Jaipur Pink Panthers Vs Puneri Paltan 17 December 2022

Jaipur Pink Panthers
20:00 (IST)
Puneri Paltan
Lineups & Stats
Right then, that will be curtains on what has been a season which has given us memories worth cherishing for a lifetime! The Pink Panthers emerging on top and they have lifted the cup after a long time! That's our cue then, folks. We sincerely hope you enjoyed Sportskeeda's coverage over the past couple of months of the Pro Kabaddi League. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for the latest news and live coverage of games from around the world! Until we meet again then next season, when the league promises to return in all its might, this is me, Maanas Upadhyay, bidding you adieu for one last, final time! Goodbye! 
Fun Fact: Jaipur Pink Panthers won their first title at this very venue. The Dome @ NSCI at Mumbai turning out to be a lucky venue for the Pink Panthers in Final matches!
FULL TIME! Jaipur Pink Panthers 33-29 Puneri Paltan

Jaipur Pink Panthers lay their hands on the silverware after a long, long wait! They were the inaugural champions and they have snapped up the trophy after their initial success in 2014! And look at them celebrate! Fazel gives his countryman, Reza, a hug and acknowledges their victory. The Pune boys look on as the Pink panthers' celebrations begin. After the first all-out was inflicted by the Pink Panthers, Pune were trailing and from there on, they never seemed to get back into the contest! A few errors in the final few minutes perhaps out of desperation hampered what could have been a comeback for the ages for Pune. Rahul Chaudhari, the 'Poster Boy' of Pro Kabaddi League, will lift for the trophy for the first time! No Super 10s, just a game played purely on the defensive prowess of both sides. It was Pune's defense that faltered while their raiders did not perform well too. All of the Pink Panthers' members contributing and they will be mighty pleased with the performance that they have just put in! Abhishek Bachchan and family join in on the celebration!
40' Aditya Shinde wrestles with Sunil Kumar, who was standing just next to the mid-line and soon after, he is pinned down in the end as while wrestling he goes deep and the rest of the defense combine to bring him down. And that will be that! JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS ARE CHAMPIONS! 
40' Sunil Kumar rests at the mid-line and looks to run down the clock. However, Nabibakhsh charges and pushes him over the mid-line. 
40' Aditya Shinde ventures deep and an ankle hold from Sahul Kumar is to no avail as he returns back to the mid-line. 
40' Do-or-die raid for the Pink Panthers and V Ajith Kumar smartly runs down the clock before attempting any point. In the last ten seconds he goes for the point and it is the left side of the defense that run around and send him spiralling out of bounds. However, even one defender ended up going out of bounds and one point is awarded to each side. 
39' OOH! How close was that? Aditya Shinde snaps up a bonus point following which he escapes from Sahul Kumar's attempted ankle hold. Support from the covers and he misses the mid-line by just centimetres! Bonus granted to Pune, one points to the Pink Panthers! 

However, Pune review! They believe that there was a jersey pull on Aditya Shinde there. With just over a minute left, how crucial will this turn out to be? It is Abhishek KS who is the man in question. After some deliberation, the TV umpire adjudges that there was a jersey pull there indeed. Review successful! Bonus plus one point to the Paltan! Just a touch over a minute to spare now!

Jaipur Pink Panthers 30-27 Puneri Paltan
38' Akash Shinde is pinned down this time around as it is the right side of the defense in the form of Sahul Kumar who gets in a terrific double thigh hold to pin down the raider. 
38' Reza attempts an advance dash on Akash Shinde, who returns to his half with ease after pushing him aside.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 29-25 Puneri Paltan
37' SUPER TACKLE! Do-or-die raid for the Pink Panthers and it is Arjun Deshwal who is punned down! ventures deep in the right corner where Abinesh Nadarajan is stationed and an ankle hold by him combined with Nabibakhsh's support ensures that he is pinned down. 
36' Do-or-die raid for the Puneri Paltan and Gaurav Khatri perishes! He ventures deep and runs parallel to the baulk line. A double thigh hold by the right corner ensures his demise. 
34' Fazel Atrachali ends up going far too advance following which he cannot back-track in time. Arjun runs around, gets in a running hand touch, and returns back to his half. The lead is up to six points now!

