Pro Kabaddi League: Haryana Steelers Edge out Puneri Paltan 31-27
Prashanth Kumar Rai scored 12 points for Haryana Steelers and Surender Nada scored four tackle points.
Haryana Steelers beat Puneri Paltan 31-27 in Pro Kabaddi Season 5. Prashanth Kumar Rai scored 12 points for Haryana Steelers and Surender Nada scored four tackle points. For Puneri Paltan, Deepak Niwas Hooda scored eight points but didn’t get enough support from his teammates. It was a closely fought encounter and Haryana Steelers kept their nerve and composure to come out on top.
Haryana Steelers are second in Zone A table with 79 points after playing their last league match before the super playoffs begin. Puneri Paltan are third in the table with 74 points from 20 matches.
Deepak Niwas Hooda scored with a two-point raid in the first minute to give Puneri Paltan 2-0 lead. Prashanth Kumar Rai opened Haryana Steelers’ account in the second minute with a successful raid.
Hooda made another two-point raid in the fourth minute to give Pune 5-1 lead. Prashanth Kumar Rai scored with a two-point raid in the 7th minute to trail 5-7. Haryana Steelers leveled the match at 7-7 in the ninth minute. It was an evenly contested first half as both teams were tied at 11-11 after the end of the first half. Puneri Paltan’s defence had a quiet first half as they could manage just three tackle points.
The second half followed the similar pattern as the first as both teams were evenly matched. Deepak Hooda scored with a two-point raid in the 25th minute to give Pune 15-12 lead. Prashanth Kumar Rai responded with a super raid in the next minute as Haryana leveled the match at 15-15.
Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 32nd minute to lead 20-18.
Girish Ernak scored with a super raid in the 34th minute to give Puneri Paltan 23-20 lead. Haryana Steelers fought back as they inflicted an all out in the 35th minute to lead 25-24. In the 37th minute Prashanth Kumar Rai scored a raid point to give Haryana Steelers 27-24 lead.
Puneri Paltan scored a raid and tackle point in the next minute to trail 26-27 after 38 minutes. Rai sealed Puneri Paltan’s fate with a two-point raid in the 40th minute as Haryana Steelers led 30-26. Haryana Steelers won 31-27 in the end.
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