Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the ProKabaddi match between Bengal Warriors and Bengaluru Bulls.
Maninder Singh had the support of Shrikant Jadhav and Girish Ernak today but almost singlehandedly turned the game around today in parts. He registered his 11th super 10. Check out Sportstar’s interview with the talismanic raider here:
Scores read Bulls vs Warriors:
38-41 All the Warriors raider has to do now is cross the baulk line and that’s what he does. WARRIORS STEAL A WIN FROM THE BULLS. Randhir Sehrawat is distraught.
38-41 GB More gets a bonus point but the Warriors have brought down the Bulls raider and triggered the all out.
37-38 Maninder takes this raid down to the very last second and draws out an error. 26 seconds, the defenders waited for Maninder to make a move but the Warriors skipper was far more patient and he got Saurabh Nandal as his reward.
37-37 Scores level as Shrikant Jadhav takes out the Bulls skipper.
37-36 Bharat was the last raider left on the court for Bulls and Warriors send him to the bench to rest with his teammates. Girish Ernak. What a move. Big wrestling move that. The Warriors CEO is up on his feet screaming his lungs out supporting his side.
37-35 Shrikant Jadhav takes out Neeraj Narwal with a massive touch on the left in.
37-34 Warriors defense comes in and brings down Vikash Kandola. A strong backhold initiating his takedown.
37-33 Maninder will keep chipping away and he gets to his 11th super 10 of the season
Under five minutes remain
37-32 Vikash Kandola takes out Girish Ernak and that lead grows for the Bulls. Can’t fault him for attempting the tackle. But Bengal needs points.
36-32 Decent attempt from Mayur Kadam to get Shrikant Jadhav and his entire body is out of the court. Bulls ever so slightly ahead.
35-32 There were six on the mat. Why didn’t Neeraj try for a bonus? Empty raid for the Bulls raider.
35-32 Bharat’s jump fails as he tries to go over the chain on the right. But he is brought down and brought down hard. Shubham Shinde gets the point for the tackle.
35-31 Maninder gets a point as Saurabh Nandal gifts him a point once more.
35-30 SUPER RAID. Bharat is such a clutch player. Bengal Warriors review the decision and claim the raider is out. Now let’s take you through what happened. Bharat extends his hand to that right corner on Shubham Shinde. That means he can use the lobbies. Now what we need to see is, when he comes to midline, is any other part of his body in the lobby? His foot looks like it’s in the orange zone. The defender being on that leg actually helped him stay within bounds. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL. BENGAL LOSES ITS REVIEW. Bulls ahead by five now.
32-30 Maninder is chipping away and has a point on the right corner. Saurabh Nandal the player who has to go.
32-29 Warriors inflict the ALL OUT as Sachin Narwal is sandwiched and carried to the back. What a fight from the Warriors! What do you know, Maninder is the one who gets this tackle point
31-26 Maninder comes in when Bulls have a super tackle opportunity. Maninder pushes Aman to the furthest corner. GB More comes from behind him to try and thump him down but Maninder sliops out to get a point,.
31-25 This is a good comeback from Bengal as Girish Ernak gets both of Vikash’s legs.
31-24 Shrikant Jadhav comes in for the do-or-die raid and takes it down to the last seconds of the raid. Saurabh Nandal is drawn out on that right corner and Bengal gets a point.
31-23 Bengal Warriors scoring a few points on the trot here. Girish Ernak doing the work.
31-22 Mahender dashes too close to the midline and Shrikant Jadhav is happy to get the touch on him.
31-21 Momentary relief for Bengal as Bharat is sent to the bench. Manoj Gowda coming in with the tackle.
31-20 SUPER RAID FOR VIKASH KANDOLA. Bengal is helping the man get back to form as Girish Maruti Ernak, Vaibhav Garje and Shubham Shinde all head to the bench. Three people came for him and he fell backwards and crossed the midline.
28-20 Bonus point for Warriors but the Bulls have inflicted the all-out. Bengal in pieces here,.
25-19 Vikash Kandola gets a point, finally, as he manages a touch on Shubham Shinde.
24-19 Ajinkya Kapre gets a bonus point
24-18 Meanwhile Bharat can’t stop scoring. He gets the kick on Manoj Gowda while Balaji D almost falls on Bharat to gift him another point.
22-18 Vikash Kandola’s dry spell continues. He goes back empty-handed.
Bulls were trailing by six at one point but they now lead by four. The defense makes all the difference. We said this before and we’ll say it again. If the Bengal defense does not get better, the Warriors might not make it past the league stage
22-18: Half time! Bengal is experimenting with Manoj Gowda as a raider. No points.
20-18: A well-timed diving ankle hold by Girish Ernak! The covers rush in for support. Bengal has another point.
19-17: Neeraj Narwal returns with an empty raid after the all out. He has three raid points thus far.
16-17: Shrikanth Jadhav is happy with the bonus point as he runs down the raid clock.
13-16: The Bulls are back to seven on the mat. Maninder has been taken down again with five defenders converging onto him.
10-16: Shrikanth gets the faintest of touches on a crouching Mayur at the baseline with a kick. Seconds later, we have an ALL OUT. Where was this Warriors side earlier this season?
9-11: A super tackle from Bulls as Maninder finds himself pinned to the floor with a stronng anklehold from the Bulls defender.
7-11: Time for a do or die raid from Maninder. That’s an audacious move. He shoves away Mahender at the midline and that will be two points for Bengal.
7-7: Shrikanth Jadhav is out courtesy of a brilliant dash from Mahender Singh
Apologies for the delayed start. We experienced a few tech issues early on. But Bengal Warriors seemed to have no starting trouble whatsoever as they got off to a better start. Bulls have always taken their time to reach full throttle. It will be interesting to see when they step on the accelerator here.
Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Vaibhav Garje, Balaji D, Manoj Gowda, Shrikanth Jadhav, Shubhan Shinde, Girish Ernak
Bengaluru Bulls: Vikash Kandola, Bharat, Neeraj Narwal, Mayur Kadam, Mahender Singh, Saurabh Nandal, Aman
Bengal Warriors lost in their last outing and have seven wins, six losses and two ties in Season 9. Skipper Maninder Singh has been consistent and has scored 174 raid points in the ongoing campaign. Shrikant Jadhav and Deepak Hooda have aided their captain in attack with 70 and 42 raid points respectively. Girish Maruti Ernak has been a pillar in defence for the Warriors with 40 tackle points. Along with Ernak, Shubham Shinde and Vaibhav Garje have made their presence felt in defence with 28 and 25 tackle points respectively.
Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have been one of the teams to watch out for so far with 10 wins, five losses and a tie. Bharat has been the go-to raider for the Bulls with 186 raid points. The Bulls have also got raiders like Vikash Kandola and Neeraj Narwal who have managed 86 and 67 raid points respectively. On the defensive front, Saurabh Nandal is leading the charts for the Bulls with 53 tackle points. Aman and Mahender Singh have also assisted Nandal in defence with 33 and 29 tackle points for the Bulls, while Neeraj Narwal too has contributed 20 tackle points.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game between Bengal Warriors and Bengaluru Bulls will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 8:30 PM onwards on Wednesday, November 23.
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