Visakhapatnam, Dec 12 (IANS) In the southern derby, Bengaluru Bulls defeated hosts Telugu Titans 37-24 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Clash here on Wednesday.
Pawan Sehrawat yet again delivered for the Bulls as he top-scored with 13 points. Mahender Singh put in a solid defensive performance and earned himself a high five.
Telugu Titans faded away after a bright start as their star raider Rahul Chaudhari could not get going and scored just 4 points. Nilesh Salunke top-scored for Titans with 6 points.
Telugu Titans remain in hunt for a place in the playoffs but their 3rd home defeat has made it an uphill task.
Telugu Titans made a strong start and led 5-1 after four minutes as their defence picked up three tackle points. It took a while for Bengaluru Bulls to get going as Pawan Sehrawat was tackled a couple of times.
After 10 minutes, Telugu Titans led 9-5 and were looking in control of the match.
But the Bengaluru Bulls fought back in the latter part of the first-half as Pawan Sehrawat picked up a few raid points. At the end of the first-half, Telugu Titans held a slender two-point lead with the score 12-10.
Bengaluru Bulls tied the match at 13-13 in the 22nd minute and then inflicted an all-out to take the lead for the first time in 23 minutes. Nilesh Salunke got a two-point raid in the 30th minute for the Telugu Titans as they trailed 18-12.
With less than five minutes to go, Telugu Titans trailed by just two points but Bengaluru Bulls thwarted all hopes of a comeback as they scored four points in two minutes to lead 28-22.
Pawan Sehrawat made a two-point raid in the 39th minute to ensure victory for Bengaluru Bulls as they led 30-22. Bulls inflicted an all-out in the second-last minute and ran out as comfortable winners in the end.