PKL 2019: Steelers triumphs over UP; Bengal pips Gujarat in another debacle for the host- As it happened

A resurgent Haryana Steelers staged an epic comeback from early dents caused by UP Yoddha to take a three-point victory. Gujarat suffered yet another home leg defeat after Bengal handed a two-point defeat to the host.

Sunil Kumar's Gujarat Fortunegiants succumbs to its fifth consecutive defeat in PKl 7 as Bengal Warriors beats Gujarat for the first time in PKL history.   -  PKL TWITTER

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Pro Kabaddi League season 7! I, Shivansh Gupta, am back and ready to take you guys through two exciting encounters today.

We are back after PKL's weekly day off and, ladies and gentlemen, let's find out how the action unfolds tonight. Stay tuned for all the updates, commentary, score and stats concerning both the matches today.

That's all we have for you today. Two exciting encounters and I can't wait to bring you guys your daily dose of PKl tomorrow at 7:30pm. Till then, this is Shivansh Gupta signing off. Ciao!

 

The second half was all about a Tom and Jerry like chase. Bengal's all-round performance kept the scoreboard pressure up and Gujarat heavily banked on super-tackles! To be fair to them, the tactic worked as they drew level at 26-26 with two consecutive super-tackles! Sunil raced to his high 5, but couldn't prevent Prapanjan, who was in red hot form in the latter half, to take the winning point at 27-26 home and lead his team to a two-point win.

The match started with a flurry of points from Gujarat's star raider, Sachin Tanwar racking up early points. Then, Maninder Singh and co. joined the party. Aided by Gujarat's defensive howlers, Nabibakhshs also bagged a few raid points as Bengal went into the break with a 5-point lead.

 

Until today in the history of PKL, Bengal had never beaten Gujarat. Until today this seaon, Gujarat was on a four-match losing streak.

Bengal beats Gujarat for the first time in the history of PKL and things go from bad to worse for Gujarat. 5th consecutive loss and it's safe to say, its home, it's den, it's backyard has been WELL AND TRULY CONQUERED!

 

FULL TIME: BENGAL WARRIORS (28) BEATS GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS (26)

 

26-28: Do-or-die raid for Bengal and PRAPANJAN emerges triumphant here. Vinod Kumar with a poor tackle and THAT'S THE GAME FOR BENGAL.

26-27: 20 SECONDS ON THE CLOCK LEFT.

26-27: Nabibakhsh in to raid. K. Prapanjan and Maninder on the bench for Bengal. Will he for the right corner? Nothing here.

26-27: Do-or-die raid and Nabibakhsh tackles Sonu. Good tackle and a timely one.

HIGH-5 FOR SUNIL. 6 TACKLE POINTS SO FAR.

26-26: SUPER-TACKLE AND THE SCORES ARE LEVEL! OH, BOY! GUJARAT IS LITERALLY STAYING ALIVE ON SUPER-TACKLES! ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND THIS TIME, SUNIL GET THE BETTER OF Bengal's skipper, Maninder WITH A BRILLIANT THIGH HOLD.

 

24-26: Jaglan comes in to raid again. Two-point game now. Tries to get Rinku with a flying kick, but nothing there.

24-26: Super-tackle and K. PRAPANJAN HAS FINALLY BEEN TACKLED TONIGHT! TWO CRITICAL POINTS. SONU DUCKED LOW WHEN HE SAW PRAPANJAN COME INTO HIM, PUTS IN A THIGH HOLD BEFORE SUNIL POUNCES ON HIM TO COMPLETE ANOTHER SUPER-TACKEL FOR GUJARAT.

22-26: Jaglan gets a bonus.

TOP 3 DEFENDERS so far Interestingly, all three of them have found their mojo in the second half.
SUNIL-4

PARVESH-2

RINKU NARWAL-2

21-26: Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Prapanjan, who hasn't been tackled yet. 1v1 against Sumit and he takes the defender back with him. 7th point on the night for him.

 

21-25: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and that's a shoulder-crushing ankle hold. Narwal from the left corner puts in a double tackle hold and tosses the raider, Rohit Gulia into the air.

21-24: ANOTHER SUPER-TACKLE FOR GUJARAT! This time, it's Maninder who falls prey to the vicious tackle by Sunil Kumar.

19-24: Rohit Gulia with a bonus point.

