Sandeep Narwal was the star for Puneri Paltan as they thrashed U Mumba 33-21 to win the first Maharashtra derby of the Pro Kabaddi League’s season 5. In a match that saw Narwal and Anup Kumar face off, it was the former who came out on top with 6 points to lead Pune to their first win of the season.
Puneri Paltan hit the ground running
In the second game of the opening day, U Mumba skipper Anup Kumar won the toss and decided to raid first. After an empty raid by Pune’s Rajesh Mondal, Anup Kumar opened the scoring for the Mumbai side through a bonus point on the right corner, but soon Pune managed to get a technical point to level the score at 1-1. Pune then scored another two touch points immediately before getting another tackle point to take their lead to 5-1. Mumbai looked completely helpless in front of a rampaging Pune attack as they suffered the first all-out within the first 10 minutes of the game itself as the last-man standing Kuldeep Singh was blocked with a fantastic ankle hold. But such was the ruthlessness of the Pune team that Anup Kumar was superbly taken down which gave Pune a 12-7 lead with 8 minutes to go in the first half. Mondal then helped Pune consolidate their position with a touch point before their star performer of the day, Sandeep Narwal, extended the team’s lead to 13-8. Four points later, at 17-8, Narwal managed to score a super tackle for Pune by sending Kumar off the mat as Pune went into the halftime with a 17-10 lead.
Puneri Paltan ease past U Mumba
While the Mumbai-based team would have been expected to make a comeback in the second half, Puneri Paltan had other plans as they sent Anup Kumar off the mat with a superb ankle hold before, throwing Mumbai’s other star raider Shabeer Bappu off the mat. That took Pune’s lead to 19-10 with Mumbai’s
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