Bengal end home leg with an win in an nail biting encounter against Bulls
Maninder Singh emerged as the star as hosts Bengal Warriors ended their home leg campaign with a nail-biting 42-40 win over Bengaluru Bulls in Match 88 of the Pro Kabaddi League season 7 on Thursday. This victory was special for the Warriors as they had completed their home leg unbeaten with 3 wins in four matches to jump to the second spot in the points table.
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Pro Kabaddi NEWS | Bengal won last home leg match in an nail biting encounter
It was the Battle of Raiders as both teams had their raiding talent on display. The league’s best raider, Pawan Sehrawat could hardly make an impact in a closely fought first half which saw the defenders step their game up to thwart the raiders. Bengals Mohammad Nabibakhsh dominated the early stages of the match, pulling off two impressive tackles to take the score to 4-3. By the fifth minute, Maninder picked up a two-point raid sending Bengaluru’s Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal to the bench but the Bulls showed their champion mentality by crawling back into the match after being reduced to two men on the court. Ankit pulled off a “SUPER TACKLE” in 8th minute to start the comeback as the Bulls bravely fought the All-Out. Still, the absence of Pawan Sehrawat on the mat for a long period, coupled by an incredible two-point raid by Sukesh Hegde in the 16th minute finally gave Bengal an “All-Out” with slightly less than 2 minutes remaining. However, Bulls’ strategy of picking up bonus points worked as they trailed by only one point (15-16) going into the break.
Bengaluru Bulls started the second half with an aggressive strategy as Pawan Sehrawat quickly grabbed his “SUPER 10” and also inflicted an ‘All-Out’ on Bengal in the 24th minute to move to a five-point lead (20-17). The Iranian secured his High 5 with a tackle on Pawan Sehrawat with eight minutes left on the clock to reduce Bulls’ lead to four points 27-31 but Bengal clung onto the game and leveled the scores 32-32 by inflicting an All Out which meant Pawan Sehrawat was back on the mat.
Maninder Singh and Pawan Sehrawat produced a raiding masterclass in a closely-fought encounter. This match didn't deserve a loser.
The final minutes became a raiding masterclass by Maninder and Pawan as they matched raids for raids but it was Maninder and his men who came out on top.
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Match preview: Bengal warriors looking to end their home leg on a winning note against defending champions Bengaluru Bulls
The Warriors have won seven out of their 14 matches and drawn three. They have only endured four losses this season. Meanwhile, Bulls have had a decent season so far having won nine matches out of 15 they have played. A high octane clash is expected between these two teams as they face off against each other!!!
Head to head: Bengal Warriors vs Bengaluru Bulls