Bengaluru, October 7: Bengaluru Bulls rallied by their home support, overcame Telugu Titans 34-29 in the first Southern Derby of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) 2022 at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday (October 7).
For the Bulls, it was an all-round show as raider Neeraj Narwal led the scoring with 7 points followed by Bharat and star raider Vikash Kandola, who registered 5 points each, while defenders Mahender Singh and Saurabh Nandal scored 4 tackle points.
For the new-look Titans, raiding duo Vinay and Rajnish scored 7 points each, and star raider Siddharth Desai registered 5 points, while Parvesh Bhainswal scored 3 tackle points with veteran duo Surjeet and Ravinder Pahal finding it hard in their season opener.
It was the Titans who got proceedings going as Vinay got the first raid in very quickly. Siddharth Desai pitched in too, before the defence Bharat and Bengaluru Bulls had their raid foiled. The early momentum was with the Telugu Titans, who were working well as a unit.
The hosts, Bengaluru, who have a well-settled core, fought back after the early exchanges, wiping out the slender lead, as Bharat, Saurabh Nandal and Neeraj Narwal led the charge, picking up points in emphatic fashion.
The Bulls inflicted an ALL OUT just before the midway stage in the first half, which saw them edge into a five-point lead.
Momentarily rattled, Telugu found another gear with the introduction of Rajnish, whose SUPER RAID set the cat among the pigeons just before the breather. Rajnish engineered an ALL OUT on the Bulls right after, as both teams went into the break at 17-17.
The second half started off slower, but with the Titans still in a slender lead in the first five minutes. However, the Bulls used their review smartly with Neeraj picking up the points on a Do or Die Raid, to bring the contest back to level terms.
The Bulls and the Titans weren't willing concede even an inch, matching each other play by play. With a little over 9 minutes left on the clock, both teams were locked at 23-23, with the Bulls' defence looking rock solid at the timeout.
An untimely slip caused mayhem for the Titans, as Vishal and co conceded a couple of big points. From then on in, the Bulls put the foot on the pedal, and inflicted another ALL OUT, which gave them a 5-point lead with the score at 30-25.
With the clock ticking, Rajnish and the Titans threw the kitchen sink at the opposition, but the Bulls' defence were at menacing best, gobbling up the points at rapid pace. The Bulls, who registered 12 tackle points in comparison to the 7 of the Titans, ended their night as comfortable winners.