December 26 is known as Boxing Day, and true to its name, it is a day where the best fixtures across sporting leagues in the world are played to keep the excitement in the festive season.
So, what does Matchday 3 of Ultimate Kho Kho Season 2 have for us? Game 1 pits Gujarat Giants against Mumbai Khiladis, while champions Odisha Juggernauts welcome Chennai Quick Guns to the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.
Let’s take a sneak peek into what to expect.
Match 5: Gujarat Giants vs Mumbai Khiladis
It’s back-to-back matchday for Gujarat Giants, one of the standout teams in UKK Season 1. Gujarat, who topped the league stage before getting eliminated in the playoffs last season and opened their season opener with a win, have a star-studded line-up that includes Abhinandan Patil (89 points in Season 1), Patta Narasayya (66 points in Season 1) and Suyash Ghargate, a player with international experience. The Giants will look to spell trouble for their opponents, Mumbai.
Mumbai Khiladis fell short of sealing a sensational draw against Telugu Yoddhas, and they will look to bounce back against the Gujarat Giants. Gajanan Shengal and Aniket Pote were the standout players in the 44-46 defeat to Telugu Yoddhas, and the franchise will look up to the duo to engineer a positive performance once again.
Match 6: Odisha Juggernauts vs Chennai Quick Guns
Odisha Juggernauts began their title defence in Ultimate Kho Kho Season 2, in true CHAMPION style. Attacker Manoj Patil was at the forefront of the rally of attacks in the 35-27 triumph over Rajasthan Warriors, and the hosts of UKK Season 2 will be eager to add another quick victory in the bag riding on Manoj’s match-winning capabilities on the mat.
Chennai Quick Guns, on the other hand, have retained their two core performers of UKK Season 1 - Ramji Kashyap and Madan - and are out to set the mat ablaze like how they did last term. They have started their Season 2 journey with a solid win over Telugu Yoddhas and will look to carry that momentum when they meet the defending Champions next. Ramji, in particular, will be the player to watch out considering his dual ability to attack and defend in key turns of the game.
Where and when can you watch Ultimate Kho Kho Season 2?
Watch Ultimate Kho Kho Season 2 live and exclusive on the Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 4 TV channels. Match 5 will begin at 7:30 PM IST, while the next game - Match 6 - will be played at 8:30 PM IST.