Pune, August 31,2022: Rajasthan Warriors thrashed Chennai Quick Guns by 66-31 to end their hunt for a maiden win in the inaugural edition of Ultimate Kho Kho while Mumbai Khiladis signed off with a 79-31 victory against Odisha Juggernauts at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Pune, Maharashtra on Tuesday.
Gajanan Shengal scored 17 points while Shubham Kachhi and Sreejesh S secured 11 points each as Mumbai Khiladis, who are already out of playoffs contention, ended Odisha Juggernauts’ six-match winning run.
For Odisha Juggernauts, Dinesh Naik was impressive in the attack as he claimed 12 points by dismissing four players with dives. He was supported well by Monoj Ghotekar, who scored eight points.
Odisha Juggernauts, with 21 points from nine games, are currently positioned on the top position in the points table.
Besides Odisha Juggernauts, Gujarat Giants (20pts), Telugu Yoddhas (16pts) and Chennai Quick Guns (15pts) have already secured their playoffs spots.
In the second match of the day, skipper Majahar Jamadar and Hrushikesh Murchavade played a crucial role in Rajasthan Warriors’ win by securing 14 points each.
Rajasthan Warriors took a 27-21 lead after the first innings with Jamadar and Murchavade clinching six and eight points respectively.
As the game progressed, Rajasthan Warriors grew in confidence as they added 29 more points in the third turn and also restricted the oppositions to just nine in the final seven minutes to complete an easy win.
Earlier, Mumbai Khiladis, put up a good challenge to Odisha Juggernauts, who came into the match after sensational six back-to-back victories but the table-toppers managed to take a narrow lead of 2 points with 12-10 score.
Having already cemented Top-2 place on the points table, Odisha Juggernauts entered the match without some of their top performers including Vishal, Dilip Khandvi and Dipesh More.
Mumbai Khiladis began the second turn aggressively. With Gajanan Shengal dismissing four defenders, they added 31 points to their tally to end the first innings with a 43-12 lead.
They continued the momentum in the second innings with a good defence technique to allow just 19 points to Odisha Juggernauts and then kept things under control and captured 13 oppositions defenders in the final turn to secure the win.
Playoffs will begin on September 2 with eliminator and qualifier 1 while the qualifier 2 will take place next day. Final will be played on September 4.
On the final day of the league stage on Wednesday, Odisha Juggernauts will lock horns with Telugu Yoddhas while Gujarat Giants play Rajasthan Warriors in the first match of the day.
Ultimate Kho Kho—India’s first-ever franchise-based Kho-Kho league—is promoted by Amit Burman in collaboration with the Kho Kho Federation of India.
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