PKL 2018 Highlights: Gujarat overwhelms Bengal, Jaipur clobbers UP

Here are the highlights from the day's interzone challenge matches in the Pro Kabaddi League.

Welcome to SportstarLive's live blog of the Pro Kabaddi League 2018-19.

That's all we have in store for you today. Thank you for tuning into Sportstar Live and don't forget to join us back tomorrow for at 8 p, for two massive encounters.

1) Puneri Paltan vs Bengal Warriors

2) Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls

SECOND HALF

 

48-25 FINALLY, JAIPUR WINS! Jaipur Pink Panthers was too good for UP Yoddha on the night. A remarkable performance by the raiders and it was ably supported by the defenders. So, both the teams from the West of the country clinch victory on first night of the Ahmedabad Leg.

 

42-27 THIRD ALL-OUT INFLICTED ON UP YODDHA! The game is done and dusted now.

39-27 First Deepak Hooda sent Narender back to the bench and he was ably supported by the defence in th every next raid as it held back Sagar Krishna.

37-27 Anup Kumar is using the clock really well. Last two minutes to go and Anup Kumar is in no mood of taking risks.

 

37-27 Super Tackle and it's none other than UP. If there is something it has done consistently tonight, it's the super tackles.

36-25 An unsuccessful raid Bhanu Pratap. His dupki  wasn't powerful enough to fend off the defenders.

 

34-25 Jaipur picks up its 14th tackle point of the night to go along with 17 raid points. Truly sublime stuff from Jaipur.

32-23 Deepak Hooda bags his fifth raid point of the match as both teams go into an official time-out. Under six minutes remain in the match.

 

30-21 ALL-OUT! The gap widens to nine points now. Jaipur has seven more minutes to extend its lead and this is a complete performance by Jaipur.

26-20 A powerful dash from Sunil Siddhgavali throws Nitesh Kumar out of bounds. Powerful!

24-20 Bhanu Pratap Tomar reduces the deficit to 4. The tackle on him came in from left cover, but it wasn't something Bhanu couldn't deal with.

24-19 Pressure on UP Yoddha as it is 7vs2 against it in terms on players on the mat. But Anup Kumar hands a super tackle to UP Yoddha. UP has done well with its super tackles.

 

23-17 Another defensive lapse by UP Yodhha. This time it was Azad who gifts Deepak Hooda raid point. Absolutely sloppy work from UP Yoddha.

22-17 One tackle point for both teams and it's the men in form who have been sent back to the bench. First Ajinkya Pawar went down and then Rishank tackled, which seems to have left him in some pain. His fitness has been questioned from the beginning of the contest.

21-16 NOW UP STRIKES! Skipper Rishank makes it count in the do-or-die raid.

21-15 Ajinkya Pawar gets rid of the left corner and he delivers in the do-or-die raid.

FIRST HALF

 

20-15 An exciting first half comes to an end. Buoyed by six raid points by Ajinkya Pawar, Jaipur Pink Panthers heads into the break with a five-point advantage. Strong defence and equally good raiding, Jaipur has barely set a foot wrong tonight.

20-15 Rishank Devadiga breaches the Jaipur defence. UP slowly coming back into the contest.

20-13 SUPER TACKLE! UP Yoddha gets its second super-tackle of the night.

20-10 Anup Kumar gets his first raid point after seven attempts. Only two men on the mat for UP Yoddha.

 

19-9 Sandeep Dhull at the heart of yet another tackle. Got his hands under Azad Singh's body and cradles it. Sandeep now has 4 tackle points.

18-8 Ajinkya grabs his sixth raid point in six raids. Three men on mat for UP.

 

15-6 A defensive masterclass by Jaipur. There is no going back for UP raiders once they enter Jaipur's territory.

11-4 ALL-OUT! It's only taken Jaipur eight minutes to inflict the first all-out on UP Yoddha. UP is all over the place while Jaipur's raiders are feeding of its defenders energy.

8-3 What a solid start by Jaipur. Ajinkya comes in and gets two raid points at once. UP had a chance to score a super tackle but Jaipur's super-sub is brimming with confidence.

