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Mumbai beat holders Punjab in PWL-4 opener

Press Trust of India  |  Panchkula 

and Bajranj Punia shone as Maharathi beat defending champions Royals 4-3 in the first match of the (PWL) Season 4 here Monday.

It was gold medallist Vinesh who clinched the tie for the team by winning the sixth bout of the evening to give her team an unassailable 4-2 lead with one bout to go.

The other Asiad gold medal winner, Bajrang, who fought the last bout against national champion Harphool, reduced the winning margin by clinching the final bout of the evening.

Though up against the Asian champion, Harphool showed no nerves and displayed tremendous grit and determination before going down 2-8.

As expected, the 53-kg category bout between Anju and Vinesh turned out to be a one-sided one. Anju, who won the gold in the girls U-17 53 kg category in two day's ago, couldn't keep the Asian champion at bay for too long and lost 8-0 when the referee stopped the bout.

Earlier, former European U23 champion Russian, Ibragim Ilyasov of Maharathi won the first bout, defeating 9-7 in the 57kg category to give Mumbai the lead.

In the women's 57kg category Mumbai Maharathi's Bulgarian took a huge 14-3 lead against Royals' Venezuelan after the first round and was looking like running away with the bout. But the had different ideas and she turned the tables on Mimi to win 17-16 in what can be regarded as one of the finest comebacks in PWL history.

While the 57-kg bouts saw lot of aggression from the wrestlers, the 74-kg bout between Mumbai's and Punjab's was full of caution with the taking a 2-0 lead after the first round. After the break, Rathi pushed Amit out of playing arena to take a 3-2 lead and finally clinch the bout to put Mumbai ahead.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 22:45 IST