PKL 2019, as it happened: Thalaivas beats Steelers, Puneri stuns Patna with thumping victory

Tamil Thalaivas finally managed to overcome Haryana Steelers, Puneri Paltan trounced Patna Pirates at home to register maiden victory this season.

It's the battle to watch out for. Pardeep Narwal (left) vs Surjeet will shoulder the responsibility of seeing their teams, Patna Pirates and Puneri Paltan respectively, over the line.   -  PKL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Pro Kabaddi League match between Haryana Steelers and Tamil Thalaivas

Last night, the tie between Tamil Thalaivas and Haryana  The second day of the Patna leg promises to be another cracker. In the first game, Haryana Steelers will take on Tamil Thalaivas. Later, the hosts Patna Pirates will take on Puneri Paltan

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

 

Phew, that some thrashing to bear! As a Kabaddi fan and especially as a Pirates fan, it must have been hard. But, that's why we love the sport. The team that handles the pressure better is bound to win. That's all we have for you today. Thank you for joining us. See you tomorrow at 7:30 at the same place. Toodles!

Where did this come from, Pune?! A side that has looked down and out from the onset of the season produces a result that not many are going to believe instantly. Downing Patna on home turf and in this fashion will dent Patna's confidence big time. Patna has now lost its first two games of the home leg and this is not what the fans expected. Coming to Pune's performance, a 14-0 lead was always going to be too much to cover for the the home side. Pankaj Mohite lit up the second half as he proved to be the surprise package on the night.

 

20-41: THAT'S THAT! WHAT A WAY TO GET YOUR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON, PUNE! THE PALTAN HAS DECIMATED PATNA TONIGHT AND IT TASTES EVEN SWEETER BECAUSE IT HAS DONE IT ON PATNA'S HOME TURF. MOREOVER, PUNE INFLICTS PATNA'S JOINT-WORST LOSS AT THE PATLIPUTRA INDOOR STADIUM. Coming to the raid, Pankaj Mohite, the surprise package, scored his 8th raid point off Monu.

PUNERI PALTAN WINS!

20-40: Monu was the only man remaining mat for Patna, but he manages to overpower Amit Kumar. He was looking to get a high 5

19-40: One more raid point for Pankaj.

19-39: Bonus and touch point by Ashish.

17-39: Do-or-die raid and Pankaj Mohit is sent in. He gets off the chest off Neeraj Chopra. gets two points. One man left on the mat for Patna.

17-37: 8 unsuccessful attempt by Pardeep Narwal. This is total domination by Pune. Girish takes care of the business and with this tackle, HE REGISTERS 500 TACKLES IN PKL. MILESTONE ACHIEVED.

16-36: Amit Kumar with the ankle hold on Purna Singh. You revived Pardeep Narwal, but didn't use him?. 4 out of 4 tackle points for raider Amit Kumar. He's been the key for Puneri Paltan tonight

16-35: Pankaj Mohite in for the do-or-die raid. Attempts the dupki, but he was touch late on it and landed right into the arms of Jaideep.

5 minutes to go.

 

16-34: Pardeep has now spent 23 minutes on the bench. 2 all-outs inflicted on Patna, one on Pune

16-33: Pardeep Narwal is sent back once again by Sanket Sawant. People expected a Surjeet vs Pardeep battle tonight, but they didn't see Sanket locking horns with Narwal and getting the better of him.

 

16-32: Do-or-die raid now. 1st up is Pune. Panjak Mohite takes all three men out and INFLICTS THE ALL-OUT ON PATNA PIRATES. THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST RAIDS OF THE SEASON. Super raid and all-out!

16-27: The two teams seem to be playing on the do-or-die raid sequence.  One empty raid after another.

Pardeep with 6 raid points so far, but he has spent the majority of his time off court. Manjeet of Pune is next in the list with 5 raid points. However, the man of the night so far has been Amit Kumar. A total of 8 points and he has relentlessly put in tackles!

16-27: Girish Ernak gets the tackle in for Pune as the teams takes the timeout.

 

16-26: Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Pankaj Mohite with a raid point, courtesy Jaideep's silly tackle.

Just a little over 10 minutes to go.

 

16-25: This is what we have been waiting for. SURJEET VS PARDEEP AND IT'S 1-0 TO SURJEET. DOUBLE THIGH HOLD ON THE DUPKI MASTER.

16-24: Now, Amit Kumar gets a bonus point. Look at the point distribution here. 11 raid points and 10 tackle points on the night so far. All round performance indeed.