 

18-24: SUPER-TACKLE FOR GUJARAT! IS THIS THE MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE GUJARAT NEEDED? Nabibakhsh sent in to raid and is pinned down Sunil Kumar.

16-24: OUCH! That's got to hurt! The whole team pounces on Sachin.

16-23: Do-or-die raid after Sachin getting a bonus point. Maninder teases Parvesh and lured him into making an error. The defender jumped at his feet with an ankle hold, but that barely helped his cause.

15-22: Bengal's defense has really come to life in this half. An all-round performance makes for the perfect ingredient for a victory. The crowd has gone quiet as Viraj pins down Vinod Kumar.

15-21: Prapanjan had gone in to raid. He came back with a bonus awarded to the team by the referee only to find Gujarat review the call. Gujarat thinks he had stepped out of bounds, but it is deemed unsuccessful. Both teams are out of reviews now.


MILESTONE ALERT: K. PRAPANJAN

Prapanjan Registers 700 Raids In PKL.

 

15-21: PRESSURE IS TELLING! TO WALK INTO THE LOBBY WITHOUT GETTING A TOUCH IS SUCH A JUVENILE ERROR! Sonu Jaglan has blown cold this half and Bengal had a 6-point lead.

15-20: Ruturaj Koravi was literally just subbed in and he gifts a point on a platter to K. Prapanjan right away!

15-19: SILLY, ABSOLUTELY SILLY! Left cover with a weak dash on Vinod Kumar, whose feathers were barely rattled!

14-19: Prapanjan with yet another point for his team, but a bonus this time.

13-18: Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Prapanjan in. Bonus was available and he picks up the right corner with ease. Ankit put in a weak ankle hold and failed to hold the raider back.

 

13-17: CARBON COPY! Sachin Tanwar and a touch point off the left corner, Rinku Narwal. Not with a toe touch time, but with a flying kick to his wrist.

12-17: We are finally off. K. Prapanjan in for the first raid and goes back empty hander.

12-17: The whistle is blown twice, once to mark the beginning of the first half, second to call the timeout. WEIRD!

10 tackle and 3 raid points for Bengal. Maninder played well throughout and then Nabibakhsh chipped in with a few important points. Prapanjan also lit up the stadium with a brilliant 2-point raid.

9 tackle and 3 raid points for Gujarat. Sonu and Sachin are the only raiders spearheading Gujarat's offense, but Parvesh and co. haven't done much.

12-17: Finally, Rinku Narwal delivers. Finally, he gets a strong enough ankle hold to contain Sachin Tanwar. This is brings the first the first half to an end. Bengal goes into the break with a five-point lead and the Warriors raiders dominating the Fortunegiants' defense.

12-16: Inexperience of Sumit causes his side another point. Maninder Singh with two successive successful raids.

 

11-15: ALL-OUT! MOHAMMAD LIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY! WHAT HAVE I JUST SEEN HERE! PARVESH, FROM WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE, WITH TANWAR ALMOST MANAGED TO SCORE A SUPER-TACKLE, BUT THEY LET LOOSE OF THE HOLD BEFORE THE WHISTLE WAS BLOWN, WHICH ALLOWED THE RAIDER, NABIBAKHSH TO GET HIS HAND PAST THE MID-LINE!

11-11: Sachin gets a bonus point.

10-11: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and he is trapped! The bonus was on and Sonu fell right into the trap. He was on the turn, on his way back before being tackled with a chest hold by Vijin.

MILESTONE ALERT: PARVESH BHAINSWAL

Parvesh Bhainswal Registers 10 Super Tackles In PKL.

 

 

10-9: SUPER-TACKLE!PHEW, THAT WAS CLOSE! NABIBAKHSH ALMOST GOT ALL THREE DEFENDERS. BUT HE WAS PULLED BACK RIGHT ON TIME BY PARVESH.

8-9: Sunil can't escape a tou touch from Nabibakhsh, who tricked him by putting in a fake hand touch. Well done!

MILESTONE ALERT: VIRAJ VISHNU LANDGE

Viraj Vishnu Landge Registers 100 Tackles In PKL.

 

8-8: The chants of "Rohit! Rohit! Rohit!" take over the stadium, but Gulia on the turn stepped into the lobby before getting a touch and he has to walk back to the bench.

