The Jaipur Pink Panthers defeated table-topper Patna Pirates 38-28 in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 match here on Friday.
Rider Deepak Hooda scored a Super 10 and was helped by Arjun Deshwal with nine points as the Panthers continued their habit of beating the top teams in Season 8.
Patna had a holiday on the mat and his raiders were struggling to make the necessary impact.
The Jaipur match in the first half was a close contest with Patna hitting.
Monu Goyat looked impressive for the Pirates in the opening minutes while Deepak Hooda, who was in form, handled most of the riding duties for the Panthers. Even with a score of 10-10 there were no tackle points in the first 10 minutes.
Pink Panthers’ Sahul Kumar slowly got the rhythm in defense towards the final stage of the half.
He and Deepak Hooda opened the four-point lead with the first all-out in the last minute.
Jaipur’s Arjun Deshwal then went on a two-point raid to end the half 18-12 in his favor.
Prashant Rai and Sachin also started more raids for the Pirates in the second half, but they failed to close the gap on the Panthers.
When Monu Goyat’s finger went through the mid-line in the ninth minute of the half, Patna thought he had a super raid. But the referees said the raider’s struggle was over.
With 10 minutes left, Jaipur had a five-point lead. The big difference between the teams was how they approached their do-or-die raid. Jaipur converted most of them while pirates died frequently.
Jaipur had a healthy lead of seven points, and they used the momentum to get another all out within two minutes.
For Patna, Mohammad Dareza Shadloi had a poor outing in the left corner and Jaipur won by getting points from him.