Hello and welcome to the live commentary for Wednesday's matches of the Inter Zone Challenge Week between Bengaluru Bulls and Haryana Steelers, followed by the clash between Puneri Paltan vs U.P. Yoddha at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.
Puneri Paltan 23-29 UP Yoddha! A strong defensive performance in the second half has helped the vistor halt the might of Nitin Tomar and Monu as they go top of Zone B with this result.
23-29 Nitin Tomar manages to reach the half line but he is fractionally short. Another tackle point for UP.
22-28 Another superb take down by Sachin Kumar as he breaks away from the left side to put Akshay Jadhav out of the court.
21-27 Nitin Tomar cannot escape Sachin Kumar's strong ankle hold on the right cover. That could be the game for UP.
21-25 Akshay Jadhav gets a toe touch on his way back to reduce the gap to four points.
20-25 Prashanth Kumar Rai comes back with an empty raid after Pune get back two points.
18-25 Akshay Jadhav asks for a review for a bonus point, after the umpire deems it an empty raid and the TV umpire turns it down!
18-25 Shrikant with another point to stretch his team's lead to five points.
18-24 Super Tackle by UP as Nitin Tomar narrowly steps over the line. The visitor has a four-point lead.
17-21 Monu went for the touch but UP Yoddha inflicts a super tackle on him.
17-19 Prashanth Kumar is hacked down after an ankle grab by Akshay Jadhav.
16-19 Amit Kumar gets a simple hand touch in the do-do-die raid in the left corner.
15-19 Shrikanth Jadhav with two touches. Puneri Paltan challenges the decision and what a call that was! A successful review.
14-19 Nitin Tomar with a touch using a high kick down the centre.
13-18 Shrikant Jadhav manages to get a touch with a high foot.
13-17 Amit Kumar picks up his first raid point of the night.
12-16 Nitin Tomar with an empty raid in the beginning of the second half.
12-16 Akshay Jadhav comes back with an empty raid with the last raid of the first half.
12-16 Sachin Kumar allows Nitin Tomar too much space and gifts away a point to Pune.
12-14 Monu tries to jump over the defender, but he is deep in the opposition court and Shrikant stops the raider.
11-13 Nitin Tomar comes back with an empty raid.
11-12 Monu manages to get Amit Kumar on the left corner.
10-12 Prashanth manages to get a bonus point just before a Time Out.
8-11 Prashanth takes out a player from the centre pair.
8-9 Monu manages two touches as he claws back to the line.
6-9 Monu attacks the right side and manages a good touch on a defender.
5-9 Prashanth comes back with an empty raid.
4-8 Prashanth shows superb skill by managing a touch of the bonus line and a tag on one of the Pune defenders.
3-6 The visitor stretches the lead after More G.B's raid is stopped by an excellent ankle hold by Nitesh Kumar.
3-3 Nothing much to differentiate between both teams after Shrikanth and Monu's raid successfully at either end.
2-2 Monu opens the account for the host with two raid points.
0-1 Star raider Nitin Tomar starts off with an empty raid.
0-1 Prashanth Kumar gets the first points for UP.
Puneri Paltan: Nitin Tomar, Ravi Kumar, Sandeep, More G.B, Monu, Shubham Shinde, Rinku Narwal
Subs: Akshay Jadhav, Amit Kumar, Bajrang, Deepak Kumar Dahiya, Sanjay Shresta
U.P. Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Narender, Amit, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rishank Devadiga, Nitesh Kumar, Sagar Krishna
Subs: Aashish Nagar, Arkam Singh, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Sachin Kumar
Puneri Paltan vs U.P. Yoddha
Stay tuned as we will bring you the coverage of the second match of the evening between Puneri Paltan and UP Yoddha.
42-34 Monu Goyat with a touch in the final action of the match. A convincing win for Bengaluru Bulls. Haryana Steelers' struggles continue.
42-32 Pawan Sherawat with two points on his own with his raid.
40-32 Parveen gets two points on his raid.
40-30 Pawan Shreawat with a successful raid.
39-30 Vikas Kandola is forced into the lobbies.
38-29 Mayur with another shirt pull, this time, on Pawan Sherawat. He is sent to the bench.
37-29 Haryana's Naveen is taken down by a thigh hold.
Haryana call for a time-out.
36-29 Vikas Kandola forces his way past Mahender to get to the mid line.
36-28 Rohit Kumar is bulldozed to the lobbies.
36-27 Monu Goyat's ankle is held before the defenders come crashing down on him to stop him.
34-26 Kashiling gives away a touch to Monu Goyat.
34-25 Pawan Sherawat with a two-point raid for Bengaluru.
Time out called. Less than seven minutes left in this contest.
32-23 Rohit Kumar gets the job done this time. He gets two touches on his raid and that's another all-out inflicted on Haryana.
28-23 Vikas Kandola, the last man standing, isn't giving in! He gets another touch on his raid.
28-21 Rohit Kumar's shirt is tugged at by Mayur during his raid. The official calls for the whistle.
27-21 Vikas forces a self out on a Bengaluru defender.
27-21 Vikas Kandola with a successful raid, two touch points.
26-18 Big raid from Pawan Sherawat, again! He gets three touches! Replays show he got four touches.
23-18 Rohit Kumar with a successful raid.
Green card for Kashiling and Monu over a touch point. Replay shows Monu got a touch on Kashiling.
21-17 Vikas Kandola is eliminated and that's the all-out inflicted on Haryana Steelers.
18-16 Rohit Kumar eliminates Monu Goyat. Only Vikas Kandola remains for Haryana.
17-15 Pawan Sherawat picks up three raid points in the do-or-die raid.
14-15 Monu Goyat claims a bonus point, calls for a review. Review is unsuccessful. Haryana loses its review.
14-15 Naveen's raid after the break is unsuccessful.
13-15 Vikas Kandola with an empty raid and that's the end of the first half. A marginal lead for Haryana, Bengaluru did well towards the end of the half to not allow Haryana to build on a three-point lead.
13-15 Two-point raid from Monu Goyat. The officials change it to a one-point raid. Replays show Pawan Sherawat moved away before getting a touch on Monu.
13-14 Pawan with a touch down the middle, one point for Bengaluru.
12-14 Vikas Kandola gets a touch, one point for Haryana.
11-13 Monu Goyat goes for the touch on the right side and is tackled from defenders on the left side.
10-13 Rohit Kumar is tackled down in the left corner.
8-10 Rohit commits an error in defence and Naveen with another successful raid.
8-8 Rohit Kumar jumps over Parveen and gets to the mid line, one point for Bengaluru.
7-8 Jasmer Guliya stpes out of the mat during Naveen's raid.
7-7 Another successful raid from Pawan, eliminates Monu Goyat on the right corner.
6-7 Pawan Sherawat with a point on his raid.
5-7 Vikas Kandola picks up two raid points for Haryana.
4-5 Monu Goyat is tackled by Jasmer, who gets support from his teammates.
3-5 Rohit Kumar sends a Haryana defender to the bench. Bengaluru, however, waste a review on a bonus point call.
2-4 Mahendar Singh is tackled to the lobbies.
1-3 Monu Goyat picks up two raid points for Haryana.
1-0 Pawan Sherawat picks up a bonus for Bengaluru.
0-0 Empty raid from Rohit Kumar.
Bengaluru Bulls vs Haryana Steelers