 

4-1 Jaipur's defence looks strong. Two of the four points scored by its defenders. Substitute Ajinkya Pawar gets a smart raid point.

2-1 First point for UP and Deepak Hooda with an unsuccessful raid in a do-or-die situation.

1-0 U.P. to raid first. Shrikanth a little slow off his mark and Jaipur skipper Anup Kumar strikes early with the first tackle point of the match.

Line-ups:

Jaipur Pink Panthers: K. Selvamani, Sunil Siddhgavali, Young Chang Ko, Anup Kumar(c), Deepak Hooda,Mohit Chhillar, Nitin Rawal

Subs: Anand Patil, Ajinkya Pawar, Sandeep Dhull, Lokesh Kaushik, Santhapanaselvam

 

U.P Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Narender, Jeeva Kumar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rishank Devadiga(c), Nitesh Kumar, Sachin Kumar

Subs: Amit, Azad Singh, Bhanu Pratap Tomar, Sagar Krishna, Ranidu Chamara

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall PKL: Matches – 2 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 1 | UP Yoddha K.C. – 1 | Ties - 0

  • Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddha met twice last season with each team winning once. (once in wild-card match)
  • Jaipur Pink Panthers PKL 6: 2 wins, 6 losses. Lost last match against Dabang Delhi by 11 points. Jaipur’s 2 wins have both come against Haryana. 
  • Jaipur Pink Inter Zone record: 3 wins, 6 losses. Played 2 Inter Zone matches in PKL 6 and lost both.
  • UP Yoddha PKL 6: 3 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie. Lost last match against U Mumba by 17 points. UP are on a 6-match winless run (lost 4 & tied 2) and yet to win a game since their home-leg.
  • UP Yoddha Inter Zone record: 4 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie. Played 3 Inter Zone matches in PKL 6 winning 2 and losing 1.

 

It's time to shift our focus to the second match of the night between Jaipur Pink Panthers and U.P. Yoddha. Both the teams are in desperate need of a win.

SECOND HALF

Courtesy a lackluster defence, Bengal slumps to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Gujarat. A team that prides on its defence, gave away the game due to numerous errors and sloppy defence. Gujarat made the most of Bengal's defence and without the services of its lead raider, Sachin Tanwar, it secured a comprehensive victory.

 

35-23 GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS CONTINUES ITS REIGN AT HOME! Gujarat hasn't lost a single game at home in Pro Kabbadi League and this thrashing of Bengal Warriors means Gujarat has now won SEVEN consecutive matches! That's some stat/

35-23 Shrikant Tewthia is held back to concede a tackle point.

34-23 Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and Mahendra Rajput fails to deliver. Super-tackle by Bengal as it grabs two points.

34-21 Shrikant Tewthia crawls past the midline. Some respite for Bengal Warriors, but it might be too little, too late as a little over 90 seconds remain.

33-20 Sachin Vittala from right corner chips in with a tackle point. Rakesh Narwal was plummeted to the mat.

32-20 Ajay Kumar gets the better of Maninder Singh this time. A brilliant ankle hold gets Ajay Kumar his 5th point of the match.

31-20 Baldev with a stunning back hold on Rohit Gulia.

 

30-19 Now the left corner with a blunder. Another raid-point gifted to Ajay Kumar and team.

29-19 Sliding toe touch into Ruturaj by Jang Kun Lee.  A beautiful passage of play and this is what Jang Kun Lee is known for. Time for the official time-out.

 

27-18 ALL-OUT! Bengal has been all-out again. The Fortunegiants stretches the lead to 9 points and seems to be running away with the game.

23-18 Jang Kun Lee steps out of the line. Ajay Kumar was no where close to the back-line. Bengal  is now staring at an all-out.

22-18 Prapanjan gets his 9th raid point of the night and gets rid of Bengal captain, Surjeet.

21-18 Parvesh Bhainswal gifts Jang Kun Lee a raid point. Deficit down to three.

 

21-15 SUPER TACKLE. It was a do-or-die raid for Gujarat but Dong Geon Lee couldn't get evade the experience of Surjeet and Ran Singh.

