Pune: Trailing for most of the match, Pune swung the game in their favour with a terrific performance of Rajesh Mondal and Deepak Hooda in the last 15 mintues to outplay opponents Dabang Delhi KC 34-31.
A three point raid in the 35th minute from Rajesh, an ‘All out’ forced over Delhi in the 36th minute and a ‘Super raid’ from Deepak in the next minute did the trick for the home team as they notched a second win at the Balewadi Sports Complex on Sunday.
In the span of three minutes, Pune raced ahead into the game with five points with the score reading 30-25. In the last three minutes, Delhi came out with an attacking approach but cautious approach from Pune raiders sealed the match in their favour.
Deepak who was not in his elements for the first half, came out with a stunning performance and collected a total of 10 points. Rajesh scored 7 points while Suresh Kumar (4 points) and Dharamaraj Cheralathan bagged three points.
For Delhi, Abolfazl Maghsodlou, Rohit Baliyan and Yatharth scored nine, seven and four points respectively
Akshay Jadhav started the proceeding for the Puneri Paltan with empty raid. For Delhi, Rohit Baliyan also took the same approach as the match begin on a slow note.
Rajesh Mondal scored first points for the home team in a ‘do of die’ raid and from there onwards Pune started to collect points. Delhi too had their chances and they did not allow Paltan to get ahead into the game.
Keeping it tight for the home team, Delhi started collecting points in bulk and forced an ‘all out’ at the end of the 17th minute with the score reading 13-9 in their favour. The visiting team went into half time with the lead of 4 points.
In the earlier game, playing without their captain Nitin Tomar, UP Yoddha failed to cross victory line as they lost the contest 38-32.
Losing with a margin of six points helped UP Yoddha to bag one point which ensured their place in the next stage. A team losing a match with more than seven points don’t get any point and if this had happened with the UP team, then they would had to wait for the results of the last match which is again against the same opponent on Tuesday.
UP Yoddha now has 60 points in 21 matches. Needing just one win to get into the ‘Super Playoffs’, UP Yoddha started well with collecting couple of ‘Bonus points’ in the first two raids. Same was the story for the Bengaluru outfit as they also opened their account with ‘Bonus points.’
At the end of the first five minutes, UP was slight ahead into the game with the score of 5-4 in their favour.
With Rishank managing to collect few points in the raiding department, their defenders also managed ‘Super tackle’ which helped them to stay ahead by a bit from their opponents. With Bengaluru playing catch up game, their defenders and raiders raised the level of their performance and started collecting points simultaneously.
During the duration of 8th minute to 20th minute Bengaluru Bulls was the only team which scored points. It also saw UP getting ‘All out’ in the 17th minute as Bulls went into half time with the score of 19-9.
After resumption as well Bulls continued their dominance and forced second ‘All out’ and took a 11 points lead with the score line of 26-15 at the end of the 24th minute.
In the next 16 minutes, UP Yoddha came out with some fine tackles and raids which helped them to force ‘All out’ in the 36th minute. Yoddha were still trailing with 6 points with score reading 33-27.
In the last four minutes, UP tried their level best but Bulls defenders made sure that they walked home with a 38-32 win in their penultimate match.