Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Shyam Vasudevan and I will be taking you through today's PKL 8 match between Gujarat Giants and Patna Pirates.
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FULL-TIME: Patna Pirates thrashes Gujarat Giants by 20 points.
23-43 SUPER TACKLE! Mahender does well to take down Sachin and earn his side two points.
21-42 The Giants continue to crumble as Guman coolly escapes Parvesh's tackle.
21-41 Shadloui, how? The Iranian produces another stellar tackle to extend his evening's tally to eight tackle points!
21-40 Shadloui and Monu (not Goyat) extend Patna Pirates' lead to 19 points with a fine tackle, while Sajin has been shown a yellow card and will serve a two-minute suspension.
21-39 ALL OUT! Patna Pirates has inflicted another All Out and now has an unassailable 18-point lead.
20-35 SUPER RAID FROM SACHIN! He bags FOUR touch points in one raid - can you believe that? He first outfoxed Parvesh and managed to tag Sunil, Rakesh and a fourth defender to take his evening's tally to five!
Meanwhile, Guman Singh has bagged a Super 10.
19-31 That was some effort from Pardeep! He bull-dozes his way past the defence but was tackled by Mohit and Sunil inches away from the mid-line. Sunil clearly pulled Pardeep's jersey while making the tackle, but the TV umpire saw no wrong there.
19-30 Sunil in the right corner stars this time around as Rakesh quite literally runs into a thigh hold.
19-28 Rakesh delivers on the do-or-die raid as he slips out of Shadloui's ankle hold. The Giants trail by nine points with just over 10 minutes to go.
18-28 Finally something to cheer about for the Giants as Parvesh does well to tackle Sachin.
16-27 HIGH-5 for Shadloui! It's an unreal tackle from the Iranian as he executes an impenetrable ankle hold on Ajay.
Monu Goyat has not even played today for the Pirates, mind you!
16-25 ALL OUT! That is just unbelievable from Guman! He simply drives his way past Hadi, Parvesh and Pardeep to grab five points and put the Pirates firmly in the drivers seat!
16-20 Shadloui is at it again! He traps Ajay in one of his trademark ankle holds and has four points to his name.
16-19 Sachin goes in for the first do-or-die raid of the half and he gets reverse toe touch in Girish!
HALF-TIME: Gujarat Giants trails Patna Pirates by two points at 16-18.
15-18 That's huge from Guman yet again as he gets the better of two defenders. including the captain Sunil.
14-16 No luck for Rakesh here as he's taken out yet again by Neeraj and Shadloui.
14-14 ALL OUT! The Pirates have made a superb comeback and have drawn level!
14-11 Guman comes up with a huge raid to bring the Pirates back in the reckoning.
13-8 Rakesh, who just came on, is sent tumbling back to the bench courtesy of a strong tackle from Neeraj.
13-6 Shadloui gets his first point of the game as he rams into Mahender with a spear!
Gujarat Giants has four tackle points while Pirates has just one so far!
12-5 The ever-dependable duo of Sunil and Parvesh come together to flatten Prashanth on the mat.
11-5 ALL OUT! Gujarat Giants races to an early lead bu inflicting an All Out in the eighth minute. A mighty start for Manrpeet Singh's side.
7-4 Mahender strikes again as he calmly tags Guman. The Pirates are down to two men!
6-3 Pradeep shows phenomenal flexibility to somersault his way out of Sunil's tackle.
5-3 SUPER RAID! Mahender comes up with a massive raid as he gets rid of Shadlou, Sachin and Sajin.
2-2 Taken out! Sajin and Shadloui combine to tackle Pradeep Kumar.
2-0 So close, yet so far away for Sachin! He does really well to sneak past the defence but then gets pinned by Sunil and Parvesh.
1-0 First points on the board as Ajay evades Neeraj's dash.
Patna Pirates won the toss and chose the right side of the court, Gujarat Giants to raid first.
Gujarat Giants: Sunil Kumar (c), Ajay Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Mahendra Rajput, Pardeep Kumar, Hadi Oshtorak, Girish Maruti
Bengaluru Bulls: Prashanth Kumar Rai (c), Sachin Tanwar, Neeraj Kumar, Sajin C, Guman Singh, Sunil, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui
9:30pm: Remember, it is a triple panga night. In the first match of the evening, Haryana Steelers beat Bengal Warriors 46-29, a match that was quite close for the first three quarters. In the second match of the evening which is a battle between the top two, Bengaluru Bulls leads Dabang Delhi K.C. 34-29 with three minutes left on the clock. Follow our live coverage here:
9:25pm: Head-to-head stats - Matches played - 8, Matches played by Gujarat Giants - 5, Matches won by Patna Pirates - 3, Last meeting - Patna Pirates won 27-26
9:20pm: Patna Pirates bounced back from its showing against the Jaipur Pink Panthers with a hard-fought 37-35 victory over U.P. Yoddha. Raider Sachin scored his second Super 10 of the season, while Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui picked up his fourth High 5 of the season. Only one player has more High 5s than the Pirates’ rookie left corner in Season 8. However, coach Ram Mehar Singh will still have concerns about the defence. The Pirates have given up 86 points in their last two matches after giving up only 84 in their three games before that. If Patna can curb the points leakage, the Giants will have their work cut out.
9:15pm: Gujarat Giants has clawed back into the reckoning for a playoff spot with two straight victories. Thrusting Ajay Kumar and Pardeep Kumar into the starting seven has worked like a charm, as the duo has a combined 37 raid points in the Giants’ last two matches. The defensive unit has also improved, scoring nine and 12 tackle points in the past two outings. The Giants are peaking at the right time and can finish the night in the top six.
9:10pm: If you've just hopped on the PKL train, fret not, we have you covered. Here's a simple explainer that covers all the rules of the game and the various terms such as 'All Out', 'Do-or-die' and 'Super Tackle' -
9:00pm: Hey guys, welcome to our PKL coverage of the day. Before we get to today's game, here's a recap of what went down in the PKL over the last fortnight -
- Who is the most successful player in PKL history?
- U Mumba CEO Suhail Chandhok: Time for kabaddi to follow cricket with specialised coaches, form over fame in auction strategy
- Hockey India names 24-member men’s team for Five Nations Tournament Valencia 2023
- Which is the most successful team in PKL history?
- Pro Kabaddi League: Top 10 raiders of all time with most raid points