20-14  RAID FIRST AND THEN BLOCK! First, Prapanjan gets rid of Shrikant Tewthia, who has been very sloppy at the left corner and then the Gujarat defence stops Rakesh Narwal. Just two men left on the mat for Bengal now.

FIRST HALF

 

19-14 The first half comes to an end. Gujarat goes into the break with an advantage of 5 points. Prapanjan was the best man for Gujarat in the first half. He extended the lead to 4 points before the defenders from Gujarat fended off Maninder Singh to the end first half on a positive note.

 

16-14 Maninder gets the better of Ruturaj. While being taken down, he got his toe acroos the midline. In the processs, Maninder is now the fastest to 400 raid-points.

16-13 A big dive on the left of Sachin Vittal and Jang Kun Lee gets one back for Bengal. He is now holding his shoulder and looks to be in pain.

 

14-11 ALL-OUT! Dong Lee gets rid of Surjeet and Shrikant. A wreckless challenge proves to be costly for Bengal, which now trails by 3 points.

10-10 A half-hearted challenge by Ameares Mondal on Dong Geon Lee, who grabs a raid point and levels the scores again. Mondal's dash came in from a huge distance and it didn't prove to be enough.

9-9 Prapanjan catapults out of Ran Singh's thigh hold and grabs a great raid point. Ran Singh lacked support from Surjeet, who should have come in with a low dash.  The skipper reviews the raid questioning whether Prapanjan stepped onto the lobby without getting a touch, but the review was deemed unsuccessful.

8-9 Maninder delivers in the do-or-die raid and sends the Gujarat skipper, Sunil Kumar to the bench.

8-8 Prapanjan gets rid of Adarsh and Bengal is down to two men.

 

7-8 SUPER TACKLE! First of the match and the Bengal defenders tame Ajay Kumar down.

7-6 Once again, Jang Kun Lee gets a touch but runs out of bounds.

6-4 Another individual error. This time by Ziaur Rahman. K. Prapanjan crosses the midline with ease. He follows it with a two-point raid. Great start by the Gujarat raider.

2-3 Baldev Singh just a little careless from the right corner as he goes in foir the waist hold all on his own. and hands Ajay Kumar a raid point.

1-3 Jang Kun Lee with a raid point.

1-0 Ajay Kumar scores the first point of the match with a running hand touch on Jang Kune Lee.

0-0  Dong Geon Lee gets the game started with an empty raid.

0-0 The home-team Gujarat will raid first.

 

Line-ups:

Gujarat Fortunegiants: K. Prapanjan,, Sunil Kumar(C), Parvesh Bhainswal, Ajay Kumar, Dong Geon Lee, Ruturaj Koravi, Sachin Vittala

Subs:  Ajay Kumar, Rohit Gulia, Amit, Mahendra Rajput, Shubham Palkar.

 

Bengal Warriors: Ran Singh, Surjeet Singh(C), Ziaur Rahman, Jang Kun Lee, Maninder Singh, Baldev Singh, Adarsh T

Subs: Bhupender Singh, Ameares Mondal, Mithin Kumar, Rakesh Narwal, Shrikant Tewthia

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

(Overall) Matches – 2 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 1 | Bengal Warriors 0 | Tie – 1

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants and Bengal Warriors have played twice before.

  • Gujarat has 1 win while the other match ended in a tie. Gujarat’s win came in Qualifier 1 of last season’s playoffs.

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL 6: 6 wins, 1 loss, 1 tie. Won last match against Dabang Delhi by 7 points.

    • Gujarat are on a 6-match winning streak, which is its longest winning streak of this season.

    • Gujarat is playing at its home and it was unbeaten at home in PKL 5 (5 wins, 1 tie). Gujarat had the best record at home in PKL 5.

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants Inter Zone record: 5 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties. Played 1 Inter Zone match in PKL 6 and won that game.

  • Bengal Warriors PKL 6: 4 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties. Lost their last match to Patna Pirates by 20 points.

  • Bengal Warriors Inter Zone record: 3 wins, 4 losses, 2 ties. Played 2 Inter Zone matches in PKL 6 winning 1 and losing 1.