16-23: Puneri Paltan gifting points. Manjeet throws in a silly tackle as Purna Singh gets a raid point.

15-23: Jaideep is anchoring the defence, how much ever he can.

14-23: The lead is back to 9. Manjeet handles the do-or-die raid pressure really well. Thrusts off Neeraj Kumar as he goes back with a raid point.

14-22: Pardeep tries the dupki  again, but the ankle hold of Manjeet was far too good in the end.

13-21: THE DUPKI KING SETS THE SECOND HALF ALIVE WITH A SUPER-RAID. HE FIRST GETS THE BONUS AND THEN GETS THE LEFT COVER AND RIGHT CORNER. HE SENDS SHUBHAM SHINDE AND SANKET SAWANT BACK BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE MIDLINE WITH A DUPKI

 

11-21: Jang Kun Lee gets the taste of his own medicine. Amit Kumar takes Kadian's revenge.

10-21: Do-or-die raid. 1 vs for Pawan Kadian and he gets tackled! The first point of this half goes to Patna. He wandered in too deep and just when he went for a flying kick, Jang Kun Lee came from the back with a reverse chest hold.

10-20: Korean Jang Kun Lee also backs with an empty raid. This was only his second raid of the night. He is yet to score a point.

10-20: Pawan Kadian starts off the second half with an empty raid.

 

LOTS OF WORK TO BE DONE BY Patna in the second half. Let's see how that unfolds. Puneri Paltan is only 20 minutes away from pulling off the biggest upset of the season so far.  They have kept Pardeep Narwal on the bench for 14 out of the 20 minutes in the first half. Astonishing!

 

THE FIRST HALF COMES TO AN END. THIS HALF HAS BELONGED TO PUNERI PALTAN. What a start they got off to. 14-0 at one stage, before Patna's small comeback saw the team reduce the advantage to 8. However, Pune didn't let the advantage slip away as both the attack and the defence, scored more points and kept the scoreboard ticking.

10-20: THE PALTAN ISN'T LETTING THIS SLIP AWAY. FIRST, Pawan kadian sends Hadi back and then Amit Kumar contains Monu.

10-18: PARDEEP NARWAL TIMED-OUT? HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE THAT. THAT TOO, IN A DO-OR-DIE RAID! ASTONISHING! When you're struggling and trailing by 8 points, you can't afford to gift points.

10-17: do-or-die raid for Pune by Neeraj Kumar triumphs over Amit Kumar.

9-17: This time, Manjeet sends Pardeep Narwal back.

 

9-16: ALL-OUT BY PATNA PIRATES! THE DIFFERENCE IS JUST OF 7 POINTS NOW. PATNA TAKES OUT THE PALTAN ONE BY ONE. THIS TIME, JAIDEEP CONTAINS PAWAN KADIAN AS PATNA BEGINS ITS COMEBACK!

6-15: Pardeep Narwal forces an error off Pawan Kadian, who attempted a half-hearted ankle hold on him.

5-15: Pawan Kadian with a point.

5-14: Make that 5 in a row. Pardeep scores another raid point as Girish Ernak falls prey to his running hand touch.

4-14: Patna Pirates now looking the team the crowd has come to watch. Neeraj Kumar floors Manjeet as Patna scores two consecutive points.

3-14: Hello, there! Pardeep finally opens his account on the night. He sends Sanket Sawant back and levels their scores on the night at 1 each.

2-14: "First I raid, then I tackle,"says Monu. Back-to-back points for Monu. He gets a great thigh hold on Amit Kumar.

1-14: FINALLY, FINALLY PATNA GETS OFF THE MARK. MONU DOING THE JOB FOR PATNA PIRATES. THE THREE-TIME CHAMPIONS ARE OFF TO A HORRIBLE START, BUT SHOULD TAKE SOME CONFIDENCE OFF THIS RAID.

 

10 minutes up and Patna is still stuck on 0.

0-14: Another successful tackle by Pune. This time it's Girish Ernak with the tackle on Maghsoudlou. THIS IS THE BEST START BY ANY TEAM AGAINST PATNA PIRATES!

0-13: A two-point raid. Right corner and left cover wiped out in one raid by Amit Kumar.

What a start it has been by this young Pune side. They are doing it all with their defence.

0-11: Pardeep comes back on and walks back instantly. Manjeet pins him down this time.

