Bengaluru : Telugu Titans produced an impressive performance to beat high-flying Puneri Paltan 32-29 in a closely-fought match of Pro Kabaddi Season 4 here.
Skipper Rahul Chaudhari had a terrific game and scored 10 points while Sandeep Narwal scored six points to set up the victory for Telugu Titans.
It was a momentous day for Rahul Chaudhari as he became the first man to score 400 raid points in Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. Chaudhari has been one of the standout players in Pro Kabaddi League as half of his overall points in the league are in super 10s.
Both teams have 29 points from nine games but Puneri Paltan are third in the table, one ahead of Telugu Titans on score difference.
Puneri Paltan began with a bang as Ajay Thakur scored with a super raid in the first minute. Rahul Chaudhari got two points from his first two raids as Telugu Titans trailed 2-3 after four minutes. Deepak Hooda got two points with a raid in the fifth minute as Puneri Paltan led 5-2 and reduced Telugu Titans to just two men.
Rahul Chaudhari scored two points in the sixth minute as they trailed 5-6. Puneri Paltan inflicted an all out in the 7th minute to lead 10-6. Puneri Paltan’s raiders
Deepak Hooda scored his fifth raid point of the match as Puneri Paltan led 13-8 after 10 minutes. Titans’ defence scored just two tackle points as they trailed 9-15 after 13 minutes. Telugu Titans made a comeback as they cut the lead to two points (17-15) at the end of first half.
Puneri Paltan forced a super tackle in the 22nd minute to lead 19-16 with RavinderPahal attaining a “high five”. Rahul Chaudhari was in fine form and scored a raid point in 25th minute as Telugu Titans trailed 19-20 and Pune reduced to just one man.
Telugu Titans forced an all out in 26th minute to take lead for the first time in match at 22-20. Sandeep Narwal was shown a yellow card in 29th minute and was forced off the court for two minutes. A few raids were exchanged between both the teams as Telugu Titans led 24-22 in the 32nd minute. Rahul Chaudhari scored two points in 35th minute as attained a super 10 which gave Telugu Titans 28-24 lead.
Puneri Paltan scored two quick points as the game reached an exciting climax at score 28-26 in favour of Telugu Titans. Deepak Hooda scored his eighth point as Puneri Paltan trailed 27-28 with just three minutes left on the clock.
In the other match, Dabang Delhi trounced a hapless Bengaluru Bulls 40-20. Kashiling Adake had a superb game and scored 11 points to lead his team to a resounding win.