Bengaluru Bulls put on a spectacular show for their home fans on Friday night in the second game of the opening day of vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 9. They swatted away the challenge from Telugu Titans by beating them 34-29 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium. For the Bulls, Neeraj Narwal finished with seven points, while the duo of Vikash Kandola and Bharat chipped in with five points each to help begin their campaign with a win.
It was the Titans who got proceedings going as Vinay got the first raid in very quickly. Siddharth Desai pitched in too for Telugu Titans. The early momentum was very much with Telugu Titans, who were working well as a unit. However, the Bulls, who have a well-settled core, fought back after the early exchanges by wiping out the Titans’ slender lead as Bharat, Saurabh Nandal and Neeraj Narwal led the charge and picked up points in emphatic fashion.
The Bulls inflicted an All-Out just before the midway stage in the first half, which saw them gain a five-point lead. Momentarily rattled, Telugu Titans soon found another gear with the introduction of Rajnish, whose Super Raid set the cat among the pigeons just before halftime. Rajnish engineered an All-Out on the Bulls soon after as both teams went into the break at 17-17.
The second half started a bit slower, but the Titans took a narrow lead in the first five minutes. However, the Bulls soon used their review smartly with Neeraj picking up the points on a Do-or-Die Raid to bring the contest back to level terms. The Bulls and the Titans weren’t willing to concede even an inch, matching each other play by play. With a little over nine minutes left on the clock, both teams were locked at 23-23, with the Bulls’ defence looking rock solid at the timeout.
An untimely slip then caused mayhem for the Titans, as Vishal Bhardwaj and co conceded a couple of big points. From then on in, the Bulls put the foot on the pedal, and inflicted another All-Out which gave them a five-point lead, taking the score to 30-25.
With the clock ticking, Rajnish and the Titans threw the kitchen sink at the opposition, but the Bulls’ defence were at their menacing best, gobbling up the points at rapid pace. The Bulls, who registered 12 tackle points in comparison to the seven of the Titans, ended their night as comfortable winners.
Best Raider - Vikash Kandola (5 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Saurabh Nandal (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Rajnish (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Parvesh Bhainswal (3 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.