Jaipur Pink Panthers put on a clinical performance to defeat Bengal Warriors 57-31 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. With this victory, the Panthers regained the top spot on the points table. The current top two sides in the standings - Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan have already sealed their spots in the playoffs.
Arjun Deshwal chipped in with a few raid points as Jaipur Pink Panthers took the lead at 6-2 in the 6th minute. V Ajith Kumar also joined the party and helped the Panthers to keep moving forward. Deshwal pulled off a brilliant raid in the 10th minute and reduced the Warriors to just two players on the mat. Moments later, the Panthers inflicted an All-Out and took a big lead at 13-4.
Maninder Singh and Shrikant Jadhav found it difficult to breach the Panthers’ defence as the Season 1 champions continued to extend their lead. Jaipur Pink Panthers kept raging on and carried out another All-Out in the 18th minute to completely dominate the match at 23-7. V Ajith Kumar then effected another touch point as the Panthers led 26-9 by the end of the first half.
Shrikant Jadhav carried out a multi-point raid in the opening minutes of the second half, however, Jaipur Pink Panthers’ V Ajith Kumar also effected a multi-point raid soon after. V Ajith Kumar didn't take his foot off the pedal and reduced the Warriors to two players on the mat. Shubham Shinde then carried out a Super Tackle in the 26th minute and helped his team stay afloat.
However, the Warriors couldn't hold on for too long as the Panthers inflicted an All-Out in the 29th minute and led comfortably at 39-18. Maninder Singh and R Guhan picked up raid points for the Warriors, but it was too big a mountain to climb for them at 24-43 in the 35th minute. Thereafter, V Ajith Kumar and Arjun Deshwal kept picking up raid points at regular intervals as the Panthers closed out a comprehensive victory.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (22 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sunil Kumar (5 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Shrikant Jadhav (16 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Shubham Shinde (2 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.