Puneri Paltan put up a fantastic performance against derby rivals U Mumba to clinch a 43-32 victory at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday. Mohit Goyat scoring 12 points was the icing on a tremendous team performance by the Paltan.
In a match billed as one of the fiercest derbies in the season, Puneri Paltan started off the stronger. Pankaj Mohite's Super Raid in only the fourth raid of the game set the tone for the Paltan. Soon enough they had inflicted a first All-Out on U Mumba, to take a 13-6 lead.
Puneri Paltan continued to put pressure on their opponents and took full control of the game. Visvanath V's Super Tackle on Mohit Goyat was the only highlight for U Mumba in the first half as the teams went into the break with Paltan leading 21-13.
The Paltan remained relentless after the break streaking into a 13-point lead at one point of time before U Mumba turned things around. Within five minutes of the second half, they inflicted an All-Out of their own to claw back to 20-29.
Despite that setback, Puneri Paltan never let U Mumba wrest the game away from them, and only doubled down on their all-around brilliant display to consistently chip away and keep their huge lead intact. With three minutes of the game left, they inflicted a second All-Out on U Mumba before cruising to an 11-point win.
Best Raider - Mohit Goyat (9 raid points)
Best Defender - Mohit Goyat (3 tackle points)
Best Raider - Jai Bhagwan (5 raid points)
Best Defender - Visvanath V (3 tackle points)
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