Hello and welcome to Sportsstar’s coverage of the ProKabaddi fixture between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Tamil Thalaivas in Hyderabad on Friday.
Scores read: Jaipur vs Thalaivas
18-10 Ajinkya Pawar activates. He uses the right flanks and gets two points as he gets his hand quickly across the midline. Sahul Kumar and Reza Mirbagheri removed.
18-8 Jaipur, as it stands, is running away with the game. Arjun. Sahil Gulia and M. Abishek have to head to the bench.
16-8 Ajith Kumar gets a bonus while Narender fails to score a point after being brought down by Sahul Kumar and concedes one to Jaipur.
14-8 Ajith Kumar takes out Mohit right near the midline as he makes an advanced tackle. The morale of the team is obviously very down. This is a true test of Ashan Kumar’s fabled abilities as a man manager.
13-8 ALL OUT DONE. Jaipur cleans up the Thalaivas. The injury to their captain has really sucked out some of the momentum.
10-7 Arjun Deshwal removes Sahil Gulia. Too easy for Jaipur at this stage.
9-7 Ankush brings down Himanshu
Cruelly like the Pawan Sehrawat episode. How much bad luck has Thalaivas got stuck onto itself?
8-7 Sagar tries to trigger another super tackle but Arjun Deshwal gets a touch and runs off but the more important news is Sagar is writhing in pain. It looks like he has injured his heavily strapped knee. His knee bangs into the mat and it looks trouble for the Thalaivas. Deja vu. Sagar is stretched out. Meanwhile, the SUPER TACKLE IS AWARDED TO THALAIVAS as Arjun stepped into the lobby without a touch.
8-5 First raid point for Thalaivas with a bonus for Himanshu
8-4 V Ajith Kumar hurts his former side a bit by getting a running hand touch on Mohit.
7-4 Tamil Thalaivas raiders just not working today. Narender is brought down and Ashan Kumar sighs. NO RAID POINT YET FOR THALAIVAS.
6-4 Tamil Thalaivas are backing themselves to manage super tackles on do-or-die raids. Can this defense manage? YES! Brilliant yet again. Arjun is sent to the bench yet again. Himanshu activates the tackle but doesn’t get it all right. Sagar finishes the job.
6-2 Himanshu Singh is brought down by the Jaipur defense. Corners work well for the men in pink. He looks at the referees for a potential bonus but none given.
5-2 Tamil Thalaivas open their account with a slightly shaky super tackle. Sagar does the job for his side.
Tamil Thalaivas are yet to open their account. Pressure on Ashan Kumar as we can see all the mental math happening in his side on the sidelines.
5-0 Arjun Deshwal gets Sahil Gulia while Ajinkya Pawar is brought down by Sahul Kumar
Arjun Deshwal becomes the first to get to 200 raid points this season.
3-0 Sahul Kumar pounces and Narender is sent to the bench.
2-0 Arjun begins with a bonus point.
1-0 Rahul Chaudhari opens the raid and the score for his side. He takes out the right cover M. Abishek thereby making life a bit easy for Arjun Deshwal. Narender begins with an empty raid.
Tamil Thalaivas win the attack and Jaipur will raid first. Three pronged raiding attack for the Panthers first up.
WHERE THE TWO TEAMS ARE PLACED:
JAIPUR: 2nd on the table
THALAIVA: 7th on the table
JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS: Arjun Deshwal, Sunil Kumar, Reza Mirbagheri, Rahul Chaudhari, V Ajith Kumar, Sahul Kumar, Ankush
TAMIL THALAIVAS: Narender, M Abishek, Mohit, Himanshu, Ajinkya Pawar, Sagar, Sahil Gulia
Take a look at when Jaipur last took to the mat, against Puneri Paltan
Despite a loss in the last game, the Jaipur Pink Panthers are in the top three in the standings with 10 wins and six losses this season. Arjun Deshwal has shown his dominance on the mat with 199 raid points. Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar have also assisted Deshwal by scoring 51 and 39 raid points respectively, while Bhavani Rajput has managed 34 raid points. In defence, Ankush has been their main man as he has scored 56 tackle points. Captain Sunil Kumar has also played a crucial role in defense by adding 46 tackle points, while Sahul Kumar has scored 27 tackle points.
HEAD-TO-HEAD | Matches: 7 | Tamil: 2 | Jaipur: 3 | Tie: 2
Tamil Thalaivas are unbeaten in their last three matches and they have seven wins, six losses and three ties so far. Narender has been the team’s biggest attacking threat and has scored 169 raid points. Ajinkya Pawar has helped Narender with 64 raid points, while Himanshu Singh has looked good in bits and pieces for his 32 raid points. As far as their defense is concerned, Sagar has been reliable for the Thalaivas with 51 tackle points. The Thalaivas captain has got support from Sahil Gulia who has scored 41 tackle points, while M. Abishek has picked up 28 tackle points.
JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS
Raiders: Arjun Deshwal, Ajith V Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Bhavani Rajput, Nitin Panwar, Navneet, Devank
Defenders: Sunil Kumar, Woosan KO, Sahul Kumar, Reza Mirbagheri, Abhishek KS, Ashish, Ankush, Deepak Singh, Lucky Sharma, Nitin Chandel, Marimuthu Kamaraj
All-Rounders: Rahul Gorakh Dhanawade
Raiders: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat [out injured]Ajinkya Ashok Pawar, Sachin, Himanshu Narwal, Himanshu Singh, Narender.
Defenders: Sagar, Ankit, M Abhishek, Ashish, Md. Arif Rabbani, Himanshu, Mohit, Sahil Gulia, Arpit Saroha.
All-Rounders: Visvanath V, Thanushan Laxmamoha, K Abhimanyu
Raiding form, team performance and the race to the knockouts – we’ve discussed it all in our weekly Pro Kabaddi League live stream. Check out the full stream below:
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Tamil Thalaivas Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 8:30 PM onwards on Friday, November 25