Puneri Paltan hammered former champions U Mumba 33-21 in the second match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), which got underway at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday. With U Mumba having a three-point lead, skipper Anup brilliantly utilised time with an empty raid to keep the three-point cushion intact.
Global technology OEM company Smartron announced its partnership with the debutant Chennai-based franchise Tamil Thalaivas as associate sponsors for the upcoming season of Pro Kabaddi league. Three minutes into the second half, Steelers registered two points to lead 17-12.
U Mumba bt Haryana Steelers 29-28. He has been the golden player for Patna in last two seasons and if Narwal continues his previous form in this season as well Patna can defend their title. The frenzy surrounding the league made way for a bigger league, with four new teams joining the setup in UP Yodhas, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants and Haryana Steelers. In the next campaign, Pune had a much stronger team and had beaten nearly everyone apart from U Mumba, who defeated them in two close games despite trailing for the most part in the second one.
He is one of the senior player of the Indian Kabaddi team. They allowed the Mumbai raiders to score just 11 raid points. Both teams traded raid points in the first minute to level the match at 1-1. Kashling Adake flattered to deceive with one point, while Shabeer Bapu collected only two points from 12 raids. Truth be told Puneri Paltan, who were once U Mumba's most loved casualties, gave them their very own essence prescription.
Rahul Chaudhari is the most successful raider in the history of the league with 482 points. However, Steelers prevented Mumba from getting away with points as they trailed 6-7 after 11 minutes. "The team with less number of injuries may eventually emerge as champs", he added. Scoring six points, he made sure Anup didn't carry U Mumba out of danger all on his own.
Seasoned campaigner Manjeer Chillar, who plays for Pink Panthers is one of the players to watch out for.
Five points are awarded for a win, while losers earn a point in defeat unless the margin is greater than seven points in which case the losing team receives no points. If what he said actually transpires, expect this marauding Puneri Paltan side to go all the way, just like how U Mumba have in, what one must say, were their heyday.
If a team runs out of players because of unsuccessful tackles and raids, it's an all-out.