Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the ProKabaddi fixture between Haryana Steelers and Patna Pirates in Hyderabad on Friday.
Scores read Haryana vs Patna:
33-23 Rohit Gulia gets one final point for Pirates but they lose without getting a single point from this game.
33-22 Manjeet gets a touch on Chiyaneh.
32-22 The captain of Patna gets the bonus but is castled at the back of the mat. ALL OUT INFLICTED. This game is done and dusted.
29-21 Manjeet gets a touch on Sajin on the left corner to reduce Patna to one man on the mat.
28-21 Patna is helping Haryana with Monu stepping out of bounds
Ravi Shetty asks his men to raid quickly.
27-21 Sachin is brought down by Nitin Rawal. On fire, this Steelers side.
26-21 Oh it almost looked like Haryana made an error getting to Rohit so close to the midline but Monu Hooda from the right corner pulled him back and allowed the rest to turn him around.
25-21 Manjeet continues. All running on momentum. Looks like he has a multipoint raid. Two points it is. Patna is allowing this game to slip away from their grasp.
23-21 ALL OUT INFLICTED. Naveen Sharma jumps right into the circling defensive formation of Haryana.
20-20 Meetu levels scores again with a kick on Monu and Haryana is on the brink of inflicting the all out.
19-20 Rohit gets the bonus point. But the Pirates are reduced to two on the mat.
6.5 MINUTES TO GO. STILL ANYONE’S GAME.
19-19 Scores level! You can NEVER count Manjeet out of the game and he gets a BIG FOUR POINT RAID. Pirates review and say it’s only three points. 1. Neeraj, 2. Shadloui and 3. Neeraj. The question is have Sunil or Rohit touched him before or after he went past the line. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL.
15-19 Monu gets his first point of the night and it’s a hand touch on Mohit.
15-18 Manpreet is livid. He specifically told his boys how Chiyaneh operates and he comes in from behind the raider and closes him out. Manpreet tells off his raider.
15-17 Jaideep comes good once again! He stops Sachin with a double ankle hold in a do-or-die raid. He’s operating better as a corner defender here.
14-17 Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui has his first point of the match. He pounces from the left and brings down the raider almost singlehandedly.
14-16 Jaideep has finally brought down Rohit Gulia with a strong thigh hold. That will give the young man some confidence.
13-16 That’s the second time Monu has gone for a double ankle hold and botched it. Rakesh is happy to take the point.
12-16 Rohit Gulia relies on the running hand touch to get Nitin Rawal and then uses the lobby to run away to safety on the left.
As it stands, if Patna wins, it will come up to #4 on the points table.
12-15 Manjeet offers himself on a platter as Rohit Gulia does well to come away successful on a do-or-die raid. That revives Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui
12-14 SUPER TACKLE by the Patna Pirates as Sajin brings Meetu down with an ankle hold. He gets support from the other two to handle the dangling hand.
The first two minutes in the second half go without points to either side.
HALFTIME: It’s been all about the raiders again in this game as both teams managed just one point each in tackles in this half. Meetu Sharma has been the fighter for Haryana while Sachin and Rohit are taking turns keeping Patna in the game but the bigger talking point is how Shadloui has been kept quiet. Teams will need to take a few risks and show some more intent to make a match out of this.
12-12 Meetu continues his good work. He removes Sachin. Keeping all the Patna powerhouses in check, whether it’s Shadloui or Sachin
11-12 Pirates take the lead after Jaideep’s error helps Rohit take two with him beyond the mat. Going with him is Mohit.
11-10 Manjeet is quick on the retreat. Naveen Sharma takes a knee to the head and looked unresponsive for a few seconds there. We wonder if that’s a concussion?
10-10 Rohit Gulia gets a bonus to level scores. Manpreet reviews to contest it. What has Manpreet done? He has wasted his review in the first half and he is disappointed.
10-9 Mohammadreza CHiyaneh Shadloui is back on the bench as Meetu gets a proper kick on the man crouched in the left corner.
9-9 Meetu got a smart touch on Sunil, whose strategy we can’t quite comprehend as far as that attempt to stop is concerned, while Rohit Gulia manages a touch on Amirhossein Bastami after he falls to the temptation of putting an ankle hold. -
Chiyaneh has looked quiet today and he has been off for over four minutes.
8-8 Rohit Gulia sends out Jaideep after an attempted dash doesn’t bear fruit. Meetu takes out Sajin
7-7 Haryana draws even as Nitin Rawal initiates the takedown of Sachin in a do-or-die raid.
6-7 Chiyaneh has a slow start today as his first attempt is unsuccessful. Meetu slips out of that slippery anklehold.
5-7 Sachin, the do-or-die specialist, gets Mohit Nandal whose dash is all kinds of improperly executed.
5-6 Meetu gets Monu after a shoddy double anklehold attempt
4-6 Meetu Sharma repays the favour. He takes Sunil plus gets a bonus
2-6 Sachin runs the clock down nervously but he is so good at do-or-die raids. Jaideep blinks and Sachin slaps his thigh at winning the point.
2-5 Manjeet is brought down. He went straight into the chain and was turned into the back of the defense.
2-4 Rohit Gulia is off the mark with a two-point raid. And he has removed Amirhossein Bastami and Rakesh Narwal for his points.
2-2 Sajin C gifts a point to Rakesh Narwal. Unnecessary advance tackle along the right flank
1-2 Sachin removes Nitin Rawal in the left corner
1-1 Manjeet starts with a bonus
0-1 Sachin goes through the middle and draws a hasty ankle hold from Mohit for his first point.
Steelers won the toss and chose the court.
Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui will hope to replicate his heroics from the game against Dabang Delhi where he singlehandedly scored all 16 of Patna Pirates’ tackle points, registering a few big records along the way. Watch the highlights here:
Much has been made of Manpreet Singh’s comments to the press about the strategic issues in the Haryana Steelers side. Check out what the Steelers coach said here:
Haryana Steelers: Manjeet, Mohit Nandal, Jaideep Dahiya, Meetu Sharma, Rakesh Narwal, Amirhossein Bastami
Patna Pirates: Sachin, Neeraj Kumar, Sajin C, Monu, Rohit Gulia, Sunil, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui
Haryana Steelers have struggled of late and have five wins, nine losses and two ties. In attack, Manjeet and Meetu Sharma have taken up the scoring responsibility for the Steelers with 120 and 113 raid points, while K. Prapanjan has been their third best raider with 38 raid points this season. As far as their defence goes, Jaideep Dahiya has been leading the Steelers’ defence with 45 tackle points and Mohit Nandal has assisted him with 29 tackle points. Amirhossein Bastami and Nitin Rawal have contributed with 21 and 20 tackle points respectively.
Matches Played: 8 | Patna: 4 | Haryana: 3 | Tied: 1
Patna Pirates, on the other hand, head into this game after winning a close encounter against Telugu Titans. The Pirates have seven wins, six losses and three ties so far. The Pirates’ offence mainly revolves around Sachin and Rohit Gulia. Sachin has been the shining star for the team with 144 raid points while Gulia has supported him by scoring 103 raid points. On the defensive front, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh looks in sublime form with 57 tackle points, making him the highest tackle points scorer in the league. Sunil has proved his mettle with 37 tackle points, while captain Neeraj Kumar has got 24 tackle points.
Raiding form, team performance and the race to the knockouts - we’ve discussed it all in our weekly Pro Kabaddi League live stream. Check out the full stream below:
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
The Haryana Steelers vs Patna Pirates Pro Kabaddi Season 9 game will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 9:30 PM onwards on Friday, November 25