​Mohit Goyat’s Super 10 and Aslam Inamdar’s performance help Puneri Paltan beat Gujarat Giants 33-26

Aslam Inamdar attempts a kick on Gujarat Giants' defenders while representing Puneri Paltan in their PKL 8 match

Puneri Paltan bagged their second win in PKL 8 as they humbled Gujarat Giants 33-26 in Match No.34 at the Sheraton Ground Convention Centre on Wednesday. Mohit Goyat completed his first ‘Super 10’ of the season and will be eager to ride on the momentum he generated.

Aslam Inamdar got a running hand touch on the left corner Girish Ernak for Puneri Paltan to kickstart the proceedings in the first raid of the contest. Meanwhile, Rakesh HS replied with a kick on Vishal Bharadwaj on the subsequent raid to set Gujarat Giants’ balls rolling.

Vishwas attempted a Dubki in his Do-or-Die raid but got tackled as Gujarat took a two-point lead. However, the Paltans quickly equalized the proceedings through their raider’s wily bonus points.

Aslam Imamdar’s ankle hold, Mohit Goyat’s solo touchpoint, and Abhinesh Natarajan’s back hold gave the Maharashtra-based side a slender two-point advantage. They didn’t look back any further and soon inflicted an ‘All Out’ after Mohit pressurized Hadi Oshtorak and Parvesh Bhainswal to step out of bounds as the scoreline read 12-4 in Puneri’s favor.

After a revival of all the players, Gujarat pruned the gap to four points courtesy of Paltan’s defensive errors. But, Vishal’s running hand touch on Hadi turned the tables again while Mohit Goyat’s full-fledged dash while bagging two touchpoints increased the deficit to seven points.

Ajay Kumar stole a bonus in the final raid of the first half as Puneri Paltan took a 19-13 lead before changing courts. Hailed for their defensive signings at auction, Gujarat had only two tackle points for their showing heading into the break.

Mohit Goyat completed a Super 10 for Puneri Paltan against Gujarat Giants

Mohit Goyat completed a Super 10 for Puneri Paltan against Gujarat Giants

Ajay Kumar’s evasion from a dash alongside a bonus raised the curtains in the second half for Gujarat. However, they failed to do any further damage as Aslam threatened Sunil out of bounds and restricted their opponents down to two players.

Mohit intimidated one defender out of bounds and tapped the shoulder of the other as Puneri took a 24-16 lead to inflict the second ‘All Out’ of the game. Ajay Kumar gave Gujarat a glimmer of hope after escaping from the holds of two defenders as the lead narrowed down to five points.

However, Aslam’s diving double thigh hold on Rakesh put a screeching halt to their ambitions. Thereafter, he leaped past Rakesh’s ankle hold in his Do-or-Die raid and the Puneri defenders circled Ajay to cut down the 2018 PKL champions to only three men.

Gujarat bagged two ‘Super Tackles’ as their defenders held on to their grip and trimmed the gap to five points in the last two minutes of the game. However, Baldev initiated a double-thigh hold on Sonu Singh and Mohit obtained a diving hand touch on Ravinder Pahal to complete his ‘Super 10.’ The latter turned out to be the final point of the game as Puneri Paltan overcame Gujarat Giants 33-26.

Gujarat Giants find themselves in the eighth position in the points table after 14 points from six matches, having failed to pick up any victory after their lone win in the first game of the PKL 8. They will now square off against the third-placed Patna Pirates on Saturday.

This was Puneri Paltan’s second win of the season, however, the Anup Kumar-coached side continues to lag at the bottom of the table as they have only 10 points from six encounters. They will face the tenth-placed Jaipur Pink Panthers on Friday.