PKL 2018 Highlights: Haryana Steelers, Patna Pirates emerge victorious against Dabang Delhi, Bengaluru Bulls

Haryana Steelers and Patna Pirates were the winners on Sunday.

Dabang Delhi takes on Haryana Steelers in a Pro Kabaddi League zone A fixture.   -  K. V. Srinivasan

Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates

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Bengaluru Bulls slump to their second loss at home in three games against Patna Pirates which had Pardeep Narwal and its defenders in top form today. Rohit Kumar was the Bulls best performer by far, scoring 13 raid points. Bengaluru gets one point from the match but Patna closes the gap at the top, claiming five points here.

32-35 ALL OUT! It's the closest Bengaluru Bulls have come to Patna today. But with just 22 seconds left on the clock and Patna going into raid, that could be that.

27-35 Pawan Sehrawat gets a point and Patna is down to two men.

26-35 That's a Super tackle! Rohit Kumar goes out for Bengaluru Bulls and now Pardeep comes back on for Patna. Is that game over for Bengaluru Bulls?

26-33 This isn't over yet. The way Bulls captain Rohit has been racking up points on raids, it looks like Bengaluru will make it super close. Four minutes to go.

23-31 Rohit Kumar gets another. Interesting fact: Bengaluru Bulls have more raid points than Patna. 18 out of 23 points has come from raids for Bengaluru. Shows how poor their defense has been today.

22-30 Rohit Kumar leads Bengaluru back into comeback mode with a set of good raids and gets a Super 10 himself.

16-28 Patna Pirates have got back into the game now and extended the lead to 12 points. Bengaluru's fire seems to be dying. 

15-25 What a tackle from Jawahar Dagar! He throws Rohit Kumar off the mat just as he's about to get his hand across the line.

15-23 The Bulls have got just the start they needed. Pardeep is on the bench and Pawan Sehrawat and Bengaluru Bulls have started to make the comeback look possible.

12-23 Pawan Sehrawat opens the second half for Bengaluru Bulls with a good point. The Bulls need a huge comeback now, especially against a Pardeep Narwal who looks unstoppable today.

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11-23 Classic Pardeep! What a raid from the Pirate's talisman! The dubki king pulls off another great raid to get two raid points. That's another Super 10.

10-21 It's Rohit Kumar again for the Bulls. He's scored six out of ten points for Bengaluru

8-20 Rohit Kumar is the only source of points for the Bengaluru Bulls now. 

7-18 Pawan Sehrawat can't escape Vikas Kale's ankle hold and the Bulls can't escape Patna Pirates' stranglehold on the game.

7-17 Rohit Kumar makes two successful raids in a row. Bengaluru Bulls makes three substitutions as well. Things could change here.

4-15 ALL OUT! Pardeep Narwal finishes Bengaluru Bulls off with a smart raid. Poor tackling from the Bulls, rather.

3-9 Pardeep Narwal's on fire! He picks up another raid point, tumbling over the half-line.

2-7 The dubki king Pardeep Narwal comes up with another magical raid and Bengaluru Bulls is struggling right now.

1-4 Bengaluru Bulls finally opens its account and its skipper Rohit Kumar.

0-4 It's Patna Pirates that has charged into the lead here with its raiders leading the charge. Bengaluru Bulls is the zone B leader. Defending champion Patna will look to usurp that position today.

Here are the starting line-ups

 

Dabang Delhi vs Haryana Steelers

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27-34 That's it! Haryana Steelers gets the win here. A convincing win too.

25-33 Meraj Sheikh looks to make it successive raids points but is floored!

25-32 Less than three minutes left in the game but Delhi still finds itself trailing by seven points. Haryana is doing a good job holding fort.

20-27 Time out! With over seven minutes remaining, Dabang Delhi has enough time to get back into the game. The deficit is only seven points.

19-27 Vikas swears he's got a touch on Joginder. Joginder doesn't think so. They go for a review. And it's unsuccessful. It was the faintest of touches if there was any.

17-27 Naveen Kumar picks is taken out but picks up a bonus point for Dabang Delhi.

15-25 Some poor defending from Dabang Delhi as Naveen picks up two raid points for Haryana.

13-23 ALL OUT! Haryana Steelers inflicts the first all-out of the match and takes a huge lead in this low scoring game.

13-20 Delhi didn't go all out last time, Naveen saving them, but they're down to one man again.

 

11-19 Vikas picks up two more and Delhi so close to being all out with just one man left on the mat.

10-17 Vikas Khandola extends Haryana's lead picking up two raid points.

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Naveen Kumar brings up 100 points this season. What a season he's had!

 

Dabang Delhi brings up 800 tackle points in the Pro Kabaddi league

 

10-13 After going neck-and-neck for most of the first-half, the game takes a turn towards the fag end as Haryana steps it up and goes into the half-time with the lead.

9-12 Haryana finds itself back on top after a good spell of raids and tackles. 

8-8 Brilliant bit of play! Meraj Sheikh falls a fingertip short of getting a successful raid, Kuldeep Singh pulling him back in the nick of time.

8-6 The Steelers' Naveen in unsuccessful in a do-or-die raid and Haryana is down to four on the mat, giving Delhi a clear upper hand here.

7-6 Naveen dives head first onto the mat over a defender but can't find an escape route in his do-or-die raid and Haryana reduces the slim deficit even further.

7-5 Ravinder Pahal gets his second tackle point of the night to give Delhi a two-point cushion. Monu Goyat is still out, not something you'd want to see as a Steelers fan.

6-5 Raiders of both teams are finding it hard to pick up any easy points as both teams have been set up defensively.

4-4 It's neck-and-neck at the beginning of the game. It has started to pick up pace though.

3-3 Some good tacking from either side taking down top raiders. Chandran Ranjit goes out again and Haryana levels it.

3-2 Delhi moves into the lead for the first time, bringing down the league's most expensive buy Monu Goyat.

2-2 Delhi also opens its account. Meanwhile, the Haryana Steelers coach gets warned with a green card.

0-1 Haryana Steelers open the scoring with a good tackle from Kuldeep Singh and Chandran Ranjit is the first one to go for Delhi Dabang.

Familiar neighbours Dabang Delhi and Haryana Steelers face each other in a zone A fixture. Here are the starting line-ups

 

Haryana Steelers has had the edge in previous editions of this fixture

HEAD-TO-HEAD preview

Overall PKL: Matches – 5 | Dabang Delhi K.C. - 1 | Haryana Steelers – 4

PKL 6: Matches – 2 | Dabang Delhi K. C. – 1 | Haryana Steelers – 1

- Haryana Steelers have beaten Dabang Delhi in 4 of their 5 encounters.

- Haryana completed a clean sweep in PKL 5 and Delhi were able to get their first win against the

Steelers only in the last meeting.

- The Steelers won 34-31 in their first meeting of PKL 6:

- Delhi won the 2 nd meeting 39-33:

 

Haryana Steelers PKL 6: 4 wins, 9 losses, 1 tie. Lost last match against Gujarat Fortunegiants by

9 points. Won just 1 of their last 5 matches. (1 win, 3 losses, 1 tie)

Dabang Delhi PKL 6: 5 wins, 6 losses, 1 tie. Lost last match against U Mumba by 16 points. Won

3 of their last 5 matches. (3 wins, 2 losses)