PKL 2018: Bengaluru Bulls Beats Jaipur Pink Panthers; Tops Zone B

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In the Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 match on Thursday, another spectacular performance from Pawan Kumar Sehrawat helped Bengaluru Bulls to a 40-32 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. With this victory, Bengaluru Bulls ensured their place at the top of Zone B.

First Half

The majority of the first half was an equal battle, with neither team letting the other team get too far ahead on the scoreboard. The largest lead before the closing stages of the halftime was Bengaluru Bulls’ lead of a two-points that came at the courtesy of raid from Sumit Singh. But the lead lasted hardly a minute, as Selvamani clinched a bonus point and Sandeep Dhull tackled down Sehrawat to equal the scores.

 

With the scores at 11-10 in Jaipur’s favour, Sumit Singh scored a touch point on Dhull which was followed by 3 touch points in 2 raids from Sehrawat that reduced Jaipur down to just two men. Jaipur Pink Panthers substituted Gangadhari Mallesh, but Sehrawat managed to send him to the bench with a Running Hand Touch to reduce Jaipur Pink Panthers down to just Deepak Hooda.

Eventually by tackling Hooda with sharp defence Bengaluru Bulls inflicted first All-Out of the match to give them a 17-14 lead. Both teams scored two-points after the All-Out as they went into the halftime with Bengaluru Bulls leading 19-16.

Second Half

 

Bengaluru Bulls began the second half on a good note, as Sehrawat’s bonus point and a tackle point each from Ashish Sangwan and Sheoran put them up by 5 points. In the 26th minute of the game, skipper Rohit Kumar went in for a Do-Or-Die raid, he scored the game’s first Super Raid to put his team up by eight points. With Jaipur Pink Panthers down to just 3 men on the mat, Rohit went in to raid yet again; but this time Dhull tackled him to earn a couple of points for his team.

Selvamani and Hooda added 2 more touch points to their team’s score as Jaipur Pink Panthers embarked on a run of 5 consecutive points to reduce the gap down to 3 points. But a couple of two-point raids from Sehrawat and a couple of tackle points from Mahender Singh helped Bengaluru Bulls extend their lead back up to 8 points. That left Jaipur Pink Panthers with just 2 men on the mat.

Rohit Kumar dodged a Dash attempt from Santhapanaselvam and with defence tackling the last man on the mat, Bengaluru Bulls inflicted another All-Out on Jaipur Pink Panthers to give them a 36-26 lead.

The next 6 points scored in the match were equally split between Sehrawat and Deepak Hooda but they were tackled in quick succession by Lokesh and Sangwan respectively. Amit Kumar scored the last point of the match with a well-executed Dash on Rohit Kumar. But it was Bengaluru Bulls who took home the victory to ensure their place in Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Fortune Giants.

Top Performers:

Bengaluru Bulls

Best Raider: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (16 Raid Points)

Best Defender: Amit Sheoran (4 Tackle Points)

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Best Raider: Deepak Niwas Hooda (13 Raid Points)

Best Defender: Sandeep Dhull (4 Tackle Points)

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