Titans tower over Thalaivas

By A Harsha Vardhan Published on Oct 04, 2017 04:51 PM IST

Chennai: It was another day and another opponent, but the same result as Tamil Thalaivas submitted meekly to Telugu Titans in a completely one sided encounter (58-37) between the two South Indian sides in the Pro Kabaddi League on Wednesday. The fans of the yellow brigade who have been thronging in thousands at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai will have to wait for some more time to watch their side win their first home match.

Thalaivas captain, Ajay Thakur’s 20 points was the sole consolation for the hosts. The first major action of the opening half was initiated by Thakur through a super raid in the 5th minute but thereafter everything went downhill for the hosts.

The Titans answered back with a super tackle and Salunke’s super raid in the span of a minute to push the Thalaivas to the brink of an AllOut.

With Titan Rahul Chaudhari’s back-to-back raids, the hosts fell to their first All-Out in the 9th minute to hand the visitors a 16-8 lead. Chaudhari continued his onslaught on the frail Thalaivas defence and soon handed the Thalaivas their second All-Out in the 15th minute. Even amidst a dismal show from the hosts where they failed to pick up a single tackle point, Thakur managed to complete his Super 10 in the 16th minute. The half ended with the Titans leading 30-15.

The Titans continued their dominance into the second half with Chaudhari quickly completing his Super 10. Within two minutes, the Thalaivas disappointingly fell for their third All-Out to give the Titans a 21-point lead.

Thakur continued his lone battle against a fervent Titans defence. The Thalaivas defence was so weak that their fi rst point came as late as the 28th minute to enter the last 10 minutes trailing 20-41.

With 21 points separating the two teams, the Thalaivas changed their strategy and handed the Titans their first All-Out in the 36th minute to reduce the deficit. But the visitors weren’t done yet.

In the final minutes, both Maghsoudlou and Salunke completed Super 10s to initiate the Thalaivas’ fourth All-Out and took the match with a commanding 58-37 win.

The Thalaivas now have to win every match moving forward if to keep their semi-fi nal hopes alive. The other match earlier in the day was also one-sided as Gujarat decimated a weak Delhi resistance and waltz to a 20 point margin victory.

Gujarat turned to in-form raider Ranjit to get points for them early on. Delhi faced an early All-Out and were trailing 3-12 as the Gujarat defence was miserly on the night, not giving the Delhi raiders anything easily. Sriram looked the only effective raider for Delhi but he too couldn’'t do much to avoid a second Delhi All-Out. Gujarat’s raiders outclassed their Delhi counterparts resulting in their taking a 27-9 lead at the end of the first half.

Delhi’s dismal show continued in the second half as they fell to another All-Out owing to Sachin and Ranjit’s raids and conceded a 38-15 lead.

Delhi’s tacklers and substitute Rohit Baliyan managed to return some points from there but they still went down 42-22 at the full time whistle.