The collective performance helped the Bengal Warriors defeat Tamil Thalaivas 52-21 in the Pro Kabaddi League on Wednesday.
Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs even before the first whistle, but Bengal used that as an opportunity to prove their courage while the Thalaivas disappeared.
Captain Maninder Singh (14 points) and all-around Mohammad Nabibakhsh (13 points) chose the Super 10s, while Bengal’s defense was effectively led by Abozar Mighani (6 points) and Ran Singh (4 points).
Many changed Thalaivas had a bad day on the mat with such as Sagar and Surjeet Singh who struggled to stop the Bengali attackers.
The Bengal Warriors completely dominated the first half. Maninder Singh and Mohammad Nabibakhsh started riots in the Tamil defense as the Warriors ran to a quick lead.
Bengal played as if their chains were unhooked moving freely in attacks, taking aggressive defensive positions on the mat and most importantly enjoying the process. The 2019 champions have already dropped out of the playoffs, but wanted to sign their season at its peak.
Tamil Thalaivas had no answers to Bengal’s intense pressure and succumbed to ALL OUT in the 8th minute (via Super Raid of 3 points + 2 for ALL OUT by Nabibakhsha).
Corners Ran Singh and Abozar Mighani also added points from the defense, while Thalaivas ’Surjeet Singh and Sagar struggled at the other end. Maninder Singh crossed his Super 10 while the Warriors won another ALL OUT in 3 minutes to halftime.
The results were 28-10 in the interval with Bengal in the cruise.
The smash continued after a break with the Warriors who won another ALL OUT in the 4th minute through a stunning attack (2 + 2 points) by Nabibakhsha. He also secured his Super 10 while Thalaivas made changes to give his deputies a chance.
Himanshu and Himanshu Singh did their best in the attacks but did not bother Bengal who was already with great leadership. After 10 minutes until the end, the result was 40-18.
Bengal got another ALL OUT for the 3 minutes remaining, again through an attack with more Nabibakhsha points. They crossed the 50-point mark leaving their fans wondering why this team didn’t play the same way throughout the season.
Abozar Mighani got his high 5 as the Warriors withstood the pressure in the final minutes to comfortably win.
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