bengaluru bullspklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:11 PM IST Pune: Pankaj Mohite was in red-hot form as the raider helped Puneri Paltan defeat defending champions Bengaluru Bulls 42-38 in the final match of the Pune leg of Pro Kabaddi at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Friday.Mohite, with 17 raid points, was ably supported in the defence by Pune’s Surjeet Singh and Sagar Krishna (both securing High 5s), as the result helped the home side jump to 8th place on the points table. Bengaluru’s top raiders Pawan Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar picked up Super 10s but they were found wanting against a stronger and cleverer Pune side.Bengaluru might have started the match as favourites but the home side showed their true potential in a fiercely-fought first half. Surjeet Singh and his Pune defence had a game-plan for the high-flyer Sehrawat and their two lines of defence meant the threat of Bengaluru’s primary raider was neutralised for most of the first half.On the other side of the mat, Mohite had yet another brilliant outing. The young raider playing his first season of Pro Kabaddi fetched points with ease, producing classic Kabaddi moves such as the ‘Dubki’ in the process, as Pune clinched their first All-Out with seven minutes remaining in the first half.Rohit Kumar produced flashes of brilliance to lead a mellowed comeback for Bengaluru but Surjeet’s High 5 and Mohite’s 9 raid points meant Pune went into the half time with a five-point lead (20-15).Pune secured their second All-Out of the match in the fifth minute after the restart to open up a nine-point lead as Mohite secured his Super 10. But Bengaluru were not ready to be tamed without a fight and multi-point raids by Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar reduced the deficit to five points. But facing an All-Out, Krishna produced three successful tackles including two Super Tackles to help Pune open up the lead again.He picked up his High 5 but Bengaluru edged in on another All-Out with less than three minutes in the game. Mohite, however, defied all of the opponents’ valiant attempts to stop him and extend the inevitable All-Out. Bengaluru did pick up the All-Out in the final minute but Pune’s players remained calm to see out an important win.The Pro Kabaddi will jump to Jaipur on Saturday as the Pink Panthers look to revive their fortunes in the 100th match of Season 7. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Bobby Abreu got a quick lesson in the Mets’ many uniform color combinations from an equipment guy, tried on a few belts in the clubhouse and then hugged new teammate Bartolo Colon.Always smart for 40-year-olds to stick together in the big leagues. “Good to be back,” Abreu said.The Mets called up Abreu from the minors, hoping the former star outfielder can still provide a few key hits. He wasn’t in New York’s starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.Abreu hasn’t been in the majors since 2012, when he played a combined 100 games for the Dodgers and Angels. He began spring training this year with Philadelphia, was released in late March and signed a minor league deal a few days later with the Mets.Abreu hit .395 with one homer and nine RBIs in 15 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. He batted .322 with 28 RBIs in 50 games during winter league games last offseason in his native Venezuela.Even so, he wasn’t certain whether he’d get one more chance to play in the majors at age 40. “I was hoping,” he said.Abreu will mostly come off the bench as a left-handed pinch hitter. He’ll likely get some starts soon in the outfield to stay sharp, and could see designated hitter duty in games at AL parks. “That’s pretty much what it is,” he said.With the callup to the majors, Abreu’s salary increases from $108,000 to $800,000.A former two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, he is a .290 hitter since beginning his major league career with Houston in 1996. He has also played for the Phillies and Yankees, along with the Angels and Yankees.Abreu said he’s OK with the prospect of limited time. “They’ve got a lot of young outfielders here who will play,” he said. “I just want to be prepared, stay ready for my situations and contribute.”That would be fine with Mets manager Terry Collins. “Bobby certainly brings a quality major league at-bat,” he said. “He’s certainly been an outstanding hitter.”Abreu has hit 287 home runs in the majors, along with 565 doubles and 399 stolen bases. He also had a patient plan at the plate and keen knowledge of the strike zone, something the Mets are trying to teach their hitters throughout the organization.Abreu drew 100 or more walks for eight straight seasons in the middle of his career. “That’s the mold, the approach of what we want,” Collins said. “Work the count, get a good ball to hit.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was a major league catcher whose career overlapped Abreu’s time in the bigs. He recalled the days when Abreu was a star-caliber player. “Be interested to see how it looks now,” Matheny said.The Mets optioned outfielder Andrew Brown to Las Vegas. He hit .185 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 at-bats.(Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer)