ProKabaddi 2018: Jaipur Pink Panthers plays out exciting draw against U Mumba

Tune in for live coverage of today's Pro Kabaddi 2018 matches. The first match will see UP Yoddha take on Tamil Thalaivas and will be followed by Jaipur Pink Panthers' clash against U Mumba.

U Mumba currently tops Zone A with 82 points.   -  PKL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of this evening's ProKabaddi 2018 matches.

What a day of ProKabaddi action it's been! The first game saw Tamil Thalaivas play out a low-scoring draw against UP Yoddha while the second game saw a similar result, albeit in much different fashion.

Home side Pink Panthers held a comfortable five point lead with less than four minutes to go but U Mumba made a stunning comeback to draw level with less than a minute to go. U Mumba took a one-point lead and Deepak Hooda claimed a last-gasp point in the last raid of the game to earn his side a draw.

(Scores will read Jaipur Pink Panthers - U Mumba)

35-35: IT'S A TIE! Deepak Hooda manages to get a point in the last raid of the game and ensures his side splits the points with U Mumba. However, it won't be enough as the result puts the Jaipur Pink Panthers out of the race for the playoffs.

34-34: We're back on level terms and we're onto what could be the last raid now! Oh boy, this one's gone right down to the wire and we're struggling to deal with the stress!

32-33: ALL OUT! Siddharth inflicts an All Out and outs U Mumba in the lead!

32-30: Trouble for Jaipur! U Mumba has erased a six-point lead in all of two minutes and has stormed right back into the game!

32-27: A successful tackle from Siddharth reduces the deficit to five points. We have less than three points to go, will we see a late comeback from U Mumba?

31-24: What a tackle! Siddharth is pummelled to the ground by the Panthers defence and it's now a seven-point game. 

29-23: Rohit claims a High Five. Interestingly, he has claimed five of U Mumba's seven tackle points!

27-21: That's silly. Ajinkya loses track of time and is timed out! An easy point for U Mumba.

27-19: ALL OUT! It's the big man Deepak Hooda again as he gets touches on both U Mumba defenders and propel his side to an eight point lead.

23-18: Brilliant, simply brilliant stuff from Ajinkya. He dodges his way past Fazel and Surender Singh to claim two crucial points.

21-17: Grounded. The Panthers defence has been rampant this evening and combines effectively to trap Siddhart.

19-17: Deepak Hooda gets a hand touch on Rohit Rana in a crucial do-or-die raid to ensure his side remains on top.

18-14: Jaipur Pink Panthers has dominated the opening five minutes of the second half. The home side has scored six points compared to U Mumba's zero!

17-14: ALL OUT! The home side takes the lead! Deepak Hooda shows insane acrobatics and awareness to claw his way to the centre line and inflict an all crucial All Out. And ouch, he appears to have injured his wrist and goes off the mat in pain.

U Mumba leads 14-12 at the end of the first half.

12-13: Siddarth is sent to the bench for pulling Ajinkya's shirt. It's a one-point game now. Panthers owner Abhishek Bachchan has been very animated on the sidelines.

10-11: Super Raid! Amit Kumar does the dubki  and sends three U Mumba defenders, including Fazel Atrachali, back to the bench.

7-11: Super Tacke! Siddharth cannot get past the Panthers defenders and it's now a four-point game.

5-10: Sunil's ill-timed dash sees Ajinkya Pawar extend his side's lead to five points.

5-7: HE HAS DONE IT! U Mumba's Siddharth Desai becomes the fastest in Pro Kabaddi League history to reach 200 points! What's more, he's done it in his first season!

5-6: You wouldn't expect such a rookie error from someone as experienced as Dharmaraj Cheralathan. He steps into the lobby and gifts the Panthers an effortless point. 

3-5: Rohit Baliyan joins the party. He fakes a bonus attempt on the left corner and lures the defender into making a tackle.

2-3: Deepak Hooda takes out Rohit Rana and claims his firs point of the evening.

The second game will see home side Jaipur Pink Panthers host Zone A topper U Mumba. Despite having qualified for the playoffs, U Mumba will aim to top its zone as it would give it an extra shot at the final and, a win here will put it nine points clear at the top.

Jaipur Pink Panthers, on the other hand, has four games in hand over fifth-placed Haryana Steelers and will look to close the gap on the final playoffs spot in Zone A.

The two sides have played each other twice this season with U Mumba winning both contests. The last encounter saw U Mumba win by 24 points as Abhishek Singh and Darshan Kadian managed Super 10s while Fazel Atrachali returned with a High 5.

