Tamil Thalaivas suffers consecutive defeats

Jaipur Pink Panthers came up with an accomplished performance to beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-24 in the Inter-Zone Challenge Week of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6.
Tamil Thalaivas suffers consecutive defeats
Pink Panthers all-rounder Deepak Hooda was the architect of its victory


VIZAG: Deepak Hooda (nine points) was the architect of its victory and was ably supported by Anand Patil (five points) and Ajinkya Pawar (four points). Sunil Siddhgavali got a ‘High 5’ in defence for Jaipur Pink Panthers. Tamil Thalaivas started off brightly, but faded away as its two key men, Ajay Thakur and Manjeet Chhillar, had a disappointing game.

The victory keeps Jaipur Pink Panthers in the hunt for a place in the play-offs. A couple of successful raids by both teams in the first two minutes made the score 2-2. It was an evenly contested affair for the first 11 minutes of the match, as the defence of Jaipur stood strong against the raiders of Thalaivas, with the score level at 7-7.

Jaipur Pink Panthers turned on the pressure, with Anand Patil delivering a two-point raid in the 14th minute. Deepak Hooda’s successful raid in the 16th minute led to Thalaivas suffering an all-out as it trailed 9-16. Sukesh Hegde scored a raid point in the 20th minute as Tamil Thalaivas went into the break trailing 10-17.

Tamil Thalaivas was struggling to keep up with Pink Panthers as its senior statesmen – Ajay Thakur and Manjeet Chhillar – couldn’t get going. Chhillar couldn’t score a single tackle point in almost 30 minutes whereas Thakur had just two points under his belt. For the Jaipur Pink Panthers, it was Deepak Hooda who continued his rich vein of form.

He came into the match as Jaipur’s leading raider and was once again a force to reckon with. Jaipur Pink Panthers held a seven-point advantage as it led 23-16 after 30 minutes of play. Things took a turn for the worse for Thalaivas as it suffered another all-out in the 34th minute to trail 18-30. In the last five minutes of the match, Jaipur Pink Panthers continued to assert its supremacy over Tamil Thalaivas and ran out comfortable winner in the end.

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