Arjun Deshwal was the star for Jaipur Pink Panthers are they thrashed Patna Pirates 51-30 in Match 82 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield, Bengaluru.
Jaipur dominated the first half despite going into the match as the underdogs. They dominated the proceedings right from the whistle with aggressive defending and clever raiding. Deepak Hooda's return to the raiding department gave Arjun Deshwal more confidence and he picked up easy points from the Patna defence in the early minutes.
Jaipur’s defenders Vishal and Sandeep Dhull were also in the mood to not let the Pirates grow confident. It was like Panthers’ coach Sanjeev Balyan had decoded the Patna weakness – the same defence which claimed three High 5s in the previous match could not pull off even one successful tackle against Jaipur in the first half.
The men in pink got their first ALL OUT in the eighth minute to open a healthy nine-point lead. Arjun Deshwal enticed errors from the Patna defenders and raced to his Super 10. Substitute Guman Singh fought valiantly for Patna but his raids could not prevent another ALL OUT with 3 minutes remaining. The first half ended 25-11 with Jaipur completely in control.
Jaipur continued their domination of the mat after the interval with Arjun Deshwal picking up easy points off a confused Patna defence. His two-point raid in the seventh minute after the break gave the Panthers another ALL OUT to increase the lead to 19-points.
The Jaipur defence was having a night to remember as well with Sandeep Dhull hitting his High 5. Sachin and Guman Singh kept trying their best to bring Patna back into the match, but their defenders continued to leak easy points. The Panthers had a 20-point lead with 5 minutes remaining and even Guman Singh’s Super 10 wasn’t enough to save Patna.
Vishal also picked up a High 5 as the Jaipur defenders ensured there are no slip-ups to win the match.
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