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PKL 8: Telugu Titans end winless run, beat Jaipur Pink Panthers

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Bengaluru, Jan 19 (IANS) Telugu Titans registered their first win of the season by beating Jaipur Pink Panthers 35-34 in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 at The Sheraton Grand, Whitefield here on Wednesday.

Adarsh T, who picked up multiple points in the dying minutes of the match, was a Titan for the Telugu team desperately seeking their first victory. He scored 9 points while Rajnish scored 7 as the Titans staged an incredible comeback to beat in-form Panthers.

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Jaipur Pink Panthers dominated the first half with their defenders finding form in the early minutes. Vishal and Sandeep Dhull were impressive for the Season 1 champions who prevented Titans’ Rajnish and Ankit Beniwal from scoring points. At the other end, despite a mellow start, Arjun Deshwal picked valuable points including one from a crucial do-or-die raid to pile on the pressure. The Panthers inflicted the first all out with 5 minutes remaining to half-time to open an 8-point lead. Despite a renewed effort, the Titans could not close the gap as the half ended with scores 20-13.

The Titans staged an immediate comeback when Adarsh produced a 3-point Super Raid immediately after the restart to inflict an all out. The 5-point move (2 for all out ) made the scores level. Arjun Deshwal kept quietly picking up points for Jaipur, but the Titans stayed in the match with some dogged defending.

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Substitute Galla Raju was impressive with his all-around work for the Titans while Arjun Deshwal clinched his Super 10 for Jaipur. There was just a point difference between the teams going into the final 5 minutes. Adarsh then clinched 3 points in successive raids to give Titans the lead with under 3 minutes remaining. Deepak Hooda’s 2-point raid kept Jaipur in a narrow lead, but the Titans got an all out with almost a minute to go to shift the balance. The 2-point lead proved good enough as the Telugu team kept calm to get their first win of the season.

–IANS

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