Paltan pummels Haryana Steelers
All round performance helps Puneri Paltan to outplay Haryana 34-22 to register first win of the season
CHENNAI: Puneri Paltan came out with the clinical performance in their second match to tame Haryana Steelers 34-22 in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Monday.
For Pune who drew their first match against U Mumba came out with much improved performance to secure their first win of the season.
“Win and loss is the part of the game. Yesterday (Sunday) we drew our match against U Mumba, our defence was not up to the mark and today (Monday) we worked on it which helped us score an easy win,” said Ashan Kumar coach of Puneri Paltan after the match.
Along with Nitin Tomar, It was GB More and Deepak Dahiya who kept taking points in raiding department to kept Pune ahead in the match.
“GB More is a very good player. He was also impressive in defence and in coming games he will provide good support to Nitin,” explained Girish Ernak captain of Puneri Paltan.
After starting the match on slow note Pune players got into groove with GB More and Nitin doing most of the scoring.
For Haryana, Vikas Kandola was taking points in alternate raids but failure of raider Wazir Singh who only managed to score two points hurt Haryana badly.
Once ‘All Out’ was inflicted on Haryana team in the 19th minute with score line reading 14-8, it was Pune who kept sailing smoothly.
Nitin who started with empty raid started collecting points from third raid. From their onwards he collected five touch points and two bonus points.
In defence GB More, Sandeep Narwal, Girish Ernak and Ravi Kumar all played their role nicely which helped Pune to force second ‘All Out’ in the 36th minute with score reading 30-17.
“We worked on our defence today. There were few things on which we had to work after the first match so in team meeting we discussed over it and it helped us to win the game,” wadded Ashan.
Haryana started the game without Monu Goyat who was costliest player in the auction. In his absence Haryana depending on experienced Wazir, young raiders Mayur Shivtarkar and Anand Tomar failed to make much impact and gifted Pune defenders easy points.
In defence, experienced Surender Nada was not up to the mark as he could only score four points for Haryana. Another experienced player Sachin Shingade failed to score single point for Haryana.
Nitin Tomar who hurt his head while raiding kept scoring points even after medical time out.
“I was just focused on scoring points, we wanted to win this game and I am happy that team won. There is no major injury to my head and I am ready for next match,” said Ntin Tomar.
Pune outfit will now move to Sonipat where they will face Dabang Delhi KC on October 12.
Puneri Paltan 34 (Nitin Tomar 7, GB More 6, Deepak Dahiya 5) bt Haryana Steelers 22 (Vikas Kandola 8, Surender Nada 4, Sunil 3)
Best Raider: Vikas Kandola (Haryana Steelers 8 points)
Best Defender: Surender Nada (Haryana Steelers 4 points)