Jaipur Pink Panthers 28-22 Puneri Paltan
33' Do-or-die raid for the Paltan and Pankaj Mohite perishes! He runs straight into the double thigh hold of Sunil Kumar in the right corner and is completely immobilised! 
32' V Ajith Kumar ventures deep and gets a touch on the defender and as soon as he does that, the right side of the defense runs around and sends him out of bounds just before he crossed the mid-line.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 26-22 Puneri Paltan
32' Aditya Shinde is brought down now as a diving double thigh hold from Ankush in the left corner ensures that he is pinned down. 
31' Arjun Deshwal runs across and looks for a running hand touch on Gaurav Khatri. He is confident of the same and enters the lobby before returning to his half.

Pune review! Gaurav is mighty sure that there was no touch there and he has convinced the skipper to go for the review. After a lot of deliberation, the TV umpire decides that there was no touch there indeed. Review successful! Arjun had ended up entering the lobby and the point is awarded to Pune!

Jaipur Pink Panthers 25-21 Puneri Paltan
30' Akash Shinde is pinned down now. As soon as he attempts a toe-touch on the right-in defender, it is Sahul Kumar, who puts in a solid back hold and brings down the raider. 
30' Arjun Deshwal looks for a bonus point and Nadarajan runs around for a dash. However, like the previous time, Arjun uses the lobby and escapes.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 24-20 Puneri Paltan
29' Do-or-die raid for the Pink Panthers and V Ajith Kumar is brought down as Fazel Atrachali runs around and leaps onto him similar to how a lion does to its prey. From there on, Ajith struggled but it was to no avail. 
28' Akash Shinde is substituted in and he strikes immediately! Ankush attempts an ankle hold and Sahul Kumar runs around for assistance but Akash uses his height to escape and crosses the mid-line with his outstretched hand!
27' Do-or-die raid for the Paltan and Pankaj Mohit is pinned down. A solid double thigh hold from the skipper, Sunil Kumar and the Mohite was lifted in the air. Pune down to three men again!
25' Arjun Deshwal with a couple of points now as Md. Nabibaksh and Abinesh Nadarajan attempt a dash on the raider, who escapes using the lobby. An airborne Deshwal's hand crossed the mid-line before landing out of bounds.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 22-17 Puneri Paltan
24' SUPER TACKLE! Akash Shinde runs straight into Ankush's attempted double thigh hold and the former is pinned down in a flash. 
24' Puneri Paltan roaring back in style now as V Ajith Kumar is pinned down courtesy of Fazel Atrachali and Nabibakhs's solid chain tackle. 
22' Akash Shinde returns with a double scalp now as he escapes Sahul Kumar's double thigh hold and also gets in a touch on Reza on his way back. 
22' Arjun Deshwal is pinned down now as Gaurav Khatri stands tall and ensures that Deshwal is blocked. Gaurav Khatri, who had run around for the block, seems to have hurt his shoulder. 
21' ALL OUT! Akash Shinde is awarded the bonus point following which, he ends up venturing too deep and is sent spiralling out of bounds! The Pink Panthers with a good lead now!

Jaipur Pink Panthers 18-13 Puneri Paltan
21' V Ajith kumar leaps over Nabibakhs's attempted double thigh hold and returns to his half. Pune down to one man now!
HALF TIME! Jaipur Pink Panthers 14-12 Puneri Paltan

Whew! A tightly-contested half and it is the Pink Panthers who are on top after trailing for the initial few minutes. The Pink Panthers have been really good, with V Ajith Kumar firing for them, garnering five points in the first half. The defenders have all chipped in with points as well. As for Pune, Nabibakhsh is top-scoring with four points, which include three in the defensive scheme of things. Pune's downfall started when Fazel was off the mat and the Pink Panthers will attempt to keep him on the bench for the majority of the game as that is when the Paltan are the weakest. An interesting second half awaits us! Which side will emerge on top? Stick around to find out!
20' Pankaj Mohite has been deemed to be self-out. The umpires converged and after the raid was over, sent Pankaj back to the bench. 
19' SUPER TACKLE! As soon as V Ajith Kumar ventures deep, Abinesh Nadarajan gets in an ankle hold, which is as solid as any, and Navibakhs runs around in a flash for assistance.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 13-12 Puneri Paltan
19' Akash Shinde perishes now as the covers combine and bring down the raider, who was attempting a bonus point.

