Pro Kabaddi: Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers play a draw
KOLKATA: Deepak Niwas Hooda led by example as Jaipur Pink Panthers celebrated the fit Haryana Steelers to a draw of 32 in his Pro Kabaddi League meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Wednesday.
Eyeing a sixth successive win, Haryana Steelers got off to a solid start and led by four points at half time, but Hooda came up with 14 raid points from 22 attempts to help the Jaipur outfit salvage a draw.
In fact, Jaipur will regret his missed opportunities as they maintained a one-point lead with less than a minute left on the clock.
But a last-minute mistake by Sachin Narwal of Jaipur gave Steelers a point while wasting a great opportunity to move to fifth place.
In second place, Haryana now has 49 points, 10 less than Dabang Delhi in 14 games, while Jaipur is out of the top 6 with 41 points.
The teams entered the game in contrasting ways as Haryana was on a roll with five wins, while Pink Panthers had lost four straight games.
Jaipur started the game brilliantly, as Pink Panthers had to rely on Hooda's assault ability and the captain secured seven raid points in the first half.
The Pink Panthers inflicted an All-Out on the Steelers in the 16th minute to open a six-point gap.
Haryana recovered with the help of the assailant Vikas Kandola, who was skillfully supported by Prashanth Kumar Rai.
Kandola's five-point raid in the final minutes of the first half gave the Steelers their first All-Out of the game and caused a change in momentum.
The first half ended with Haryana leading Jaipur 18-14.
Haryana maintained his dominance in the second half, and Vinay also assumed the assault tasks.
The lack of quality assailants of the Pink Panthers for Deepak Hooda severely hurt them while Haryana's defense stood firm.
Ravi Kumar got a High 5 for Haryana, but Deepak Hooda produced a series of successful raids so that the three-point game reached the final minutes.
Hooda also secured a Super 10 and secured a personal milestone of 800 raid points in the process.
The Pink Panthers teamwork helped them close another All-Out with four minutes left on the clock to make it a nervous end to the game for both sides.