PKL 2018: Gujarat Fortunegiants, Patna Pirates pick up wins

While the Telugu Titans will look to floor a defensively strong Gujarat Fortunegiants in its first home game, the Pirates and Paltan face-off in an all important contest aiming for the 50-point mark in Vizag.

The Telugu Titans would be looking forward to close in on the Warriors which is third placed on the Zone table as of now against a strong Fortunegiants squad which has already sealed its spot in the playoffs.   -  PKL Media

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the Inter-Zone Challenge action at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag.

Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltan face-off in an important clash where both teams will want to hit the 50-point mark for the season.

Scores read as Patna Pirates - Puneri Paltan

 

53-36 Tushar Patil plays down the clock with an empty raid that's the end of the annihilation of Puneri Paltan by Patna Pirates.  27 raid points on the night for Pardeep Narwal and also crossed 800 career raid points.

53- 34 Pardeep Narwal is tackled down for only the third time on the night. A super tackle effected on him.

53-31 Pardeep gets his 27th raid point of the match.

51-30 Pardeep gets another touch point, this time on Girish Ernak.

50-30 Pardeep picks up two more raid points. He is most likely going for the magical 30! He has 202 seconds on the clock.

47-30 Manjeet is tackled down hard from the right side of the defence.

47-29 GB More's ankle is held and is tackled down.

42-28 21 raid points from 21 raids on the night for Pardeep Narwal!

40-28 GB More raids successfully.

39-24 Manjeet slips away from the ankle hold to reach the mid line.

38-24 Pardeep is back and he gets a running touch point.

36-23 Pardeep is unsuccessful with his raid this time around.

35-21 GB More is tackled down. Patna also get a technical point as two players enter for the raid. Sums up Patna's night really.

32-21 Pardeep Narwal becomes the first man in PKL to score 800 raid points!

 

30-21 Guru is the last Puneri Paltan player to go down and that's the second all-out inflicted on it.

27-19 Corners the right corner and reaches out to get the touch before walking away. Bonkers from Pardeep Narwal.

26-19 Pardeep starts the half with two touch points.

SECOND HALF

24-19 Amit Kumar's momentum on the run takes him out of play and that's the end of the half.

23-19 Easy raid point for Pardeep on the left corner.

22-19 Vijay gets a touch point on Parvesh.  Pirates gets a revival... in the form of Pardeep Narwal.

21-19 Three point raid! Amit Kumar finds his way to get past the mid line. Puneri calls for a review for a fourth touch. The review is successful!

20-15 GB More's raid is unsuccessful.

17-15 Pardeep Narwal is finally tackled down, on his 11th raid of the night. Needed some four men to scrum all over him.

16-12 Sandeep Narwal is blocked off by Vikas Bale from the left corner.

Pardeep is seven short off 800 raid points in PKL... He is playing in only his fourth season.

14-11 Pardeep raids. Pardeep gets another touch. Ten points on the night. 12th time he has got 10 points this season.

13-11 Sandeep Narwal with superb strength! He holds Manjeet by the neck and pulls him back with the help of his defenders.

13-8 Pardeep Narwal gets two touches and squeezes his hand over the line.

11-7 Pardeep is quick as a cat! Gets the touch and bounces off the defender with a jump!

10-6 Manjeet claims a touch on Ravi Kumar. A review is called for by Patna Pirates and its sucessful.

 

9-4 GB More is tackled down and Puneri Paltan lose all its players under four minutes. 3:48 says the official time.

Wow. We have the fastest all-out of the season!

5-1 Effortless from Pardeep Narwal! Five raid points already in three raids.

0-1 Sandeep Narwal with a successful raid for Puneri Paltan.

FIRST HALF

Patna Pirates wins the toss and select the choice of court.

 

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In the first match, the Titans would be looking forward to close in on the Warriors which is third placed on the Zone table as of now against a strong Fortunegiants squad which has already sealed its spot in the playoffs.

