Patna: South Korean Jang Kun Lee and Bajirao Hodage produced an impressive show as Bengal Warriors beat Telugu Titans in a Pro Kabaddi Season 3 match here yesterday.
The win takes Bengal Warriors to the second place in the league table with 32 points. Telugu Titans now have 23 points from nine matches and they are in fourth place with the solitary point they gained today for a less than seven point defeat.
For the Telugu Titans, it was yet another disappointing day as their star Rahul Chaudhari was a passenger. He made a sensational start getting rival skipper Nilesh Shinde in the very first raid. His failures thereafter, as Bajirao Hodage singled him out for special treatment, hurt his side a lot. This resulted in Bajirao scoring eight points and keeping Rahul Chaudhari out for close to half an hour.
Jang Kun Lee and Shrikant Jadhav raided well for Bengal Warriors and so did Sukesh Hegde for the losing team. Things gradually turned the way of Bengal Warriors after they trapped Rahul Chaudhari and Sukesh Hegde in successive raids and then Shrikant Jadhav and Mahesh Goud got raiding points to hasten the first of the two all-outs the Telugu Titans suffered.
The first was in the 15th minute and the third in the 38th minute with the score reading 31-25, leaving Bengal Warriors the simple task of clinging on to it. The 16-12 lead at the break was marginal but the gap widened to 20-14 in just four minutes with Shrikant Jadhav scoring. With Sukesh Hegde stepping out and Rahul Chaudhari falling prey to the merciless Bajirao Hodage the team were in trouble.
Telugu Titans reduced the difference to 21-17 and the four point gap was further reduced to 24-22 to set up a tight finish. Bengal Warriors conceded as many three super tackles to Dharamaraj Cheralathan (2) and Meraj Sheykh (1).
Very soon it became 25-24 and both the coaches took time outs to review their strategy. But two good tackles by Bajirao Hodage and two points from Jang Kun Lee took Bengal Warriors to safety. Rahul Chaudhari's two points came in but a little too late in the game.