Pawan Sehrawat scored 39 raid point, breaks Pardeep Narwal's record by Bulls entering in Playoffs
Pawan Sehrawat broke Pardeep Narwal's record of 34 raid points in a match, scoring 39 raid points of 38 attempted raids against Haryana Steelers. Bengaluru Bulls defeated Steelers 59-36 to register a place in playoffs at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula, on Wednesday.
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The first half began with Bengaluru looking sharp but a series of clever raids by Haryana's Prashanth Kumar Rai meant the Steelers took control of the match. Vikas Kandola, playing in front of his home crowd, was instrumental in helping Steelers clinch an "All-Out" in the 8th minute of the match. But with the end of All-out, ended Haryana's dominance as Pawan invoked his best raids to single-handedly change the tie in Bulls favor. His jump over a defensive chain in the 9th minute set the tone for a first-half blitzkrieg, reminiscent of his heroics in Season 6 finals, that saw the defending champions inflict two "All-Outs"(one in 12th minute and other in 18th minute of the half) on the Steelers to extend their lead to 26-17. In keeping with the theme of the half, Sehrawat ended the opening period with a point and the record for most points by a raider in the first half as Bengaluru Bulls went into the break with a 28-18 lead.
The first point of the second period was predictably a Sehrawat raid point, while Rai scored Haryana Steelers opening points of the half. Containing Sehrawat, however, was proving to be an unsolvable puzzle for Haryana Steelers as they struggled to come up with an answer for the 'Hi-Flyer'. A three-point raid by him helped usher in another All-out on Haryana Steelers in the 33rd minute of the game.
Pawan Sehrawat crossed his 600th raid point mark and finished with a total of 281 raid points from 20 matches in this season.
Sehrawat went on to pass 'Record-Breaker' Pardeep Narwal's record for most raid points in a match in the closing stages of the encounter as the spectators looked on in awe. The defending champions enforced a fourth All-out with a little over two minutes left on the clock, while Pawan Sehrawat continued to score raid points effortlessly till the final whistle as they registered a comfortable win to seal their playoffs berth.
Last encounter: Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls: Haryana trump Bengaluru at the last moment | 33-30
Match Preview: Will Pawan steer the Bulls to victory against the Steelers and qualify for playoffs ?
Bengaluru Bulls are just one win away from securing their spot in the playoffs. But in order to do so they will have to beat a strong Haryana unit when they face other today evening. The hosts will be eyeing for another win in their bid for a top -two league stage win while the Bengaluru side will step on court keen on guaranteeing qualification. This encounter will be interesting to watch!!
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