PKL 2021: Tamil Thalaivas ties U Mumba 30-30 in thriller, Jaipur Pink Panthers beats UP Yoddhas 32-29

PKL 2021: V Ajith Kumar's 15-point haul helped U Mumba pull off a remarkable comeback to nearly beat Thalaivas while Arjun Deshwal registered another Super 10 to help Panthers beat UP Yoddha.

The raider scored 15 points in the match to help U Mumba take a lead after trailing for long periods, but a last-minute blunder by the season 2 champions helped Thalaivas escape with a tie, their second of the season.   -  Special Arrangement

V Ajith Kumar's heroics with raids was not good enough for former champions U Mumba as they settled for a 30-30 tie against Tamil Thaliavas in their Pro Kabaddi League match on day 6 on Monday.

The raider scored 15 points in the match to help U Mumba take a lead after trailing for long periods, but a last-minute blunder by the season 2 champions helped Thalaivas escape with a tie, their second of the season.

The first half began with Tamil Thalaivas defenders paying no respect for U Mumba. Captain Surjeet Singh, ably supported by Sahil Singh in the left corner, thwarted Mumbai raiders Abhishek Singh and V Ajith Kumar in successive attempts.

With Manjeet and Bhavani Rajput, both lanky raiders with massive reach, impressing with their raids, the Thaliavas clinched their first ALL OUT in the seventh minute to open up an 8-point lead.

The Thalaivas had six successful tackles as opposed to none by U Mumba in the first 15-minutes but they lost their course in the final minutes of the first half. Mumbai scored nine points in the last five minutes of the half though.

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Ajith Kumar produced a stunning four-point Super Raid and an additional two points for ALL OUT, to reduce the Tamil Thaliavas lead to just two points in the last minute. The first half ended 17-14 in favour of Thaliavas but the momentum was with Mumbai.

Tamil Thaliavas continued with their aggressive approach in the early minutes of the second half with Bhavani Rajput looking their best raider.

But the Thalaivas continued to struggle against their former raider Ajith Kumar who clinched his Super 10 and helped Mumbai keep pace, which proved to be the difference as his raid points fetched U Mumba an ALL OUT with six minutes remaining in the match.

For the third match in a row, Thalaivas had allowed a team to make a comeback and take the lead. But the team from Chennai calculated the last raids effectively to ensure Mumbai had to make a do-or-die attempt in the last move of the match.

Ajith Kumar went for the touch instead of sacrificing himself for a bonus point and the Thaliavas defence rounded him off to clinch a tie.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 32-29 UP Yoddha


In another game, Jaipur Pink Panthers beat UP Yoddhas 32-29 with young raider Arjun Deshwal scoring 11 points. Skipper Deepak Hooda scored 9 points.

Yoddha looked clueless for most parts of this game as Jaipur Pink Panthers stuck to the basics to get ahead.

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Deshwal has proven to be a smart acquisition for the Panthers with yet another Super 10. The Jaipur defense was the better of the two as it chipped away at the Yoddha front line, consistently sending Pardeep Narwal to the bench.

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Panthers' Arjun Deshwal   -  Special Arrangement



Rohit Tomar and Surender were bright spots for UP Yoddha and helped the side bridge what was at one point a gulf in points right down to the wire.

Yoddha could have come away with a draw at least but Deepak Niwas Hooda's two-point raid right at the end got the Panthers the five points and a boost of confidence.

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