Jaipur Pink Panthers beat U Mumbai to keep the playoff hopes alive


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Jaipur Pink Panthers beat U Mumbai 44-28 to keep their playoff hopes alive in Pro Kabaddi Season 8.

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  • Last Updated:February 15, 2022, 22:35 IST
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Arjun Deshwal was the star for the Jaipur Pink Panthers as he beat U Mumbai 44-28 to keep the playoff hopes alive in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 here on Tuesday.

The young Raiders scored 17 points in a great performance against their rivals by the Season 1 champions. Mumbai lost many chances to get out at Jaipur and it bothered them in the second half. His Raider Ajith Kumar scored Super 10 (11 points).

Mumbai started the match on the front foot with their Raiders Abhishek Singh and Ajit Kumar in good form. Ajit gave his team an early advantage by scoring a super raid of 4 points in the 4th minute. But at the other end, Arjun Deshwal easily got the points. The former Mumbai raider got bonus points easily as Fazal Atrachali and his men took a cautious approach.

Lacking tackles, Jaipur, who were playing without Deepak Hooda in the opening seven, were able to slowly take control of the match. His defenders, especially Brijendra Singh in the right corner, also chipped in with tackle points to help him get out with 4 minutes left. He gave the Pink Panthers a 6-point lead but the Mumbai defense slowly regained its momentum. They finished Nitin Rawal and Arjun Deshwal on a positive note in a row. With Jaipur leading at half time, the score was 17-14.

Mumbai dominated with their defense in the opening minutes of the second half and now Arjun Deshwal has improved. A two-point raid by Ajith Kumar allowed them to be all out but Jaipur was countered by Brijendra Singh. He prepared a spectacular 3-point super raid to keep Jaipur in the ascending position.

Ajit Kumar again presented a two-point raid but Brijendra followed suit and made another good raid. In the 10th minute of the half, Nitin Rawal made a super tackle to help Jaipur open a four-point lead. Pawan TR built another super tackle as Jaipur mini-revived and opened a healthy lead.

With five minutes left in the match, Arjun Deshwal’s three-point super raid gave Jaipur much-needed control. He won the Super 10 as Jaipur bowled out another with less than two minutes left. He gave Jaipur a nine-point lead and snatched away Mumbai’s chances to equalize. Arjun Deshwal’s five-point super raid in the final minute meant that Jaipur extended their lead to 16 points. A big margin in victory will help Jaipur in the race for a place in the playoffs.

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