Pro Kabaddi: Panthers, Fortunegiants match ends in a tie, UP trounces Thalaivas

Jaipur began its home leg with a 28-28 tie against Gujarat. Later, UP Yoddha knocked Tamil Thalaivas out of the league with a 42-22 trouncing.

Vishal scored 9 tackle points for the home side while Parvesh Bhainswal scored a High 5 as the match ended in a 28-28 tie.   -  pkl

Host Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven here on Saturday.

Both defences produced a masterclass in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite taking a healthy lead for the most of the first half.

Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles.

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The Pink Panthers, boosted by the return of Vishal, looked slightly better, and the marginal difference in quality was all the Pink Panthers needed to inflict an All-Out on the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 13th minute.

The All-Out also opened a 6-point lead for the home side.The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.

Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defence picked up its game to halt the Jaipur dominance.

The visitor picked up its All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. Gujarat moved to a three-point lead with less than four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal.

Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under three minutes left to play.

Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead.

The Jaipur all-rounder secured his High 5 in the process but was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to force a tie.

-UP Yoddha knocks Tamil Thalaivas out of PKL 2019-

UP Yoddha came back to winning ways with a convincing 42-22 victory over Tamil Thalaivas in the second match of the day.

UP suffered an early 'All-out' and then staged a comeback in the second half to complete the pounding. New life was injected into UP when Shrikant Jadhav sent four men to the bench with a 'Super-raid' on the brink of half-time to reduce Thalaivas' to one man. 

The second half was a completely different story as UP came back all guns blazing. UP began the second half with its first 'All-out. With tackles and raid points coming in tandem, UP raced to a 23-15 lead. In the next 15 minutes, UP bundled out the Chennai-based side two more times, Sumit brought up his 'High-5' as UP jumped to the fourth place in the point table.

Scores:

Jaipur Pink Panthers 28 (Vishal- 9 tackle point, Deepak Hooda- 4 raid points) tied Gujarat Fortunegiants 28 (Sachin- 5 raid points, Parvesh Bhainswal- 4 tackle points)

UP Yoddha 42 (Shrikan Jadhav-8 raid points, Surender Gll-7 raid points) beat Tamil Thalaivas 22 (Rahul Chaudhari- 5 raid points, V. Ajith Kumar- 4 raid points)