Pro Kabaddi League: Bengaluru Bulls beats Jaipur Pink Panthers

Pawan Sehrawat stars for Bulls, scoring 19 points in a 45-32 win.

Match winner: Pawan Sehrawat attempts a raid against Jaipur Pink Panthers on Sunday.   -  Vijay Soneji

Pawan Sehrawat produced a match-winning raiding performance to lead Bengaluru Bulls to a 45-32 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers in an Inter Zone Challenge Week match of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Sunday. Sehrawat scored 19 points; that, and two super raids by Rohit Kumar and Kashiling Adake laid the foundations for Bulls’ victory.

Jaipur Pink Panthers fizzled after a strong start, Deepak Niwas Hooda getting a Super 10.

Nip and tuck

The first half saw both teams match each other stride for stride. There was little to choose from; in the fifth minute, Hooda got a raid point to level at 4-4. In the next couple of minutes, Pink Panthers put pressure on Bulls, opening up a six-point gap. An all-out was inflicted by Pink Panthers in the ninth minute as it led 11-5.

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Adake made a brilliant super raid in the 13th minute, scoring four points to reduce the gap to just three points. Bulls took the lead in the 16th minute, inflicting an all out. At the end of the first half, Bulls trailed 18-17.

Tables turn

The second half saw Bulls switch gears.

Hemmed in: Jaipur Pink Panthers' Deepak Hooda (second from left) in action on Sunday. Photo: Vijay Soneji

 

First, Rohit Kumar produced a super raid in the 22nd minute, before Sehrawat’s two-point raid in the 24th minute led to another all-out on Pink Panthers. Anup Kumar was having a quiet match; in the first 30 minutes, he had scored just one point for Pink Panthers.

Pink Panthers tried to make a comeback in the match but was further impeded when Sehrawat got a Super 10 in the 31st minute and followed it up a couple of more successful raids. Jaipur’s fate was sealed when it suffered another all-out in the 34th minute to trail 37-24.

Hooda did his best to get points for Pink Panthers, and achieved a Super 10. But it was too little, too late, as Sehrawat continued to pocket points to lead Bulls to a win.