Visakhapatnam : A scintillating display of precision power play by the masked defender Rohit Rana helped former champions Jaipur Pink Panthers exact revenge over defending champions U Mumba by a comfortable margin, 27-18, in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League here on Sunday.
There was much hype generated over this encounter but in the end Jaipur proved too good for their rivals. It was their first win over them after that win in the finals of Season 1. The panthers held a 10-9 advantage midway.
Other player who helped the winners was the lanky raider Sonu Narwal. He got four valuable points initially for his side with his kicks. He scalped rival skipper Anup Kumar twice, very early in the tie with this flawless technique. If Sonu was all art and finesse then Rohit’s showing was all power and precision.
To add to the problems , Jasvir who had failed to open his account in the first half, he came into his own after the break. He warmed up with a single point and followed it up with a couple in the next do-or-die raid to put his side up at 20-15. His final big act of getting Surender Nada, Jeeva Kumar and Rakesh Kumar in another do-or-die raid finished the contest. Jasvir asked for a review which proved successful. The score stood at 24-17 then. Mumba on the other hand found to their dismay that all their three raiders, Anup, Rakesh and Shabber were unsuccessful.