Pawan Sehrawat’s super 10 helped Bengaluru Bulls beat Telugu Titans 36-31 in match 74 of Pro Kabaddi Season 8 at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield in Bengaluru.
The Bulls captain scored 12 points, 10 of which came in the first half, as the Season 6 champions kept calm in the final minutes of the match to win the South Indian derby.
The win helped the Bulls move to the first spot on the points table and end their three-match losing streak. Meanwhile, the Titans remained at the bottom of the standings with just one win in the entire season.
Rajnish missed out from the Titans’ squad for the match and that certainly hampered their performance in the first half. Bengaluru and Pawan Sehrawat started the match with high intensity and Titans could not match it. They succumbed to an all-out in the 10th minute to trail by seven points.
Pawan and Bharat kept pushing the Telugu defence who had no answers for their dynamism. Chandran Ranjit’s absence was not felt on the mat by the Bulls as they opened an 11-point lead by the end of the first half with the score reading 22-11. Pawan Sehrawat also picked his Super 10 in a half that belonged completely to the Bulls.
The Titans defence looked much more confident in the early minutes of the second half as they prevented the Bulls from running away with the lead. Akash Choudhary and Surinder Singh contributed with tackle points while Ankit Beniwal took turns with Adarsh T in raiding duties. Bengaluru had an eight-point lead with 10 minutes remaining but only had 3 men on the mat.
The Titans got their first allout with seven minutes on the clock to reduce the Bulls’ lead to five points. Akash Choudhary clinched his high 5 as the Titans put pressure on the Bulls in the final minutes of the match. But Deepak Narwal’s raiding and Saurabh Nandal’s solid tackling ensured the Bulls have a five-point lead in the last minute eventually helping them to clinch the match.
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