Puneri Paltan came out all guns blazing as they thrash U Mumba by 33-21 in the second match of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League. A solid all-round team performance by Puneri Paltan’s defenders and raiders was the catalyst in their team’s victory.
Puneri Paltan started the match with great intensity to lead 6-1 after seven minutes and reduced U Mumba to just two players. U Mumba struggled to come to terms in the early part of the match but Anup Kumar scored two points as they trailed 3-7 after nine minutes. In the 10th minute, Puneri Paltan inflicted the first all out of the match to lead 11-4.
Puneri Paltan continued their blitzkrieg and led 13-4 after 12 minutes with U Mumba defence struggling badly. In the 13th minute U Mumba got their first tackle point as they trailed 7-13. Kashiling Adake opened his account in the 16th minute as U Mumba trailed 8-13. Puneri Paltan scored four points with two super tackles in two minutes as they ended the first half leading 17-10.
Puneri Paltan began the second half strongly and scored three straight points to lead 20-10 after 23 minutes. Deepak Niwas Hooda scored the first super raid of the season in the 25th minute as Puneri Paltan led 25-10. Such was Puneri Paltan’s dominance that U Mumba failed to score a single point in the first five minutes of the first half. U Mumba managed get four points in the next five minutes as they trailed 14-27 after 30 minutes.
Puneri Paltan’s defence piled the pressure and didn’t give any easy points to U Mumba. It was a disappointing night for U Mumba as their defenders struggled to come to terms with Pune’s raiders. Puneri Paltan recorded a comprehensive win over their rivals as they won 32-21.