PKL 2019, as it happened: Titans-Yoddha play out tie; U Mumba thumps Gujarat

There was nothing to separate Telugu Titans and UP Yoddha as the two play out a tie, U Mumba emerged the winners in the 22nd match of PKL 2019, beating Gujarat Fortunegiants

U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegiants

U Mumba takes on Gujarat Fortunegiants in the last game of Mumbai leg.   -  ProKabaddi League

Hello and welcome to the Live Blog of Pro Kabbadi League season 7. We have a double header coming up for you today. First up, it's the Telugu Titans taking on U.P. Yoddha. The second match is expected to be a nerve-wracking encounter as the hosts, U Mumba will take on Gujarat Fortunegiants. I, Shivansh Gupta, will be bringing all the live updates to you.

That's all the action we have for you today. This games marks the culmination of the Mumbai leg. The Dome by NSCI played a great host and needless to say, the crowd was simply outstanding. This is Shivansh Gupta signing off. Until tomorrow, Ciao!

The PKL caravan now moves to Patna where the teams will locks horns at the Patliputra Sports Complex.

 

With this victory, U Mumba leapfrogs to the top of the table, courtesy having played more games.

This loss means that Gujarat is not unbeaten anymore and leaves Jaipur Pink Panthers as the only unbeaten team this season.

After 40 minutes of breathtaking Kabaddi, U Mumba emerges on top and clinches the last game of the home leg. Till now, Gujarat was leading the head-to-head count 5-1, but U Mumba bounced back and how.

32-20: Harmanjit Singh comes in and is almost held back by a solo ankle hold by Fazal Atrachali. A little ambitious by the skipper. Dong Geon Lee follows it up with an empty raid AND THAT'S THAT.

32-19: Do-or-die raid and Dong Geon Lee sends Sunil and Parvesh out in a single raid. Poor defending by Gujarat, very contrary to the reputation it holds.

30-19: Just when you think U Mumba was leaking points, the team has captured the raider. Abhishek Singh had stepped out of bounds, but U Mumba still gets two points and score a super tackle.

28-18: Purely bizzare defending by U Mumba. Unnecessary tackle by Sandeep. They are down to 4 men. They now have 13 raid points and 15 tackle points.

Gujarat is staring at its first defeat of the season.

28-16: Less than 4 minutes to go and Harmanjit picks up his 3rd point of the night.

Thank God there is a timeout. Gives me enough time to catch my breathe. Phew, this game is not for the faint-hearted. Simply I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E.

 

28-15: ALL-OUT AND THIS SHOULD BE THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN. THIS HAS TO BE ONE THE BEST MOMENTS OF THE SEASON SO FAR. A DEFENDER FIRST PULLS OFF A SUPER RAID AND THEN ABHISHEK SINGH SENDS GB MORE BACK TO INFLICT A SECOND ALL-OUT ON GUJARAT.

 

24-15: STAND, RISE AND APPLAUD FOR SURINDER. FIRST, HE GETS A HIGH5 AND now, he pulls off a super raid. 4 raid points and this is simply miraculous. The crowd is on its feet and they are as loud as they can get.

20-15: SUPER TACKLE! THE KOREAN YOUNG CHANG KO WITH A LION HEARTED TACKLE ON HARMANJIT AND HE RECEIVES THE SUPPORT FROM NONE OTHER THAN FAZAL.

18-15: More GB pulls off an incredibly timed thigh hold as he sends Abhishke back.

18-14: Abhishek Singh kills the clock with an empty raid. Sitting at 4 points in the match, he could have gone for the kill.

18-14: Harmanjit Singh makes it two out of two. Rohit Baliyan with an unnecessary tackle as he hands Gujarat's super-sub his second consecutive raid point. Suddenly, the pressure us back on U Mumba as it is down to three men on the mat.

18-13: THAT WAS SCARY! Ruturaj Koravi puts in a huge tackle to reduce the lead to 5 points.

The energy at the Dome is palpable. U Mumba with a seven point lead and just 9 minutes to go.

18-10- SUPER RAID. ROHIT BALIYAN HAS POTENTIALLY PULLED OFF THE RAID OF THE DAY AND THE RAID OF THE MATCH. HE GETS AWAY FROM THE ANKLE HOLD OF ANKIT AND HE THEN DODGES THE BLOCK BY PARVESH AND SUNIL. HE HAS SENT THREE OF THE BIG FISH OUT. HE REVIEWED THE DECISION AS HE THOUGHT HE SHOULD GET 4 POINTS. BUT IT WASN'T TO BE. NONETHELESS, A TREMENDOUS RAID.

