PKL 2019, as it happened: Yoddha-Thalaivas play out tie, Steelers thumps Pirates

It was a tale of two halves in match 1 as Tamil Thalaivas put in a monumental effort in the second half to tie the game. Later, despite Pardeep Narwal's heroics, Haryana thrashed the hosts to register its second win of the season.

Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates) becomes the first player to reach the milestone of 900 career raid points, but could not save his team from succumbing to its third straight defeat.

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

PKL is back after its Tuesday break and we have two exciting games coming up tonight. The first match will see UP Yoddha take on the Tamil Thalaivas and later, Patna Pirates will take on Haryana Steelers.

It is another double header night and I, Shivansh Gupta, will be bringing you all the live updates from both the matches.

 

That's all the action we have for you today. Do join us tomorrow when Telugu Titans will take on the Bengaluru Bulls. This is Shivansh Gupta signing off, Ciao!

Jang Kun Lee scored late points, but with defensive errors coming to haunt the Pirates back constantly, it was never going to be enough. It finished, 35-26 for the Steelers.

The second half was about one man, Pardeep Narwal. After all the build-up, he finally became the first man to reach 900 career raid points and soon after, he brought up his 2nd Super10 of the season. Amidst all the euphoria in the stadium, Haryana continued to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ravi Kumar and Vinay supported Kandola extremely well and helped him get to his Super10. 

Haryana Steelers registers its second win of the season and does it in grand fashion. In the first half, the defense came alive and shouldered the responsibility with the attack really well to inflict an early all-out on the hosts.  Kandola along with Cheralathan carried the Steelers to an 8-point lead at the end of the first half. The fag end of the first half also saw Pardeep Narwal to life, who scored 4 raid points in the last 90 seconds.

Yes. Pardeep got to the 900 raid points milestone and got his Super10. Yes, he scored 14 raid points on the night, but where was the support?

12 tackle points for Haryana and only 6 for Pirates.

 

PATNA SUFFERS ITS THIRD CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT! THE HOME ADVANTAGE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE HELPING THE PIRATES AT ALL.

35-26: Kandola comes in and negotiates the remaining seven seconds and that's that!

34-26: SUPER10 FOR KANDOLA AND HE HAS RICHLY DESERVED IT! WOW! HE sent Jang Kun Lee back and the point is of 8 points now.

50 seconds to go!

33-26: Pardeep wrestles Ravi and gets a raid points.

 

33-25: ALL-OUT! HARYANA STEELERS IS ALL-OUT AND WHO ELSE BUT PARDEEP NARWAL TO DO TI! Brilliant stuff, but is this going to be enough? Less than 90 seconds to go!

32-21: Monu puts in a double thigh hold and is able to pin down Kandola, who is on the verge of a super10, with ease. One point pulled back, but a little under 2 minutes left!

32-20: Pardeep Narwal with a running hand touch on Vinay! Easy for the big man!

32-19: Jang Kun Lee bags his 4th raid of the night! Another toe touch on the right corner, but the hefty lead is still with Haryana.

LESS THAN 4 MINUTES TO GO!

32-18: Vikas Kandola responds with a 2-point raid himself. Wow! Kandola just onepoint away form Super10.

30-18: Two points for Jang Kun Lee and he does it in the typical Jang Kun Lee fashion. Goes deep into the corner and executes a great flying kick on Sunil and takes Ravi Kumar on the way.

30-16: Pardeep Narwal on the bench with a great combination tackle from the front. The right corner comes in with the ankle hold and that was just so good to watch. Don't think the Steerlers can lose from here. 14 minutes already off-court for Narwal.

TIME-OUT TAKEN BY PATNA! The coach tell his player, "Kill the raid in 15 seconds. Don't take any longer."

 

29-16: SUPER10 FOR PARDEEP NARWAL! 2ND OF THE SEASON FOR THE PATNA SKIPPER! And he couldn't have done it in better fashion as he sends the veteran defender, Cheralathan back to the bench.

