Aamdar Chashak Kabaddi Tournament: BEG Pune Edge Air-India In a Thriller

M S P, C RLY, BPCL advance to the semis

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Fancied B E G (Pune) came from behind to edge Air-India 39-37 and make it to the semis of the Aamdar Chashak Kabaddi Tournament organised by Prabhadevicha Raja Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandal and MLA Sada Sarvankar. In the other quarter-final ties, Maharashtra State Police easily beat Artillery Centre (Nashik) 35-22, Bharat Petroleum outclassed Dena Bank 32-22 and Central Railway just went past Income-Tax (Pune) 30-28, another thriller.

Raiders Ranjit and Ravi plotted the Bombay Sapper’s win over the airmen. Siddharth Desai and Monu had given a 24-20 lead, which became 30-21 very soon for Air-India. But Ranjit came to the rescue as he brought his team close by scoring a point every time he went to raid. He then managed to shock Air-India in the last couple of minutes.

The story was repeated by Shrikant Jadhav in the Central Railway and Income-Tax clash. He enhanced his reputation as a dreaded attacker by turning the tide in a couple of raids after the score was tied at 25-25 with four minutes left. Earlier Shrikant showed good technique as he garnered a couple points during every successful sortie. He had good support from Ganesh Bodke which helped tilt the scales in their favour. Railways, in fact, were in a good position leading 19-11 but had let the advantage slip.

Much was expected in the MSP-Artillery match but the army men fell apart after gaining a 13-11 lead at the break with the help of raiders Narender and Darshan. Undeterred the cops sprung a surprise as Mahesh Magdum found ways to hoodwink the rival defence. So devastating were his forays that the rivals conceded two ‘lonas’ within no time. Thereafter it was beyond the Nashik outfit’s capacity to wrest the initiative. With Bajirao Hodage in defence and raider Mahendra Rajput adding to the pressure the Artillery guns fell silent.
Bharat Petroleum, tipped as the likely winners did have to exert a bit against Dena Bank. There was some initial resistance due to which the score read 13-10 in favour of the winners at half-time. But the tempo picked up later. Nitin Madane made it 21-11 in a span of five minutes. The bankers too hit back, inflicting a ‘lona’. Pankaj Mohite shook them claiming three and four points in two super raids. Sensing danger BPCL changed gears through Nitin and Surinder to settle the issue at 32-20.

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