Ultimate Kho Kho: Odisha juggernauts crowned inaugural champions after Suraj

Ultimate Kho Kho: Odisha Juggernauts crowned inaugural champions after Suraj’s heroics gave them the title- Suraj Lund’s sensational skydive helped Odisha Juggernauts…

Ultimate Kho Kho: Odisha Juggernauts crowned inaugural champions as Suraj’s heroics lift their title- Suraj Lund’s sensational skydive helped Odisha Juggernauts win the inaugural edition of Ultimate Kho Kho by beating Telugu Warriors 46-45 in a thrilling final at the Sri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge in Pune, Maharashtra on Sunday. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

After the Telugu Warriors managed to add 21 points in the third turn to take a 41-27 lead, Sachin Vargo supplied two crucial points for his side and kept the Odisha juggernauts at bay for 2.44 minutes. When he was out, the Telugu Warriors were leading 45-43 with just 1.24 minutes left in the match.

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However, Lande, who tested the Telugu Warriors’ defense and lasted 3.03 minutes in the third over, had different plans for the Odisha juggernauts. With just 14 seconds left in the game, he captured Avdut Patil with a stunning skydive that not only added three winning points for Odisha Juggernauts but also helped them clinch the title.

Lande scored nine points in attack for the winning team and Rohan Shingade scored 11 points for Telugu Warriors.
Earlier, famous Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan sang the national anthem in style to kick off the blockbuster finale.

The Lions Crew, which won the bronze medal at the 2021 World Hip Hop Dance Championship, also put on a scintillating performance celebrating India’s first franchise-based Kho-Kho league.

The league’s best-attacking side, Odisha Juggernauts chose to defend as Vishal displayed his prowess to challenge the Telugu Warriors. Coming into the first batch, he scored eight bonus points for Odisha Juggernauts for four minutes and 23 seconds and then captain Dipesh More and Dilip Khandavi added two more points with their unbeaten 2.37 minutes.

With a superb defensive display, Odisha Juggernauts held the Telugu Warriors to 10-10 in the first innings.

Telugu Warriors, the first team to reach 100 defensive points in Ultimate Kho Kho, responded well after the position change as they not only restricted Odisha Juggernauts to 13 points but also added eight points with the help of Adarsh ​​Mohit’s 4.12 minutes of defence. However, the Odisha juggernaut kept themselves ahead with a narrow lead of 23-20 at the end of the first innings.

Ultimate Kho Kho is promoted by Amit Burman in association with Kho Kho Federation of India. Champions Odisha Juggernauts were rewarded with a prize of INR 1 Crore and the coveted trophy while the second placed Telugu Warriors bagged INR 50 Lakhs.

Gujarat Giants won a prize of Rs 30 lakh for their third place finish.

Ultimate Kho Kho: Odisha Juggernauts crowned inaugural champions after Suraj’s heroics give them title – WATCH

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