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Tamil Thalaivas beat Haryana Steelers with dominant defensive display

A dogged defensive display from Tamil Thalaivas helped them beat Haryana Steelers 45-26 in Bengaluru on Monday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League
A dogged defensive display from Tamil Thalaivas helped them beat Haryana Steelers 45-26 in Bengaluru on Monday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League

Bengaluru, Jan 11 (MNN) A dogged defensive display from Tamil Thalaivas helped them beat Haryana Steelers 45-26 here on Monday.

Manjeet was the Thalaivas’ top scorer with 10 points, while Sagar and Surjeet Singh combined for 15 tackle points in a terrific outing for their side.

The Steelers picked up a couple of points in the first raid of the game, courtesy of a bonus point and a self out by Surjeet Singh, but Thalaivas dominated proceedings post that. Manjeet picked up three touch points, and Tamil’s defence pinned down Meetu and Vikash Kandola to leave Haryana with just a solitary man on the mat.

Sagar pinned down the lone Steeler with a Double Thigh Hold to help Thalaivas inflict an All Out and take a 9-2 lead.

The Tamil Thalaivas extended their lead to 11, courtesy of Sagar and Surjeet’s assured tackling.

Manjeet induced an error from Surender Nada and left the Steelers with a solitary man on the mat, and Tamil’s defence tackled him in his subsequent raid to inflict another All Out and extend their lead to 14.

The Steelers conjured a strong response and scored four unanswered points to cut the deficit to 10. Meetu’s touch point on Sagar Krishna and Ankit stellar Double Thigh Hold on Bhavani Rajput left the Tamil Thalaivas with a solitary man.

Surjeet offered no resistance to the raider and gave up a touch point that saw the Steelers inflict an All Out and cut their deficit to just five.

The Tamil Thalaivas finished the first half stronger, outscoring the Steelers 4-3 to go into the halftime break leading 24-18.

The Steelers started the second half with just three players on the mat but were quickly reduced to two, courtesy of a touch point by Manjeet.

The raider then tagged the last two defenders in his subsequent raid before trotting across the midline to inflict a third All Out on the Steelers and extend his team’s lead to 11.

With momentum on their side, the Thalaivas continued to add to their advantage, outscoring the Steelers 6-2 to extend their advantage to 15.

With their team staring at another All Out, the Steelers defence stepped their game up, and Super Tackled Ajinkya Pawar to add a couple of points to their team’s total.

But their resistance proved to be a momentary respite, as the Thalaivas scored three unanswered points to reduce the Steelers to a solitary man. The defender surrendered the point to concede an All Out, which pushed the Thalaivas’ lead to 18.

In the game’s final two minutes, the Thalaivas outscored the Steelers 4-3 to register a comfortable win.

Jaipur Pink Panthers hand Dabang Delhi their first loss of season

An engaging, back-and-forth affair finished with Jaipur Pink Panthers beating Dabang Delhi KC 30-28. This was Delhi’s first loss of the season.
Deepak Hooda had a day to remember, as he not only led his team to victory with nine points but also eclipsed 900 raid points in vivo Pro Kabaddi.

Naveen Kumar scored his 600th raid point in this game, becoming only the ninth player in league history to achieve the feat.

However, he finished the game with only seven points, ending his incredible streak of consecutive Super 10s at 28.

Delhi were in the ascendancy early and took a 6-2 lead, with Naveen responsible for three of those. The Pink Panthers rallied back with five unanswered points courtesy of two raid points from Deshwal, a Super Tackle from Sahul and another tackle point from Sandeep Dhull to take the lead.

Sandeep Narwal brought parity to the scoreline with a tackle on Arjun Deshwal, and then Vishal helped Delhi reclaim the lead with a two-point raid.

The lead barely lasted a minute as Pink Panthers skipper Deepak Hooda responded with a two-point raid of his own to level the score.

Both teams added another point to their total and went into halftime with the scoreboard reading 12-12.

Manjeet Chhillar’s strong Ankle Hold on Amirhossein Mohammad, and a touch point from Naveen reduced the Pink Panthers to just two men on the mat.

In his subsequent raid, Naveen tagged both defenders before making his way across the midline to inflict the game’s first All Out and help Delhi take a 19-14 lead.

The Pink Panthers responded to the setback in a tremendous fashion.

Deepak Hooda and Sahul Kumar combined to add five points to their team’s total in just four minutes, and Deshwal then scored his seventh raid point of the night, a touch on Sandeep, to bring parity to the scoreline and leave Delhi with just two players on the mat.

With his team reeling, raider Ashu Malik stepped up and added four unanswered points to his team’s total with a two-point raid and a Super Tackle on Deshwal in quick succession.

But the Pink Panthers did not relent and responded with three unanswered points, courtesy of Sahul’s eighth tackle point of the night and a two-point raid from Hooda, which reduced Delhi to a solitary man.

Malik picked a bonus but was promptly pinned down by Pink Panthers’ defence, which inflicted an All Out on Delhi and gave Jaipur the lead.

Hooda and Sandeep Dhull added another couple of points to their team’s total to push their lead up to three with just over a minute left in the game.

Ashu Malik cut Delhi’s deficit to two with a touch point but was tackled by Dhull in his subsequent raid, which ended his team’s hopes of a comeback.

Manjeet Chhillar dashed Hooda out of bounds in the final raid of the game, but that tackle point didn’t affect the game’s result, as the Pink Panthers emerged victorious.

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