Puneri Paltan vs Telugu Titans Summary: Telugu Titans had a good start in the first half of the match as they were ahead of the Puneri Paltan side. Defender Vishal Bhardwaj raked in 5 points as he went on to score his fourth High 5 of this season. In a riveting contest both the teams were equally strong. For Puneri Paltan, raider Nitin Tomar top scored for with 5 points with his contribution in both raiding and defending. However,telugu Titans had a bit of concern in the first half as they couldn’t take the lead as their top raiders Suraj and Siddharth Desai were mostly outside the mat.
But as the first half was about to finish, Puneri Paltan raider did a very good Do or Die raid taking his team towards the lead. The score line after the first half was 17:14 with Puneri Paltan taking a lead of 3 points.
The second half started with the dominance of Puneri Paltan as their raider Manjeet scored raids in back to back succession. Nitin Tomar supported him as he ripped through answerless Telugu Titans. The defense of both the teams looked solid but the Puneri Paltan’s raiders made the difference as they out played the Titans. Siddharth Desai tried hard to bring his team back in the game with some commendable raids but somehow failed to carry his team over the line. He scored 7 raid points. He seemed in no mood to let his team lose. But sadly for Titans, the defenders struggled replicate their first half form, with Vishal Bhardwaj making a mistake on an ankle hold that allowed Pune’s Manjeet to escape with a 4-point Super Raid four minutes after the restart. The move allowed Pune to open up a 6-point lead which they went on to hold firmly.
In the end, Puneri Paltan went on to win the macth as the their raiders Nitin Tomar (8 points) and Manjeet (9 points) starred for their team. Defender and all rounder Amit Kumar and Sagar B Krishna scored 4 tackle points each. Overall, it was a dominating performance by the Puneri Paltan as they crushed the Telugu titans. Final score card read 34:27. Keeping the raiding duo of Siddharth and Suraj Desai in the first half ensured Pune side a clinical win over them.