Jaipur Pink Panthers Form Guide

Jaipur Pink PanthersRESULT(W-T-L)POINTS SCOREDPOINTS CONCEDED
Vs. Puneri PaltanWON3623
Vs. Tamil ThalaivasWON3724
Vs. Telugu TitansLOST2636
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.LOST3548
Vs. Puneri PaltanTIED3030
TOTAL2-1-2164161

 

U Mumba Form Guide

U MumbaRESULT(W-T-L)POINTS SCOREDPOINTS CONCEDED
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.WON4419
Vs. Bengal WarriorsWON3120
Vs. Gujarat FortunegiantsWON3626
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.WON4134
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.WON3923
TOTAL5-0-0191122

 

(Scores will read UP Yoddha - Tamil Thalaivas)

There's the match. The match ends in a tie and severely dents UP Yoddha's chance of making it to the play-offs. Interestingly, there wasn't a single All Out in the game.

25-25 Why aren't the Tamil Thalaivas going for the kill? Ajay Thakur has a chance to claim a point but he returns to his court within ten seconds, forcing Prashanth to raid. Prashanth has no problems and he calmly claims a bonus point. We're down to the last raid of the game!

23-24 In a rather bizarre move from UP Yoddha, it's a do-or-die raid and Sachin Kumar is sent in in place of Prashanth and he gets caught in under four seconds!   

22-23 Manjeet makes a terrible, unnecessary tackle and Prashanth wriggles away to bring up his Super 10.

21-23 UP Yoddha offers Tamil Thalaivas yet another freebie. Without any pressure, Shrikanth steps out of bounds and gifts the opposition an easy point.

19-21 There's less than five minutes left and the two sides are separated by just two points. UP Yoddha needs a win to remain alive in the competition and we're in for an exciting finish!

18-21 What an immediate impact D Pradap has made! He scalps two points, in remarkable fashion, to extend Tamil Thalaivas' lead.

17-17 We're back on level terms! Nitesh Kumar gets his fourth point from his fourth tackle of the evening to contain Ajay Thakur.

14-16 Successive bonus points for Prashant and a fine tackle on Atul have brought UP Yoddha right  back into the tie!

11-15 That is a rookie error from Sachin. His heel manages to clip the lobby line and he gifts the Thalaivas an easy point.

10-14 Ooh, that was close! Shrikanth Jadhav nearly sneaked away with a point but Manjeet makes a last-gasp tackle to reel him back in.

That's the end of the first half. Tamil Thalaivas enjoys a three-point lead over UP Yoddha. Ajay Thakur has been the star so far, having bagged six raids points from his 12 raids.

10-12 Amit Hooda with a superb ankle hold! He stays low, waits for the right moment and grabs Prashant's ankle at the perfect moment to claim two points and open his account for the evening.

10-9 UP Yoddha takes the lead for the first time tonight! Sunil makes a hasty tackle and Sachin takes the easy raid point.

7-9 Prashant does just enough to claim a point. He has the Thalaivas' defence on its toes and gets a touch off Manjeet on his way back.

6-8 Ouch! Manjeet tackles Rishank to the ground with a HUGE tackle but appears to have injured the UP Yoddha's star raider.

5-6 He leaps ahead and he scores! Thakur gets a hand touch on Prashanth and puts his side back in the lead.

4-5 Prashant Rai wriggles out of Amit Hooda's ankle hold and reduces his side's deficit to one point.

1-5 What a stunning raid from Atul! He gets Jeeva Kumar and Sachin on the way as he leaps to the centre line!

1-3 Rishank Devadiga gets off to an unsuccessful start, Manjeet Chillar tackles him to the mat.

0-1 The ever-dependable Ajay Thakur gets a touch on Sagar Krishna and puts his side in the lead.

Match 113 of PKL season six will see UP Yoddha take on Tamil Thalaivas at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula this evening. Having played one less match so far, UP Yoddha is currently four points clear of Tamil Thalaivas and a victory here will help the side reduce Bengal Warriors' lead to four points in Zone B.

The two teams are on the mat and we're minutes away from action. UP Yoddha's has won the toss and has chosen side, meaning Tamil Thalaivas will start raiding.

Both teams have won once in the two times they have clashed this season. In the previous match, Tamil Thalaivas soared to a 46-24 win.

UP Yoddha form guide

Vs. Telugu TitansWON2720
Vs. Haryana SteelersWON3029
Vs. Bengaluru BullsLOST2737
Vs. Gujarat FortunegiantsLOST3237
Vs. Jaipur Pink PanthersLOST2845
TOTAL2-0-3144168

 

Tamil Thalaivas' form guide

Vs. Bengal WarriorsLOST2128
Vs. Jaipur Pink PanthersLOST2437
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.LOST3337
Vs. Patna PiratesTIED3535
Vs. Telugu TitansWON3125
TOTAL1-1-3144162