The first half was a closely contested affair between both teams.
Jaipur Pink Panthers beat table-toppers Patna Pirates 38-28 in Match 53 of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 8 at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, Bengaluru. Raider Deepak Hooda scored a Super 10 and was aided by Arjun Deshwal with nine points as the Panthers continued their habit of beating top teams in Season 8.
Patna had an off day on the mat in PKL 8 with their raiders struggling to make the required impact. Coach Ram Mehar Singh will have a lot to ponder after a loss that exposed Patna’s weaknesses.
The first half was a closely contested affair with Jaipur matching Patna blow for blow. Monu Goyat looked impressive for the Pirates in the initial minutes while in-form Deepak Hooda took majority of raiding duties for the Panthers. There were no tackle points scored in the first ten minutes with scores even at 10-10.
Pink Panthers’ Sahul Kumar slowly found the rhythm in the defence towards the closing stages of the half of this PKL match. He and Deepak Hooda combined to inflict the first ALL OUT in the last minute to open a 4-point lead. Jaipur’s Arjun Deshwal then produced a 2-point raid to end the half 18-12 in their favour.
Prashanth Rai and Sachin also started raiding more for the Pirates in the second half, but they failed to close the gap on the Panthers. Patna thought they had a Super Raid when Monu Goyat’s finger sneaked past the midline close to the 9th minute of the half. But the referees said the raider’s struggle had been over. With 10 minutes remaining, Jaipur had a 5-point lead. The big difference between the teams was how they approached their Do-or-Die raids. Jaipur converted most of theirs while the Pirates often perished.
Jaipur had a healthy 7-point lead, and they used the momentum to inflict another ALL OUT with under two minutes remaining. Mohammadreza Shadloui had a poor outing in the left corner for Patna and Jaipur picked points off him to clinch the win in PKL 8.
Bengaluru Bulls overcome Gujarat Giants
Bengaluru Bulls proved their title credentials with a well-fought 46-37 victory against Gujarat Giants in Match 54 of PKL Season 8. The season 6 champions showed great composure on the mat against a well-drilled Giants team to earn a victory that puts them on top of the points table.
Pawan Sehrawat scored 19 points and was ably supported by Bharat who clinched 9 points (including 2 for tackles). Gujarat matched Bulls for most parts of the match but the three ALL OUTs they suffered proved too costly at the end. Their young raider Rakesh clinched a Super 10 (14 points) and will definitely be a raider to watch out for in the upcoming matches.
The first half was a kabaddi exhibition with top-class performances in all areas of the mat. Pawan Sehrawat was his prolific best from the star, moving around the mat effortlessly to score points. At the other end, Rakesh proved why he is touted as the next raiding star, bringing out Dubkis and swift toe-touches. He produced the game’s first Super Raid in the 8th minute for Gujarat, but Pawan settled the score in the 10th minute with a 3-point raid for the Bulls. Parvesh Bhainswal then brought out a stunning Super Tackle on Pawan Sehrawat but the Bulls had the last laugh when they clinched an ALL OUT with 7 minutes remaining to half time.
Rakesh and Pawan kept picking up raid points in a high scoring half that ended 22-17 with the Bulls in the lead. Pawan got his Super 10 in a 2-point raid that unfortunately led to a shoulder injury for Gujarat’s Sumit.
Substitute Pradeep Kumar turned out to be an effective introduction for the Giants as they matched Bulls in the early minutes of the second half. Bulls had another weapon ready too in Bharat who ensured Pawan spent very little time on the dugout with quick revivals. Pradeep’s heroics or Sunil’s Super Tackle wasn’t good enough to prevent an ALL OUT with 11 minutes remaining as the Bulls opened a 4-point lead again.
Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh advised his players to not show Bulls raider any mercy in the first Time Out. And that is exactly what his Giants defender did by tackling Pawan and Bharat relentlessly in the minutes that followed. But the Bulls defenders, especially Saurabh Nandal, were certainly in no mood to give up as they gave Giants’ raiders a horrid time. Bengaluru got another ALL OUT with 2 minutes remaining to open a 9-point lead. Their defenders saw out the last minutes to clinch a 9-point win.