Ultimate Kho Kho | Gujarat Giants and Telugu Yoddhas record their second wins



Gujarat Giants and Telugu Yoddhas extended their winning starts in the Ultimate Kho Kho by picking up contrasting victories in Pune on Tuesday. While Gujarat were made to work hard by Odisha in a narrow five point win, Telugu Yoddhas comfortably beat Rajasthan Warriors by 21 points.

It was the second consecutive win for both teams. Odisha Juggernauts finished the first round with a 23-4 lead. Mahesha P stood out in the first seven minutes of the game for them scoring eight points by catching three Gujarat Giants players including two with diving.

However, with Aniket Pote and Jaggannath Das dismissing two players each, the Gujarat Giants fought back when they turned to attack and finished the first set 26-25 in their favour.

Odisha Juggernauts scored 24 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to take a 49-26 lead. It was skipper Ranjan Shetty who came to the rescue for the Gujarat Giants when the scores were locked at 49-48 in favor of the opposition with less than 90 seconds left. Ranjan captured the Odisha Juggernauts defender with a sensational diving dismissal as the Gujarat Giants secured a thrilling 54-49 win.

Earlier in the opener of the day, Mohite impressed the defense by spending three minutes 43 seconds on the ground in the first set and then scored 10 points to guide Telugu Yoddhas to a convincing 68-47 win. Besides Mohite, Prasad Radye scored 13 points for Telugu Yoddhas on offense with two dives while Rohan Shingade also scored 10 points.

For the Rajasthan Warriors, captain Majhar Jamadar scored 17 runs by capturing six wickets including six diving. Shushant Kaldhone took four wickets, scoring nine runs. Rajasthan Warriors won the coin toss and opted to defend. Telugu Yoddhas started with power play by activating two wazirs – Sachin Bhargo and Pratik Waikar.

Rajasthan’s Akshay Ganpule and Govind Yadav tested Telugu Yoddhas defense and also got two defense bonus points for the team. However, Arun Gunki captured Govind with a brilliant pole vault dive to clear away the opposition’s first batch in two minutes and 36 seconds as Yoddhas continued his aggression to finish the first round with a 24-2 lead.

Rajasthan Warriors responded well to the attack but Mohite didn’t come out, spending over three minutes on the mat to ensure Telugu Yoddhas finished the first set with a 30-20 lead. Telugu Yoddhas didn’t let the momentum slip away and extended their lead by scoring an impressive 36 runs in the first seven minutes of the second set while attacking.

They also maintained their dominance in the final round to seal the match quite comfortably.

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