Puneri Paltan came out all guns blazing and registered a 40-31 victory over U.P. Yoddhas in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Friday. Raider Akash Shinde was the star for Puneri Paltan with 15 points in the match.

Both sides played out a neck-and-neck contest in the first few minutes of the match and were locked at 5-5. While Surender Gill picked up raid points for U.P. Yoddhas, raider Akash Shinde led the charge for Puneri Paltan. However, Shinde picked up successive raid points while defenders Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Fazel Atrachali backed him up to help Puneri Paltan inch ahead at 9-6 in the 11th minute. Mohit Goyat also joined the party as Puneri Paltan earned a lead at 12-7 in the 15th minute. Puneri Paltan kept raging on and ended the first half in the lead at 19-11.

The Yoddhas showed more urgency in the second half and they inflicted an All-Out to reduce the gap between the two sides at 18-21. However, Goyat pulled off a fantastic raid in the 25th minute to help Puneri Paltan keep moving forward. Surender Gill carried out a multi-point raid, but Puneri Paltan still held the lead at 27-23 in the 30th minute. Moments later, Fazel Atrachali tackled Pardeep Narwal and helped his team inflict an All-Out to take a big at 33-24. Puneri Paltan continued to be on fire for the rest of the match and eventually closed out a comprehensive victory.

Top Performers

U.P. Yoddhas

Best Raider - Surender Gill (12 Raid Points)

Best Defender - Ashu Singh (2 Tackle Points)

Puneri Paltan

Best Raider - Akash Shinde (15 Raid Points)

Best Defender - Fazel Atrachali (7 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.