It is Pune who review now! The bonus was not granted by the on-field umpires. The umpires have been really good this season and there was no bonus there indeed. Review unsuccessful! 
18' WHOA! V Ajith Kumar delivering the goods for the Pink Panthers when they need it the most! A massive struggle there as Gaurav Khatri runs around with a chain along with Sanket Sawant and the pair look to bring the Ajith, who wrestles, tumbles and after a lot of fight, somehow manages to cross the mid-line with his outstretched hand!

Pink Panthers review! They believe that there were three touch points there! Abinesh Nadarajan is the man in question. After some deliberation, the TV umpire rules in favour of the on-field umpires. Only a couple of points there and Jaipur have lost their review. Review unsuccessful! 

Jaipur Pink Panthers 12-10 Puneri Paltan
17' Do-or-die raid for the Pink Panthers now and it is V Ajith Kumar who fetches them a point! Gets in a running hand touch on Fazel Atrachali in the left corner and sends back the Pune skipper!
15' Do-or-die raid for the Paltan and Pankaj Mohite perishes! He was caught unaware and perhaps did not know that it was a do-or-die raids. He ventures deep and a diving double ankle hold from Ankush in the left corner pins him down. 
14' As soon as Arjun Deshwal attempts the bonus point, Nabibakhsh and Fazel combine to put in an ankle hold and bring down the raider in a flash.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 8-10 Puneri Paltan
14' Sahul Kumar attempts a double thigh hold on Md. Nabibakhsh but the latter tumbles and escapes back to his half. 
12' A surprise double thigh hold from Md. Nabibakhsh from the left-in position catches V Ajith Kumar by surprise and the raider succumbs to the double thigh-hold.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 8-8 Puneri Paltan
12' Sahul Kumar attempts an ankle hold on Akash Shinde, from which he escapes but Reza runs around with Sunil Kumar and the pair ensure that Akash cannot return to the mid-line. 
11' V Ajith Kumar picks up speed, ventures deep at the last moment and gets in a running hand touch on Pankaj Mohite in the left-in position.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 7-7 Puneri Paltan
10' Akash Shinde fetches some points for himself as he turns, tumbles and escapes from the attempted double thigh hold of Abhishek KS. 
10' V Ajith Kumar feigns the bonus point and as soon as he does that, Gaurav Khatri takes the bait and attempts the ankle hold from which Ajith escapes and returns to his half. 
9' Md. Nabibakhsh is ushered off the court as Reza runs around with a dash as strong as any. Well, turns out, even Reza's feet lifted following the dash and he has been deemed to have left the lobby as well. One point to each side. 
9' Abishek KS returns the favour with a solid double thigh hold, sending back Pankaj Mohite with the same.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 4-5 Puneri Paltan
8' Gaurav Khatri stands tall and pins down Arjun Deshwal, who attempted to leap over the chain but was brought down. 
7' V Ajith Kumar cannot score as Fazel runs around with a chain and Gaurav Khatri attempts the ankle hold at the same time. He tries to run around the chain but the second line of defense is ready to bring him down. First touch from Md. Nabibakhsh and the point goes to him! 
6' Akash Shinde runs parallel to the baulk line and ends up running straight into the double thigh hold of the left-in defender. There is no escaping from there on! 
5' Do-or-die raid for the Pink Panthers and Arjun Deshwal shoulders responsibility. As soon as he attempts the bonus point, Abinesh Nadarajan runs around for a dash. Arjun uses the lobby and escapes back to his half.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 2-3 Puneri Paltan
4' Pankaj Mohit picks up speed, runs across and gets in a running hand touch on the dangerous Sahul Kumar in the right corner. 
3' Man-in-form V Ajith Kumar is tackled courtesy of a Fazel Atrachali masterclass! The left corner defender runs around with a chain and pins down Ajith.

