In front of their home fans for the first time this season, Puneri Paltan threatened to win big against Haryana Steelers. But the Steelers fought back and eventually tied their vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 match 27-27 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune on Friday.
The Paltans made an explosive start with Mohit Goyat starting off with a Super Raid. A close review by the Paltans also worked out in their favour, as they had the momentum in their corner, playing at home for the first time this season. Midway through the first half, the Paltans were in control and had a slender 1-point lead, with both sides being watchful in their approach.
Cheered on by the home support, the Paltans raged on as Fazel Atrachali and co. tackled emphatically, giving themselves a 3-point lead at 13-10 by the end of the first half.
Puneri Paltan started off the second half on the front foot, attaining an 8-point lead with an All-Out. Soon after though, the Steelers went through the gears, with Manjeet taking charge and Meetu Sharma chipping in too, cutting down the lead significantly midway through the second half.
The Steelers stayed in the hunt with Manjeet getting an All-Out, bringing the difference in points down to 2 in the 36th minute. Soon after Manjeet and Amirhossein Bastami brought the Steelers level with just over a minute to go.
The final minutes of the game were riveting as both teams threw the kitchen sink at each other, but eventually the sides had to share the spoils with a score of 27-27 at the final whistle.
Best Raider - Manjeet (8 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mohit Nandal (1 Tackle Point)
Best Raider - Mohit Goyat (11 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Fazel Atrachali (2 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.