter that had forutnes swinging like a pendulum at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.

Last two raid points from Rahul Chaudhuri and a tackle made all the difference as the visitors edged past the Kolkata-based franchise 32-30.

With the win, Titans remain second on the leader board, collecting three wins from as many games whereas Warriors are still fourth, managing only one win from three outings.

The Titans were off to a steady start as they pocketed three consecutive points, but the Warriors roared back into the contest with successful raids from skipper Dinesh Kumar.

Kumar was well supported by South Korean recruit Jang Kun Lee who tried being cheeky and was smart with his little toe flicks.

The Titans too had their moments in the first half as their allrounder Deepak Nivas Hudda – adjudged best defender of the match – later collected eight points for his team.

But it was Lee – declared best raider – again who gave the home side the advantage in the last few seconds of the first half as he collected three touch points from a raid.

At the breather, Warriors led 16-10.

The Titans were quick off the blocks again amassing four consecutive points. Warriors responded with Lee pocketing two more but the rivals kept on coming at them.

With the home side ahead 19-18, Warriors star raider Sunil Jaipal accounted for three off the rival players in a “super raid” collecting four precious points.

However, the Titans with their never say die attitude, rallied back, courtesy some superb defending and dashy raids from Prashant Rai K. and Hudda.

With Titans leading by a point, Lee once again came to the forefront with a few good points including a “super raid”.

But Chaudhuri settled the issueby dragging two defenders to the middle line.

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