0-10: THIS IS SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE! PUNE INFLICTS THE FIRST ALL-OUT ON PATNA. THIS IS JUST GLORIOUS!

0-7: 1 MAN LEFT FOR PATNA ON THE MAT. Amit Kumar floor Vikas Jaglan.

0-6: WHAT IS HAPPENING? 5 MINUTES IN AND PATNA HASN'T SCORED A SINGLE POINT. TWO MEN ON THE MAT LEFT FOR THEM.

0-5: Do-or-die raid for Patna as Mohammad Maghsoudlou walks in and he can't make a difference either. Surjeet Singh, the veteran defender comes to the fore.

0-4: Amit Kumar with a brilliant jump over Hadi Oshtorak in the right corner. It was a do-or-die raid and there was really no need for that tackle. PATNA YET TO GET OFF THE MARK.

0-3: Welcome back, Pune! What a way to arrive. This time, it sends Jang Kun Lee back with a great tackle.

0-2: Once again, Pardeep Narwal doesn't start well. He is sent back instantly. Sanket Sawant with an impeccable tackle. Manjeet gets a bonus point as well.

SQUADS:

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

Subs: Jawahar, Ashish, Ravinder, Monu, Purna Singh

Puneri Paltan:  Pawan Kadian, Surjeet Singh, Sanket Sawant, Amit Kumar, Manjeet, Shubham Shinde, Girish Maruti Ernak

Subs: Sagar Krishna, Hadi Tajik, Jadhav Shahaji, Pankaj Mohite, Amit Kumar NYP

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Manjeet (PUN) is 7 raid points away from reaching 100 raid points in PKL.
  • Pardeep Narwal (PAT) is 15 raid points away from reaching 900 raid points in PKL.
  • Jaideep (PAT) is 5 tackle points away from reaching 150 tackle points in PKL.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 13 | Patna Pirates – 10 | Puneri Paltan – 1 | Ties - 2

  • Patna Pirates have dominated this H2H winning 10 of the 13 matches.

  • Patna’s win% of 77 against Pune is their best against any opposition in PKL.

  • In their only encounter in PKL 6, Patna thrashed Pune 53-36

  • Pardeep Narwal’s superlative show in the raid department (27 raid points), which was his 2nd most raid points in a match

  • GB More (PUN) registered a SUPER 10 (13 raid pts).

  • Patna’s defence scored twice as many tackle points (12) than Pune (6) in this match.

  • Patna Pirates PKL 7 Record

  • 2 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers 21 – 34.

  • Puneri Paltan PKL 7 Record

  • 0 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Lost to Bengal Warriors 23 – 43.

 

THAT'S ALL WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST MATCH. WE NOW SHIFT FOCUS TO THE SECOND GAME OF THE NIGHT WHERE PATNA PIRATES TAKE ON PUNERI PALTAN.

Rahul Chaudhari inches closer to the total raid points record. 13 raid points and 1 tackle point means he finishes with 14 point on the night. After the first half, Haryana had a lead of 10 points as Vikas Kandola was riding high. But, Rahul Chaudhari wasn't done. A stellar second half comeback ensured that his team beat Haryana Steelers 35-28.

35-28: THIS TIE FINALLY YIELDS A RESULT! THIS WAS A COMEBACK OF EPIC PROPORTIONS! WHAT A WAY TO FINISH THE MATCH. SHOWMAN RAHUL CHAUDHARI first pulled off a great ankle and then gets his 13th raid point to draw curtains on the contest.

Dharmaraj Cheralathan Is The First Player In PKL History To Register 10 Super Tackles In Do-Or-Die Situations.
 

33-28: This should be the final nail in the coffin. Ran Singh pins Vikas Kandola down. The latter has barely made an impact this half.

32-28: Dharamraj Cheralathan WITH A SUPER TACKLE! Rahul Chaudhari has been disposed off the mat.

32-26: Thigh hold to perfection. Mohit showing how it's done.

LESS THAN 3 MINUTES TO GO AS TAMIL THALAIVAS TAKE A TIME-OUT!

31-26: Bonus point for Selvamani.

31-25: The lead is no up to 6 points for the Thalaivas after Rahul Chaudhari bags another crucial point in the do-or-die raid.

30-25: UNBELIEVABLE BACK-HOLD BY RAN SINGH! Naveen had his back to Singh, who pounced on him viciously.

TIME-OUT CALLED BY HARYANA STEELERS!

 

29-25: KANDOLA FEELING THE HEAT AS HE IS PINNED DOWN BY MANJEET CHHILLAR!

