PWL: Anita stars in Punjab Royals' win over UP Dangal
Punjab, with eight points after this win, moves to the top of the table and will again take on fourth placed UP Dangal in the semis while second placed Haryana Hammers will lock horns with third placed Delhi Sultans in the other semi-final. Haryana player Anita, who is making a comeback to wrestling after childbirth, gave her all against the technically superior Navjot to win the bout by scoring the last point and clinch the tie for the defending champions.
Earlier, UP Dangal's 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Giorgi Sakandelidze came from behind to get the better of Punjab Royals' 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Korey Jarvis 4-2 in the men's 125 kg super heavyweight category to help his team take an early lead. The fearless Anju came out strongly and even took a four-point lead with a takedown against world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP Dangal in the women's 53 kg category. But the Belarus wrestler's experience helped her come back for a 12-6 win and put the UP Dangal's 2-0 ahead in the tie.
Padmashree and world number 1 Bajrang Punia got the defending champions Punjab Royals back into the game with a convincing 7-0 win over an aggressive Pankaj Rana of UP Dangal in the men's 65 kg category. The 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist and UP Dangal's giant-killer Sarita couldn't recreate the magic of her last few bouts and went down to the 2018 European championships silver medallist Mimi Hristova in the women's 57 kg category to bring Punjab Royals level to 2-2 after four bouts.
Punjab Royals sneaked ahead 3-2 in the tie when the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Dato Magarisvili got the better of UP Dangal's 2018 European U-23 silver medallist Irakli Misituri 5-0 in the men's 86kg category.
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