Pro Kabaddi League 2023-24: Jaipur Pink Panthers Edge Gujarat Giants For First Win Of The Season

Jaipur Pink Panthers got their first win of the Pro Kabaddi League 2023-24 on board against Gujarat Giants on Monday, December 11, 2023. The Panthers edged past their opponents 35-32, courtesy of a masterful performance by Arjun Deshwal

Pro Kabaddi League: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Giants

Arjun Deshwal put up a masterclass performance to help Jaipur Pink Panthers register their first victory of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 10 here on Monday. (More Sports News)

The Season 9 champions were trailing at 12-20 at the end of the first half but fought their way back in the second half to beat Gujarat Giants 35-32 at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. 

Deshwal, who scored 15 points in the match, also recorded his 700th raid points in his PKL career.

It was a neck-and-neck battle between the two sides in the opening minutes of the match and were locked at 5-5 in the seventh minute. 

However, Sonu pulled off a SUPER RAID and helped the Giants inch ahead at 8-5 soon after. The Giants rode on the momentum and inflicted an ALL OUT in the 10th minute to extend their lead further.

Sonu picked up a raid point and Fazel Atrachali tackled V Ajith Kumar as the Giants continued to forge ahead. Jaipur Pink Panthers played a defensive game thereafter as the Giants led comfortably at 18-10. 

Sonu continued to pick up raid points and helped Gujarat end the first half in a dominant position at 20-12.

The Panthers tackled Rohit Gulia in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Giants still held a decent lead at 20-14. 

Deshwal effected a couple of brilliant raids and reduced the gap between the two sides in the 27th minute. Moments later, he pulled off a SUPER RAID and reduced the Giants to one member on the mat. 

The Panthers tackled Vikash Jaglan and clinched the lead at 26-25 in the 31st minute. Deshwal pulled off another magnificent raid to record his 700th raid point in PKL as the Panthers extended their lead.