Ajay Thakur displayed a solid show of strength as he ran through the Titans defence on multiple occasions. Athul MS’ crucial raid in the last five minutes was the brave moment of the match as it gave Thalaivas a five-point cushion.
Tamil Thalaivas produced a solid all-round performance to beat Telugu Titans 27-23 in the southern derby of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6. This was Tamil Thalaivas first win over Telugu Titans in Pro Kabaddi League. Ajay Thakur scored 8 points for Tamil Thalaivas and Manjeet Chhillar chipped in with three crucial tackle points. Rahul Chaudhari scored 8 points but it was Telugu Titans defence that let them down as they scored just seven tackle points in the match. Thalaivas defence couldn’t contain Thakur and co. which led to their downfall.
Sukesh Hegde made a two-point raid in the first minute to give Tamil Thalaivas 2-0 lead. Rahul Chaudhari opened his account in the 2nd minute as Telugu Titans leveled the match at 2-2. After five minutes both teams were tied at 4-4 but a super tackle by Tamil Thalaivas tilted the balance in their favour as they went on a four-point run to lead 8-4.
The Titans defence got into the act with two quick tackle points to reduce the lead to 6-8. Ajay Thakur’s successful raid in the 15th minute led to an all out on Tamil Thalivas as the Titans led 13-6. Thakur had a strong first half as he scored six raid points. At the end of the first half, Tamil Thalaivas led 18-10.
Both teams tightened up their defence in the second half with tackle points coming thick and fast. After 25 minutes, Tamil Thalaivas led 20-15. A tackle point each in the 28th minute meant that Tamil Thalaivas held a five-point advantage.
Telugu Titans made many attempts to mount a comeback but Tamil Thalaivas held strong. Rahul Chaudhari’s successful raid in the 35th minute gave Titans their 20th point of the match as they trailed 20-25.
A mistake by Abozar Mighani in the 37th minute gave Tamil Thalaivas 26-21 lead. Rahul Chaudhari missed a do-or-die raid in the 39th minute and with that all hopes for Telugu Titans evaporated. Two points in the last minute weren’t enough as Titans lost 23-27.
Fans can catch live action of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 6 matches when Gujarat Fortunegiants play U Mumba while Tamil Thalaivas face Patna Pirates on Tuesday, i.e. 21st November 2018, 7:30 pm onwards, on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Gold, Star Sports First and Hotstar.