15-10: The best can also flounder under pressure in this sport. Skipper and left corner, Fazal Atrachali commits a blunder has to go back to the bench.

 

15-9: WELL DONE SURINDER AND THAT'S AN ALL-OUT INFLICTED ON THE SUPERGIANTS. LESS THAN 14 MINUTES TO GO AND THE HOSTS NOW HAVE A 6-POINT LEAD. Coming to the raid, Abhishek Singh gets a touch on Ankit and bundled the Supergiants.

11-9: This is one of the funniest points you'll ever see. Arjun Deshwal gets a flying hand touch on Parvesh Bhainswal. The point was awarded by the on-field umpire. The defender then reviews it, where we see that Deshwal somehow managed to get a touch on Parvesh's nose. The review is deemed unsuccessful. What a play.

With this tackle, Fazal Atrachali registers 250 tackle points in PKL. The most by any foreign defender. No surprises here.

10-9: The defence masterclass continues to get better. Another combination tackle by the hosts ensure More GB is sent back to the bench. And it's that man, Fazal.The slender lead of one point is back with U Mumba. Gujarat is reduced to three men on the mat.

9-9: Abhishek Singh is sent in for another do-or-die raid and GUJARAT DRAW BACK LEVEL. Parvesh Bhainsawl wraps himself around the raider and clinch two points through a super tackle.

9-7: We are back and Rohit Baliyan begins with an empty raid.

SECOND HALF

 

Do not go anywhere. We are in for an exciting finish. The last 20 minutes of the Mumbai leg holds a lot of promise. CAN U MUMBA SNAP GUJARAT'S WINNING RUN OR WILL THE FORTUNEGIANTS MAINTAIN ITS PERFECT RECORD? LET'S FIND OUT IN THE SECOND HALF.

9-7: EMPTY RAID BY VINOD KUMAR AS THE FIRST HALF COMES TO A CLOSE. JUST LIKE THE FIRST ONE, THIS GAME HAS BEEN A BATTLE OF DEFENCE AS WELL. OFF THE 16 POINTS SCORE SO FAR, ONLY FIVE HAVE COME WHILE RAIDING.

9-7: Fazal Atrachali gets the better of Sachin and scores another tackle point.

8-6: Abhishek Singh is handed with the responsibility of another do-or-die raid but the story is different this time. Ankit on the right corner has been error free. He combines with Surinder Singh, who has been equally good today, to floor a flying Abhishek.

8-5: Super tackle opportunity for Gujarat Fortunegiants but Rohit Baliyan returns unharmed.

8-5: Abhishek Singh follows up an excellent raid with an equally brilliant tackle. Rohit Gulia is floored as U Mumba extends its lead to three points.

7-5 Do-or-die raid for U Mumba. The bonus not on and Abhishek Singh delivers with an outstanding raid. He waited for the final five seconds and he gets a hefty touch on Gujarat's skipper, Sunil Kumar. He for sure left it till late, but the effort paid off in the end.

5-4 An empty raid is followed by Surinder Singh winning Gujarat Fortunegiants another tackle point. He successfully tackles Sachin, who's without a raid point yet on the night. That's followed by successive empty raids from Arjun Deshwal and G.B. More.

4-4 A do-or-die raid for Gujarat Fortunegiants! Point to U Mumba! Surinder Singh with a second successful tackle, this time to eliminate raider Rohit Gulia.

3-4 Sunil Kumar with a successful tackle on Abhishek Singh, who has his first unsuccessful raid of the evening.

3-3 An unsuccessful first raid from Arjun Deshwal, allowing Gujarat Fortunegiants to pull level on points in these early exchanges.

3-2 Rohit Gulia follows up his previous successful raid with another. Both teams have started the match well.  Arjun Deshwal is the raider for U Mumba, his first raid of the evening.

3-1 Another successful raid from U Mumba's Abhishek Singh, his second in succession.

2-1 Rohit Gulia with a successful raid to give Gujarat Fortunegiants its first point.

2-0 U Mumba's Surinder Singh with a successful tackle on Sachin to give his team the second point of the match.

1-0 A successful raid from U Mumba's Abhishek Singh to open the scoring for U Mumba.

0-0 An empty raid from Rohit Baliyan of U Mumba to begin proceedings. That's followed by another empty raid, by Rohit Gulia.

The players are on the mat and we are all set for the second match of the evening between U Mumba and Gujarat Fortunegiants.

 

SECOND MATCH

SCORES READ: TELUGU TITANS 20-20 U.P. YODDHA (match tied).

