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Jaipur, Haryana play out thrilling draw in PKL-5

IANS  |  Sonepat 

Pink Panthers came back strongly in the second half against hosts Steelers as both teams played out a thrilling 27-27 tie in a Pro League Season-5 Zone A contest here on Thursday.

Nitin Rawal emerged the star for Jaipur, scoring 11 points on a night where the famed defence had a match to forget. looked on course for a comfortable victory but could not perform in the second half and had to settle for a tie.

The home side are now on top of the table in Zone A with 49 points from 15 games while the visitors are penultimate in the table with 31 points from 10 games.

Both teams started slowly as it was 2-2 after three minutes. Deepak Kumar Dahiya scored with a two-point raid in the sixth minute to help stretch the lead to 5-4.

extended their lead to 8-4 in the ninth minute as Dahiya scored another raid point. Nitin made a successful two-point raid to help reduce the deficit to 6-8 in the 10th minute.

Jaipur's defence struggled to contain raiders as they failed to score a single tackle point in the first 13 minutes. inflicted an all-out in the 15th minute to lead 14-7.

Nitin scored with another two-point raid as trailed 9-14 after 16 minutes before gained three more points to lead 17-9 at half time. The defence could not muster a single tackle point in the entire first half.

Coming back, scored their first tackle point in the 22nd minute to trail 11-17 before adding another three points in just under two minutes to reduce the gap further to 16-22 after 29 minutes.

Jasvir Singh made a successful raid in the 30th minute as trailed 17-23. failed to get on the scoresheet as often as they did in the first half and only managed to score just six points in the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Deepak got Haryana's scored ticking with a raid point to make it 24-19 after 33 minutes before Nitin came up with a super raid in the 35th minute to help reduce the home team's advantage to 22-25.

inflicted an all-out in the next minute to level the match at 25-25 before both the teams scored a tackle point each in the next two minutes to equalise at 26-26.

The drama continued on till the last minute when Surjeet Singh made a successful raid for before also gained one point to tie the match.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 21:48 IST
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