The Diwali Week of the Pro Kabaddi League season 6 started with Jaipur Pink Panthers overcoming Haryana Steelers and Telugu Titans making a stunning comeback to deny UP Yodhas a win at their home.
The first match of the evening saw the teams from Jaipur and Haryana fight it out in the battle of basement where Jaipur made an impressive come back to hand out a 38-32 defeat to Steelers.
The first points of the match came from Anup Kumar’s raid which opened the scoring for Jaipur Pink Panthers and soon it was equal at 4-4 with a couple of successful raids from Vikas Kandola. But the Steelers from Haryana could not sustain the momentum and conceded the first All Out of the evening. The score reached 11-6 for the Pink Panthers within the first 10 minutes. But the Haryana Steelers clawed back in the remaining minutes of the first half to inflict an All Out on Pink Panthers to end the half at 20-18.
The slender lead was wiped out by the Pink Panthers courtesy of a couple of good raids from Deepak Hooda to make it 28-25 in the 9th minute of the second half. After this, the Jaipur based team maintained the lead and in the dying minutes of the game stretched the margin to 6 points and closing the game at 38-32. The win for the Pink Panthers came after 4 successive losses.
Titans comeback from the jaws of defeat
In the second match of the evening, UP Yodha was unable to break the jinx of not winning at home. They were again held to a draw by brave Telugu Titans at 26-26.
Shrikant Jadhav opened the scoring for the home team with a brilliant raid, setting the tone for the things to follow. The match was going on at a snail’s pace but a 5 point run by UP Yodha made it 8-3 for them and soon the first All Out was inflicted on the Titans to make it 15-9 for the team based in Greater Noida. The lead was further stretched to 19-10 by the end of the first half.
The second half too started quietly but the Titans soon changed gears and clawed back into the game scoring 10 points in the next 14 minutes as opposed to just 4 from the Yodhas. The most interesting fact of the game was that Rahul Chaudhari opened his account after 13th minute of the 2nd half, which showed how tightly he was marked during the game. But his points came at crucial juncture and nearly pulled off another upset on the Yodhas from UP as the game ended at 26-26. It was an all round performance which enabled the comeback for the Titans.
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