SONEPAT: Jaipur Pink Panthers came back strongly in the second half against hosts Haryana Steelers as both teams played out a thrilling 27-27 tie in a Pro Kabaddi League Season-5 Zone A contest here on Thursday.
Nitin Rawal emerged the star for Jaipur, scoring 11 points on a night where the famed Jaipur defence had a match to forget. Haryana looked on course for a comfortable victory but could not perform in the second half and had to settle for a tie.
The home side are now on top of the table in Zone A with 49 points from 15 games while the visitors are penultimate in the table with 31 points from 10 games.
Both teams started slowly as it was 2-2 after three minutes. Deepak Dahiya scored with a two-point raid in the sixth minute to help Haryana stretch the lead to 5-4.
Haryana extended their lead to 8-4 in the ninth minute as Dahiya scored another raid point. Nitin made a successful two-point raid to help Jaipur reduce the deficit to 6-8 in the 10th minute.
Jaipur’s defence struggled to contain Haryana raiders as they failed to score a single tackle point in the first 13 minutes. Haryana inflicted an all-out in the 15th minute to lead 14-7.
Nitin scored with another two-point raid as Jaipur trailed 9-14 after 16 minutes before Haryana gained three more points to lead 17-9 at half time. The Jaipur defence could not muster a single tackle point in the entire first half.
Haryana Steelers 27 (Deepak Kumar Dahiya 7, Surjeet singh 6, Vikas 4, Mayur Shivtarkar 3) drew with Jaipur Pink Panthers 27 (Nitin Rawal 12,Pawan Kumar 4, Manjeet Chhillar 2, Jasvir Singh 2, Siddharth 2).
Top Defender: Vikas (Haryana
Top Raider: Nitin Rawal (Jaipur)