Skipper Deepak Hooda led from the front as Jaipur Pink Panthers defeated Haryana Steelers 37-21 in their Pro Kabaddi League match in Mumbai on Wednesday.
This was Jaipur’s third win in as many matches and the side took control of the game in the second half by inflicting two all-outs on the opposition. Hooda (14 points) was the star performer, while Sandeep Dhull (6 points) and Vishal (4 points) complemented the skipper well.
Jaipur opened their account by successfully tackling Haryana raider Naveen. But Haryana tackled Hooda to make it 2 -1. Jaipur surged ahead 5-2, courtesy a successful raid by Deepak. But some good work by Haryana helped them reduce the deficit to 5-6 in a closely-fought game.
Jaipur, with successful tackles and raids, were inching ahead. However, with their defenders up to the mark, Haryana were closing in on the gap. But Jaipur defenders successfully tackled Naveen to take them 10-8 ahead.
Deepak, then with three minutes to go for the first half, grabbed two points to take Jaipur 12-8 ahead. Haryana’s K Selvamani was successfully tackled by Jaipur in the dying minutes of the first half as they went 13 -8 ahead into the break.
After the break, Jaipur inflicted an all-out to surge 17-8 ahead. And then there was no looking back for the outfit as they continued their dominance maintaining a 10-point lead with nine minutes left for the game to end over Haryana.
Jaipur inflicted the second all out in the 36th minute of the match to move 34-16 and their win just remained a formality. Finally, Jaipur won 37-21 and continued their winning run.
UP Yoddha get their first taste of victory
UP Yoddha notched up their first win of PKL Season 7 as they beat U Mumba 27-23 in the second match on Wednesday. Defender Sumit put in a herculean effort and kept the U Mumba raiders quiet all night, ending up with 6 tackle points. The tie was dominated by defenders from both sides who outscored raiders 24-20 overall, highlighting the analysis and study that the teams have been doing against raiders of all teams.
U Mumba and UP Yoddha were heading into the contest looking to win this game and build some momentum going ahead in the season but this match didn’t go as planned for U Mumba. UP Yoddha, on the other hand, had Sumit who was constantly broke the rhythm of U Mumba’s raiders as he scored 6 tackle points. The experienced Monu Goyat also made some handy raids in the end which helped UP Yoddha get their lead back in the dying moments.
UP Yoddha started on a strong note thanks to Rishank Devadiga who came back after an injury and was ably supported by Goyat. Both the teams were cautious in their approach as the lead kept switching with every raid. Fazel Atrachali stamped his mark on the match with a strong dash and block on a returning Shrikant Jadhav to completely throw him out of the mat with brute force in the 6th minute.
It looked like UP would start building a lead, but U Mumba made a strong comeback after raider Rohit Bailyan made a Super Tackle on ShrJadhav. With raider Abhishek Singh being kept quiet, U Mumba lost their momentum while Goyat made difference for UP Yoddha.
The last raid of the first half saw last man Atrachali, being stopped by Ashu Singh as U Mumba trailed 12-14 at the stroke of half-time.
The second half continued to be close with every move being countered by the other. UP Yoddha were moving ahead with a very slim margin of just 2 points and their strategy was to slow the game down and cruise control. U Mumba gave a strong reply when defender Young Chang Ko got Goyat out with a strong block in the 24th minute to make the score 14-16.
But a running hand touch by Rishank Devadiga kept Atrachali on the bench for nearly half the time as the clock hit 30 minutes. Sumit then made a major impact for UP Yoddha as he got a High Five during the 30th minute, proving his mettle and strength with a strong ankle hold on Arjun Deshwal.
In the 40th minute, Atrachali got a double ankle hold on Devadiga but it was overturned after it was found out that he went out of bounds before making the heroic effort giving UP Yoddha a point and a victory to savor. UP Yoddha continued to calmly pass the time and won by 27-23.