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Ultimate Kho Kho – First win for Rajasthan after 8 matches; Mumbai stops Odisha’s victory chariot

Ultimate Kho Kho – First win for Rajasthan after 8 matches; Mumbai stops Odisha’s victory chariot
Ultimate Kho Kho – First win for Rajasthan after 8 matches; Mumbai stops Odisha’s victory chariot

Rajasthan Warriors finally got the victory in the first season of Ultimate Kho Kho after 8 matches. Rajasthan defeated Chennai Quick Guns by a margin of 66-31 in the second match of the day on Tuesday in the ongoing tournament at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge. In the first match of the day, Mumbai players stopped Odisha Juggernauts’ six-match winning streak by a margin of 48 points.

Rajasthan tasted victory in their ninth match, while the Chennai team, who had been booked for the playoffs, lost in the last league match. His Wazir Rishikesh Murchawde (14 points) and captain Mazhar Jamadar (14 points) were instrumental in Rajasthan’s victory. P. Anand Kumar scored the highest 8 points for Chennai.

Chennai made up their mind to win the toss and win the toss and Vijaybhai Begad (2.52 minutes) in the first batch managed to get them a bonus. By the end of the first half, Rajasthan had taken a 25-2 lead. In reply, Chennai started with the powerplay. The first batch of Rajasthan remained on the mat for 2.19 minutes. Dilraj Singh Sengar (2.36 min) from the second batch took the bonus. Bhuvneshwar Sahu and Bharat Kumar returned unbeaten from the third batch.

Thus till the first half the score was 27-22 in favor of Rajasthan. In the third turn, Rajasthan, on the back of a brilliant attack from their Wazir Rishikesh and Captain Jamadar, kept Chennai’s 11 players running and placed a difficult challenge in front of Chennai with a lead of 56-22.

Facing this challenge, the Chennai team could not stop Mazhar (4.44 minutes) and Nikhil B (3.47 minutes) from taking six bonus points from the first batch. Even after this, Mazhar ensured Chennai’s defeat by giving the team four more bonuses. Thus Chennai finished the league level in fourth place.

Earlier, an all-rounder from Gajanan Sengal (17 points and 10 bonuses) helped Mumbai players beat the already playoff-placed Odisha Juggernauts by a margin of 79-31. This is Odisha’s first loss after six consecutive victories while Mumbai got its fourth win in 10 matches.

The Mumbai team, playing their last match, is however out of the tournament. Apart from Gajanan for him, S. Sreejesh and Durvesh Salunke also shone with six and four bonus points respectively. Sreejesh also scored 11 points to his name. Apart from this, Shubham Katchi also scored 11 points. Dinesh Naik scored the highest 12 points for Odisha.

After winning the toss to defend, Mumbai’s first batch included Durvesh Salunke (3.48 minutes) and Gajanan Sengal (4.34 minutes) got six bonus points. After Durvesh’s dismissal, Gajanan got four more bonuses. Rohan Kore (2.25 min) returned unbeaten from the second batch. By the end of this turn, the score was 12-10 in Odisha’s favor.

In reply, Mumbai started with the powerplay and took a 43-12 lead till half time. In the third turn S. Sreejesh (3.14 min) got Mumbai four more bonuses. Although Odisha reduced the score to 31-47 by the end of this turn, they were far behind.

Even in the final turn, the Odisha players could not work miracles, thus giving it the first and second defeat of the season after six consecutive matches. Despite this defeat, this team is at the top of the six-team table. Mumbai ended its journey by finishing fifth.

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