8-7: Sonu Jaglan, the super-sub, is justifying his selection as he gets a running hand touch off Viraj.


MILESTONE ALERT: K. PRAPANJAN

Prapanjan Registers 250 Raid Touch Points In PKL.

 

7-7: Do-or-die raid for Prapanjan from Bengal. He is darting left and right frantically and he gets an iffy Ankit in the right corner. Well done

7-6: Sachin Tanwar responds with a 2-point raid. THIS IS GREAT KABADDI! Once again, he targets Rinku Narwal in the left corner with a toe touch and on his way back, he gets another touch point off Vijin Thangadurai.

5-6: 2-point raid by K. Prapanjan. Parvesh and Sumit put in a chain tackle and a modified version of the dubki  helps Prapanjan get back to safety.

5-4: Sachin Tanwar escaped an ankle hold with ease and scrambles back to safety.

4-4: 2nd raid point for Bengal, 2nd for Maninder and Rohit Gulia is picked off with a running hand touch by Maninder.

3-3: Iranian Mohammad Nabibakhsh has to walk back to the bench.

 

2-3: Bengal inches ahead into a slender lead.

2-2: Rohit Gulia is dashed off the mat and he joins Parvesh on the bench.

2-1: Do-or-die raid for Bengal and K. Prapanjan gets the first point for his team as Parvesh was sent back for jersey pulling.

 

2-0: Sonu Jaglan gets going on the night with a great touch with a flying kick off the defender.

BENGAL HAS NEVER BEATEN GUJARAT IN THE HISTORY OF PKL. CAN IT CHANGE THAT TONIGHT?

1-0: Sachin Tanwar picks up the first point of the night. Great sliding toe touch on Rinku Narwal in the lefr corner.

0-0:  Bengal's Maninder also starts with an empty raid.

0-0: Sachin Tanwar comes in to raid first for Gujarat. Empty raid to begin with.

TOSS: Bengal wins the toss and Gujarat will raid first.

SQUADS:

Gujarat Fortunegiants: Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sonu Jaglan, Rohit Gulia, Ankit, Sumit

Subs: Vinod Kumar, Amit, Ruturaj Koravi, Amit, Abolfazl Maghsodlou

Bengal Warriors: K. Prapanjan, Viraj Langde, Vijin Thangadurai, Maninder Singh, Baldev Singh, Rinku Narwal, Mohammad Nabibakhsh

Subs: Dharmendra Singh, Rakesh Narwal, Ravinder Kumawat, Amit Dhurwal, Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali

 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Sachin Tanwar (GUJ) is 17 raid points away from 400 raid points in PKL.

Ruturaj Koravi (GUJ) is one tackle point away from 50 tackle points in PKL.

Jeeva Kumar (KOL) is playing his 100th match in PKL.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 3 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 2 | Bengal Warriors – 0 | Tie - 1

Gujarat Fortunegiants have been unbeaten against Bengal Warriors. Out of the three matches they have won 2 matches.

Their first meeting was in PKL 5 and it ended in a tie with both team scoring 26 apiece.

In PKL 6, Gujarat faced Bengal in the first match of their home leg. Gujarat had a comfortable win of 12 points.

Each of Gujarat’s victories have come with a margin more than 10 points.

Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL 7 Record

3 Wins, 4 Losses, 0 Ties

Last Match: Lost to Telugu Titans 24 – 30.

Are on a 4-match losing streak

Bengal Warriors PKL 7 Record

3 Wins, 2 Losses, 1 Tie

Last Match: Match Tied against Telugu Titans 29 – 29.

 

Let's shift our focus to the second match of the night. Gujarat takes on Bengal.

 

 

FULL TIME AND HARYANA WINS THREE MATCHES ON THE TROTT! SUNIL FROM THE DEFENSE WITH 6 TACKLE POINTS AND KANDOLA WITH 12 RAID POINTS POWER HARYANA TO AN EXCITING 3-POINT VICTORY.

36-33: Kandola had to run that last second on the clock, but considering the stellar form he is in, he wasn't going to do it quiet. The man, who registered his third consecutive super10, gets his 12th raid point with a touch point with his flying kick on Ashu Singh.

35-33: Kale gifts a point to Jadhav and that should be it.

35-32: Kandola, has reached hi SUPER 10 tonight and he gets toe touch point off Monu Goyat and that's that!