 

28-25: TAMIL THALAIVAS INFLICT A SECOND ALL-OUT ON THE STEELERS AND THE TABLES HAVE TURNED! OH, WHAT A COMEBACK! RAHUL CHAUDHARI HAS INSPIRED HIS SIDE INTO THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE MATCH. 9 POINTS TO 1 POINT IN THE LAST 5 MINUTES FOR TAMIL AND HARYANA RESPECTIVELY.  11 points for Chaudhari already. How many more will he get?

TIME OUT TAKEN. 6:44 LEFT IN THE GAME!

25-25: Naveen gets the bonus, but he is tackled. Only man left on the mat for the Steelers

 

24-24: SCORES ARE LEVEL AND CHAUDHARI GETS TO YET ANOTHER SUPER10. Gets a running hand touch on Kuldeep Singh.

23-24: Haryana Steelers only have three men on the mat as Naveen comes in to raid. Empty raid.

The momentum is with Tamil Thalaivas and it can certainly afford to ride on Ajay Thakur and Rahul Chaudhari's shoulders.

23-24: Do-or-die raid for Vikas and he can't deliver this time. JUST A ONE-POINT GAME NOW!

 

22-24: TWO RAID POINTS FOR RAHUL CHAUDHARI. He first gets Sunil and then Dharamraj. THE DEFICIT IS NOW BACK TO 2 POINTS. LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO GO!

20-24: Rahul Chaudhari is revived. Vikas Kale puts in a desperate dash on Ran Singh, who used the lobby really wel.. That can prove to be a costly error.

 

19-24: Haryana increases its lead back to 5. Dharamraj Cheralathan tackles Ajay Thakur with a big ankle hold. What an effort.

 

19-22: ALL-OUT! FIRST ONE FOR TAMIL THALAIVAS. Rahul Chaudhari sends Parveen out and IT'S JUST A THREE-POINT GAME NOW. This game is well and truly alive. Rahul turning on the heat.

15-21: You can't tackle a man of Rahul Chaudhari with a weak ankle hold. Vikas Kale misses the trick here as Rahul scores his seventh point of the night.

14-21: THAT'S JUST A GIFT! After a great raid, Naveen follows it up with an extremely poor tackle on Chaudhari.

13-21: Naveen uses the lobby to great effect as he gets a heavy touch on Mohit Chhillar.

13-20: 2-point raid by Ajay Thakur. In the process, takes out Sunil and Cheralathan.

11-20: Vinay has been sent back by Ajeet. THE LEAD IS STILL A HEFTY 9 POINTS.

10-20: Shabeer Bappu has been dashed off by Vikas Kale. The raider looked off a deep touch in the left corner, but Kale pulled off a great solo dash. HIS THIRD SUCCESSIVE DASH OF THE NIGHT!

10-19: Naveen kicks-off the second half. The bonus is on, but he decides to walk back empty-handed.

 

TOP SCORERS SO FAR:

KANDOLA- 6

VINAY-4

CHAUDHARI-4

END OF 1ST HALF

FROM 5-15, INCLUDING AN ALL-OUT, TO 10-19, TAMIL THALAIVAS ARE SLOWLY MAKING INROADS INTO THE GAME. Though the half has belonged to the Haryana Steelers, the last 5 minutes have certainly belonged to the Thalaivas have enjoyed the lion share of points. Exciting second half coming up.

10-19: Vinay kills the clock and with this, the first half comes to an end.

WITH THIS RAID, SUNIL REGISTERS 50 Tackle points in PKL history.

10-19: Sunil gets the big fish in the form of Rahul Chaudhari. What a brilliant tackle by the Steelers

LESS THAN 1 minute TO GO!

10-18: The Thalaivas are slowly beginning to find form. Do-or-die raid for Haryana, but this time, Vikas was tamed.

9-18: Parveen from left cover attempts and ankle hold. but Chaudhari was able to thrust away with ease.

8-18: Do-or-die raid for the Thalaivas and the Steelers literally gift a bonus point to Rahul Chaudhari. Haryana needs to stop gifting points to this man because once he enters his zone, he can tear any team apart all by himself.

7-18: Manjeet has look off colour today, but finally pulls off a great combination tackle with Shabeer Bappu to send Naveen packing.

6-17: Shabeer Bappu finally gets off the mark. Sunil put in a solo tackle at his peril and it didn't pay off.

