Bengal Warriors scripted an impressive comeback to beat Telugu Titans 32-31 in the Pro Kabaddi League at Sonepat on Tuesday. Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match for Bengal Warriors and ended with nine points. Maninder Singh also chipped in with seven points for Bengal Warriors, PTI reported.
Titans may look at this match as a missed opportunity as they scored just one point in the last seven minutes. Maninder Singh and Nilesh Salunke scored a raid point each in the first minute as both teams were level at 1-1 in the first minute.
Salunke scored with a two-point raid in the fourth minute as Titans drew level at 4-4. Titans’ defence scored two points in the space of a minute as they led 6-4 after six minutes. Both teams fought valiantly in the first ten minutes but it was the Titans who led 8-7.
It was a closely contested match as the Warriors managed to keep Rahul Chaudhari quiet as they levelled the match at 9-9 after 13 minutes. Titans inflicted an all-out in the 16th minute to lead 15-11. Jang Kun Lee scored a raid point in the 18th minute as Bengal Warriors went into the break trailing 12-15.
The second half began with the Warriors scoring three raid points in two minutes but Telugu Titans pegged them back to lead 18-16 after 25 minutes.
Till the 27th minute, the Warriors were in the match as they trailed 18-19. But the Titans shifted gears as Salunke scored with a super raid to take his team to a 27-19 lead in the 32nd minute. Titans inflicted an all-out in the next minute to lead 30-20.
Warriors scored five straight points in the next four minutes to trail 25-30 in the 36th minute. Warriors were awarded a technical point in the 37th minute to cut the lead to just three points.
Warriors scripted a memorable comeback as Jang Kun Lee scored in the dying seconds to win the match 32-31.
Two wins in two games for Steelers
The in-form Wazir Singh scored a Super 10 to take Haryana Steelers to a 27-24 win over Dabang Delhi in the second match of the day. Singh, who has been instrumental in his side’s previous wins too, picked up as many as nine raid points.
Steelers, who got off to an indifferent start, now have back-to-back wins in their home games. The absence of the influential Meraj Sheykh was severely felt by the away side. Despite impressing in parts through Rohit Baliyan and Abolfazl Maghsodlou, Delhi could never mount a serious challenge to their opponents.
Haryana had a commanding 17-8 lead at the break with their opponents looking bereft of confidence. However, Delhi put up a spirited display in the second, and stunned the Steelers with an all-out. With the Steelers’ lead cut down to three points, the contest was wide open. However, the hosts protected their slender lead with some impressive raids in the final minutes of the game.