Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Nigamanth and I will be taking you through today's PKL 8 match between Patna Pirates and Bengal Warriors.
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That should be it for this game which means Patna Pirates jumps to the top spot with this crushing win. Its camp will be ecstatic with the kind of display that it has put in today. Bengal Warriors were no match and was brushed aside.
38-29 The two teams share a point each and there's a nine point difference. Prashanth's men have been brilliant this evening and have earned a well deserved win.
37-28 Two points for the Warriors but there's a lot left to do for them. There's no time for a comeback. Last 10 seconds of the match
37-26 DO OR DIE! Guman singh delivers under pressure. Top quality escape skills. Eludes two defenders. Everytime the Warriors pick a point, the Pirates have come back with crushing raids.
35-25 Quick raid from the Warriors and a successful one too. Still a 10 point deficit
Sachin is suspended for two minutes! He recieved a green card earlier and is penalised again.
34-24 Rohit picks a point for his team. Sends Shadloui back to the bench with a running touch
34-23 ALL OUT! Another allout triggered from Pirates. Rock solid defense. The warriors are back to its full strength. Thats a SUPER 10 for Sachin!!
31-22 Sachin goes in deep with only two members in the Warriors side. Gets a touch point. Tactical move from the raider
Timeout! Less than five minutes remain!
30-22 Nabibakhsh takes his team a bit closer towards its opposition. Gets a crucial point. But Patna has been relentless this evening
30-21 Sachin with a wonderful raid. Mediocre stuff from the Warrior defense. Manoj with a weak push and he has awarded a couple of points for his opposition. Warriors took a REVIEW but that turned out unsuccessful. Nothing has gone their way this evening
28-21 Bengal Warriors get a bonus to reduce the deficit to seven points
28-20 DO OR DIE! Guman Singh is on song. Sends Abozar to the bench within ten seconds of his raid. Eight point lead for the Pirates.
27-18 Manoj is the raider for the warriors. Gets another point in the seventh raid of this match. Good stuff
Timeout! Patna Pirates have continued to exploit the weaknesses of Warriors. Excellent all-round performance from them. Comeback looks bleak for the Warriors now
27-16 DO OR DIE ! That is superior stuff from Guman Singh. Swiftly gets a point. And thats yet another SUPER 5 for Shadloui , this has become a habit for him
26-16 Ravindra Kumavat goes in and thats another unsuccessful raid as Shadloui is yet again up for the occassion with an ankle hold
25-16 Nabibakhsh strolls into the Pirates defense. REVIEW taken by the Pirates and that is unsuccessful. The raider gets two points and the men in green are down to four members
25-14 Shadloui with a successful ankle hold on Maninder. Top quality stuff from the Iranian
24-14 Abozar is off to the bench as Prashant gets a touch on his jersey
23-14 Maninder Singh has'nt been on topn of his game tonight. Just four points to his name and this one too is an empty raid
23-14 DO OR DIE! Guman Singh almost eluded the defense but it doesnt matter in the end. He is stopped by Nabibakshkh
Prashant Kumar Rai gets a Green card!
22-13 Manoj Gowda is pushed off the mat from the Pirates defense. Along with him goes Neeraj as he went out of bounds
END OF FIRST HALF! The Patna Pirates camp will be delighted with the kind of performance that they have delivered. They will look to build the momentum that they have built in this half. The Warriors haven't been competitive enough so far and have been slouching in every other department. Maninder tried his best to fetch points for his side but he hasn't got the support he deserved, from his teammates. A performance overhaul is required for the Warriors to upend their poor first half.
21-10 DO OR DIE! Maninder could not do what Sachin did. He is blocked with a body block and Chiyaneh joins in with an ankle hold.
20-10 DO OR DIE! Sachin comes in handy as he picks a running touch point. Nabibaksh is forced off to the bench
19-10 ALL OUT! Patna Pirates have triggered the allout. Clearly the bette team today. Dominating performance thus far. Nine point lead for the men in green and they are cruising towards a crushing finish in this half
16-9 Mighani with an error and the Pirates have another point to extend their lead
15-8 Nabibaksh gets a touch point
15 -7 Guman Singh with another brilliant raid. He was flying past the defenders and gets two points. What a player!
