PKL 2018-19: Bengaluru Bulls defeats UP Yoddha 35-29 to move to top of Zone B

PKL 2018-19 LIVE: Tune in for live commentary and updates from this evening's Pro Kabaddi League matches - U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan and UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls.

In the last five Maharashtrian derbies, Pune Paltan has defeated U Mumba four times.   -  Twitter @PuneriPaltan

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of this evening's Pro Kabddi League matches between  U Mumba & Puneri Paltan, and UP Yoddha & Bengaluru Bulls.

The second match of the day will see home side UP Yoddha take on Bengaluru Bulls.

That is the end of that. The Bengaluru Bulls defeat UP Yoddha 35-29 to move to the top of Zone B.

28-35: Pawan Sehrawat with a huge tackle here. He gets two raid points and extends Bengaluru Bulls' lead to seven points.

27-33: Super tackle! The UP defence combines well to thwart Rohit Kumar and earn two valuable points.

25-31: Raju Lal with a monstrous tackle on Shrikant Jadhav to extend the Bulls' lead to six points.

25-28: What a turnaround! Bengaluru Bulls captain Rohit Kumar inflicts an All Out and almost single-handedly brings his side back into the game. The Bulls were down by five points at the start of th second half, mind you.

24-20: The UP Yoddha defence continues to excel. They're hardly offering the raider any chance here.

20-15: An entertaining first half comes to an end with Shrikant Jadhav claiming a sole raid point and steering his side to a five-point lead.

18-14: What a game this is turning out to be! UP Yoddha stages a stunning comeback to inflict an All Out and race to a four-point lead.

12-13: Rohit Kumar scalps another raid point and puts the Bengaluru Bulls ahead for the first time this evening.

10-10: Rohit is at it again! He stages a remarkable super raid to earn his side three valuable points and equal the scoreline.

7-6: SUPER TACKLE! Amit Sheoran stages the first super tackle of the match to bring Bengaluru Bulls to within a point from UP.

5-2: Prashanth Kumar can't get past the Bengaluru Bulls' defence and the latter picks up its first points of the evening.

3-0: The UP defence has looked really good so far and puts the side three points ahead within two minutes.

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The first match of the day will see U Mumba and Puneri Paltan face off in what is labelled as the Maharashtra Derby.

31-22: There's the match! U Mumba coasts to a nine-point win over Puneri Paltan. The defence led by Fazel Atrachali looked very sharp on the evening and the raiding department also combined well to claim all points in offering. Interestingly, Puneri Paltan's raiding in this game was the worst raiding performance by any team in the PKL.

30-20: U Mumba enjoys a ten-point lead with less than two minutes to go. Will this be enough for the side to end its five-game loss streak against Puneri Paltan?

28-18: ALL OUT! Deepak Kumar can't get past the U Mumba defence and that gives U Mumba another three points.

25-18: Abhishek Singh raids successfully and takes two defenders with him. Puneri Paltan reviews the decision but the decision favours U Mumba and the latter now leads by five points.

22-18: ANOTHER SUPER TACKLE! GB More with a stunning ankle hold on Darshan Kadian to remain in sniffing distance.

21-16: Super Tackle for Puneri Paltan! Dharmaraj can't get past the Paltan defence and U Mumba's lead has been reduced to five points now.

21-14: Rajesh Mondal runs in on the Do or Die raid but is unable to help Puneri Paltan's cause as he is tackled by Surender.

20-12: Floored. Akshay Jadhav is sent sprawling to the ground by U Mumba's Dharmaraj Cheralathan.

19-10: Abhishek Singh tugs on Ravi's shirt and extends U Mumba's lead to massive nine points.

16-8: WHAT A TACKLE! Fazel Atrachalli leaps from the left to floor Akshay Jadhav.

15-6: Halted. More G B is tackled by the U Mumba defence and the lead now swells to nine points.

12-6: ALL OUT! Abhishek Singh inflicts the the first All Out of the match and gives U Mumba a comfortable six-point lead.

7-5: Abhishek Singh weaves his way past the defender and Pune is down to one man now.

5-3: Super Tackle for Puneri Paltan!

5-1: The U Mumba defence combines extremely well to thwart Deepak Kumar's raid.

2-1: He's off the mark! Darshan Kadian stages a fine raid to earn his side's first points of the evening.

0-1: Deepak Kumar puts Puneri Paltan ahead in the first raid of the match.

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Here are some interesting stats ahead of the tie:

* U Mumba leads the head-to-head battle in the Maharashtra Derby with seven wins in 13 meetings against Puneri Paltan.

* In last five Maharashtrian derbies, Pune Paltan has defeated U Mumba 4 times. The fifth match ended in a tie.

The first Maharashtra Derby of PKL 6 ended in a thrilling tie 32-32. This game marked the PKL debut of U Mumba raider Siddharth Desai, who scores a stunning 15 raid points, joint most by a player on his debut along with Rakesh Kumar.

U Mumba led the game by two points going into the last minute, but a quick raid point from Pune and the capture of Siddharth Desai on the penultimate raid by Girish Ernak brought the scores level. Pune settled for a tie by going for an empty raid in the final raid of the match.

In the second match between these two sides, Pune won 33-32 in another close encounter in its their home leg. Nitin Tomar (13 raid points) and Siddharth Desai (15 raid points) both picked up SUPER 10s in this match for their teams.

This will be the 3rd and final Maharashtra Derby of this season unless the two sides meet in the Playoffs. The big question remains, can U Mumba end its five-game win-less streak against Puneri Paltan? Stay tuned to find out.