Maninder Singh scores 19 points as Bengal qualify to Play offs!
Jaipur Pink Panthers fell to another agonizing loss as visitors Bengal Warriors clinched a narrow win of 40-41 in their VIVO Pro Kabaddi League match in Jaipur on Sunday. With the win Bengal cemented their position on the second spot in the points table, meanwhile, the hosts and inaugural champs Jaipur remained below the top Six at 7th position.
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Maninder's brilliance takes Bengal Warriors into the Playoffs | Jaipur 40- 41 Bengal
Bengals skipper Maninder Singh, who has been enjoying a stellar season once again led from the front as the Warriors secured their 11th win of the season and he attempted 24 raids on the Panthers den and collected 19 points.
Jaipur got the first point of the match and was the better team in the early minutes of the game as their raiders Deepak Hooda, Deepak Narwal, and Nilesh Salunke raided with frequent success while Vishal was their sole Tackle point contributor as they led 10-7 after 10 minutes. But the Warriors came back strongly and tied things up at 10-10. Panthers defensive unit began to find more success as the game progressed but the season 1 champions were still all square at 13-13 in the final minute of the half. A successful tackle by Santhapanaselvam helped Jaipur lead 14-13 at the end of the first half.
Bengal Warriors began the second half with style as K.Prapanjan secured a 4-point "Super Raid" that enforced an ALL- OUT on Jaipur Pink Panthers and made the score 20-14 in the favor of Bengal. Jaipur responded with positive intent and cut Bengals lead to two points after a Super Raid by Salunke. However, Bengal Warriors' skipper Maninder Singh ensured that Jaipur Pink Panthers didn't get too close to his team with some efficient raiding that saw them consistently ticking the scoreboard over. While Nilesh Salunke continued to fight for Panthers but couldn't find much support from his teammates as Bengal looked to tighten their grip on the match with another "All-Out" that extended their advantage to eight points. A super raid by Maninder moments later then pushed Bengal Warriors to lead to double digits and silenced the home crowd further. Even though Jaipur inflicted an "All-Out" in the late stages of the match, it wasn't enough as the closing stages saw Maninder play intelligently to ensure Jaipur Pink Panthers' late surge went in vain as Bengal Warriors picked up the win to secure playoff qualification along with Dabang Delhi K.C.
Last encounter: U Mumba and Gujarat Fortunegaints: Pro Kabaddi 2019: Panthers edge past Warriors in a thriller
Match Preview: Can Maninder Singh continue his great form?
Jaipur Pink Panthers welcome in-form Bengal Warriors on the turf at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The Bengal team look set for the semifinals as they sit comfortably on second spot in the points table.Meanwhile the Deepak Niwas- led team will look to end their eight- match winless run in the upcoming encounter !!
Match Preview: U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegaints