A sensational all-round display from Ashish led Haryana Steelers to a 37-29 win over the Tamil Thalaivas. With this win, the Steelers climbed to second on the points table.
Haryana were off to a hot start and built a four-point lead, courtesy of three raid points from Vikash and Vinay and a couple of tackle points from their defence. Athul MS’ touch point on Jaideep ended the Steelers’ 5-0 run, but Vikash continued his strong start and picked up a touch point of his own to reduce the Thalaivas to two players.
Akshay’s sensational Thigh Hold on Athul left the Thalaivas with only Surjeet Singh on the mat and the skipper surrendered a touch point to Vikash which inflicted an All Out on the Thalaivas.
Tamil responded in strong fashion and embarked on a 5-1 run, with Manjeet and Ajinkya Pawar leading the charge with three raid points. Two unanswered points from the Steelers pushed their lead back up to four. But the Thalaivas continued to pile the pressure and finished the half on a 5-2 run to go into halftime break trailing by three.
The first few minutes of the second half were evenly contested before a Super Raid from Ashish swung the tide in the Steelers’ favour. Two more touch points from Vikash reduced the Thalaivas to a solitary man as the Steelers closed in on another All Out.
A two-point raid from Pawar kept the All Out at bay and a Super Tackle from Surjeet reduced the deficit to two points. But the resistance didn’t last long as Pawar was pinned down by the Steelers’ defence and another touch point reduced the Thalaivas to only Surjeet on the mat. Haryana’s defence sat deep and allowed him to pick up the bonus before tackling him down to inflict an All Out and give the Steelers a six-point lead.
Two unanswered points from the Thalaivas cut the deficit to four, but Ashish ended Tamil’s hopes of a win with a sensational Super Raid that pushed the Steelers’ lead up to seven.
The sequence repeated itself, as the Thalaivas cut the deficit to five with two unanswered points before Ashish capped off with his stellar night with another Super Raid.
Top Raider – Ashish (13 Raid Points)
Top Defender – Ashish (3 Tackle Points)
Top Raider – Ajinkya Pawar (8 Raid Points)
Top Defender – Surjeet Singh (3 Tackle Points)