Telugu Titans beat Tamil Thalaivas
Local favourites and strong-contenders, Telugu Titans, began its campaign in style with a 32-27 win over first-timers Tamil Thailavas in the opening game of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 5, at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.
Though it was Thailavas who opened the scoring, it was only a matter of time before the Rahul Chaudhari-led Titans controlled the pace of the game.
Thailavas, led by Ajay Thakur, found the going tough as he himself said later that the speed and skills of Rahul’s side were just too good. Interestingly, it was also confessed that the young players in the team were too “excited” by the ambience and the aura of the opening game, which was watched by the team owners Sachin Tendulkar and N. Prasad, among a host of other celebrities.
Captain Rahul Chaudhari started the early onslaught and gave the hosts a 18-11 lead by half-time.
In total, Rahul bagged as many as 10 points.
Nilesh Salunke also starred for the hosts securing seven points out of his 14 raids.Vishal Bhardwaj (five points) and Farhad Milaghardan (4) also scored crucial points for the winning team. Thalaivas’ star raiders Ajay Thakur (6) and K Prapanjan (7) scored signficant points for their side.
Puneri Paltan crush U Mumba
Puneri Paltan hammered 3 time Finalist U Mumba 33-21 in the second match of the Vivo Pro Kabaddi . The Pune outfit sparkled from the start and at the half-time took a 17-10 lead. Sandeep Narwal’s impressive first-half show was one of the prime reasons for Pune’s position of strength.
In total, Narwal earned six points for his team, while captain Deepak Hooda contributed five points with his raids.Anup Kumar came up with eight points for Mumba and all-rounder Kuldeep Singh gave four points.
Defenders Dharmaraj Cheralathan (four points) and Ravi Kumar too were outstanding for Pune as they never allowed Mumba to make a comeback into the game. In total, Pune got 15 tackle points, as compared to seven for Mumbai.
They didn’t allow the space for the Mumba raiders. Kashling Adake flattered to deceive with one point, while Shabeer Bapu collected only two points from 12 raids. Hadi Oshtorak too came a cropper, contributing only one point