With India's first-ever franchise-based Kho-Kho league taking off in a packed stadium at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Mahalunge, Pune, on Sunday, Gujarat Giants beat Mumbai Khiladis by 25 points in the league opener.
Whereas Telugu Yoddhas notched up a thrilling 10-point win over Chennai Quick Guns in the second match of the opening day.
Gujarat Giants will face Odisha Juggernauts in their second match of the league on Tuesday.
"It's good to get a winning start to the league. We will watch the Odisha Juggernauts' match today and analyse them. We will make a strategy accordingly so that we take advantage of our strengths and work on weaknesses. I believe the fitness level of my team is good and because of that they played really well in the second innings against Mumbai Khiladis. We had a plan in place for each batch and that worked well for us," Gujarat Giants coach Sanjeev Sharma said.
Despite 2-22 down at the end of the opening turn, Gujarat Giants made an impressive comeback to complete a 69-44 win.
Telugu Yoddhas, on the other hand, will look to add three more points when they lock horns with Rajasthan Warriors in their second league game.
"Team performed really well both in the attack as well as in defence. Deepak Madhav and Arun Gunki were standout performers for us while Avdhut Patil and Pratik [Waikar] bhaiya also contributed in the crucial time with their all-round shows. It was a great win. Though there were few fouls in the attack, bonus points helped us to clinch an easy win. We will look to avoid making fouls against Rajasthan Warriors in the next match and score maximum points through bonus," said Telugu Yoddhas skipper Prajwal KH.
On Monday, Rajasthan Warriors and Odisha Juggernauts will begin their campaigns as they will take on Mumbai Khiladis and Chennai Quick Guns in their respective opening encounters.
Ultimate Kho Kho is promoted by Amit Burman in collaboration with the Kho Kho Federation of India.
Ultimate Kho Kho will be telecasted live in five languages on Sony Sports Network-SONY TEN 1 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi & Marathi) SONY TEN 4 (Telugu & Tamil) as well as streamed live on SonyLIV.
All the teams will play twice against each other twice during the league stage with Top-4 teams progressing into knockout stage, which will be played in playoffs format.
There will be two matches played each day with live coverage starting at 7:00 PM IST.
SONY TEN 1 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi & Marathi), SONY TEN 4 (Telugu & Tamil) and SonyLIV