PKL 2019, as it happened: Bengaluru Bulls demolishes Telugu Titans

An all-round performance by Bengaluru Bulls as Rohit Kumar, Mahender Singh and Pawan Sehrawat lead their side to a thumping 21-point victory over the Titans.

Pawan Sehrawat's all-round peformance powered his side, Bengaluru Bulls to a comfortable victory.   -  PKL Twitter

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Pro Kabaddi League match between U.P. Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas

The struggling Telugu Titans, which is sitting at the bottom of the table without a single win so far, takes on the mid-table Bengaluru Bulls. While the Titans would look to ride on Siddharth Desai's shoulders, the Bulls would love Pawan Sehrawat to continue on his merry run.

We only have one match tonight  and I, Shivansh Gupta, will be bringing you all the live updates the match.

That's all the action we have for you today. Do join us tomorrow at 7:30pm for a double header night. This is Shivansh Gupta signing off, Ciao!

TITANS WILL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER FOR ITS FIRST WIN. THEY DID MADE MULTIPLE INROADS, but once the Bulls started accumulation multiple super-tackles, it was game over. Desai did all he could and him finding his mojo back is certainly very encouraging for the team. However, with close to no support by the others, Telugu Titans will not win any games.

Lots of positives to be taken from this game for the Bulls. First and foremost, Rohit Kumar is slowly coming back to form. Started the game with two consecutive successful raids and helped out his team very well in the defensive duties as well. Needless to say, Pawan Sehrawat ws the Bulls'leading raider, but to everyone's surprise, he played more like an all-rounder today. With 4 tackle points, he was the side's 2nd best defender. Talking bout defense, once again, it was Mahender Singh who came to the fore while protecting his side's ground. Another High5 for him.

 

With a total of 17 points (13 raid pts, 4 tackle pts) Pawan Sehrawat, along with Rohit Kumar (7 raid pts, 1 tacklepts ) and Mahender Singh (7 tackle pts) led the Bulls to a 47-26 victory over the Telugu Titans. Siddharth Desai amassed 11 raid points and Vishal Bhardwaj scored 6 tackle points for the Titans.

 

47-26: Last raid of the night comes from Rohit Kumar, who negotiates the last 20 seconds and THAT'S THAT!

46-26: Super-tackle no.15 of the night for Bengaluru. Super5 for Mahender Singh.  BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE SEASON SO FAR HAS COME TONIGHT!

44-26: Nothing down, says Vishal Bhardwaj. Sumit is held back with ease and he has to retire to the bench.

44-25: SUPER-TACKLE AFTER SUPER-TACKLE! I HAVE LOST COUNT NOW! GREAT DEFENDING BY THE BULLS AND NOT TO MY SURPRISE, MOST SUPER TACKLES THIS SEASON BELONG TO THE BULLS. The tally is up to 14 now.

13 raid points and 4 tackle points, Pawan is leading both charts. Though, he shares the leading defender spot with Mahender Singh.

 

42-25: SUPER-TACKLE!!! BENGALURU IS THRASHING TITANS HERE! SHEROAN PUT HIS BODY ON THE LINE BEFORE A SCARY DESAI, WHO TRIED TO JUMP OVER HIM. But Rohit soon supported him.

40-25: The lead is back to 15 points for the Bulls. Sumit with a quick bonus point.

38-23: SUPER-TACKLE! MOHIT SEHRAWAT WITH BRILLIANT TACKLE ON FARHAN MILAGARDHAN!

36-23: Rohit Kumar is floored by the bull, Siddharth Desai. The raider charged into Rohit Kumar with all his might and tosses him up in the air. Just like a bull.

 

36-22: super10 for Desai. Gets the better of Mahender Singh this time.  Timeout taken by the Titans.

 

34-21: SUPER-TAKCLE, YET AGAIN!  Armaan is brought down by Mahender Singh.

32-21: Is that a bull? No, that's just Desai! Bulldozes past Saurabh Nandal.

32-20: Great dubki  but he fails to get a touch, does Pawan. Only the bonus for him.

MILESTONE ALERT: SIDDHARTH SIRISH DESAI

Siddharth Sirish Desai Registers 200 Successful Raids In PKL.