Coming to the raid, the onus was once again on Shrikant to prevent an all-out and bring a second man to the mat. But, this time, he ventured in too deep and was easily tackled by Ravi Kumar.
 

34-32: ALL-OUT AND WHAT A TIME TO EFFECT ON YOUR OPPOSITION. COULD THIS BE THE DECISIVE BLOW? 34 SECONDS TO GO.

31-31: Kandola sends Surender back.

30-31: This is awesome stuff by Jadhav. He gets a toe touch off Sunil and also gets a bonus. Which means, he revives a player as well.

29-29: SCORES LEVEL! JADHAV GOT A BONUS AND SENT RAVI KUMAR BACK! WOW!

29-27: Kandola in to raid again and Mohsen frantically puts in a useless tackle. That's the pressure getting the better of Kandola. Mohsen runs into the raider, but as he is on his way to his knees, Kandola turns around and runs back to safety.

Three men on the mat left for UP.

28-27: Ridiculous! There was no need for an ankle hold there, Ashu Singh! Kandola escapes with ease with a flying kick touch.

THREE minute to go! This can go anywhere!

27-27: SUNIL WITH HIS 6TH TACKLE POINT OF THE NIGHT AND WE ARE BACK LEVEL AGAIN. OH, BOY! THIS TOPSY-TURVY CONTEST HAS ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!

26-27: Kandola gets the better of Nitesh Kumar this time. Weak ankle hold attempt by Nitesh and he can't even bring Kandola down to the floor.

 

25-27: Haryana clawing its way back into the contest. A flurry of three quick points and the gap has been bridged to two points. SUNIL GETS TO HIS HIGH 5 with a tackle on Surender Singh.

22-25: This time, Surender doesn't faulter with the tackle. He brings down Vinay with ease before receiving quick support from the other defenders.

21-24: Vikas Kandola has to walk back to the bench. Nitesh Kumar chipping in when it matter the most with an excellent tackle.

21-23: Do-or-die raid and Haryana Steelers delivers. Surender Singh does manage to get a a bonus point, but he can't escape the Sunil grapple.

20-22: Naveen is brought down by a combination tackle from left corner and right cover. Well done, Ashu Singh,

21-19: ALL-OUT! UP's form in this half has been simply outstanding. The game has turned on its head as Haryana is bundled out.

17-17: SCORES LEVEL! A RESURGENT UP YODDHA HAS SCORED ALL THE POINTS IN THE LAST 5 MINUTES AND IN THE SECOND HALF SO FAR! THE DEFENSE IS FINALLY BEGINNING TO SHOW UP!

17-16: ONE MORE TACKLE AND IT'S SUMIT IN THE THICK OF ACTION AGAIN. WONDERFUL STUFF!

17-15: UP HAS STARTED THE SECOND HALF VERY STRONGLY. THE LEAD IS NOW DOWN TO 2 FROM 6 IN UNDER 4 MINUTES. JERSEY NO.99, SUMIT, WHO IS THE NEW STAR OF UP'S DEFENSE, BRINGS DOWN PRASHANTH.

17-14: Surender Singh is subbed back in and picks up an easy touch point off Vikas Kale, who was too late to back out from a tackle he strongly committed to.

17-13: Do-or-die raid, just like last time Kandola left it late, but he can't escapae Sumit's ankle hold this time.

17-12: We are back and it's a Cheralathan tackle on Jadhav to get us going again.

Story of the match so far:

4 RAID POINTS FOR KANDOLA

6 SUCCESSFUL TACKLES, 3 UNSUCCESSFUL FOR HARYANA

6 UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES FOR UP

 

16-12: Probably the last raid of the day. 27 seconds left in the first half, he crosses the baulk line, makes the raid legal and that's CURTAINS ON THE FIRST HALF!

16-12: Shrikant with a bonus point.

16-11: Great ankle hold by Nitesh Kumar on Prashanth.

16-10: Great result for Haryana as the team manages to pull back Mohsen just in time. Had he managed to cross, 3-4 players would have gone back to the bench.

13-9: Not very often do you see Dharmaraj Cheralathan fail at a tackle. He does this time against Jadhav.

13-8: Do-or-die raid and Shrikant Jadhav is sent in. He is dashed out and two points to Haryana.

