PKL 2018: Pink Panthers trounces Tamil Thalaivas

Jaipur Pink Panthers came up with a solid performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-24 in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 on Sunday.

Action during a Pro Kabaddi League match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Tamil Thalaivas in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.   -  C.V.Subrahmanyam

Jaipur Pink Panthers came up with a solid performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-24 in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 on Sunday. Deepak Hooda (9 points) was the architect of its victory and was ably supported by Anand Patil (5 points) and Ajinkya Pawar (4 points).

Sunil Siddhgavali got a high five in defence for Jaipur Pink Panthers. Tamil Thalaivas started off brightly but faded away as its two key men Ajay Thakur and Manjeet Chhillar had a disappointing game. The victory keeps Jaipur Pink Panthers in the hunt for a place in the playoffs.

A couple of successful raids by both teams in the first two minutes made the score 2-2. It was an evenly contested affair for the first 11 minutes of the match as the defence of Jaipur stood strong against the raiders of Thalaivas with the score levelled at 7-7.

Jaipur turned on the pressure with Anand Patil making a two-point raid in the 14th minute. Deepak Hooda’s successful raid in the 16th minute led to Thalaivas suffering an all out as it trailed 9-16. Sukesh Hegde scored a raid point in the 20th minute as Tamil Thalaivas went into the break trailing 10-17.

Tamil Thalaivas was struggling to keep up with Pink Panthers as its two key players — Ajay Thakur and Manjeet Chhillar — couldn’t get going. Chhillar couldn’t score a single tackle point in almost 30 minutes whereas Thakur had just two points against his name.

For the Panthers, it was Deepak Hooda who continued his rich vein of form. He came into the match as Jaipur’s leading raider and was once again a force to reckon with.

Jaipur held a seven-point advantage as it led 23-16 after 30 minutes of play. Things took a turn for the worse for Thalaivas as it suffered an all out in the 34th minute to trail 18-30. In the last five minutes of the match, Jaipur continued to assert its supremacy over Tamil Thalaivas, winning the contest comfortably.

Telugu Titans vs Haryana Steelers

Meanwhile, in the second contest of the night, the Telugu Titans put up an incredible show to move up to Zone-B third replacing the Bengal Warriors at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

The mat saw absolute madness in the dying seconds of the contest as Titans' Salunke picked up a Super-Raid outwitting the Steelers' defenders to settle the contest 35-31 in favour.