BUT HE ISN'T SMILING, BECAUSE HIS TEAM IS JUST 7 MINUTES AWAY FROM ITS 3RD CONSECUTIVE DEFEAT OF THE HOME LEG!

 

29-14: THAT'S GOTTA HURT! BONE CRUSHER OF A TACKLE, THAT! RAVI KUMAR SHOWS NO MERCY TO MONU the lead is now up to 15.

 

28-14: Jang Kun Lee is floored single-handedly by Sunil. STELLAR WORK BY THE STEELER! HE FIRST DUCKED THE FLYING KICK FROM THE KOREAN AT RIGHT CORNER AND THEN POUNCED ON HIM AT THE RIGHT TIME!

 

PARDEEP NARWAL IS ONE POINT SHY OF A SUPER10 TONIGHT AND AFTER HIM, IT'S KANDOLA. HE IS AT 7 SO FAR. Time out taken by Haryana.

27-14: Do-or-die raid and Vikas Kandola adds a 7th raid point to his kitty. 1st bonus for him.

 

26-14: AMIDST ALL THE EUPHORIA, WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT HARYANA IS STILL IN THE LEAD. A SUPER-TACKLE LED BY RAVI KUMAR ON PARDEEP NARWAL AND THE LEAD IS UP TO 12 POINTS FOR THE STEELERS!

 

CONGRATULATIONS, PARDEEP! THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT AND LOOK THE CROWD! THEY CANNOT STOP CHEERING AND EVERYONE RISES TO APPRECIATE THE CHAMPION, THE WIZARD!

24-14: YESSSSSS!!!! HE HAS DONE IT! PARDEEP NARWAL BECOMES THE FIRST MAN TO GET TO 900 RAID POINTS! THE MOST CELEBRATED RAIDER HAS FINALLY DONE IT!

IT'S COMING! NO, NOT THE WINTER, BUT THE 900TH RAID POINT FOR NARWAL!

23-13: PARDEEP NARWAL IS JUST ONE SHORT OF THE MILESTONE! RUNNING HAND TOUCH ON DHARAMRAJ AND USES THE LOBBY TO GO BAC TO SAFETY!

23-12: Neeraj Kumar with a giant tackle Naveen. That's the Patna defense we want to see!

23-11: Raid point no 898 for Narwal. Sunit walks back after he failed to dodge a toe touch from Narwal.

 

23-10: ALL-OUT! FOR THE SECND TIME, PATNA IS ALL OUT! AND IT'S THAT MAN AGAIN, KANDOLA! THIS IS JUST STELLAR RAIDING! Vikas Jaglan, Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou, tried very hard, but all efforts went in vain!

19-10: Pardeep pulls one back with a bonus!

19-9: The very first raid of the first half and the sorry tale for Patna continues. Kandola continues on his merry way! A 2-point raid point for him.

 

17-9: END OF FIRST HALF! Naveen puts in an empty raid and an exciting first half comes to and end.

17-9: Pardeep gets bonus plus two points and IT'S A SUPER RAID BY PARDEEP! 5th point of the night for him. Not bad for Narwal.

 

17-6: DO-OR-DIE RAID AND VINAY DELIVERS! PUTS IN A SUPER-RAID, GETS THREE PATNA MEN ON THE TURN!

14-6: YOU KNOW IT'S PARDEEP NARWAL RAIDING WHEN THE CROWDS ERUPTS IN JOY! 2 POINTS SO FAR, BUT HE IS PLAYING SAFE! ANOTHER EMPTY RAID

14-6: JANG KUN LEE FINALLY DELIVERS AND THAT TOO, IN A DO-OR-DIE RAID! KNOWN FOR HIS SPEED AND TOE TOUCH, HE USES BOTH TO GREAT EFFECT AND SENDS RAVI KUMAR TO THE BENCH!

14-5: SUPER-TACKLE FOR PATNA! HADI WITH A DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD ON KANDOLA!

PARDEEP NARWAL HAS NOW SPENT 8 MINUTES ON THE BENCH!

