On Day 61 of PKL 2018, Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Haryana Steelers 39-30 in a see-saw of a game in Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Haryana Steelers came back strongly in the second half but just fell short in the last five minutes of the match. Deepak Niwas Hooda earned his 9th super 10 of the match for Jaipur and got able support from Selvamani. Both teams are out of the playoffs race and were playing for pride more than anything else.
Selvamani produced a super raid as early as the third minute to give Jaipur Pink Panthers 5-2 lead. Haryana Steelers fought back to level the match at 5-5 after four minutes. It was an evenly contested affair in the first half as both teams traded raid and tackle points.
The lead kept on changing hands but no team was able to assert complete domination in the first half. Jaipur Pink Panthers’ defence did a fine job on Haryana Steelers’ star raider Monu Goyat
in the first half. Goyat could score just one point in the first half and it was left to Vikas Kandola to get raid points. Kandola made a successful raid in the 18th minute to level the match at 13-13. With little to choose between the two teams, it wasn’t a surprise to see them go level on points at the end of the first half.
Jaipur Pink Panthers began the second half strongly as they inflicted an all out in the 25th minute to lead 21-14. Haryana Steelers mounted an excellent comeback as from trailing 17-26, they led 27-26. Monu Goyat
made a two-point raid whereas their defence also sprung into action to contain Jaipur raiders.
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The match was headed for a photo finish in the last five minutes. Jaipur Pink Panthers held a slender one-point lead with just over four minutes to go. Ajinkya Pawar made a crucial raid in the 37th minute as he sent back Monu Goyat
to the bench and gave the Pink Panthers 30-27 lead. Deepak Niwas Hooda made a successful do-or-die raid in the 39th minute to ensure the victory for Jaipur Pink Panthers. An all out was inflicted by Jaipur as they ran out winners in the end.
PKL 2018 highlights, Day 61, Match 1: Bengaluru Bulls vs Telugu Titans
Bengaluru Bulls notched up a thumping 44-28 victory over Telugu Titans in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) clash here on Tuesday.
The victory ensured that Bengaluru Bulls have now qualified for the play-offs.
Pawan Sehrawat continued his fine form and got another super 10 and top scored with 13 points. It was a solid defensive performance by the Bulls.
Star raider Rahul Chaudhari scored 12 points for Telugu Titans but couldn't muster enough support from his teammates. Titans
still remain in the hunt for a place in the play-offs but are under pressure now.
It was a close affair in the first half as both teams started on equal footing with the score 2-2 after two minutes. Pawan Sehrawat made a two-point raid in the third minute to give Bulls 4-2 lead. A super tackle in the fourth minute got the Titans back into the game as they trailed 4-5.
Bengaluru Bulls inflicted an all out in the seventh minute to lead 11-5. Rahul Chaudhari produced a super raid in the ninth minute to get Titans back in the game once again.
The Titans inflicted an all out in the 15th minute to level the match at 16-16 and put pressure on Bengaluru Bulls. However, the Bulls scored six straight points to end the half on a high as they led 22-16.
The second half saw Bengaluru Bulls take complete control of the match as they inflicted two all outs to maintain a healthy lead.
There were moments of quality from Titans in the second half but it just wasn't enough. A super tackle in the 27th minute
reduced the Bulls lead to 10 points as the Titans trailed 21-31.
But Sehrawat and co. continued to score easy points at will and completed their third successive win over their arch rivals.