The Bengal Warriors beat Tamil Thalaivas 33-29 in PKL
GREATER NOIDA: Bengal Warriors produced a clinical performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 33-29 in a Pro Kabaddi League match on Wednesday.
Sukesh Hegde (6 raid points), Mohammad Nabibakhsh (7 points) and Rinku Narwal (High 5 with 5 tackle points) impressed the Warriors when they achieved victory to reach the top of the PKL Classification in the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex. Rahul Chaudhari scored seven points for the Thalaivas when they finished their pitiful campaign with another defeat.
Chennai's team, full of stars, achieved only four victories throughout the season.
Tamil Thalaivas approached the match with confidence, having beaten Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous outing, and opened a lead in the early minutes, thanks to Ajith Kumar and Rahul's raids.
Rahul moved well on the tatami to collect valuable points, but Bengal's defense got into the game with Nabibakhsh impressing.
Soon Bengal was in the lead, but Thalaivas regrouped well to stay in the game. Bengal looked like a team that had their eyes on the semifinal clash next week, and their lack of cruelty allowed the Tamil team to return and level the points. The first half ended with scores 13-13.
Bengal Warriors stepped up their game in the second half, thanks largely to raiders Nabibakhsh and Sukesh.
Although Ran Singh managed a super tackle in the fifth minute of the half, it was only a case of delaying the inevitable with the Warriors picking up everything in the eighth minute to open a six-point lead.
However, Ajith de Thalaivas was not in the mood to be content and his raids turned it into a two-point game shortly after all.
But Rinku Narwal produced a super tackle with seven minutes remaining to stop Thalaivas' dominance.
Sourabh Tanaji Patil also provided valuable raid points for the Warriors, as they once again opened a six-point lead with two minutes remaining.
Bengal's defense stood firm in the final minutes to get a victory.