The Telugu Titans recorded their first win of the season by beating the Jaipur Pink Panthers 35-34 in Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield here on Wednesday.
Adarsh T, who scored multiple points in the final minutes of the match, was the Titan for the Telugu team, working hard to get their first win. He scored 9 points while Rajneesh scored 7 as the Titans made an incredible comeback to beat the Panthers in form.
The Jaipur Pink Panthers dominated the first half and their defenders found form in the opening minutes. Vishal and Sandeep Dhul were impressive for the season 1 champions who stopped the Titans’ Rajneesh and Ankit Beniwal from scoring points. On the other end, despite a good start, Arjun Deshwal took valuable points, including a decisive do or die raid to overcome the pressure. The Panthers first all-out with 5 minutes left in half time to open an 8-point lead. Despite trying again, the Titans could not close the gap as the half ended with a score of 20-13.
The Titans made an immediate comeback when Adarsh made a 3-point Super Raid immediately after the restart to make an allout. A 5-point move (2 for all out) leveled the score. Arjun Deshwal quietly continued to get points for Jaipur, but the Titans remained in the match with some dog defenses.
Substitute Galla Raju was impressive with his best performance for the Titans while Arjun Deshwal won his Super 10 for Jaipur. There was only a difference of points between the teams in the final 5 minutes. Adarsh then scored 3 points in a series of raids to give the Titans the lead within 3 minutes. Deepak Hooda’s 2-point raid put Jaipur in a narrow lead, but the Titans were all out in about a minute to change the balance. The 2-point lead proved to be good enough as the Telugu team remained calm for their first win of the season.