Jaipur Pink Panthers 1-2 Puneri Paltan
2' Pankaj Mohit strikes! The covers run around for a dash but Pankaj turns and escapes to the mid-line, sending Sunil Kumar back to the bench! 
1' Arjun Deshwal kicks off the scoring in the Final with a bonus point right under the nose of Fazel Atrachali. What a statement to make first up!

Jaipur Pink Panthers 1-0 Puneri Paltan

Jaipur Pink Panthers:

Starters: Arjun Deshwal, Sunil Kumar (c), Abhishek KS, Reza Mirbagheri, V Ajith Kumar, Sahul Kumar, Ankush. 
Substitutes: Deepak Singh, Lucky Sharma, Rahul Chaudhari, Marimuthu Kamaraj, Ashish, Navneet, Bhavani Rajput. 

Puneri Paltan:

Starters: Akash Shinde, Abinesh Nadarajan, Sanket Sawant, Pankaj Mohite, Md. Nabibakhsh, Gaurav Khatri, Fazel Atrachali. 
Substitutes: Sombir, Rakesh Ram, Saurabh, Badal Singh, Govind Gurjar. 
Toss Update:

Jaipur Pink Panthers have won the toss and have chosen court. Puneri Paltan to raid first!
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LINE DRAWN, GAME ON, KHEL KABADDI! The Pro Kabaddi League 2022 is all set to culminate with what promises to be nothing short of an enthralling, a riveting, a dazzling Final between the Jaipur Pink Panthers and the Puneri Paltan at the Dome @ NSCI, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium, Mumbai. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League FINAL! 

After multiple weeks of kabaddi action, it will all culminate in the Final which will witness arguably two of the best teams locking horns. It has been a terrific season for Jaipur Pink Panthers, winning 15 out of their 22 games, including one tie as well. Their staggering Score Difference of +174 just goes on to show the sheer dominance with which they have won contests in this tournament. The Pink Panthers will be relying on Arjun Deshwal once again while they will be pleased with the fact that V Ajith Kumar has found form. Rahul Chaudhari has plenty of experience under his belt and might just be expected to come good in the final. Their defense bears a menacing look and it will be a task for the Pune raiders to get past them. Sahul Kumar had amassed a massive 10 tackle points in the Semi Final while his partner-in-crime, Ankush, along with Reza Mirbagheri had snapped up High 5s each. It will be interesting to see whether they can replicate the same performance against the famed Pune raiders. They are a team in red-hot form and will certainly not want to settle for anything less than the trophy. 

As for Puneri Paltan, they have played their hearts out and lived upto their potential. The assembled one of the best squads following the auction and unlike the Titans, they lived upto the lofty expectations set for them. They might miss the services of their ace raiders Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat in the Finals but as they showed in the Semi-Finals, they might not necessarily need them in order to win this contest. Their defense is as strong as ever and coupled with their reserve of terrific raiders, the Paltan look all set to lift their maiden PKL trophy. Pune finished second in the tournament and if it were not for their last game loss in which they experimented, the Paltan could have very well finished on top in this tournament. All-in-all, the Paltan are a very well balanced side and will receive plenty of home support in Mumbai, their neighbouring city. 

It all boils down to this moment! The Grand Final is here! Will Jaipur win their second title or will Puneri Paltan lay their hands on the silverware for the first time? All shall be answered in due course of time! Sit back, relax and enjoy as I, Maanas Upadhyay, take you through the game one last, final time! 
Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium, Mumbai
Match Start Time
Sat, 17/Dec/2022 20:00:00 Asia/Kolkata
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan
Pro Kabaddi 2022