Telugu Titans returned to winning ways after a 35-30 victory over Tamil Thalaivas at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday. ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai was their best raider and finished with nine raid points, while Vishal Bhardwaj scored six tackle points.
Telugu Titans started briskly and opened up a 6-1 lead after a few successful raids by Siddharth and Suraj Desai. Anand, Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar reduced Telugu Titans’ lead with a few successful raids for Tamil Thalaivas, but the Desai brothers also kept the scoreboard ticking over to ensure their team stayed ahead.
Ajith Kumar began to score more raid points and became increasingly influential for Tamil Thalaivas as the match progressed. However, points from the Desai brothers, Armaan and Farhad Milaghardan in the second quarter of the contest meant that Telugu Titans took a 18-14 lead into the break.
The second half saw Tamil Thalaivas begin with great purpose and intent. They looked like being rewarded with an All-Out after just a few minutes. However, a Super Tackle by Bhardwaj thwarted Tamil Thalaivas’ charge and reestablished the four-point lead that Telugu Titans had at halftime.
Telugu Titans then increased their lead to six points, but a Super Tackle by Ran Singh gave Tamil Thalaivas some hope of a comeback. A successful raid by Tamil Thalaivas’ Shabeer Bappu then made it a three-point game only for Rajnish to score a two-point raid in a Do-or-die situation and release some of the pressure for Telugu Titans.
Telugu Titans finally enforced an All-Out on Tamil Thalaivas and extended their lead to 33-24 with four minutes left to play. Tamil Thalaivas did finish the match strongly, but Telugu Titans had done enough to register a five-point win.
Telugu Titans –
Best Raider – Siddharth Desai (9 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Vishal Bhardwaj (6 Tackle Points)
Tamil Thalaivas –
Best Raider – V Ajith Kumar (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Shabeer Bappu (2 Tackle Points)