14-3: THE LEAD IS NO UP TO 11 POINTS! Sunil pins Monu down after Vinaj got a touch point off Maghsoudlou

IT WAS A VERY TOUCH-AND-GO THING AND THE REVIEW IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL. PATNA OUT OF REVIEWS NOW

12-3: Pardeep comes in to raid and he is thrown off the mat. Pardeep reviews the call, claiming that he should get 4 points and he only went out after crossing the midline. When the dash came in, his body was facing upwards and the hand barely crossed the line.

Less than 8 minutes to go!

11-3: After Pardeep gets a touch point off Ravi Kumar, Naveen sends Vikas Jaglan back.

 

PATNA IS COMPLETELY RATTLED HERE! AN 8-POINT LEAD FOR HARYANA!

10-2: WHAT ARE SEEING HERE! VIKAS KANDOLA CLEANS UP HADI OSHTORAK AND NEERAJ KUMAR AND THE PATNA PIRATES IS ALL-OUT! A 4-POINT RAID BY KANDOLA!

6-2: Do-or-die raid for Patna. Lee comes in and this time, he is floored. Guess who initiates the tackle? IT'S THAT MAN, DHARAMRAJ AGAIN! We are seeing a different side of him today. Been so aggressive

5-2: Patna makes it first raid and we now have Jang kun Lee on the mat. He is sent in to raid immediately and he doesn't bother the scorer!

5-2: Poor dash by the Patna defender and he gift a point to Haryana. Vinay was too good for Jaideep on this occasion. There was no need, really!

4-2: Do-or-die raid for Patna now and Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou comes in to raid and once again, Cheralathan comes good. He flew to put in a double ankle hold and it was so beautiful to watch!

3-2: Do-or-die raid for Kandola and he can't jump over Jaideep. He gets his first tackle point of the match.

3-1: The dupki  king is floored. The veteran Dharamraj Cheralathan comes in to completely floors Pardeep Narwal, who is back to the bench. Once again, as has been the story this season, Pardeep is off to a poor start.

2-1: That's real quick by Kandola. Brilliant toe touch to take his side into the lead.

1-1: Fantastic dash by Vikas Kale as he ushered off Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou. Steelers also off the mark.

0-1: He comes in to raid again, but he goes back empty handed!

1-0: IT'S ALL ABOUT PARDEEP NARWAL TONIGHT! 9 POINTS AWAY FROM THE MILESTONE OF 900 RAID POINTS. He comes in to raid first and he picks up a bonus. 8 SHORT OF THE RECORD NOW.

LET THE PANGA BEGIN!

TOSS: HARYANA WINS THE TOSS AND PATNA TO RAID FIRST

FACT: PARDEEP NARWAL HAS SCORED 61 RAID POINTS IN THE LAST THREE MATCHES AGAINST THE HARYANA STEELERS

Squads:

Patna Pirates: Pardeep Narwal, Neeraj Kumar, Vikas Jaglan, Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou, Monu, Hadi Oshtorak, Jaideep

Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Vikas Kale, Ravik Kumar, Naveen, Vinay, Sunil, Dharmaraj Cheralathan

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Pardeep Narwal (PAT) needs 9 raid points to reach 900 raid points in PKL

  • Jaideep (PAT) is 2 tackle points away from reaching 150 tackle points in PKL

  • Sunil (HAR) is a tackle point away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL

 

  • HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

  • Overall: Matches – 3 | Patna Pirates – 1 | Haryana Steelers – 1 | Tie - 1

  • The contest has been even so far with both teams winning once each in the three matches (1 Tie) they have played against each other.

  • In their only encounter in PKL 6, Haryana Steelers overcame a half time deficit of 2 points to beat Patna Pirates 43-32.

  • Pardeep Narwal registered his third consecutive SUPER 10 (14 raid points) against Haryana Steelers in this match.

  • Inspired by Vikas Kandola’s SUPER 10 (10 raid points) and Kuldeep Singh’s HIGH 5 (5 tackle points), Haryana staged an epic comeback in the second half to get on top of Patna Pirates.

