Rahul Chaudhari scored 11 points and led his team to the semi-finals as Telugu Titans registered a resounding 35-23 win over Jaipur Pink Panthers. Chaudhari got good support from Nilesh Salunke in attack as Titans registered a comfortable victory. Panthers looked lackluster throughout the game and rarely made Titans uncomfortable.
Titans have 45 points from 13 games whereas Panthers are in the second spot with 47 points from 14 games.
Chaudhari opened his and Titans’ account in the second minute whereas Tushar Patil scored a raid point for Panthers as it was 1-1 after three minutes. Jaipur sent Chaudhari to the bench in the fourth minute as both teams traded tackle and raid points in next few minutes. Panthers led 4-3 after 10 minutes but Chaudhari came back on in 11th minute to score a raid as Titans led 6-4.
Titans extended their lead to five points in the 14th minute as Chaudhari scored his 100th point of the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League. Titans inflicted the first all out of the match in 15th minute to lead 12-5. Panthers’ defence struggled in the first half and scored their second tackle point to trail 7-13 after 18 minutes. Vinod achieved a high five for Titans in the first half and Salunke scored with a super raid in the 20th minute as they went into the break leading 17-7.
Panthers made a strong start to the second half as they forced a super tackle in the 23rd minute to trail 11-19. However, Titans inflicted an all out in the 16th minute and opened a 13-point gap to lead 24-11. Panthers didn’t put the opposition under too much pressure as they trailed 15-28 with less than 10 minutes to go.
Chaudhari scored with a super raid and attained his fifth super 10 of the season as Titans led 32-15. In the last five minutes, Titans took their foot off the pedal as Panthers reduced the defeat margin. Patil scored eight points for Jaipur but his effort went in vain as they lost 23-35.