A 23-point second half from the Haryana Steelers saw them beat the Puneri Paltan 37-30. Steelers’ skipper Vikash Kandola led by example with eight raid points, while Mohit had a night to remember, scoring a career-high seven tackle points. Lets us look at the post-match review of Haryana Steelers VS Puneri Paltan
Haryana Steelers VS Puneri Paltan: First Half
The first half of the match was pretty low-scoring. The teams split the first 10 points evenly, as they both matched each other blow-for-blow to keep the game all square. Aslam Inamdar and Vishal Bhardwaj combined to reduce the Steelers to just three players on the mat. But Haryana’s defence fought back. Ravi Kumar’s assured tackle on Tomar was the final point scored in the half, as the two teams went into the break tied at 14-14.
Haryana Steelers VS Puneri Paltan: Second Half
The Steelers’ defence opened the second half by pinning down substitute Victor Obiero. Kandola added a touchpoint to his tally to reduce Pune to a solitary man on the mat. In the subsequent raid, Haryana’s defence made no mistake to inflict the game’s first All Out. The five-point lead soon ballooned to eight. Rohit Gulia, Kandola, and Haryana’s defence helped their side embark on a 6-3 run. Three more touchpoints from Meetu and Kandola left the Paltan with just a solitary man on the mat. Haryana’s defence made no mistake in pinning the lone man down to inflict another All-Out on the Paltan and push the Steelers’ lead to 10. Pune responded with a 4-1 run to cut the deficit to seven. But a two-point raid from Ashish Narwal. And a couple of tackle points from Mohit helped Haryana retain their 10-point advantage.
With victory out of sight, the Paltan pushed to rescue a point from the contest. They managed to score four unanswered points, courtesy of Karamvir’s tackle on Kandola, a raid point from Inamdar and Vishwas a self-out from Ravi Kumar to cut the deficit to six. In the game’s final raid, Vinay ended the Paltan’s surge with a touchpoint on Abinesh Nadarajan. But it didn’t affect the result much, as Pune took a point from the contest while Haryana walked away with five.
Best Raider – Vikash Kandola (8 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Mohit (7 Tackle Points)
Best Raider – Vishwas S (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Sanket Sawant (3 Tackle Points)