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Premier Handball League: Maharashtra Ironmen continue their winning run

Maharashtra Ironmen continued their ascent at top with another dominating win against Delhi Panzers.

Premier Handball League: Maharashtra Ironmen continue their winning run
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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 14 Jun 2023 3:11 AM GMT

Maharashtra Ironmen thrashed the Delhi Panzers to win the first game of the day while Rajasthan Patriots edged Golden Eagles UP in the second tie to move to second place in the points table.

The 11th match of the inaugural season of the Premier Handball League (PHL) saw high-flying Delhi Panzers and Maharashtra Ironmen take on each other.

The Ironmen started the game in blistering fashion as the attacking trio of Chiseliov, Manjeet, and Kiani were rampant in the opening minutes of the game. They were being backed up superbly by Aman and Sumit Kumar from the wings who were shooting with devastating effect as the Delhi Panzers were struggling to create chances and establish a foothold in the game.

The captain and star player of the Delhi Panzers, Deepak Ahlawat was also struggling to find his finishing touch in the first half. Thanks to the Ironmen’s fluid and blistering attack they were able to extend their lead further. By the end of the first half the scores read 12-21 in favor of the Maharashtra Ironmen, while the Panzers were finding it hard to breach the Ironmen’s defence on a consistent basis in the first half.

The Panzers star players Bhupender Ghanghas and Ashok Nain were missing a lot of chances that boosted Maharashtra’s confidence early on in the second half.

Chiseliov and Kiani continued scoring with venomous shots and kept extending their lead.

Ahlawat was hoping to inspire his team but the rest of the Panzers team were struggling to cope with the pace of the game.

Even Naveen Deshwal in the Ironmen goal was in fine knick as he made some impressive reflex saves that seemingly dealt a massive blow to the Panzer's confidence in the second half.

Captain of Maharashtra, Chiseliov was arguably putting in the individual performance of the season so far as Delhi was struggling to deal with his power and smarts in front of goal. Soon after the game ended 31-41 in favour of the Ironmen who were thoroughly dominant in the tie as the Delhi Panzers could not cope with their sheer power and ferocity in attack.

Sumit Kumar of the Ironmen was adjudged to be the best player of the match for his stunning performance in attack.

The second match of matchday 6 in the Premier Handball League saw Golden Eagles Uttar Pradesh take on the Rajasthan Patriots. The Golden Eagles had a quick start to the game as they put the Patriots under intense pressure in the opening minutes of the game.

Sukhveer Singh Brar and Vikas were in fine knick as they gave the Golden Eagles an early lead. However, Rajasthan came roaring back into the game thanks to a couple of stunning saves by Atul Kumar in the Patriot's goal that lifted his team up. Mohit Ghanghas and Robin Singh then started showcasing their skill to cut short the deficit.

Mohit Ghanghas of the Patriots then took over the goal-scoring responsibilities and was supported superbly by Hardev Singh and Sahil Malik to give Rajasthan a slender lead. Soon after the first half came to a close as the scores read 16-18 in favor of the Patriots.

Uttar Pradesh came out for the second half determined to wrestle back the lead from the Patriots. But Rajasthan found another gear in attack and extended their lead further thanks to the free-scoring Mohit Ghanghas, Sahil Malik, Robin Singh, and Hardev Singh.

By the 45th minute of the game, the scores read 23-30 in favour of the Patriots.

Omid Reza in the Golden Eagles goal was also struggling to replicate his performance from the previous match as he was not able to make saves consistently. However, the Golden Eagles were mounting a late comeback thanks to some incredible acrobatic finishing by Sahil Rana and Jyotiram Bhushan Shinde as going into the last two minutes of the game the scores read 35-38 in favour of the Patriots.

A nail-biting finish to the game beckoned. Rajasthan held onto their slender lead till the end of the game as they emerged victorious after the match ended 37-40 in their favour.

Mohit Ghanghas was adjudged to be the best player of the match for his stellar contributions in attack for the Patriots against the Golden Eagles Uttar Pradesh.

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