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Jaipur Pink Panthers end Patna Pirates’ unbeaten streak

A combined 19 points from Deepak Niwas Hooda and Arjun Deshwal helped Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates 38-28 here on Friday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League
A combined 19 points from Deepak Niwas Hooda and Arjun Deshwal helped Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates 38-28 here on Friday. Photo: Pro Kabaddi League

Bengaluru, Jan 15 (MNN) A combined 19 points from Deepak Niwas Hooda and Arjun Deshwal helped Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Patna Pirates 38-28 here on Friday.

Jaipur Pink Panthers climbed to fourth spot on Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 8 standings while Patna’s six-game unbeaten streak came to an end, though they still top the points table.

The raiders on both teams were in their element in the opening 10 minutes and were responsible for 11 of the first 13 points scored in the contest.

Amit’s fine Dash on Sachin was the first tackle point scored in the game and levelled the scores at 7-7. Sajin responded with a Double Thigh Hold on Naveen to score the Pirates’ first tackle point of the night, but Sahul Kumar answered back with a stellar Ankle Hold to maintain parity on the scoreboard.

Two quick touch points from Naveen and Deepak Niwas Hooda gave the Pink Panthers the lead and left the Pirates with three men on the mat.

Hooda and Deshwal picked up two touch points in quick succession, and the defence took care of the final Pirates player on the mat to inflict the game’s first All Out and give Jaipur a four-point lead.

Deshwal extended the lead of Jaipur Pink Panthers with a two-point raid as the two teams went into the break with an 18-12 lead.

A two-point raid from Prashanth Kumar Rai early in the second half cut the deficit to four, but the Pink Panthers responded with two unanswered points to push their lead back up to six.

The game went back-and-forth for the next several minutes as both teams added six points each to their total to keep the difference on the scoreboard at six as well.

Jaipur Pink Panthers then switched gears as Sahul pinned down Goyat with a strong Back Hold, and Deshwal then picked up two touch points in the same raid to leave the Pirates with a solitary man on the mat.

Substitute Monu went in to raid hoping to pick up a few touch points but instead entered the lobby after trying a running hand touch which rendered him out and inflicted an All Out on the Pirates, who now trailed by 11.

The Pirates outscored the Pink Panthers 4-3 in the final couple of minutes of the game, but it meant little as the Pink Panthers registered a comfortable win.

Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Giants to top table

An exceptional performance from Pawan Sehrawat helped the Bengaluru Bulls beat Gujarat Giants 46-37.

The Bengaluru Bulls skipper scored 19 points and was well supported by Bharat, who finished the game with nine points. With this win, the Bulls rose to the top of the points table.

The Giants raced to a 4-1 lead early in the game, courtesy of a couple of tackle points and two raid points from Rakesh. But the Bulls roared back into the game with five unanswered points to take the lead.

Rakesh responded with a Super Raid to help the Giants reclaim the lead, but Pawan Sehrawat responded with a Super Raid of his own to give the Bulls a three-point advantage.

The Giants managed to level the score with a raid point and a Super Tackle, but that only proved to be a momentary respite, as Bharat and the defence combined to take out the three Gujarat players on the mat to inflict the game’s first All Out.

The Giants then embarked on a 4-1 run, with Rakesh finding success on offence to cut the Bulls’ lead to one.

Bharat and Bengaluru’s defence came to their team’s aide again to push the lead back up to four. Sehrawat then completed his Super 10 with a two-point raid before adding another to his and the Bulls’ tally to help them go into the break leading 22-17.

Bengaluru were in the ascendancy early in the second half and reduced the Giants down to just two players on the mat.

But terrific work on offence from Rakesh and a Super Tackle from Sunil Kumar on Sehrawat cut the Giants’ deficit to one.

With their skipper on the bench, the Bulls turned to Bharat to deliver on offence, and the young raider did not disappoint, picking up two touch points in two raids to leave the Giants with a solitary player on the mat.

In the subsequent raid, Saurabh Nandal almost single-handedly pinned down the last Giants player on the mat to inflict an All Out and give the Bulls a four-point lead.

The Giants managed to cut the deficit to three, but the Bulls then embarked on a 4-0 run, with Sehrawat and the defence scoring two points each, to reduce the Giants to a lone man on the mat.

Hadi Oshtorak returned with a bonus and a touch point to keep the All Out at bay. But in the subsequent raid, Sehrawat pressured the Iranian all-rounder into stepping out of bounds, rendering him self-out, before tagging the other defender on his way across the midline to add four points to his team’s total.

Trailing by nine, the Giants were in damage limitation mode and tried to get the deficit to seven or under to earn a point from the contest.

While they managed to score a couple of points, they also gave up a soft touch point and a tackle point to the Bulls and lost by nine.

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