Ahmedabad: Puneri Paltan produced an excellent all-round show to stun defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-33 on the EKA Arena in Ahmedabad on Monday. Arjun Deshwal (17 factors) and Aslam Inamdar (10 factors) have been the important thing performers of the day.
Puneri Paltan bought off the blocks nicely as they raced to a 6-Three lead when Iranian all-rounder Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh trapped Ajith Kumar within the sixth minute. However, the Panthers clawed their method again into the sport by means of their raiders. Arjun was a relentless risk to the Puneri defence, however it was Ajith Kumar who made the distinction as he bought the higher of Abinesh Nadarajan and Mohit Goyat in an outstanding raid to inflict the ALL OUT within the 14th minute.
The Panthers had a snug 14-10 lead and it was the primary time that they had taken the lead within the sport. Arjun went on to seize factors in every of his subsequent three raids to make sure the Panthers held on to their four-point lead on the half-time interval.
Arjun resumed the place he left off as he picked up two factors within the very first raid of the second half to convey up his PKL profession’s 36th Super 10. Just when it appeared that the Panthers have been within the ascendancy, Puneri Paltan mounted a stable fightback. Aslam starred with a two-point raid to cut back the opposition to 2 males and Shadloui adopted it up with an iron-clad double thigh maintain on Arjun to get the ALL OUT.
With 25 minutes performed, Puneri Paltan had lowered the deficit to 2 factors at 21-23. A few profitable raids from Aslam and an enormous deal with from Sanket Sawant on Ajith noticed them draw degree at 25-25 within the 30th minute.
The males in orange dictated phrases thereon as frequent factors from Shadloui, one from a deal with and one off a wise pursuit raid, noticed Puneri Paltan bag yet one more ALL OUT. Puneri Paltan loved a wholesome six-point lead with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Arjun put up a valiant effort to convey his aspect again into the sport, however there was little he may do as Aslam introduced up his Super 10 and led Puneri Paltan to victory on his captaincy debut.