Jaipur Pink Panthers put on a clinical performance to defeat U.P. Yoddhas 42-29 in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. Arjun Deshwal emerged as the best player for the Panthers with a whopping 19 points in the game.
Arjun Deshwal and Rahul Chaudhari picked up raid points as Jaipur Pink Panthers took the lead at 4-0 in the 4th minute. The Panthers tackled Rohit Tomar, soon after, and reduced the Yoddhas to just two players on the mat. Moments later, the Panthers tackled Surender Gill and inflicted an All-Out to take a big lead at 10-3. The Panthers’ defensive unit led by Ankush continued to shine as they attained a stronghold in the match at 13-3 in the 10th minute.
Pardeep Narwal effected a couple of fantastic raids, but Deshwal continued to pick up raid points from the other side to help the Panthers stay in the lead at 14-7. Rohit Tomar tried to pull the momentum towards the Yoddhas, but Reza Mirbagheri stood tall for the Panthers as they extended their lead to 18-8 in the 17th minute. Tomar found it difficult to breach his opponent's defence, which allowed the Panthers to lead at 22-10 by the end of the first half.
The Panthers rode on the momentum and inflicted another All-Out in the opening minutes of the second half. Their defence proved to be too strong for the Yoddhas, who failed to effect raids consistently. Later on, Pardeep Narwal pulled off a couple of magnificent raids, but the Yoddhas were too far behind the Panthers at 16-32 in the 30th minute.
However, Pardeep Narwal continued to pick up raid points and reduced the Panthers to just two players on the mat. Moments later, the Yoddhas tackled Deshwal and carried out an All-Out, but the Panthers still had a comfortable lead at 34-21. The Yoddhas tried to reduce the deficit through raider James Kamweti in the last few minutes of the match, but it was too big a mountain to climb as the Panthers eventually closed out a comprehensive victory.
Best Raider - Pardeep Narwal (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Ashu Singh (2 Tackle Points)
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - Arjun Deshwal (19 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Reza Mirbagheri (5 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.