  • The real difference was in the defence where Haryana almost scored double the tackle points (15) than Patna Pirates (8).

  • Patna Pirates PKL 7 Record

  • 2 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Lost to Puneri Paltan 20 – 41.

  • Haryana Steelers PKL 7 Record

  • 1 Win, 3 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Lost to Tamil Thalaivas 28 – 35.

We now shift our focus to the second game of the night! Patna now takes on Haryana!

WELL, THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THE TWO TEAMS HAVE PLAYED OUT A TIE! This games bears testament to the fact!  The first half belonged to UP and the second to the Thalaivas. It was a tale of two halves and is there any team that can beat Tamil Thalaivas in the second half? We'll have to wait and watcj!

28-28: AJAY THAKUR CLAIMS A TOUCH POINT OFF NITESH KUMAR AND THE GAME ENDS IN A TIE! WHAT A WAY TO NULLIFY RISHANK'S RAID! NONE OF THE TEAMS DESERVED TO LOSE TONIGHT! IN A GAME OF FLUCTUATING FORTUNES, THIS SEEMS TO BE THE PERFECT RESULT! WHAT AN ABSOLUTE NAIL-BITER OF A GAME!

27-28: Do-or-die raid for UP. The bonus is available. This is a big moment in the game AND HE HAS POTENTIALLY WON THE GAME FOR UP. RISHANK, YOU BEAUTY!

 

LESS THAN A MINUTE TO GO! COULD WE HAVE A TIE TODAY? UP CALLS FOR A TIMEOUT!

27-27: DO-OR-DIE RAID AND IT'S THE SHOWMAN ON DUTY! He was under pressure and he pondered in too deep, only to be taken down by Sumit. Tell you what, the replay shows he was out of bounds before the tackle! He gets away with one.

LESS THAN 2 MINUTES TO GO!

27-26: Shrikant Jadhav come sin to raid for UP and once again, it's Manjeet Chhillar. Ah, what a tackle! He goes in to the thighs and pulls him back. 4th tackle point for him and takes his side into the lead.

MUCH NEEDED TIME OUT TAKEN by the Thalaivas! PHEW, 192 SECONDS TO GO!

 

26-26: HOW ABOUT THAT KICK ON THE FACE TO LEVEL THE SCORES? RAHUL CHAUDHARI SENDS MONU GOYAT TO THE BENCH IN A BRUTAL MANNER!

 

25-26: The gamble by Rishank Devadiga doesn't pay off as Ran Singh comes in with a quick tackle and is ably supported by Manjeet.

Less than 5 minutes to go and this can fall into anyone's lap.

24-26: Shabeer Bappu clinches a great bonus!

23-26: Do-or-die raid and Ajay Thakur cannot deliver. Jadhav with a double thigh hold on the opposition's captain!

23-25: A slender 1-point lead with U.P. Yoddha is now up to 2. Monu Goyat with two consecutive successful raids. Ajeet concedes another point, 5 to be precise. He was subbed off and when he comes back on, he does the same. Poor night for him.

10 tackle points and 8 raid points for the Thalaivas.

23-24: Monu Goyat with another quick bonus point.

Suddenly, the mood in the UP camp has changed and the Thalaivas are all charged up. The team has a history of sweeping its opposition clean in the second half and it is living up to its reputation just fine.

 

23-23: UP ALL-OUT! FIRST ONE INFLICTED BY TAMIL THALAIVAS.

THE THALAIVAS LEVEL THE SCORES WITH A BRILLIANT TACKLE POINT BY THE GIANT KILLER, MANJEET CHHILLAR.

20-23: BAPPU GETS TWO RAID POINTS AND ONE MAN ON THE MAT LEFT FOR UP.

Less than 10 minutes to go and UP has 6-point lead.

17-23: ANOTHER SUPER-TACKLE! THE YODDHAS ARE HOLDING ON THE LEAD JUST FINE. THIS TIME, AJAY THAKUR FALLS PREY TO A BRILLIANT COMBINATION PLAY BY THE YODDHA DEFENDERS!

