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Pro Kabaddi: Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Gujarat Giants 36-31

Deepak Hooda stars as Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Gujarat Giants 36-31 in match 100 of PKL 2021.

Deepak Hooda Jaipur Pink Panthers

Deepak Hooda tries to escape a chain tackle attempt by Gujarat Giants


Abhijit Nair

Updated: 7 Feb 2022 3:39 PM GMT

Deepak Hooda was the star for Season 1 champions Jaipur Pink Panthers as they beat Gujarat Giants 36-31 in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8. Deepak Hooda scored a Super 10 (11 points) in a win that will help Jaipur in their race for a Playoff spot and top-6 finish. He was supported well by the Panthers defence. Sandeep Dhull scored 4 points while Deepak Singh and Vishal chipped in with 3 points each. Gujarat Giants had levelled the scores in the dying stages of the second half, but Jaipur's experience helped them navigate carefully in a tense situation. Raider Rakesh Narwal scored 8 points for Gujarat while cover defender Parvesh Bhainswal scored 4.

Jaipur started the match on the front foot with Arjun Deshwal and Deepak Hooda taking turns to raid. But Gujarat slowly got back into the match as their raider duo of Ajay Kumar and Pardeep Kumar got into the game. The much-famed Gujarat defence struggled to stop the Jaipur raiders while at the other end Jaipur started finding form. Rakesh Narwal ensured Gujarat escaped with a few points and delay an ALL OUT. Parvesh Bhainswal and Girish Ernak then combined to execute a Super Tackle for the Giants. But Jaipur eventually clinched that ALL OUT with 1 minute to half time. They open a 6-point lead with scores 20-14 at half time. The Giants had just 3 tackle points as opposed to Jaipur's 8 points.

Jaipur started the second half with the desire to inflict another ALL OUT on Gujarat. But the Giants clinched 2 Super Tackles to temporarily change the balance of the match. Parvesh Bhainswal rushed to 4 tackle points while Iranian Hadi Oshtorak – a 25th-minute substitute for Ajay Kumar - also impressed. The Giants reduced Jaipur's lead to just 3 points with 10 minutes remaining.

Gujarat clinched their ALL OUT with 7 minutes on the clock to level the scores. But Jaipur showed their champion DNA as Deepak Hooda and Arjun Deshwal stepped up a gear. They helped Panthers open a 5-point lead with under 2 minutes remaining. Sandeep Dhull's strong tackle on Pardeep Kumar all but confirmed a victory with Gujarat left with no star raider to bail them out. Deepak Hooda then picked up 2-points in the final raid of the match to clinch a Super 10 and win the match.

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