Pune (Maharashtra) [India], August 14 (ANI): Telugu Yoddhas began their Ultimate Kho Kho campaign in style beating the team from their neighbouring state, Chennai Quick Gun 48-38 to win their opening game. Telugu Yoddhas played the second match on the opening day of the Inaugural season of the Ultimate Kho Kho here at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Pune being coached by former national coach, Sumit Bhatia.
Telugu Yoddhas displayed a balanced game on the offensive and defensive ends showcasing their agility and acrobatic skills that helped them earn some big points in the opening minutes of the game. Telugu Yoddhas Captain, Prateek Waikar won the Ultimate Kho of the Match award while Deepak Madhav and Arun Ashok were awarded with the Best Defender of the Match and Best Attacker of the Match respectively.
Chennai after winning the toss decided to defend. Telugu Yoddhas drew first blood with a skydive, one of the four highest-earning touch points which later was followed by a pole dive, another highest-earning touch point. In a game of '4 Turns' (2 from each innings), Yoddhas attackers displayed their brilliance in Turn 1 of the game by earning a total of 25 points, which included 18 points from 4 pole dives and 2 skydives.
Avdhut Patil successfully completed his first 'Dream Run' by running past all the attackers which helped him earn 2 crucial points (the only points defenders can earn) for his side. Chennai attackers seemed helpless as they failed to touch Deepak Madhav, whose run of one minute and 58 seconds dodging the attackers, stole the show and helped him earn another crucial 2 points from the second Dream Run of the match. At the end of Turn 2 and Inning 1, Yoddhas were in complete domination with the scoreboard reading 29-15 to their favour.
Turn 3 saw Telugu Yoddhas once again attacking their opponents but through a completely different strategy, depending majorly on the running touches this time to eliminate the Chennai defenders. Unlike Turn 1, Yoddhas didn't go for 3-pointers (Pole Dive and Sky Dive) and most of their points came from Running Touches. A solitary Sky Dive in the final moments of Turn 3 helped the Yoddhas earn 21 points from the turn and widen the gap with the scoreboard reading 48-17 to their favour.
The final Turn 4, of the match, brought some hope for Chennai Quick Guns who played in an attacking manner, but the score difference was too high for them to overtake. Even after earning 21 points through an attack in the final turn of the game, Chennai Quick Guns fell short of time and had to face a 10 points defeat 38-48 against Telugu Yoddhas.
After winning the first match of the first-ever Ultimate Kho-Kho League, Sumit Bhatia, Head Coach, Telugu Yoddhas, said, "I am very happy with the results. We played as per plans and it was outstanding to see the team put the plans into action. We put a good mix of seniors and youngsters on the mat and that worked well for us. The players were a little nervous in the start but they caught on with the game and showed what they are made of. I would also like to thank the Kho-Kho federation and Ultimate Kho-Kho for making Kho-Kho so glamorous and I am confident that this is going to make Kho-Kho places."
Telugu Yoddhas will now play Rajasthan Warriors on 16th August. All the matches are being broadcast live and exclusive on the Sony Sports Network and Live streamed on the Sony LIV platform from 7 PM onwards. (ANI)