Aslam Inamdar, Pankaj Mohite, and Akash Shinde's combined raiding burst gave Puneri Paltan a fifth win on the trot with a 38-25 victory over Telugu Titans in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.
The game kicked off slowly with both teams keen to avoid mistakes and instead just play to their strengths. Buoyed by a partisan home crowd, the Titans constantly kept the Paltan raiders in check, and despite going down in numbers due to Aslam Inamdar's raiding prowess, they pulled off multiple Super Tackles to avoid an All-Out. Both teams went into the break separated by four points, with Puneri Paltan leading 14-10.
Puneri Paltan picked up the tempo early in the second half and within minutes had inflicted the first All-Out of the game on the Titans, to surge into a 18-10 lead. The Titans had barely recovered from that All-Out and even before they could rally together, another followed. A Super Raid by Pankaj Mohite on Parvesh Bhainswal, Vishal Bhardwaj and Adarsh T condemned the Titans to a second All-Out within seven minutes of the second half to leave them down 27-11.
Reeling from the double All-Out, the Titans struggled to get much going in the raiding department and were still reliant on their defenders, who kept pulling off Super Tackles to keep them in the game. Another late Super Raid by Akash Shinde on Muhammed Shihas, Mohsen Maghsoudlou and Prince D, threatened to wipe the Titans out, but the home team managed to stay afloat. However, Puneri Paltan continued being clinical and eventually registered five wins in a row.
Best Raider - Aslam Inamdar (8 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sanket Sawant (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Adarsh T (5 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Adarsh T (4 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.