A clinical performance by Jaipur Pink Panthers earned them a massive 51-27 victory over Telugu Titans in the second game of the evening at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. Raiders Arjun Deshwal, Rahul Chaudhari and defender Sahul Kumar were the stars for the Panthers in the evening.
If the Titans hoped to end their underwhelming run with an inspiring performance, then this may well have been the time to turn up. Except, almost right from the start, it was the Panthers who were on top. They rushed into a lead, and it took the Titans till they were down by six points to score their first point of the game. However, Rahul Chaudhari's Super Raid took out Mohit Pahal and Ravinder Pahal and helped the Panthers initiate the first All-Out of the game.
The Panthers then went further, with a second All-Out to extend their lead to 23-7, with five minutes of the first half left to play. The Titans' porous defence has been their failing all season and so it proved again with a mere 2 out of 21 tackles successful in the first half. The Panthers went into the break leading 29-10.
Any hopes of a resurgence were extinguished fairly quickly as the Panthers got a third All-Out to extend their lead. Jaipur Pink Panthers’ clinical nature was in sharp contrast to the Titans' lack of coherence and the points were quickly adding up. Arjun Deshwal completed his 10 points with 10 minutes left to play and while there was no doubt about his brilliance, the real eye catcher was Sahul Kumar whose 7 tackle points — four of which caught the Titans' lead raider Siddharth Desai — were an example of the Panthers' dominance and the Titans' failings.
The Titans earned an All-Out with seconds of the match remaining to reduce the deficit. But by then it was not a matter of if or when, but how much the Panthers would win by. Another double-digit demolition aided the Panthers to go top of the points table.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sahul Kumar (7 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Adarsh T (9 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Vishal Bhardwaj (3 Tackle Points)
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