17-21: "OFF YOU TO THE BENCH", SAYS Ran Singh TO Surender Gill.

 

16-21: Do-or-die raid and chaudhari is in for the raid and all the three men of UP all over the raider. SUPER-TACKLE FOR UP AND FROM ONE MAN ON THE MAT FOR THE TEAM, THERE ARE NOW 4. WHAT BRILLIANT DISPLAY OF GRIT AND DETERMINATION.

16-19: Ajay Thakur is in to raid and UP has an opportunity for a super-tackle. He tries to get the left corner, but fails. EMPTY RAID!

16-19: Surender Gill is subbed in and he gets an easy point. Poor ankle hold attempt by Ponparthiban Subramanian  and the senior players of the Tamil Thalaivas aren't happy.

 

THE REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL. 1 POINT TO THE THALAIVAS AND BOTH SIDES ARE OUT OF REVIEWS. TWO MEN ON THE MAT FOR THE YODDHAS

AND...

16-18: RAHUL CHAUDHARI IS ALL FIRED UP! HE CLAIMS TO HAVE GOTTEN A TOUCH OFF RISHANK AND SWEARS BY THE MAT! THE ANIMATED THIGH-FIVES IS GREAT TO WATCH!THE DECISION IS REVIEWED BY UP, claiming there was no touch point.

15-18: One man remaining on the mat for UP and the raider puts in a two-point raid. What a brilliant raid under pressure and he revives two players. WOW!

15-16: Monu Goyat walks back and so does the left corner. The latter stepped out of bounds before Thakur got a running hand touch on Goyat.

THREE MEN ON THE MAT FOR UP

13-16: What a stunning defense by the Thalaivas. Chain tackle comes in for Rishank before Manjeet floor the raider completely.

PKL Milstone: AJAY THAKUR

Ajay Thakur Registers 750 Raid Points In PKL.

12-16: Ajay Thakur begins the second half. REMEMBER, CHAUDHARI AND CO. LOVE THE LAST 20 MINUTES and Ajay Thakur finally delivers. Brilliant start by Thakur.

 

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF SO FAR:

  • AJAY THAKUR IS STILL OUT OF FORM.
  • AJEET, AN EASY TARGET FOR UP
  • 6 TACKLE POINTS FOR UP YODDHA

11-16: LAST RAID OF THE FIRST HALF AND DEVADIGA BRINGS THE FIRST HALF TO AN END! WHAT AN ENTHRALLING HALF WE HAVE HAD! SECOND HOLDS PROMISES TO BE AN ABSOLUTE NAIL-BITER!

11-16: HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE CHAUDHARI FLAT ON THE MAT?

 

11-15: Manjeet Chhillar is the biggest constant of PKL and his great chest hold shows just why.

SILLY REVIEW BY THE THALAIVAS, AJAY THAKUR TOOK A REVIEW, BUT TO NO GOOD

LESS THAN 90 SECONDS TO GO

10-14: Surender Gill almost manages to dodge the chain tackle before Mohit Chhillar pulls him back and pins him to the mat.

9-14: NON- RAID Technical point to the Thaliavas.

8-14: Rahul Chaudhari now sends the man in form for UP, Rishank back with a great running hand touch. He is the only players on the mat for the Thalaivas who is scoring points for his team.


PKL MILESTONE: MOHIT CHHILLAR

Mohit Chhillar Registers 250 Total Tackle Points In PKL.

 

7-14: Finally, a point for the men from Tamil Nadu. Mohit Chhillar throws Monu Goyat with a solid dash.

6-14: The Yoddhas are running away with the game. Ajay Thakur, yet again, fails to clinch a point for his team as Ashu Singh comes in with a solid dash to floor Thakur.

6-13: Rishank Devadiga gets the better of Ajeet once again tonight. Ajeet has been very poor today and has become an easy target for the UP raiders.

