PKL 2018 highlights, Day 59, Match 2: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs U Mumba
U Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a thrilling 35-35 tie in an exciting encounter of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. Siddharth Desai became the fastest player to reach 200 points in this season and top scored with 14 points. Rohit Rana had a solid game in defence as he got a high five. Deepak Niwas Hooda’s heroics in the last two minutes to help Jaipur tie the match in the end and scored 11 points.
The tie ensured that Dabang Delhi have now qualified for the playoffs.
Siddharth Desai scored two raid points in four minutes as U Mumba led 4-2. Deepak Hooda got Jaipur Pink Panthers back in the game with successful raids as they trailed 4-5. U Mumba scored six straight points to lead 11-5 but a super tackle in the 9th minute helped Jaipur avert an all out.
Amit Kumar produced a super raid in the 10th minute as Jaipur trailed 10-11. Siddharth Desai got U Mumba in front yet again as at the end of the first half they led 14-12.
The second half began with Jaipur Pink Panthers inflicting an all out as they strengthened their grip in the match to lead 17-14. Siddharth Desai’s two point raid in the next minute reduced the gap to just one point.
It looked like Jaipur were coasting to a comfortable win as with less than five minutes to go they held a five-point lead. But U Mumba fought back as they inflicted an all out in the 38th minute to lead 33-32. Deepak Hooda made a raid point in the 40th minute as Jaipur tied the match at 34-34. Two more raids by Desai and Hooda tied the match at 35-35.
PKL 2018 highlights, Day 59, Match 1: UP Yoddha vs Tamil Thalaivas
In the first match on Day 59, UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas played out a thrilling 25-25 tie in a tense encounter of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season season six at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula. Prashanth Kumar Rai's successful raid in the last minute clinched the tie for UP Yoddha. Rai was also the top scorer as he picked up 12 raid points. Tamil Thalaivas would be disappointed in the end as they had the chance to win the match.
top scored for Thalaivas with 6 points whereas Amit Hooda got a high five. Tamil Thalaivas got off to a quick start as Ajay and Athul MS picked up raid points and led 5-1 after four minutes. UP Yoddha responded through Rai as he scored three raid points in two minutes to level the match at 5-5. The next few minutes of the match were closely contested as both teams traded raid and tackle points. After 15 minutes, UP Yoddha held a slender one-point advantage to lead 10-9. A super tackle in the 18th minute gave Tamil Thalaivas the edge as they went into the break leading 13-10.
The second half followed the pattern of the earlier half with both teams unable to hold on to a lead. Tamil Thalaivas led 16-13 after 25 minutes but UP Yoddha cut that lead to just one point in the 28th minute. Nitesh Kumar was in fine defensive form as he sent back Thalaivas raiders to the bench regularly. With just over five minutes to go D Pradap made a two-point raid to give Thalaivas 21-19 lead. Rai's two-point raid in the 37th minute reduced the gap to just one point. It was a tense finish as Pardap made a successful raid in the 39th minute and Rai also scored a point with the score 25-24 in Thalaivas' favour. Rai made a successful raid in the dying seconds to tie the match at 25-25.