11-7: ALL-OUT! HARYANA STEELERS INFLICTS AN ALL-OUT ON UP. DEVADIGA GOT THE BONUS, BUT KUMAR RAI AND KANDOLA FLOORED WITH SOME STYLE!

8-6: Kandola reduces UP to one man on the mat. UP staring at an all-out!

7-5: Do-or-die raid. Super-tackle situation for UP. First Do-or-die raid of the night. Kandola is and with just five seconds left in the raid, he forces a mistake off Amit, who frantically put in an ankle hold out of panic.

6-5: THE LEAD IS NOW WITH THE STEELERS! During the raid, we heard Cheralathan tell his players to stay low and that's exactly what they did. A low chain tackle on Mohsen, which was once again initated by Sunil.

5-5: SCORES LEVEL! HARYANA HAS WELL AND TRULY ARRIVED! TWO GREAT POINTS FOR PRASHANTH. FIRST, IN THE DEFENSE AND NOW A GREAT TOUCH POINT OFF SHRIKANT JADHAV DURING HIS RAID.

4-5: This time, it's Haryana's defense. Raider in Prashanth Kumar Rai puts in a low chain with Sunil and they are able to stop Monu Goyat from escaping with a dubki.

3-5: Kandola comes in and goes back with a bonus.

2-5: UP IS OFF TO A GREAT START HERE AND IT'S THE DEFENSE AGAIN! FOR A CHANGE, WE HAVE SOMEONE OTHER THAN NITESH KUMAR PUTTING IN A SUCCESSFUL TACKLE! Amit with a brilliant tackle on Vinay.

2-4: Bonus point for Mohsen Maghsoudlou.

2-3: VIKAS KANDOLA HAS ARRIVED! Too quick for Sumit, who tried a double ankle hold on the raider only to see Kandola aerial.

1-3: Ravi Kumar was up to the task with Monu Goyat, who is first stopped by an ankle hold and then dashed out by right cover. First points for Haryana on the night.

0-3: Skipper, Nitesh Kumar opens his account. Great ankle hold on Prashanth Kumar Rai. Not the best of the starts for the raider on his return.

0-2: Monu Goyat for the first raid for UP and he comes back with two points. HE gets the bonus and also gets the better of Dharmaraj. He tried a poor ankle hold, but it was far from convincing.

0-0: Vikas Kandola  comes in for the first rid of the match and off we go! Empty raid to start the night!

TOSS: UP wins the toss and HARYANA will raid first.

Squads:

UP Yoddha: Nitesh Kumar (captain), Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Shrikant Jadhav, Ashu Singh, Monu Goyat, Amit Narwal, Sumit

Subs: Narender, Surender Singh, Surender Gill,  Rishank Devadiga, Sachin Kumar

 

Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Vikas Kale, Ravi Kumar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Vinay, Sunil, Dharmaraj Cherlatan

Subs: Tin Phonchoo, Parveen, Selvaman K, Kuldeep Singh, Naveen

 

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 2 | UP Yoddha – 1 | Haryana Steelers – 1 | Tie - 0

  • The two teams have played only twice with each team winning once – Haryana Steelers won in PKL 5 while UP Yoddha won in PKL 6.
  • Their last meeting in PKL 6 was a 1-point win for UP Yoddha 30-29.

UP Yoddha PKL 7 Record

  • 2 Wins, 3 Losses, 2 Ties
  • Last Match: Beat Bengaluru Bulls 35-33
  • Lost only 1 of their last 4 games

Haryana Steelers PKL 7 Record

  • 3 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Tie
  • Last Match: Beat Bengaluru Bulls 33-30
  • Have won their last 2 matches

 

 

P.S.- You can watch the live streaming of the matches on Hotstar.

In the first encounter of the night, the Uttar Pradesh based franchise, UP Yoddhas locks horns with Haryana-based Haryana Steelers. Both teams are coming off victories from their previous matches and will be very high on confidence. The honours have been shared between the two sides as the head-to-count count stands equal at 1 apiece.

Later tonight, Gujarat Fortunegiants will look to snap its four-match losing streak against Bengal Warriors tonight. Fortunegiants racked up three consecutive victories at the start before its season began to go downhill. On the other hand, Bengal Warriors, which has been the best raiding team of the season so far has, would look to get over the line tonight after playing out a thrilling tie against Telugu Titans two days back.