ProKabaddi 2018: Bulls extend lead at top; Fortunegiants dominate Steelers

Tune in for live coverage of today's Pro Kabaddi 2018 matches. The first match will see Haryana Steelers take on Gujarat Fortunegiants and will be followed by Telegu Titans' clash against Bengaluru Bulls.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of this evening's ProKabaddi 2018 matches. Bengaluru Bulls will be looking to consolidate its position at the top of Zone B when it takes on Telugu Titans, which is looking for a way into the playoff spots.

In an thrilling encounter, Bengaluru Bulls made a strong comeback in the second half to defeat Telugu Titans and extend their lead at the top of the table. Meanwhile, Telugu Titans will be rueing their missed chances, after losing the game from a position of strength.

(Scores read Bengaluru Bulls- Telugu Titans)

37-24 Thats the game! Pawan Sehrawat picks up 13 points and Bengaluru Bulls picks extends their lead at the top of the table. The Telugu Titans, however, will be regretting the missed chances.

33-23 ALL OUT! That could be the game. A minute to go and if it stays like this, the Titans risk not taking any points away from the tie. That'll be a big loss as the Bengal Warriors trail by only two points to the Titans, and have three games in hand.

30-22 It's an excellent two-point raid from Pawan Sehrawat. He showed immense strength to get his finger across the line and Titans are down to one man.

27-22 Brilliant work from the Bengaluru defense. That's crucial.  And in goes Rohit Kumar, to let the clock do the work.

26-22 That mistake from Mohsen could turn out to be really costly, not just in the game, but for their season as well. Mohsen steps out of bounds during a successful tackle and Titans lose the point, giving one to Bulls. There was the chance to close that gap down, but it's unfortunate.

24-22 Foolish from the Bulls! They give away two points on a Nilesh Salunke raid.

24-20 Titans are still unable to find points and bringing back Rahul Chaudhari has also been ineffective, as the Bulls go back to building a sizeable lead. 

21-19 Sloppy defending from the Bengaluru Bulls as Nilesh Salunke picks up a bonus and then gets a touch on the Bulls left corner.  It's getting interesting.

21-16 And the Bulls are building the lead but Telugu Titans are slowly closing the gap.

18-14 The match is starting to slip away from the Titans. Their startegy is hard to understand. Should have got those raid points when they could.

17-14 This is why Telugu Titans should have scored more when they could. With an All-out, Bengaluru Bulls have gone into the lead here, Pawan Sehrawat picking up the crucial points.

13-13 The second half has started in the same vein as the first half. The scoring has been slow. And with a successful tackle on Rahul Chaudhari, Bulls equalizes for the first time tonight.

At half-time, Telugu Titans have a slender lead. For two teams with ruthless raiders, it's been a low scoring half. Pawan Sehrawat eased into the game late in the half after a poor start and the Telugu Titans defense has been strong.

HALF-TIME

10-12 It's been a very low scoring half. Telugu Titans have been conservative with the raids. Their last raid point came eight minutes ago and they're riding on their efficient defense here.

7-9 Another good tackle from the Bulls and they successfully tackle Chaudhari again.

6-9 Bulls get their first tackle point of the night as they take out Rahul Chaudhari in a do-or-die raid.

5-8 Absolute rookie error from Rahul Chaudhari. He steps into the lobby as he rushes into the opponent half.

4-8 Pawan Sehrawat is off again and this time it's Rahul Chaudhari who gets the ankle hold in.

4-7 Bengaluru Bulls have still not registered a tackle point in the game, underlining their problem in the games they've lost this season.

3-7 It's the Telugu Titans that are dominating at the start, feeding off the infectious energy in the crowd. It's loud there.  Pawan Sehrawat was taken out in his very first raid and the Titans built on that, with Rahul Chaudhari and Mohsen Maghsoudlou picking up good points on raids.

Bengaluru Bulls have lost two consecutive games for the first time this season and they'll be looking to get back to winning ways against the Telugu Titans.

Will Pawan Sehrawat be able to take advantage of Titans' out-of-form defense?

-The Bengaluru Bulls are coming off back to back losses for the first time in this season.

