Laybhari Pimpri-Chinchwad, Baladhyay Baramati are champions

Jigar Hindocha
Sunday, 23 July 2017

Pune: Laybhari Pimpri-Chinchwad (men) and Baladhyay Baramati (women) turned out to be superior teams to lift the title in Pune Kabaddi League.

The three-day tournament concluded with Laybhari PCMC defeating Chhava Purandar 38-28 and Baladhyay Baramati ousting Vegwan Pune 22-21 at Balewadi Sports Complex, Boxing hall on Sunday.

In-form Purandar continued from where they left in the semi-final and started with two successful raids. Laybhari PCMC took some time before their raiders earned points to make it 3-all.

Pune: Laybhari Pimpri-Chinchwad (men) and Baladhyay Baramati (women) turned out to be superior teams to lift the title in Pune Kabaddi League.

The three-day tournament concluded with Laybhari PCMC defeating Chhava Purandar 38-28 and Baladhyay Baramati ousting Vegwan Pune 22-21 at Balewadi Sports Complex, Boxing hall on Sunday.

In-form Purandar continued from where they left in the semi-final and started with two successful raids. Laybhari PCMC took some time before their raiders earned points to make it 3-all.

Both the teams started to collect points in tandem as the score was going neck to neck. In the 8th minute, Vivek Dhule pulled out a brilliant raid to collect two points and created an opportunity to force ‘all out’ over Laybhari PCMC.

Rohan’s next raid made sure that Purandar collected three points from ‘all out’ and with a four point lead, the score read 9-5.

PCMC rallied back strongly with Pramod Dhule and Pravin Shinde collecting six points between them to get back into the game. PCMC was trailing by only two points at half time with the score being 15-13 in Purandar’s favour.

After resumption, Laybhari PCMC came out with a different approach and turned the tide in their favour.

Vinit Kalekar, Pramod Dhule and Sagar Tamboli created havoc with their raid and defence forcing the first ‘all out’ and took the 5 point lead. Vinit scored 17 points.

With the score reading 16-23 in Laybhari PCMC’s favour, Rohan Sawant and Vivek tried their best for Purandar but lacked support from others and their team was ‘all out’ second time and Laybhari PCMC took a 11 point lead. It turned out to the final nail in the coffin for Purandar as they lost the match 28-38.

Baramati earns women’s title
An ‘All Out' forced in the 37th minute helped Baramati score a stunning 22-21 win over Pune to lift women’s title.

The home team started quickly with captain Diksha Jori leading from the front. In the first five minutes, the hosts completely dominated and took a 4-0 lead. Baramati finally managed to open the account in the seventh minute with Shraddha Chavan – Captain of Baramati who made the successful raid. Baramati then collected points in tandem, dominated in the next three minutes to make it 4-3 at the end of ten minutes.

The next ten minutes witnessed both the teams playing with caution as they scored only in the third raid which is termed as ‘do or die’ raid. And overall only 9 points were scored with Pune going into half time with a 2 point lead.

The second half also started on a slow note as the score was moving with snail’s pace before Snehal Bibve’s heroic in the 37th minute. Bibve took 2 points raid and forced an all out on Pune which turned out to be the turning point of the match.

Results:
Men: Laybhari Pimpri-Chinchwad bt Chhava Purandar 38-28
Women: Baladhyay Baramati bt Vegwan Pune 22-21
Other Awards:
Men:
Best Defender: Rashid Shaikh (Laybhari PCMC)
Best Raider: Vivek Dhule (Chhava Purandar)
Best All Rounder: Nitin Kale and Pravin Dhule (Laybahri PCMC)
Women:
Best Defender: Dhanshree Sanas (Baladhyay Baramati)
Best Raider: Diksha Jori (Vegwan Pune)
Best All Rounder: Shraddha Chavan (Baladhyay Baramati)

Players say:
Shraddha Chavan (Baladhyay Baramati)
We all were united and we had lost match against Pune in group stage so today we wanted to take revenge.
Pramod Dhule (Laybhari Pimpri-Chinchwad)
Our opponent was strong. We had to target Vivek Dhule best raider of Purandar who is my brother as well. We did that and we won the match.

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