Telugu Titans did the double over Jaipur Pink Panthers in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 after beating them by a 51-31 scoreline at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai was the difference-maker on the night and finished the match with 22 raid points.
Telugu Titans raced into an early 3-0 lead with Siddharth looking lively while raiding. Siddharth then pulled off a Super Raid and continued to score points consistently as Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence struggled to contain him.
The home side’s raiders also started to have an influence on the contest as the half progressed with Deepak Hooda, Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke scoring points for the hosts. Siddharth though seemed to be in a league of his own in the first half and ended it with 13 of his team’s 17 points as Telugu Titans took a slender two-point lead into the break.
Telugu Titans made the most of their numerical advantage on the mat at the start of the second half. Successful raids by Rajnish as well as Siddharth and a crunching tackle by Farhad Milaghardan on Hooda led to the first All-Out of the game and extended Telugu Titans’ lead to 22-17.
Telugu Titans maintained their intensity after the All-Out, while Jaipur Pink Panthers struggled to cope with the pace of the contest. Siddharth, in particular, continued to wreak havoc on the hosts’ defence and helped his side enforce another All-Out after executing a Super Raid to make it 31-18 in his team’s favour.
However, Jaipur Pink Panthers weren’t ready to throw in the towel yet and showed some fight through their raiders Hooda and Narwal. They had reduced Telugu Titans to just two men on court at one stage, but a two-point raid by Rajnish squashed any hopes of an All-Out and a comeback for them. Telugu Titans, in fact, went on to inflict a third All-Out on the hosts in closing stages of the match and eventually secured a comfortable 20-point victory.
Jaipur Pink Panthers –
Best Raider – Deepak Hooda (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Vishal (3 Tackle Points)
Telugu Titans –
Best Raider – Siddharth Desai (22 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Farhad Milaghardan (4 Tackle Points)