- Their best raider, Pawan Sehrawat has had a dip in form. All of his stats have dropped in the last 6 matches. After having almost 10 super raids in the first 11 games, he does not have any in the last 6 games.

- He will be facing a Telugu Titans defense that has been pretty inconsistent of late. They have lost 3 games, where they scored less than 10 tackle points.

Head-To-Head record

Matches – 13 | Telugu Titans - 3 | Bengaluru Bulls – 7 | Tie – 3

- Bengaluru Bulls have won 7 of their 13 encounters so far against Telugu Titans and 3 have

ended in a tie.

- Bulls also beat the Telugu Titans 34-26 in their 1st meeting of PKL 6:

None of the raiders had a Super 10 in that match. Rohit Kumar was the leading raid point scorer with 8 raid points. He received good support from Pawan, who scored 6 raid points in 13 raids. Both the left corners got HIGH 5s. Vishal Bhardwaj had 6 tackle points. Rahul was Telugu’s leading raid point scorer in the game with 6 raid points. No one else managed to score more than 3 raid pts.

- Telugu Titans PKL 6: 7 wins, 9 losses, 1 tie. Lost their last match against U.P Yoddha by 7 points. They have won 2 out of 4 in their home leg.

- Bengaluru Bulls PKL 6: 10 wins, 6 losses, 1 tie. Lost their last match against Dabang Delhi by 1

point.

(Scores read Haryana Steelers- Gujarat Fortunegiants)

FULL TIME

Gujarat Fortunegiants put up a spotless display against a hapless Haryana Steelers. On a day when both Gujarat's raiders and defenders were in top form, Haryana's defense let them down. Gujarat has closed the gap to U Mumba at the top of the group to just four points, with a game in hand.

37-47 And that's the whistle! Gujarat Fortunegiants come out victorious after a dominant display. 

33-43 Prapanjan has helped Gujarat open up another ten-point lead. Steelers may have caught Gujarat napping for a period, but they're back up.

32-40 Gujarat Fortunegiants gets ALL OUT for the first time today as Monu Goyat wriggles out of the clutches of Parvesh Bhainswal.  And suddenly, the match looks like it could go either way. The gap is only eight point and kabaddi has taught us that isn't enough of a lead even when there are less than five minutes to go.

28-40 That was some lovely change of direction from Vikas Khandola as he picks up two points. Escaping skills of the highest.

23-40 Sachin gets to 10 points in the game with a simple raid.  Fortunegiants have made easy work of the Haryana Steelers today.

21-33 Another ALL OUT!  And it's the same team again. This half has been about Gujarat's defence.

19-32 What a raid from Hadi Oshtorak, who picks up two as he skips past two Haryana defenders.

19-29 Prapanjan is ineffective this time. He had to get something out of the do-or-die raid but the Steelers' restraint was rewarded.

HALF-TIME

Gujarat Fortunegiants goes into half-time with a 28-16 lead, after a dominant display in the first half.

16-25 Super tackle! Gujarat's defense has joined the party as well.

14-22 Prapanjan gets another! There's no let off from him for the Steelers.

 

13-19 The Steelers have begun the comeback. Just three Gujarat players left on the mat.

8-16 Monu Goyat has been able to squeeze in some points for the Steelers, but still finds itself trailing by eight points so early in the game. Monu needs to show his worth here.

5-13 Prapanjan picks up his seventh point of the night and we're not even past the halfway mark of the first half.

 

2-11 ALL OUT! And there seems to be no catching Gujarat, at least in the initial stages. They've stormed into the match and caught Harayna off guard.

5-1 Gujarat Fortunegiants has got to an excellent start here, leaving Haryana chasing right from the off. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall: Matches – 5 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 1 | Haryana Steelers – 3 | Tie – 1

-Haryana Steelers lead their head-to-head with Gujarat Fortunegiants 3-1 with one match ending

in a tie.

-Gujarat had not beaten Haryana in their first 4 meetings and they got their first win only in their

previous meeting.

-This is the third meeting between the 2 teams in PKL 6 with each side having won once each.

-Their first meeting in PKL 6 was the first game of the Haryana leg and the Steelers won 32-25