Tuesday saw the Jaipur Pink Panthers up against Bengaluru Bulls at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. The Pink Panthers were in search of their first win of the Pro Kabaddi League season 2 and on the other hand, the Bengaluru Bulls had a shot at the second place and also looked to avenge their defeat in the previous season.
Jaipur Pink Panthers may have been down, but you cannot rule out the defending champions and that is exactly what we witnessed in the game on Tuesday. They went out with everything they had to register a convincing 36-23 win, thus ending their poor run of form in this season.
Jaipur Pink Panthers cornered early in the first half
Bengaluru won the toss and chose to defend the first raid, that didn’t go quite well as Jasvir Singh got rid of Manjeet Chhillar . Soon after losing their skipper, Bengaluru bounced back and both teams competed neck to neck for the first 15 minutes.
Kuldeep, Jasvir turn the game in two minutes:
An all-out raid in the 15th minute gave the Bulls an advantage over the hosts, Jaipur looked in bad shape seemed to continue their dismal form this season. Jaipur were trailing by 5 points and Kuldeep Singh then came up with a Super Raid where he picked up 4 points to bring the equation to 14-15. The next raid saw Manjeet Chhillar being tackled down and the Bulls were reduced to only two men. Jasvir then got rid of both his opponents in the last raid of the first half. Within two minutes, the equation changed to 19-15 from 10-15 in favour of the Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Wounded Panthers hit back hard in second half
The second half of the match ended up being a one-sided contest with the Bengaluru Bulls crumbling under the demands of a massive lead gained by hosts Jaipur Pink Panthers in the first half. Top players Manjeet Chhillar, Ajay Thakur and Rajesh Mondal failed to rise to the occasion. Jaipur resorted to smarter tactics as they chose to kill time during their raid and make use of only the mandatory third raid. Bengaluru had no answers to their opponents’ flawless raiding and defending and hence ended up on the losing side. The final score read 36-23.
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