Bengaluru Bulls and Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a close contest throughout the match and were locked at 30-30 in the last few minutes. But Vikash Kandola pulled off a magnificent Super Raid to help the Bulls defeat the Panthers 37-31 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Sunday.
Bharat effected a fantastic raid in the 7th minute and helped his team inflict an All-Out to take a lead at 10-3. Raiders Neeraj Narwal, Bharat and Vikash Kandola kept picking up points as the Bulls widened their lead to 16-6. However, the Panthers’ Bhavani Rajput carried out a raid in the 17th minute and reduced the gap between the two sides. Arjun Deshwal also joined the party as the Panthers continued their fightback. Soon after, Sunil Kumar tackled Neeraj Narwal to inflict an All-Out as the Panthers levelled the score at 19-19 by the end of the first half.
The two sides played out a neck and neck contest in the second half. Both teams’ defensive units showcased top form and kept tackling raiders. While captain Sunil Kumar and Reza Mirbagheri stood tall for the Panthers, defenders Saurabh Nandal and Aman led the charge for the Bulls. Bharat tried to pull off a Super Raid, but the Panthers' defenders caught him as the teams were locked at 27-27 in the 36th minute.
However, Kandola carried out a multi-point raid and helped his side take a crucial three-point lead at 30-27. Bharat could have inflicted an All-Out, but the Panthers executed a Super Tackle to level the score at 30-30. But, Kandola pulled off a brilliant Super Raid in the last minute of the match to help the Bulls inflict an All-Out and register a thrilling win.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (10 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sunil Kumar (5 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Bharat (10 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Saurabh Nandal (3 Tackle Points)
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