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PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team

August 25, 2014 08:58 IST

Image: Abhishek Bachchan, right, with wife Aishwary
Photographs: Chandra Mohan Aloria

Cheered by their owner, Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya, Pink Panthers Jaipur overcame stiff resistance from lowly Puneri Paltan to post a 33-27 victory and maintain their top position in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium, in Jaipur.

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PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team

Image: Amitabh Bachchan cheers for Pink Panthers
Photographs: Amitabh Bachchan on Facebook

Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was at his animated best as he cheered every point that the Panthers scored.

The winners were leading 20-10 at the breather, but Puneri Paltan, who are languishing at the bottom of the table with only 16 points from 12 matches, made a spirited come back. They shot to a 22-21 lead with 13 minutes remaining.

But Pink Panthers gained parity at 22-22 and, although the visitors fought tooth and nail for a while, decisive raids by Jasvir and Maninder helped the hosts clinch the tie on Saturday.

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PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team

Image: Amitabh Bachchan, left, with Aishwarya
Photographs: Chandra Mohan Aloria

With a score of 33-27, Jaipur became the third team to join U Mumba and Telegu Titans. They turned their home into a fortress, not losing a single game at their home venue.

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PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya say kabaddi, kabaddi for Abhishek's team

Image: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya celebrate with the Pink Panthers after the match
Photographs: Chandra Mohan Aloria

A contest between the top and bottom ranked teams in the league table, the home-team did not disappoint.

Being the only team to have qualified for the semi-finals, the Jaipur team played like champions, overpowering Puneri Paltan from the word go. Though out of the running for the semis, the Pune team looked strong but fell just short of the Panthers.