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Pro Kabaddi 2018, Telugu Titans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers: Telugu Titans Sail to a 36-26 Win

News18.com | December 8, 2018, 10:34 PM IST
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After a close defeat in the opening fixture of their home leg, Telugu Titans face a visit from Jaipur Pink Panthers at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Saturday. Both teams are in the hunt for a spot in the Playoffs and need a win to close the gap on the third-placed teams in their respective zones and get momentum on their side going forward.
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Dec 8, 2018 10:18 pm (IST)
Dec 8, 2018 10:17 pm (IST)

It was always going to be damage control for Jaipur towards the end of the match, but they miss out on the bonus point they would have got if the margin of defeat was seven points or less.

Dec 8, 2018 10:16 pm (IST)

And that's that! Telugu Titans have taken the match 36-26 here, and have strongly boosted their chances of finishing in the playoff positions.

Dec 8, 2018 10:13 pm (IST)

With just about two minutes remaining in the encounter and numerous stoppages later,the score reads 35-24 to Telugu Titans.

Dec 8, 2018 10:08 pm (IST)

Ajinkya Pawar, however, has blown hot and cold in this match. For every successful raid, he has had an unsuccessful raid. His lack of consistency in the match has been a huge factor in the result.

Dec 8, 2018 10:03 pm (IST)

The approach might not stand them in good stead in this match. Titans seem to be in complete control at the moment.

Dec 8, 2018 10:01 pm (IST)

The last few minutes of this encounter have not seen much action. Jaipur desperately need to up the tempo, but they seem to be content with their tried and tested strategy of picking up defense points.

Dec 8, 2018 9:56 pm (IST)

With just over ten minutes to go, the score now reads 24-17 to the Telugu Titans.

Dec 8, 2018 9:52 pm (IST)

And Titans are playing it safe now. Their raiders are not committing to raids which might be overly risky, and are satisfied going back into their half after picking up the odd bonus point. The score now reads 23-15 to Titans.

Dec 8, 2018 9:49 pm (IST)

And some great defending here means that the titans have opened up a six point lead against Jaipur. The away side will find it very hard to come back into the game from this situation.

Dec 8, 2018 9:45 pm (IST)

The second half has started and the Titans have started it in the same way they started the first. An early point has been acquired and the intent has been made clear.

Dec 8, 2018 9:39 pm (IST)

The score reads 17-13 at half-time to Telugu Titans. The home side will want to make sure that they continue the momentum into the second half as well.

Dec 8, 2018 9:35 pm (IST)

This is going to be a high-scoring encounter till the very end. The score now reads 16-13 to Telugu Titans. And the last few minutes have arguably seen some sloppy defending by Jaipur.

Dec 8, 2018 9:31 pm (IST)

In a battle of attrition and see-saw scores, Jaipur Pink panthers have taken the lead once again. It seems to be a battle between two superstars on either end - Deepak Hooda for Jaipur and Nilesh Salunke for Telugu Titans. 

Dec 8, 2018 9:27 pm (IST)

The score now reads 8-8, and the match has all the makings of being tight all the way to the very end. The points that have been earned have been split evenly between raid points and defense points.

Dec 8, 2018 9:24 pm (IST)

Well Telugu Titans seem to have taken back some sort of control in the match, as the score now reads 7-6 in their favour. And guess who's at the heart of all their raids? That man, Nilesh Salunke!

Dec 8, 2018 9:20 pm (IST)

Says it all, really!

Dec 8, 2018 9:20 pm (IST)

Nilesh Salunke is on the raid at the moment, and will have a big part to play in determining the result of the match. As one of the key players, a lot rests on his shoulders.

Dec 8, 2018 9:18 pm (IST)

And the match is off to a frantic start, as Jaipur race into a 3-2 lead. Deepak Hooda has been the wrecker-in-chief so far.

Dec 8, 2018 9:13 pm (IST)

The match is almost about to begin, as the two teams are now lining up on the mat.

Dec 8, 2018 9:04 pm (IST)

Followed by Jaipur Pink Panthers, who have made two changes from the last game:

Dec 8, 2018 9:03 pm (IST)

And the starting line-ups for both the sides are out. We'll start with Telugu Titans: 

Dec 8, 2018 9:03 pm (IST)

As far as the encounter between Telugu Titans and Jaipur Pink Panthers is concerned, both teams will want to prevail in this must-win match, to solidify their chances of progressing to the playoff round of the league.

Dec 8, 2018 9:01 pm (IST)

But first, let's take a look at how the other match of the day transpired, with U-Mumba stamping their authority over Bengal Warriors.

Dec 8, 2018 8:56 pm (IST)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Pro Kabaddi 2018 match between Telugu Titans and Jaipur Pink Panthers!

Pro Kabaddi 2018, Telugu Titans vs Jaipur Pink Panthers: Telugu Titans Sail to a 36-26 Win
Image: @Telugu_Titans/Twitter

The two teams last met in Season 5 where Telugu Titans, led by Rahul Chaudhari’s 17-point performance, came out on top by a scoreline of 41-34.
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