31-20: 3 consecutive points for the Titans. Now, the battle is brewing. First, Farhad tackled Mohit Sehrwat, before Desai got a touch point off Amit Sheoran.

 


MILESTONE ALERT: PAWAN KUMAR SEHRAWAT

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat Goes Past 400 Raid Points In PKL.

31-17: SUPER-RAID! HE GETS 3 POINTS AND WHAT A WAY TO GET TO 400 CAREER RAID POINTS! WHAT A DUBKI!

28-17: Farhad from right cover dashes Rohit Kumar off the mat.

 

28-16: ALL-OUT! FOR THE THIRD TIME, THE TITANS IS BUNDLED! DESAI DID GET A BONUS, BUT COULDN'T AVOID GETTING TACKLED

25-15: The Bulls are running way with it. Rohit Kumar continues on his merry run. Just one man left on the mat for the Titans.

24-15: 399 CAREER RAID POINTS FOR PAWAN SEHRAWAT and Bhardwaj steps out of bounds. Pawan needs to wait a little longer for the milestone.

23-15: Pawan, you beauty! Muscles past Abozar Mighani. He seemed down and out, but you can never count him out.

22-15: Do-or-die raid for Telugu Titans and what a tough hold by Mahender Singh. Ankit suddenly slowed down and the moment he paused, Singh pounced at him.

21-15: One vs 4, Rohit Kumar with the first raid of the half and pays the price for going so close to Vishal Bhardwaj. Chandran Arun then comes in to help quickly.

21-14: We are back and Siddharth Desai gets the second half underway. Empty raid

 

 

SIDDHARTH'S BEST HALF THIS SEASON HAS COME TONIGHT! 5 PTS ALREADY

BUT WORRY NOT, AS THE SKIPPER ROHIT KUMAR SEEMS TO HAVE GOTTEN HIS MOJO BACK! 6 POINTS ON THE NIGHT FOR HIM.

THE FIRST HALF HAS BEEN GOOD FOR BOTH TEAM, IN RETROSPECT! PAWAN HAS BEEN KEPT QUIET DURING THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF THE FIRS HALF!

21-14: Do-or-die raid and Armaan is in and oh boy, WHAT A WAY TO TO BRING THE FIRST HALF TO A CLOSE!

20-14: One more point for Rohit Kumar. A running hand touch and Farhad is back to the bench. 6th raid point of the night already for him. gREAT SUCCESSIVE RAIDS FOR HIM!

90 SECONDS TO GO!

19-14: THIS IS A GAME FOR THE BIG BOYS! ABOZAR MIGHANI IS FLOORED BY ROHIT KUMAR, WHO WAS THE RAIDER! WHAT A NIGHT THE BULLS SKIPPER IS HAVING!

18-14: Armaan with the 4th raid point of the night! He sends Vijay Kumar back with a running flying leg touch.

18-13: Rohit sends Farhad back with a brilliant running hand touch.

17-13: SUPER-RAID! NO, IT'S NOT DESAI! IT'S ARMAAN! BRILLIANT ON THE RUN AND SENDS SEHRAWATS, MOHIT AND PAWAN AND AMIT SHEORAN BACK.

17-10: GRAPPLING FEST! MAHENDER SINGH FIGHTS TOOTH AND NAIL TO CONTAIN DESAI, BUT 'BAHUBALI' THROWS THE DEFENDER BACK INTO HIS OWN HALF!

17-9: ALL-OUT! THE FIRST INFLICTED ON THE TELUGU TITANS! ROHIT KUMAR HAS FINALLY FOUND FORM TONIGHT! GREAT NEWS FOR THE BULLS.

13-8: Pawan Sehrawat comes and gets two points. One hand touch and also forces a self-out.  C Arun falls prey to the touch and Amit Kumar stepped out of bounds.

11-8: That was nothing raid by Farhad, really. The defense lured the raider deep only to seem him become and easy catch. Brilliant tackle by Vijay Kumar.

10-8: SUPER-TACKLE, THIS TIME BY THE TITANS! Fascinating block by the men from Hyderabad! Bone crushing tackle by 3 men on Rohit Kumar alone.


LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GO!

