Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas tie 36-36 in Pune and the teams have now played both their clashes of the season into a tie. Puneri absolutely lost their 7-8 points lead in the last two minutes to end the clash on a tie. This would feel like a loss to Puneri Paltan.
Puneri Paltan will look to get back on track after facing a heavy defeat against Patna Pirate in their previous encounter. On the other hand, Tamil Thalaivas will be eager to end their eight-match losing streak. Puneri Paltan and Tamil Thalaivas are locked at 1-1 in their head-to-head record, while having played out a tie as well. LIVE STREAMING
Ajith goes to raid and takes out Surjeet to earn his 16th raid point today.
Manjeet then goes for Puneri's do-or-die raid and he thought he took out a player but a review from Tamil showed Manjeet had not got a touch and they earn a point.
Ajith then goes to raid and quickly takes out Balasaheb.
Puneri Paltan 36-32 Tamil Thalaivas
Shabeer goes to raid for Tamil and Surjeet tackles him down.
Pankaj Mohite goes for Puneri's do-or-die raid and gets tackled down. He gets tackled for the first time after getting eight raid points in the match.
Rahul Chaudhari goes to raid next and is tackled down by Girish.
Puneri Paltan 36-28 Tamil Thalaivas
Manjeet gets his second Super 10 of the season! He takes out Abishek to get to the milestone.
Ajith goes for the raid and with his speed, he breaks off a chain to take out Deepak Yadav again.
Ajith goes again and tries to jump out again but Surjeet tackles him down strongly this time around.
Puneri Paltan 34-27 Tamil Thalaivas
On the fifth chance, Ajith is finally tackled down by Amit Kumar to get Tamil Thalaivas an all-out. This has been a monumental effort from Ajith but Puneri finally get the job done.
Puneri Paltan 29-22 Tamil Thalaivas
Manjeet goes for the raid again and takes out Rahul Chaudhari. Ajith last man for Tamil again.
Ajith goes for the raid against and kicks out Nitin Tomar. Saving the all-out again.
Manjeet goes again and takes out Mohit Chhillar. Can Ajith save the all-out again?
Ajith gets his Super 10 as he takes out Deepak Yadav to save Tamil from an all-out for the fourth straight time.
Puneri Paltan 25-22 Tamil Thalaivas
Puneri Paltan started slowly but picked up consistently and by the end, they lead Tamil Thalaivas 18-12 at half time. The Pune defence has given only two points to Rahul Chaudhari so far while they have done a good job of picking up points consistently themselves. An exciting second half awaits.
Puneri Paltan 18-12 Tamil Thalaivas
Puneri Paltan host Tamil Thalaivas in Pro Kabaddi League. (Photo Credit: PKL)
After a good start to their home leg which saw them winning against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Puneri Paltan slipped to a big loss against Patna Pirates on Sunday. Returning raider Nitin Tomar failed to make a big impact in that match as he scored just six points from 12 raids. His Super 10 was instrumental in the team's first home win and they will hope he can score big again when they face Tamil Thalaivas. Manjeet, the team's leading raid point scorer, and Pankaj Mohite, scored 7 raid points each, while Amit Kumar came off the bench to put in a decent all-round performance, scoring three raid and two tackle points.
However, the team's defence was an area of concern as they managed only eight tackle points on the night as compared to the 18 they scored against Gujarat Fortunegiants. The performance of the defence will have to improve if they are to keep fighting for a Playoffs spot in their remaining games.
Tamil Thalaivas' dismal run continued in their previous match against Haryana Steelers, which they lost by 8 points. Rahul Chaudhari's Super 10 headlined their performance but some crucial errors in defence cost them the match in the second period. Mohit Chhillar scored 4 of their 9 tackle points in the match while their leading defender of the season - Manjeet Chhillar - could manage only 2.
However, V Ajith Kumar's excellent form in recent matches and Kenyan Victor Obiero's 5-point performance, including a Super Tackle, in their previous match are some positives the team can draw from. A lot will depend on the seniors like Chaudhari, Manjeet and Ran Singh if the team is to get the win they have been looking for though, and their performance could determine if Tamil Thalaivas are able to deny Puneri Paltan a second home victory.
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