Pune breach Patna’s den with magical 1st half

Kirti Patil
Monday, 21 August 2017

Lucknow: Puneri Paltan plotted one of the daring foray into what seemed like an impregnable fort and won the battle despite a few tantalizing moments towards the end and won their second Inter-Zone challenge match to firm up their No 2 position in Zone ‘A’ of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 here on Sunday.

Captain Deepak Hooda was proactive but it was wily Rajesh Mondal who held the team together and top scored with 10 points as Puneri Paltan defeated so far undefeated Patna Pirates 47-42, at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Gomti Nagar here in Lucknow.

Lucknow: Puneri Paltan plotted one of the daring foray into what seemed like an impregnable fort and won the battle despite a few tantalizing moments towards the end and won their second Inter-Zone challenge match to firm up their No 2 position in Zone ‘A’ of Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 here on Sunday.

Captain Deepak Hooda was proactive but it was wily Rajesh Mondal who held the team together and top scored with 10 points as Puneri Paltan defeated so far undefeated Patna Pirates 47-42, at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Gomti Nagar here in Lucknow.

Paltan had a game-plan to go on the offensive right from the start and it was Sandeep Narwal and Zia-Ur Rahman who earned quick points in the first half in an astute show that worked after Rajesh Mondal gave an opening in the second minute of the game.

Patna Pirates took the mat as the only team so far not to have lost a match, but their invincibility was put to test by Paltan as captain Deepak Hooda and Sandeep Narwal plotted the breach.
“Our defence was weak today. The way Puneri Paltan went about scoring points in the first half it was way too difficult to make a comeback, but I am happy with the final score-line,” said Patna Pirates coach Ram Meher Singh as he admitted that his team did make early mistakes that cost them the match.

Pune led 25-13 at the stoke of half-time after having effected two all-outs as Rahul Kumar Chaudary too earned some key points to thwart Pirates.

Pune’s domination was such in the first half that Paltan played with only seven starters and used no substitutes.

Second half was a different story altogether, as Pirates rallied brilliantly but the Pune’s lead was too much to overhaul even as Paltan suffered two all-outs in the second essay.

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