Manin­der shines in War­riors’ vic­tory

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Pune: Ben­gal War­riors re­lied on the raid­ing skills of Pun­jab po­lice­man Manin­der Singh on Thurs­day to regis­ter a facile 4836 vic­tory against for­mi­da­ble ri­vals Haryana Steel­ers in a Pro Kabaddi tie.

Singh se­cured 18 points out of 19 raid at­tempts in the match played at the Shiv Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Sports Com­plex here. Ben­gal, with this win, are six points away from top-placed Da­bang Delhi KC at 69 points.

Haryana re­main third with 54 points.

Ben­gal al­most sealed the game in the first half, lead­ing 30-14 with skip­per Manin­der lead­ing the charge. How­ever in the sec­ond half, Haryana bounced back to cut the deficit to seven points. But their des­per­a­tion in the cru­cial mo­ments led to mul­ti­ple er­rors, al­low­ing Ben­gal to see the game through.

Haryana lost the grip as early as the fourth minute when their main raider Vikash Khan­dola was brought down by Ben­gal’s Jeeva Ku­mar. War­riors were 6-2 up with Baldev Singh (6 points) and Rinku Nar­wal (3 points), strength­en­ing the de­fence.

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