Jaipur Pink Panthers began their home leg with a comprehensive win as they beat Puneri Paltan 36-23 in the Pro Kabaddi on Friday. Deepak Hooda, with eight raid points, and Sunil Siddhgavale, with eight tackle points, were the heroes of the match for Jaipur. Puneri Paltan lost their way after the first 10 minutes of the match. GB More top-scored for Pune with five raid points. Jaipur Pink Panthers still have an outside chance of making it to the playoffs while Puneri Paltan are not in contention.
The first five minutes of the match were evenly contested with both teams trading raid and tackle points. Ajinkya Pawar made a successful raid in the 6th minute to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 5-4 lead. Deepak Hooda made a two-point raid in the 10thminute as Jaipur led 9-7. From that point Jaipur Pink Panthers never looked back and left Puneri Paltan behind.
An all out was inflicted by Jaipur as they led 12-7 and looked in rampant form. In the next 10 minutes, they allowed Puneri Paltan to score just two points as Deepak Hooda led the raid department while Sunil Sidhgavali marshaled the defence.
At the end of the first half, Jaipur Pink Panthers held a healthy lead of 12 points with the score 21-9. Sandeep Narwal started the second half on a brighter note for Puneri Paltan with a two-point raid in the 22nd minute. Jaipur Pink Panthers looked in full control in the second half and didn’t take any unnecessary risks.
With less than five minutes to go, Jaipur led 30-20 and looked on course for a comfortable victory.
(With PTI inputs)