Dabang Delhi

Eagles pushed hard but Puneri Paltan edged a thriller

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The fans who turned up at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune got money's worth. We were off to a flyer courtesy, Rohit Baliyan's bonus fetching ability and his superkicks. Once he gets into his zone then he makes things look so easy as points keep flowing in with ease. We did our homework right as we kept on picking up points and then we inflicted the first all-out of the game. The stage was all set as we approached the half-time by getting a vital 4 point lead with the scoreboard reading 10-14.

Post break, Abolfazl (9 points) was on fire as he brought his A game into play. He was well supported by R. Sriram (3 points), who continued his fantastic run in Vivo Pro Kabaddi season 5. Yatharth (4 points), Viraj (2 points) and Nilesh (1 point) kept the opposition raiders at bay. Things looked under control as we were sailing smoothly after taking a decent lead but the hosts made a strong comeback towards the end by inflicting an all-out on us. From that point of time, the momentum just slipped away and we couldn't recover from there on and in the end, the home team won a tight encounter by 34-31.

Though we weren't able to end our final match on a high note but surely we gave Puneri Paltan a run for their money by making things difficult for them.