UP YODDHA COME AWAY WITH 3 POINTS THEY DIDN'T THINK THEY HAD

Which means we have the first tie of the season. Titans are still winless after 5 games. 4 losses and 1 draw. The men in yellow will be disappointed with the way they have thrown away the win.

WAIT, THAT'S NOT IT. UP YODDHA GETS A TECHNICAL POINT BECAUSE THE TITANS PLAYERS RUN INTO THE FIELD OF PLAY BEFORE THE WHISTLE WAS BLOWN. THE DECISION GETS REVIEWED AND IT IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL.

20-19: Last raid of the game. Siddharth Desai, the onus is one him to the game. He goes in for his flying kick and SUMIT GOES OUT OF BOUNDS. THE YOUNGSTER SUCCUMBS TO THE PRESSURE AND TELUGU TITANS FINALLY REGISTER ITS FIRST WIN OF THE SEVENTH SEASON OF PKL 7

19-19: Timeout as Sachin Kumar comes back empty handed. 42 SECONDS TO GO.

UP Yoddha now take a timeout. Less than 90 seconds to go and we definitely are heading towards the first tie of season 7.

 

19-19: The scores are back level again. Farhad from the right corner floors Jadhav.

18-19: Do-or-die raid the Titans as Rajnish comes in. He went in too deep and the super-sub, Sachin Kumar makes the most of his opportunity. Great ankle hold and for a change, UP is in the lead.

 

18-18 Nitesh, Amit and Abozar have clinched 4 tackle points each. We get underway for the final hurrah of the game after the timeout. Two and a half minutes to go.

ARE WE HEADING TOWARDS A TIE?

18-18: Abozar gifts a point to Shrikant Jadhav and we are back level again. Give me a break. This is simply an outrageous battle between to brilliant defending teams.

18-17: RUTHLESS BY THE UP YODDHA DEFENCE. YET ANOTHER SUPER TACKLE. Nitesh Kumar snapped first and then Ashu Singh comes in from the left to help the cause.

18-15: Once again, the defence gets the better of the offense. Abozar Mighani bring the raider, Monu Goyat down. The slender lead with the Titans goes up to three. LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO GO.

17-15: Finally, Siddharth Desai gets off the mark in this half. He has spent more than 13 minutes on the bench this season and the desperation showed in his raid. Luckily for his team, he made the most of it.

THIS IS THE BATTLE OF DEFENCE. MOST DO-OR-DIE RAIDS IN A SINGLE GAME THIS SEASON HAS COME TONIGHT.

 

TELUGU TITANS, SITTING AT 16 POINTS, HAS NOW CLINCHED 8 RAID AND TACKLE POINTS.

16-15: Abozar Mighani sends his fellow countryman from Iran, Mohsen Maghsoudlou back to the bench. Mohsen tries a flying kick, but Abozar was just too quick for him.

15-15: Dash of a very high quality, laced with great timing by Amit. Rakesh Gowda gets a touch off a flying kick, but that one second of delay was enough for Amit to put in a brilliant dash.

15-14:The review is successful. THIS IS JUST CARELESSNESS BY JADHAV. ABOZAR MIGHANI PUSHED JADHAV OFF THE MAT AND THE RAIDER'S HAND TOUCHED THE WHITE LINE, BUT DIDN'T CROSS IT.  one point to Telugu Titans. Wow, this cat and mouse game keeps getting better.

14-14: WHAT A HUGE RAID BY JADHAV. MAKES A BRILLIANT DASH AND REDUCES TITANS TO TWO MEN. TELUGU TITANS REVIEW THE DECISION, LOOKS VERY DESPERATE.

14-14 Nitesh Kumar goes in for the double thigh hold. He comes in from the right corner and tosses Rajnish off the mat and back to the bench.

14-13: Farhad takes out his countryman Mohsen with a searing tackle to give the Titans the lead.

13-13: Do-or-die raid for Siddharth Desai and once again, he is back to the bench. He went in too deep and Sumit puts in a great thigh hold by Sumit. UP Yoddha just isn't letting Telugu Titans run away with it. We are back level again.

13-12: Another empty raid by Suraj Desai. He definitely needs to up the ante.

13-12: Jadhav goes in looking for a flying hand touch and just when he does, the corner men do their job. C Arun comes in from the right corner and the lead is back with the Titans.

12-12: He goes in for the do-or-die raid and Amit goes in for a solo thigh hold. Gutsy, but that's what PKL is about, right?

AMIT GOES OUT AND RAKESH COMES IN FOR TELUGU TITANS. TALL MAN, WHO IS QUICK. GOOD SUBSTITUTION BY THE TITANS.

