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Rahul Sethpal's Defence Magic Propels Haryana Steelers to Victory Over Telugu Titans

The Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad crackled with kabaddi action on January 22nd, 2024, as the Haryana Steelers edged out the Telugu Titans by a nail-biting 7 points. The night belonged to Rahul Sethpal, whose magnificent defence earned him the title of 'Super Savior' and secured the Steelers a hard-fought victory.

The early exchanges were a close affair, with Vinay and Omkar Patil trading points for their respective teams. However, the tide turned in the Steelers' favour with a string of Super Tackles that left the Titans reeling. Mohit Nandal's masterful ankle hold on Pawan Sehrawat, followed by another pin on the raider by Rahul Sethpal, gave the Steelers a vital 6-2 lead. Pawan, frustrated by the Steelers' defensive prowess, tried to use the lobby to touch the midline, but Mohit and Vinay were ready, sending him back empty-handed.

The Titans refused to crumble, fighting back with their spirit. Sanjeevi S brought down Jaideep Dahiya with an effortless move, and moments later, trapped Naveen Kundu, whose face was bandaged from an earlier encounter. With both teams evenly matched, the scoreline hovered around the 20-25 mark, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.


The turning point came when the Haryana Steelers unleashed an All Out. Rahul Sethpal expertly halted Prafull Zaware and extended the Steelers' lead. The Titans desperately needed a response, but Robin Chaudhary's attempt to raid ended prematurely.

With seconds remaining, Haryana's victory seemed assured. Yet, the drama wasn't over. Prafull Zaware managed to escape Shivam Patare, a glimmer of hope for the Titans. But then came the moment that etched Jaideep Dahiya's name in the match's narrative. The Steelers' defender lunged at Prafull with a stunning ankle hold, pinning him to the mat and triggering another All Out. The final whistle blew shortly after, sealing the Steelers' thrilling 37-30 win.

Rahul Sethpal's Super Tackle was undoubtedly the match's defining moment, a display of defensive brilliance that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. He scored a total of 8 tackle points completing his High 5. Mohit Nandal's early Super Tackles also played a crucial role. For the Titans, Prafull Zaware emerged as a bright spot with his effective raids, but ultimately, his efforts fell short against the Steelers' resolute defence.