The Chennai leg of the sixth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League came to an end as Bengal Warriors and defending champions Patna Pirates registered the victory in their respective matches. Pirates who lost to Tamil Thalaivas in the opening game came back to beat UP Yoddha 43-41 in a very close encounter.
In the second game, the losing streak for home side Thalaivas continued after Bengal Warriors inflicted fourth straight loss on the home side with a 36-27 victory.
The Chennai leg of the 6th season saw a lot of action as Pune and U Mumba played out a draw and less than twenty fours hours later, Dabang Delhi drew with the Gujarat Fortunegiants.
The Paltan, led by Girish Ernak came back strong to register a 34-22 win over the Haryana Steelers while the UP Yoddha also got off to a strong start with a commanding 37-32 victory over the hosts.
At the end of ten matches, we look at the raiders who had an outstanding Chennai leg.
The Thalaivas skipper led the team from the front and was the only bright spots in the otherwise a poor home campaign. In the opening game against Patna, Ajay picked up 14 points while in the next game against UP, he finished with 12 raid points.
In the third game against Telugu Titans, Ajay picked up just nine points. In a match against the dominant Bengaluru Bulls, Ajay kept chipping with the points, while the other members of the team failed. He finished the match with 20 points.
In their final home game against the Bengal Warriors, Ajay never got out of the blocks as he finished with just 6 points. Overall in the 5 matches played at home the team India skipper scored a total of 58 raid points to emerge as the top raider of the first leg.
Leading the Paltans raiding department Tomar scored overall 22 points in 2 matches he played in the first leg. He made a great start to the season picking up 15 points in Pune’s 32-32 draw with U Mumba. In the second game against Steelers he only picked up 7 points. With a man who has plenty of experience, Tomar has time and again delivered when his team needed him the most.
Without Monu Goyat in the side, the Patna Pirates skipper found it difficult to score points all by himself. He somehow collected a Super 10 against the Thalaivas. He fared well in the second game against Yoddhas brought inspite of being brought down by Nitesh Kumar. He kept going on the opposition and picked up 16 points with his clever running hand touches and bonus points.
An unknown player before the start of the league, the lanky raider hit the mark in his debut game against Puneri Paltans. He showed no signs of nervousness as he finished with 14 points.
In the next game against the Pink Panthers, Siddharth continued his rich vein of form finish with 13 points against a defense consisting with likes of Mohit Chillar and Bajirao Hodge.
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat
Playing his first game for the Bulls, Pawan Sehrawat proved his mettle picking up points against much-fancied Tamil Thalaivas in each of his first four raids and also three-point super raid.
However, the highlight of the match came, when he overpowered the Thalaivas defense to pick five points in a single raid, and single-handedly knocking them out of the game.
Pawan picked up 18 points in the first half and two points in the second half before an injury saw him sit out for the rest of the game.