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27-29 The last raid probably tells us the summary of Rahul Chaudhari's season. Had the bonus point, had seven men on the court, had everything on offer to get the job done, but he returns with nothing. Fortunegiants pips Titans 29-27 to move Zone-A top.

For the Titans... sad when you are allowed some hope but then things backfire!

27-27 Take the contest to them is the advise of the coach. And a combination tackle working out to perfection. Maybe the Fortunegiants overheard the piece of advise meant for the Titans.

27-26 Sachin walks in and straightaway lets the momentum get the better of him as he walks into the lobbies. But WHAT? Nobody notices. Can the Fortunegiants gain from this advantage?

27-26 Farhad walking in at this stage of the game is a surprise. Do the titans realise it is just a point it leads by?

26-25 Dubki, Super-10 and the deficit has been reduced to one point now. In short, another perfect raid from Prapanjan!

The timeout echoes with the audience chanting to the DJ.

 

25-23 Rahul Chaudhari is the man sent in for the Do-or-Die raid. He gets Rituraj Koravi who has not had a night to be proud of. What better time to bounce back? The fans roar.

 

24-23 All Out! The home side has to play to the gallery now as it takes the lead. Vizag is up on its feet as the Titans are hunting as a pack now. A worried Mandeep Singh pops up on the big screen.

20-21 Absolutely staggering from Rakshith! I almost jumped out of my seat as the audience goes bonkers! Comes in for the first raid of the night and walks out with a gem of a show. The Fortunegiants is down to just two men now.

18-21 Has the Fortunegiants already raised its guard? Sachin who walks in for the raid returns empty-handed. Not that he looked eager to score a point either.

18-21 A freebie for the Titans as the deficit reduces to three points with less than 12 minutes to go into the contest.

 

Rahul Chaudhari has been more or less silent tonight. The defense isn't giving the Titans much. To add to worries they do not seem too confident as a raiding unit either.

 

14-17 All the Titans are on the mat but can they pin Prapanjan down? Point to be noted, Prapanjan has gone untouched tonight. No! He doesn't get the bonus but for some unknown reason Mohsen makes himself available for an easy point. What was he even trying? There is a bit of a confrontation between the players but remember, no reviews remaining.

13-17 A good start for the Titans here. A blunder by right cover Rituraj Koravi. A lack of communication sees him lunge out for the crafty Salunke.

 

 

11-17 The result could have been a whole lot different but some weak defensive show leads to what we see now. An All Out has been inflicted on the home side and you see the instant response to the stimulus. The crowd has gone pin drop silent!

Manpreet Singh's family can be seen enjoying the game from the stands.

9-12 Mohsen in for a Do-or-Die. A good combination tackle on show as Rituraj Koravi goes for a firm hold and almost instantly the whole squad is up for the assist. What the Fortunegiants is doing is precisely what the Titans need to do.

9-9 Rahul Chaudhari walks past the 100-raid points mark this season. But this time he walks into Parvesh Bhainswal instead. Why would you do that? When Bhainswal is playing the left corner you never do that.  Bhainswal literally lifts Chaudhari and hands him over to Rituraj Koravi.

 

5-6 Abozar Mohajer has come up in the left corner. This is not his natural playing position. Looks like he is up for the short dash. But, instead he lands up on the bench. K. Prapanjan has a wicked smile pasted on his lips as he walks back.

5-4 Nilesh Salunke scores. The Fortunegiants have no review left and is unhappy with this point. Salunke claims to have had a touch.

4-3 Rahul Chaudhari looks to get Rituraj Koravi and quite easily gets the touch point. The audience goes berserk!

2-3 Mohsen Maghsoudlou is met with a tight defence. Floored!

1-1 Nilesh Salunke is one who is always on the lookout for the bonus when it is active but the visitor denies him the opportunity.

 

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The second match would have the teams in for it all as Paltan is just just one position outside the three Playoffs spots from Zone A. On the other hand, the Pirates sits comfortably in the Zone B top-three.

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