PKL: Jaipur brush aside U Mumba

Jaipur Pink Panthers completed their first win over defending champions U Mumba after Season One with a clinical display, led by masked defender Rohit Rana and raider Sonu Narwal. Leading 10-9 midway through the game, they eventually clinched the tie with a comfortable margin, 27-18.

Abhishek Bachchan, owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, acknowledges the crowd after his team's win.   -  K. R. Deepak

Jaipur Pink Panthers completed their first win over defending champions U Mumba after Season One with a clinical display in Vishakhapatnam, led by masked defender Rohit Rana and raider Sonu Narwal. Leading 10-9 midway through the game, they eventually clinched the tie with a comfortable margin, 27-18.

Narwal’s skilful raiding helped the Panthers get some handy points early; his kicks removed U Mumba captain Anup Kumar twice.





The lead was consolidated upon in the second half with the contribution from Jasvir, who was indifferent in the first half. In the 36th minute, he lifted the Panthers to 20-15 with an effective raid. He followed this up with taking the scalp of Surender Nada, Jeeva Kumar and Rakesh Kumar, and gained success on a review, and the contest was virtually sealed.

For U Mumba, captain Anup, Rakesh and Shabber Bapu proved ineffective. Their decision to replace Shabbeer with Rishank Devadiga did not prove fruitful, as Rishank was overpowered on at least four occasions.

Their defence was better. Nada and Mohit Chhillar contributed four points each, but Rana, in the opposition camp, had singularly contributed eight points, having also helped his teammates effect two good tackles.

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Telugu Titans snatch thriller

Telugu Titans defeated Puneri Paltan by a slim margin of one point after the last raid of the match went their way with the help of a television review. Tied at 26-all, the one point gave them the win 27-16. Rahul Chaudhary, in the opposition territory, lunged to get a touch of an opposition player's hand. When the umpire did not rule it in his favour, a review was called for which confirmed the touch.

At half time, the match was nicely poised, with Puneri Paltan leading 17-14. Ajay Thakur helped get Paltan a lead of six points, before Rohit Baliyan was brought in by the Titans, and this helped them reduce the margin. After Thakur was caught in Titans' territory and Sukesh Hegde claimed a couple of points, the Titans went ahead 26-25. Yogesh Hooda had Paltan equalising before the final raid by the Titans.

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