New Delhi: Captain Manjeet Chhillar led from the front with a superlative performance to guide Puneri Paltan to a win over Telugu Titans in a crucial tie of the Pro Kabaddi in New Delhi on Friday.
He raided well not by claiming points but by ensuring that he ran down the clock with empty raids. Chhillar was superb in defence, his forte and with the ever alert Surjeet Narwal and Jasmer Gulia also joining hands the trio plotted their rivals' downfall by a handsome 41-24 margin with two all-outs.
At half-time they had ensured that this would be a no contest by stretching the lead to 21-6 with an all-out in the 7th minute.
Till then the Telugu Titans had even failed to open their account. They finally got the first point in the 9th minute which came through Sukesh Hegde. Nothing went right for the losing side as they slumped to their second all-out immediately after resumption. At 25-6 only a miracle or a slump from Pune would have brought them back.
Telugu Titans may well have shut the door on their chances for a play-off berth. They have 33 points with six wins in 12 matches and face U Mumba and Patna Pirates in Mumbai. Even a win in both the matches may not give them a place as Puneri Paltan with 37 points are tied with Bengal Warriors and have a match more than Telugu Titans to try and clinch their place.