Jaipur Pink Panthers rode on a brilliant performance from raider Arjun Deshwal to earn their second win in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 in the second game of Friday evening as they beat Haryana Steelers with a 44-31 victory at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru. Arjun, who was in top form, earned 14 points, while Rahul Chaudhari, and Sunil Kumar also made useful contributions for Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Rahul Chaudhari began the match on a high for Jaipur Pink Panthers, as he not only earned two raid points, but also eliminated the dangerous Manjeet in the first raid. But a minute later, Mohit caught Rahul to restore parity in the match. When Arjun Deshwal earned another raid point, eliminating Nitin Rawal, the Panthers extended their lead to 6-2, putting the Steelers on the backfoot.
At the halfway mark in the first half, Arjun executed a Super Raid, but a Jaideep Dahiya and Mohit combo inflicted a Super Tackle and got the Jaipur Pink Panthers raider out to level the playing field once again. A few minutes later, Ankush and Sahul Kumar combined to inflict a Super Tackle on Meetu as Jaipur Pink Panthers took the lead again. The Panthers then inflicted an All-Out on the Steelers and went into halftime with a solid lead of 20-12.
Manjeet was caught by Sunil in the first raid of the second half as the gap between the teams continued to increase. With a strong lead, Jaipur Pink Panthers strategically started playing safely, attacking only on Do-or-Die raids. But Arjun continued his good show, eliminating Mohit on a Do-or-Die raid to extend the lead to 23-14.
Jaipur Pink Panthers then inflicted another All-Out on Haryana Steelers, further extending their lead. Arjun continued to pick up raid points for his team as the clock kept ticking by.
The Steelers' defence couldn't find a way to tackle the threat posed by the Panthers raider. On the other end, defenders Sahul and Ankush performed consistently as they did not allow the Steelers to get back into the game with raid points. With a handsome lead, Jaipur Pink Panthers started testing their bench strength, but Haryana Steelers were unable to cover the deficit as the Season 1 champions picked up a big victory.
Best Raider - Meetu (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mohit (3 Tackle Points)
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sunil Kumar (8 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.