5-17: The points keep coming for Steelers and players of Tamil Thalaivas keep going. What a raid by Naveen. Sends Manjeet baack.

5-15: Ajay Thakur walks in and walks back with an easy point.

 

4-15: THIS IS BRILLIANT STUFF BY VIKAS KANDOLA AS HARYANA INFLICT THE FIRST ALL-OUT ON TAMIL THALAIVAS. Both Rahul Chaudhari and Mohit Chhillar weren't able to tame a charging Vikas down, who scrambles back to safety and gets 4 points. 6 POINTS FOR KANDOLA ON THE NIGHT ALREADY!

4-10: Do-or-die raid for Haryana and Vikas Kandola delivers. He set the trap, lured Manjeet Chhillar in and that's how good he is. He creates the room by pushing Mohit Chhillar and then gets Manjeet.

4-9: Shabeer Bappu hasn't been able to collect points this season and this raid shows just why. He has clearly lost speed. Attempts a bonus point, but goes in too deep. He is pinned down by Vikas Kandola.

4-8: Ajay Thakur attempts a dupki  after getting a touch off Sunil, but the latter proves to be stronger man in this encounter as he floors him with ease.

4-7: BONUS AND TOUCH POINT FOR VINAY.

3-5: Vikas Kandola scores his second raid point of the match and Ajeet has to walk off.

3-4: Ajay Thakur joins the party with a two point raid. He gets the bonus and takes Vikas Kale back with him.

 

1-4: In the absence of Vikas Kandola, Naveen was spearheading Haryana's attack and with this quick toe touch on Manjeet Chhillar shows just why he is an important coy in the team.

1-3: Rahul Chaudhari and Tamil Thalaivas finally open their account. A great running hand touch on Parveen.

0-3: Naveen increases the advantage to three points by sending Ajeet of Tamil Thalaivas back to the bench with an easy touch point off him.

0-2: Ajay Thakur comes in and is sent out with a dash by Vikas Kale. That was very convincing.

0-1: Welcome back, Vikas Kandola. The bonus man of Haryana starts with a bonus point.

0-0- Rahul Chaudhari, with a total of 846 raid points in PKL career, is sent in straight away with the first raid of the match. Goes back with an empty raid.

LET THE PANGA BEGIN!!

TOSS: HARYANA WINS THE TOSS AND TAMIL TO RAID FIRST

BOTH TEAMS ARE COMING OFF CONSECUTIVE LOSSES IN THEIR LAST TWO MATCHES. It will be interesting to see which team triumphs today and whether this tie will finally yield a result.

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UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Sunil (HAR) is 3 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL.

  • Mohit Chhillar (CHE) is 3 tackle points away from reaching 250 tackle points in PKL.

  • Shabeer Bappu (CHE) is 6 raid points away from reaching 200 Raid Points in PKL.

  • Sunil (HAR) is 3 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in PKL.

 

Squads:

Haryana Steelers: Vikas Kandola, Vikas Kale, Parveen, Naveen, Vinay, Sunil, Dharamraj Cheralathan

Subs:Chand Singh, Tin Phonchoo, Selvama K, Ravi KUmar, Kuldeep Singh

 

Tamil Thalaivas: Ajay Thakur, Ajeet, Manjeet Chhillar, Rahul Chaudhari, Shabeer Bappu, Mohit Chhillar, Ran Singh

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

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 3 | Haryana Steelers – 0 | Tamil Thalaivas – 0 | Ties - 3

  • Neither team has won a match before in this rivalry. In the 3 matches contested so far between the two sides, all have ended in a tie.

  • This is the only contest in PKL which is yet to yield a result.

  • Tamil Thalaivas’ 3 ties against Haryana Steelers is their most against a team in PKL.

  • Their last encounter in PKL 6 ended in a hard fought 40-40 tie.

  • Ajay Thakur (17 raid pts) and Monu Goyat (16 raid pts) starred in the raid department for their respective sides by registering a SUPER 10.

  • Another notable performance was from Haryana’s raider Vikas Kandola (10 raid pts) who registered a SUPER 10.

  • Parveen (HAR) and Amit Hooda (CHE) scored 4 tackle points each for their respective sides.

  • Haryana Steelers PKL 7 Record

  • 1 Win, 2 Losses, 0 Tie

  • Last Match: Lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers 21-37

  • Tamil Thalaivas PKL 7 Record

  • 1 Win, 2 Losses, 0 Ties

  • Last Match: Lost to Patna Pirates 23-2