13-7 Maninder cannot find a point this time. Pirates showing its opposition how its done. Solid defense
12-7 Guman singh with an amazing jump and he gets a well deserved point.
11-7 DO OR DIE! Ravindra Kumawat goes deep into the opposite box but is stopped with a defensive masterclass.
10-7 Prashant yet again and he gets a bonus this time. The deficit is reducing with every raid of the Warriors.
9-7 Prashant gets a point. Rookie mistake from Mighani as he tries a weak hold onto the raider but he escapes easily
8-6 WOW! The Warriors defense has obliterated Sachin. Every other defender pounced on the raider
8-5 Guman goes in deep thinking to collect a bonus but an ankle hold from Mighani does the trick. Raider is off the mat
8-4 A rare sight there! Maninder is stopped in his tracks as the Pirates defenders join hands.
7-4 Guman Singh with a quickfire point. Blazes off to his side after fetching a point.
6-4 Ravindra Kumavat goes in but the Pirates defense doesnt let him get a point. He is pushed off the mat
5-4 Maninder goes in yet again and its another point for the Warriors. Walk in the park stuff for the no.9 there
5-3 Ran Singh goes in but cannot get a point as he is blocked by an ankle hold. Solid stuff from Patna
4-3 Prashant Kumar Rai goes into the other half for Pirates. But Nabikash wins the pursuit. WOW!
3-2 Sachin is off to a flier. Another touch point and Bengal is down another man.
2-2 DO OR DIE! THe Mighty Maninder delivers. Two very important points for the Tiger. Guman tried a body block but has failed to stop Maninder
2-0 It's Sachin again and that's another point. He has picked Mighani this time with a touch point
1-0 Sachin Tanwar is the first raider. He has picked up a running touch and Nabibaksh is off the mat.
Bengal Warriors wins the toss. Patna Pirates will raid first
Patna Pirates will jump to first place if it wins today's match.
Patna Pirates: Prashanth Kumar Rai (c), Sachin Tanwar, Neeraj Kumar, Sajin C, Guman Singh, Sunil, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui
Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh,Manoj Gowda, Ravindra Kumawat, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Abozar Mighani, Ran Singh, Parveen Satpal
7:25pm: Today was supposed to be a triple header day! The Bengaluru Bulls will take on Gujarat Giants later tonight at 8:30pm but the match between Dabang Delhi KC and UP Yoddha has been rescheduled and will be played on a later date. We will be covering all of those games too! Stay tuned to our website for all the live updates.
7:20pm: The 2022 edition of the Sportstar Aces Awards is back and we are celebrating the marvellous year for Indian Sports that 2021 was. From Neeraj Chopra and the other Olympic and Paralympic medallists to the Indian cricket team, we have a bunch of nominees who need your vote to win. Click here to VOTE!
7:15pm: JUST IN! The match between Dabang Delhi KC and UP Yoddha, that was supposed to be played later tonight, has been postponed. The fixture will be rescheduled to a later date.
7:10pm: Bengal Warriors is on the opposite end of the form spectrum. It has lost its last two matches by more than seven points and has slipped to 10th on the points table. Other than Maninder Singh, who is one of only two players with 200 points this season, and Ran Singh, the team has been poor in offence and defence. The side's defence, in particular, has been weak. It averages only 8.06 tackle points per game, which ranks 11th in the league. The Warriors mathematically have a chance of making it to the playoffs, but will need to return to winning ways to retain its chances.
7:00pm: Patna Pirates has been in scintillating form of late. It has won three of its last four matches and has climbed to second on the points table. Its defence, by every metric, is the best in the league, with Mohammadreza Chiyaneh Shadloui leading the unit by example with five High 5s. The three-pronged raiding unit of Sachin, Prashanth Kumar Rai and Guman Singh has also been spectacular over the past two matches.
6:50pm: Theese two teams last met on January 1st, where Patna beat Bengal 44-30. Here is their head-to-head stats -
Patna Pirates: 11
Bengal Warriors: 4
6:40pm: In case if you're new to this sport, 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'-
6:30pm: Good evening and welcome to the first game of the evening! We've got a cracking contest ahead of us as Patna Pirates takes on Bengal Warriors. But before that, here's a recap of what happened last night in the PKL over the last fortnight- PKL notebook: Swift rescheduling saves the League