12-11: Monu Goyat was up against 4 defenders and C Arun from left cover comes in with a great thigh hold.

SECOND HALF:

 

END OF FIRST HALF- THE SCORES ARE LEVEL. SHRIKANT JADHAV CLINCHES A RAID POINT for UP AT THE FAG END OF FIRST HALF AND WE ARE IN FOR AN EXCITING FINISH in the first encounter on the last day of the Mumbai leg. UP YODDHA WITH MORE TACKLE POINTS AND THE TITANS, WITH MORE RAID POINTS. 8 TO BE PRECISE.

11-11: Do-or-die raid and Jadhav delivers.

11-10: UP Yoddha's defence is keeping the team afloat. Yet another tackle point, 6th to be exact.

MILESTONE ALERT: SIDDHARTH DESAI REGISTERS 250 TOTAL POINTS IN PKL.

11-9: SUPER TACKLE AND TWO POINTS FOR UP YODDHA. Suraj Desai is brought down by Amit. Great defending.

11-7: do-or-die raid for local boy Rishank and he is brought down by Vishal Bhardwaj with ease in the left corner. A great ankle hold and receives immediate support from Abozar.

LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO GO IN THE FIRST HALF

8-7: UP draw level, courtesy a great raid by Shrikant Jadhav and with that, he registers 200 raid touch points and successful raid in PKL. But, poor defending by Ashu Singh hands the lead back to the Titans as Farhad Milaghardan comes back with an easy raid point.

 

7-6: Brother Suraj joins Siddharth on the bench. UP reduces the deficit to just 1 point. Brilliant tackle by Nitesh Kumar.

7-5: SUMIT BRINGS DESAI DOWN ONCE AGAIN. This is brilliant combination defending by UP. HE was first looking for a flying hand touch, doesn't get it. He is then lured in deep and that's where Sumit pounces on him. Desai now has 3 raid points from his 5 raids.

7-4:Do-or-die raid for UP Yoddha and this time, after 5 attempts, Monu Goyat gets the bonus.

Monu Goyat attempted a bonus point and it wasn't given. UP then reviews it and it is deemed unsuccessful. 30 minutes left in the game and UP has wasted its review.  You've to admit, that was sloppy decision making.

7-3: do-or-die raid and this time, Shrikant Jadhav is floored by Abozar Mighani. Then Ttitans'S uraj Desai clinches a point of Amit to extend the lead to 4 points.

5-3: The young defence of UP Yoddha comes to the fore. Ashu Singh gets around Siddharth Desai and receives immediate support from the rest of his teammates.

 

3-2: Do-or-die raid for UP and Shrikant doesn't disappoint. He sends Telugu's raider, Amit back to the bench.

3-1: Suraj with a bonus point.

2-1: It's the night of Nitesh Kumar vs Siddharth Desai and the first round goes to the latter. Desai scrambles back to the midline with relative ease after Kumar failed too pull off a successful ankle hold.

1-1: Monu Goyat gets U.P. Yoddha get going with his first raid point of the night. He sends Farhad back to the Ttitans bench.

1-0: Siddharth Desai begins the proceedings for the day by clinching a great toe touch off Sumit in the right corner.

TOSS: UP YODDHA WINS THE TOSS AND TELUGU TITANS TO RAID FIRST

FIRST HALF

Teams:

 

Telugu Titans: Siddharth Desai, Farhad Milaghardan,C Arun,Amit Kumar, Suraj Desai, Abozar Mihghani, Vishal Bhardwaj,

Subs:Armaan, Rakesh Gowda, Rajnish, Aakash Arsul, Krushna Madane

 

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

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

 

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 6 | Telugu Titans – 1 | UP Yoddha – 4 | Tie - 1

UP Yoddha have dominated this H2H winning 4 of the 6 matches.

However in PKL 6, the contest has been even between both the sides with each team winning once and one match ending in a tie.

In their last encounter in PKL 6, UP Yoddha won the match beating Telugu Titans 27 – 20

Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 raid pts) was the lead raider for UP Yoddha and Nitesh Kumar (5 tackle pts) scored a HIGH 5 in the match.

Rahul Chaudhari (6 raid pts) was the lead raider for Telugu Titans and Abozar Mighani (6 tackle pts) registered a HIGH 5 and was the best defender of the match.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

0 Wins, 4 Losses, 0 Ties

Last Match: Lost to Patna Pirates 22-34

UP Yoddha PKL 7 Record

1 Win, 2 Losses, 0 Ties

Last Match: Beat U Mumba 27-23