Jaipur Pink Panthers put on an inspiring performance to defeat Bengaluru Bulls 49-29 in a vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 semi-final at the Dome, NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai. Sahul Kumar emerged as one of the best players for the Panthers with 10 tackle points in the match.
Arjun Deshwal picked up a couple of raid points as the Panthers took the lead at 5-3 in the 5th minute. V Ajith Kumar pulled off a magnificent raid soon after and helped the Panthers extend their lead further. However, the Bulls fought back through their defensive unit and reached within touching distance of the Panthers’ score at 8-10 in the 10th minute. But V Ajith Kumar continued to shine as the Panthers kept forging ahead. Rahul Chaudhari stepped up his game and helped the Season 1 champions take a lead at 14-9 in the 13th minute.
Moments later, the Panthers inflicted an All-Out to take a stronghold in the game at 18-10. Vikash Kandola effected a fantastic raid in the 18th minute for the Bulls, but the Panthers still held the lead at 21-14. The Bulls’ Bharat found it difficult to breach the Panthers' defence consistently as they led at 24-15 by the end of the first half.
The Panthers rode on their momentum and inflicted an All-Out in the opening minutes of the second half. Thereafter, V Ajith Kumar caught out Sachin Narwal and Reza Mirbagheri tackled Bharat as the Panthers led comfortably at 33-19 in the 27th minute. The Panthers kept raging on and carried out another All-Out in the 29th minute.
The Panthers' defensive unit led by Sahul Kumar showcased top form and helped their team dominate proceedings at 43-25 in the 34th minute. The Bulls tackled Arjun Deshwal in the 37th minute, but the Panthers continued to stay in front at 46-27. Thereafter, the Panthers' raiders treaded carefully and eventually sealed their place in the grand finale.
Jaipur Pink Panthers
Best Raider - V Ajith Kumar (13 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sahul Kumar (10 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Bharat (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Saurabh Nandal (4 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.