Bengaluru Bulls beat Bengal Warriors 27-25 in nail biting match!
A TEETH-GRINDING, back and forth, neck to neck thriller unfolded between Bengaluru Bulls and Bengal Warriors. And it was the Bengaluru Bulls who, thanks to a last-minute all-out they managed to bag, came out victorious by a narrow margin of 2 points (27-25).
Vinod Kumar of Bengaluru came raiding, and got a bit too greedy for the bonus point. The risk got him caught. But Chillar made up for it by trapping Goyat, making the scoreline 3-3.
It was a battle of defenses as both teams put in a solid performance but it was the Bengaluru Bulls who kept their cool and emerged victorious. For long spells in the game, it looked like the Bengal Warriors would come out on top but the Bengaluru Bulls’ star man Rohit Kumar helped Bengaluru to stage a remarkable comeback.
In the first half, Rohit Kumar was kept quiet by the Bengal Warriors defense and he failed to score a single point in the first 10 minutes. It looked like a struggle for the raiders and neither team made a single do-or-die raid in the first 10 minutes. Rohit Kumar finally scored his first point with his sixth raid. However, it was Jang Kun Lee who lifted the Bengal Warriors as he came on the 17th minute. Lee came up with a brilliant super raid in the 19th minute to give the Bengal Warriors a single point lead as the half ended with the score at 11-10.
17 minutes in, Bengaluru ‘s Vinod Kumar came on a do-or-die raid. Nilesh lunged at him but Vinod made a perfectly timed jump to escape his hold. Then Rohit Kumar came raiding and escaped a mass onslaught, reaching the centre line with a vault and getting 2 touches along the way.
But then Nitin Madane, the star raider for Bengal Warriors who had just come on as a substitute, risked it, went deep, invited the attack and managed to get his hand on the line after getting 3 touches: the first ever super raid of the season. This allowed Bengal Warriors to finish the first half with a hairline lead of 13-8.
The second half began slowly as well, with Rohit and Goyat ran successful one-touch raids and Rohit got trapped by Bengal defenders, taking score to 11-13.
Bengal lashed out. Nilesh and Girish combined to trap Rohit Kumar. Then Lee raided Surender Nada out. 13-15. Once again close to an all-out, Bengaluru brought on raider Pawan Kumar as a substitute for Vinod Kumar. Deepak ran his first raid and as Nilesh and Lee combined to try and hold him, he managed to escape.
Reduced to only defenders on the mat, Bengal relaced Ravi Kumar with Nitin Madane. And Nitin ran a successful raid. Then Bengaluru’s Ashish Kumar got trapped. Now the Bengaluru Bulls were reduced to 1 man on the mat, and Monu Goyat had an easy time getting the touch and scoring the first all-out of the match. Suddenly, Bengal had a 6 point lead. 15-21.
Bengaluru needed a comeback. And they tried to chip away at the deficit. They trapped Monu Goyat and Rohit Kumar ran two successful raids in a row. Then they managed to trap Ashish Sangwan as well. Suddenly, the lead wasn’t too high any more. With 2 minutes left, The scoreline read 19-22.
For the Bengaluru Bulls, it was now or never. And Rohit Kumar took over the final charge. He ran two back to back successful raids, reducing Bengal to one man: Nitin Madane.
Nitin now had one good raid left in the game, and the scoreline was 21-22. Knowing the return raid would be an easy opportunity for Bengaluru to get the all-out points, Nitin lingered long in his final raid, got the bonus point, but as he was making his return he was swarmed. Bengaluru Bulls had gotten the all-out with seconds to spare. The score now was 27-25, in their favor. It was up to Rohit Kumar now to run a safe empty raid and see the clock out.
Messy Fractals’s ringside view takes a closer look at the strategies used by players in the match.
Quarter Time View
We have divided 40 minutes of play time into 4 to look at which quarter belonged to whom.
|Time (min)||0-10||10-20||20-30||30-40||Final Score|
Bengal Warriors Raid Analysis
Players Who Spent Time On And Away From The Field
|Time (min)||Bengal Warriors||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Best Field Time||Amit Singh Chillar||Ashish Kumar|
|Worst Field Time||Monu Goyat||Mohit Chhillar|
Most Valuable Players Of The Match
|Raider of the Match||Rohit Kumar||Bengaluru Bulls|
|Inspiring Defender of the Match||Vishal Mane||Bengal Warriors|
|Marathon Man on the Mat||C.Arun||Bengal Warriors|
|Moment of the Match||Rohit Kumar||Bengaluru Bulls|
*Raider of the Match=Player who scored the maximum raid points,
Inspiring Defender of the Match= Player who scored the maximum tackle points,
Marathon Man on the Mat= Player who has spent the maximum time on the mat.