10-6: Pawan Sehrawat gets Abozar Mighani with a brilliant running hand touch.

9-6: Siddharth Desai cannot get past Mahender Singh this time. That chain consisting of Rohit and Mahender was just too strong.

8-5: Pawan the all-rounder? 3 raid points and 3 tackle points on the night for Pawan already! What brilliant execution of the tackle!

7-5: Do-or-die raid and Pawan Sehrawat delivers. Farhad Milaghardan is back to the bench.

 

6-5: SUPER-TACKLE! This is brilliant stuff by Pawan Sehrawat! He puts in an arm-tackle. Wow, that's a first. Desai back to the bench.


MILESTONE ALERT: SIDDHARTH SIRISH DESAI

Siddharth Sirish Desai Registers 250 Raid Points In PKL.

3-5: 4 raid points for DESAI ALREADY! WHAT A RAID AND THAT WILL DO A WORLD OF GOOD TO HIS CONFIDENCE. SHEORAN AND NANDAL WALK BACK TO THE BENCH AFTER AN UNSUCCESSFUL ANKLE HOLD ON DESAI.

3-3: Now, Rohit Kumar is tackled by Amit Kumar. Scores Level.

3-2: Two consecutive successful raids for Desai. He tried to get a bonus, but Vijay Kumar tried to pull him back with an ankle hold. However, he couldn't.

3-1: 'Hi-Flyer' Pawan Sehrawat begins his night with a bonus point.

2-1: The big man, Siddharth Desai times a great toe touch and sends Mahender Singh back.

2-0: Rohit makes it two in two. THis time, he gets a bonus point.

1-0: Rohit Kumar from Bengaluru Blls with the raid of the match and we are off. Vishal Bhardwaj puts in a futile ankle hold and gifts the first point of the match to the Bull.s

TOSS: Telugu Titans wins the toss and Bengaluru Bulls will raid first.

SQUADS:

TELUGU TITANS: Siddharth Desai, Farhad Milaghardan, C.Arun, Armaan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit Kumar, Abozar Mighani,

Subs: Kamal Singh, Suraj Desai, Aakash Arsul, Krushna Madane, Ankit Beniwal

 

BENGALURU BULLS: Rohit Kumar, Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Pawan Sehrawat, Vijay Kumar, Saurbabh Nandal, Amit Sheoran

Subs: Ajay, Sumit Singh, Ashish Sangwan, Sandeep, Lal Manohar Yadav

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Pawan Sehrawat (BLR) is 7 raid points away from reaching 400 raid points in PKL.

  • Rohit Kumar (BLR) needs 14 raid points to reach 600 raid points in PKL. He will be the 3rd fastest (76 Mts) to achieve this feat after Pardeep Narwal (63 Mts) and Rahul Chaudhari (74 Mts).

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 2 tackle points away from reaching 150 tackle points in PKL. He will be the joint second fastest (47 Mts) if he achieves the feat in this match.

  • Amit Sheoran (BLR) is 3 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 15 | Telugu Titans – 3 | Bengaluru Bulls – 9 | Ties - 3

  • Bengaluru Bulls have dominated this H2H winning 9 of the 15 matches.

  • The last time Telugu Titans defeated Bengaluru Bulls was way back in PKL 4. Bengaluru are currently on a 6-match unbeaten streak against Telugu Titans.

  • Bengaluru’s 9 wins against Telugu Titans is their most against any opponent in PKL.

  • In their last encounter in PKL 6, Bengaluru Bulls comfortably beat Telugu Titans 44-28.

  • It was a clinical performance by Bengaluru as they outscored the Titans in both the raid (22-16) and defence (12-9).

  • Both the star raiders of the respective sides, Pawan Sehrawat (13 raid points) and Rahul Chaudhari (13 raid points) registered a SUPER 10 in this match.

  • Amit Sheoran (5 tackle points) clinched a HIGH 5 and had a tackle SR of 83 in this match.

  • Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 0 Wins, 4 Loss, 1 Tie

  • Last Match: Tied against U.P Yoddha 20 – 20

  • Bengaluru Bulls PKL 7 Record

  • 3 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Beat Bengal Warriors 43 – 42 x