6-12: Rahul continues to accumulate points as he gets a great running hand touch off Ashu Singh.

5-12: Once again, Ajeet is on the receiving end of a UP raid. Rishank is putting on a show here.

5-11: Monu Goyat now gets a bonus point. LEAD NOW OF 6 POINTS WITH THE YODDHAS

 

5-10: ONE MAN ON THE MAT FOR TAMIL AND UP HAS INFLICTED THE FIRST ALL-OUT ON THE THALAIVAS! After a  great start by both the teams, UP Yoddhas has taken a 5-point lead. Brilliant stuff

4-7: Well done, Jadhav. Mohit Chhillar has to go back.

4-6: Shabeer Bappu gets a bonus point.

TAMIL THALAIVAS STARING AT AN ALL-OUT. ONLY TWO MEN ON THE MAT FOR THE TEAM.

3-6: It was super-tackle opportunity for Thalaivas, but Shrikant Jhadhav uses the lobby to great effect to send Ajeet to the bench.

3-5: NITESH GETS A BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD ON THE BIG MAN, MANJEET CHHILLAR AND THE LEAD IS NOW UP TO 2 POINTS.

3-4: Monu Goyat takes his side, UP into the lead. He gets a faint touch on Ran Singh, who was caught napping.

3-3: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas now. Rahul Chaudhari is in and the Yoddhas floor him comfortably. Sumit gets his revenge instantly. Scores level again.

3-2: Do-or-die raid for UP and Devadiga has been sent it and the left corner in the form of Ran Singh pounces on him. What a swift tackle!

WE ARE OFF TO A GREAT START TONIGHT! 1 rid and tackle point each for both teams.

 

2-2: Ajay Thakur comes in for his first raid of the night and is thrown off the mat by Ashu Singh.

2-1: Rishank Devadiga gets UP Yoddha off the mark with a brilliant touch point off Ajeet.

2-0: Rahul 'showman' Chaudhari is off the mark and the team is up and running. Brillaint flying kick touch off Sumit.

1-0: Monu Goyat of UP comes in to raid first and the first point of the night goes to Tamil Thalaivas. Manjeet Chhillar also gets off the mark with his first raid point of the night.

LET THE PANGA BEGIN!!

SQUADS:

U.P. YODDHA: Monu Goyat, Ashu Singh, Amit, Rishank Devadiga, Shrikant Jadhav, Nitesh Kumar, Sumit

Subs: Narender, Surender Singh, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Surender Gill, Sachin Kumar

 

TAMIL THALAIVAS: Rahul Chaudhari, Ajeet, Manjeet Chhillar, Ajay Thakur, Shabeer Bappu, Mohit Chhillar, Ran Singh

Subs: V Ajith Kumar, Sagar, Vineet Sharma, Ponparthiban Subramanian

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Shabeer Bappu (CHE) needs 5 raid points to reach 200 raid points in PKL
  • Mohit Chhillar (CHE) is a tackle point away from reaching 250 tackle points in PKL

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 6 | UP Yoddha – 2 | Tamil Thalaivas – 2 | Ties - 2

  • The contest has been even so far with both teams winning twice each in the six matches they have played against each other.

  • Both in PKL 5 and PKL 6, both the teams won a game each and had a tie between them.

  • The teams met thrice in PKL 6. In their last encounter, nothing could separate these sides as it ended in a 25-25 tie.

  • Prashanth Kumar Rai (UP) registered a SUPER 10 (12 tackle points) and had a raid SR of 71 in this match.

  • Both the teams had one defender registering a HIGH 5 in this match: Nitesh Kumar of UP with 5 tackle points (Tackle SR of 100) and Amit Hooda of Tamil Thalaivas with 5 tackle points (Tackle SR of 83).

  • UP Yoddha PKL 7 Record

  • 1 Win, 2 Losses, 1 Tie

  • Last Match: Tied with Telugu Titans 20 – 20.

  • Tamil Thalaivas PKL 7 Record

  • 2 Win, 2 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Beat Haryana Steelers 35 – 28.