Pro Kabaddi 2017: Jaipur Pink Panthers, Tamil Thalaivas register first wins

Jaipur Pink Panthers and Tamil Thalaivas opened their season 5 accounts with wins over Puneri Paltan and Bengaluru Bulls respectively. While Jaipur team produced a breathtaking performance to win 30-28, Thalaivas outplayed the Rohit Kumar-led side to win 29-24.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 12, 2017 12:56:27 pm

With six points, Jaipur Pink Panthers are placed at the bottom of the Zone A points table.

Jaipur Pink Panthers produced a breathtaking performance to beat Puneri Paltan 30-28. Jaipur captain Manjeet Chhillar scored nine points and stood like a rock for Jaipur as Pune suffered their first defeat of the league. Manjeet also became the first player to score 200 defence points in the history of the league. Both teams opened their account in the first minute as Tushar Patil and Deepak Hooda made successful raids. It looked like Pune would run away with the match as they led 9-6 but the Panthers made a come back to level the game at 9-9 in next few minutes. Santhapanaselvam scored three tackle points for Jaipur as they ended the first half leading 14-11. Just when it seemed like Pune were making a comeback, Jaipur scored three points in a row to lead 27-19

Puneri Paltan: Deepak Hooda, Ziaur Rahman, Takamitsu Kono, Sandeep Narwal, Girish Maruti Ernak, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Rajesh Mondal, Ravi Kumar, Rohit Kumar Choudary, Umesh Mhatre, More G B, Akshay Jadhav, Suresh Kumar, Ajay, Narender Hooda

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Ajit Singh, Santhapanaselvam, Manjeet Chhillar, Jasvir Singh, Selvamani K., Jaemin Lee, Donggyu Kim, Manoj Dhull, Navneet Gautam, Somvir Shekhar, Pawan Kumar, Kamal Kishor, Tushar Patil, Vignesh B, Siddharth, Sunil Siddhgavali, Ravinder Kumar, Abhishek N., Rahul Choudhary

Tamil Thalaivas registered their first win of PKL season 5. (Source: Pro Kabaddi)

Just like Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls too had a disappointing end to their home leg as they suffered a 24-29 loss against Tamil Thalaivas. Bulls had played their first home match against the same team and had registered a narrow 32-31 win. However, in this game, Bengaluru team was outplayed by Ajay Thakur and his men. Rohit Kumar, has been the key raider for bulls since season 4, and was once again the only player to score points with ease. Ajay Kumar, who was excellent against the Warriors, managed to score just one point from 10 raids. Meanwhile, for Thalaivas, it was an all-round show where youngster Prapanjan was their highest scorer with six points. Amit hooda and Pradap played supportive roles as Thalaivas registered their first win of PKL.

Tamil Thalaivas: Ajay Thakur, Bhavani Rajput, Prathap, Rajesh, Anil Kumar, Amit Hooda, Mugilan, Donggeon Lee , Waleed Al Hasani, Chansik Park, Anil Kumar, C. Arun, Sanket Chavan, T. Prabhakaran, M. Thivakaran, Sombir, Vijay Kumar, Vijin Thangadurai, Muruthu M, Vineet Sharma, K. Prapanjan, Sujit Maharana, Darshan J., Sarang Arun Deshmukh, Ananthkumar

Bengaluru Bulls: Ashish Kumar, Harish Naik, Sumit Singh, Ravinder Pahal, Ajay, Rohit Kumar, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Sanjay Shrestha, Sachin Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Mahender Singh, Pradeep Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, Ankit Sangwan, Amit, Rohit, Preetam Chhillar, Sunil Jaipal

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