Mumbai Khiladis opened their account by securing a nail-biting eight-point victory against Rajasthan Warriors in their second match at the inaugural edition of Ultimate Kho Kho at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, here on Monday.
Mumbai Khiladis clinched the match with a 51-43 score. Mumbai's Gajanan Shengal impressed in the attack, scoring 16 points with two pole dives and one sky dive.
Mumbai Khiladis won the toss and chose to defend as captain Vijay Hajare alongside Rohan Kore and Avik Singha started the proceedings, according to a release by the organisers.
Nikhil struck for Rajasthan as he captured Hajare in the first match of the game before the batch was out in the next half minute. Faizankha Pathan, from the third batch of Mumbai, showcased skillful defence to remain unbeaten but Rajasthan Warriors ended the first turn with an 18-4 lead.
Mumbai Khiladis continued their aggression when they turned to attack, capturing three opposition batches to end the first innings at 29-20 in their favour.
Rajasthan earned 21 points in the attack to take eight points to lead in the first turn with scores at 41-33. However, Mumbai fought back well to bag 18 points in the final turn and secured the match by a 51-43 score.
Mumbai Khiladi's Shreejesh S. bagged the Defender of the Match award while skipper Hajare was adjudged Ultimate Kho of the Match. Rajasthan's Majahar Jamadar was given the Attacker of the Match award.
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