Jaipur Pink Panthers beat Puneri Paltan 33-25 at the packed Eka Arena here on Thursday. Skipper Deepak Hooda was once again starred for Panthers, getting 9 raid points and marshaling his troops well all through the match.
The first half started with a raid, much in sync with the tournament’s intensity, with Nitin Tomar securing a bonus point for Paltan. However, Hooda, seemingly the most improved Kabaddi competitor recently, verified an attack point quickly for the Panthers with his mark hand contact and in the process sent Paltan’s star raider Tomar to the seat.
Paltan struggled from thereon, committing too many blunders on defence which resulted in a high frequency of successful raids for the Panthers. Season one champions Panthers secured their first all-out of the match in the 16th minute and then restart wasn’t too different for the Paltans after a raid by Hooda sent both their defenders Girish Ernak and Shubham Shinde out.