PKL 2018: U.P Yoddha qualifies for playoffs, eliminates holder Patna Pirates

U.P Yoddha routed Bengal Warriors 41-25 to qualify for the playoffs, eliminating defending champion Patna Pirates. Bengaluru Bulls beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 40-32 in the first match to finish Zone B topper.

Bengal Warriors raider Jang Kun Lee in action against U.P. Yoddha.   -  PKL Media

Welcome to SportStar's live blog of today's Pro Kabaddi League 2018 matches of Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.

Bengal Warriors vs U.P. Yoddha

Second Half

 

25-41 Bhupender Singh provides some more entertainment with the final raid, as Rishank Devadiga pulls off the raider's shirt off in an attempt to tackle. Two technical points to Bengal, but it is all smiles for U.P Yoddha which has qualified for the playoffs with a thumping win. U Mumba will U.P's opponent in the playoff on Sunday, 30 December, while Bengal Warriors will face Dabang Delhi.

21-40 Azad Singh is tackled to the mat by Bengal. Bhupender Singh, who is pushed out of the lobby, but does not realise that he is out and run back into the other side. He asks for a referral, but the umpire points to the bench.

18-40 Rishank Devadiga moves closer to his Super 10 with another touch point. Before that happened, Bhupender Singh, who was standing near the midline before Ameares Mondal's raid, falls clumsily into the other court and gifts away a technical point to U.P.

 

18-37 There is the all-out for U.P! Baldev Singh is tackled successfully by the U.P defence.

17-34 Ran Singh goes for a weak ankle hold on Naveen Kumar and just one more player left for Bengal.

17-33 Amit Nagar is put in an ankle hold by Nitesh Kumar. The U.P defender brings up his High 5 with that tackle.

17-32 Sachin Kumar gets a running-hand touch on Manoj Dhull on the left corner.

 

16-31 Rishank Devadiga gets a Super Raid and might have, in all probability, killed the game off there.

16-28 Mithin Kumar gets a bonus point, but Naveen Kumar puts him in a powerful ankle-hold to extend U.P's lead.

 

14-27 That could be the game and the playoff qualification for U.P! Sachin Kumar takes out the two remaining Bengal players off the mat and gets the second all-out of the match.

14-22 Mithin Kumar gets a bonus point for Bengal! And Rishank Devadiga is put in a double-ankle hold by Ameares Mondal which fetches Bengal two more points.

11-21 Ran Singh is sent to the bench with a running-hand touch by Rishank Devadiga. Bengal down to two men now.

11-20 Bengal has decided to rest Jang Kun Lee and Surjeet for the rest of the tie along with Maninder Singh. Bhupender Singh is easily tackled by the U.P defence.

First Half

 

11-19 Shrikant Jadhav gets a point back and Amit Nagar is tackled down as Shrikant gets a block on him initially and Jeeva Kumar tackles the raider successfully.

11-17 Amit Nagar gets a kick on the left-in. Bengal cannot be written off yet.

10-17 Ran Singh gets a bonus point and a toe touch to get Bengal over the two-digit margin. It seems like Maninder Singh will not play the rest of the match as he is seen wearing the jacket over his jersey on the sidelines.

8-17 Patna Pirates will be praying desperately for a Bengal comeback as U.P is picking out Bengal's defence very easily.

8-14 Thanks to an inspired Do-or-Die raid by Rishank Devadiga, U.P powers through to get the first all-out after staring at an all-out.

 

7-7 Narender and Rishank Devadiga pin Amit Nagar to the mat and level the score for U.P with a Super Tackle.

 

6-5 Rishank Devadiga gets two touch points and Shrikant Jadhav comes up with a solo Super Tackle with a double-thigh hold on Maninder Singh.

6-2 Jang Kun Lee takes out the right corner and  evades a waist hold near the midline to put U.P on the brink of all-out.

3-2 Ran Singh makes a silly mistake, but Maninder Singh makes up for it by taking out the right-in of U.P.

With the final playoff spot from Zone B up for grabs, U.P. Yoddha will look to eliminate defending champion Patna Pirates and qualify for the playoffs. Bengal will look to finish in the second place with a win in this match.

Lineups

Bengal Warriors

Maninder Singh, Surjeet, Ziaur Rahman, Jang Kun Lee, Amit Nagar, Baldev Singh, Ran Singh

Subs: Manoj Dhull, Bhupender Singh, Adarsh T, Ameares Mondal, Mithin Kumar

U.P. Yoddha

Shrikant Jadhav, Narender, Jeeva Kumar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rishank Devadiga, Nitesh Kumar, Sachin Kumar

Subs: Aashish Nagar, Amit, Md Masud Karim, Azad Singh, Sagar Krishna

  • Both Bengal Warriors and U.P. Yoddha’s encounters this campaign have finished in ties, making this a tie-breaker between the two zonal rivals.
  • Following his 16-raid point performance against Bengaluru Bulls last night, Bengal Warriors’ Maninder Singh surpassed his previous highest tally of 190 in a Pro Kabaddi season, leaving him just 4 raid points shy of his first ever campaign with 200 raid points.

Head-to-head: Bengal Warriors 2-0 U.P. Yoddha. 3 ties.

Form Guide

Bengal WarriorsRESULT
(W-T-L)
POINTS
SCORED
POINTS
CONCEDED
Vs. Bengaluru BullsWON3731
Vs. Telugu TitansWON3934
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.LOST3137
Vs. Patna PiratesWON3923
Vs. Tamil ThalaivasWON2724
TOTAL4-0-1173149

 

U.P. YoddhaRESULT(W-T-L)POINTS SCOREDPOINTS CONCEDED
Vs. U MumbaWON3432
Vs. Patna PiratesWON4731
Vs. Tamil ThalaivasTIED2525
Vs. Telugu TitansWON2720
Vs. Haryana SteelersWON3029
TOTAL4-1-0163137

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Bengaluru Bulls

Second Half

 

32-40 Rohit Kumar is tackled on the final raid of the match, but he will not mind as the win means Bengaluru will face Gujarat Fortunegiants on Monday December 31. Jaipur will finish its season with a fifth place in Zone A, having not qualified for the playoffs.

28-39 Pawan Sehrawat reaches 300 raid points of his Pro Kabaddi career with a bonus point. Jaipur asks for a referral, but Bengaluru gets the point.

27-38 Deepak Hooda gets his Super 10 and adds one more by shaking off Mahender.

26-36 Bengaluru is turning on the style now. Selvamani is taken care of by Raju Lal Choudhary on the right corner and gets the second all-out of the match for Bengaluru.

 

24-32 Rohit Kumar gets an easy push on Selvamani who goes for a futile block near the midline.

24-29 Pawan Sehrawat picks up a bonus point, but goes back for a touch point and gets Gangadhari Mallesh. Very few raiders would have tried to go for a touch despite having scored a bonus. It also brings up his Super 10.

 

23-27 Rohit Kumar is held by two chains on the right corner on a Do-or-Die raid. He never looked sure of picking up a touch point.

22-25 The game is heating up now! Jaipur, from a position of getting all-out, tackles Pawan Sehrawat and Deepak Hooda gets Ashish Sangwan to reduce the deficit.

20-25 Rohit Kumar gets three touch points, and tries to for three more on his next raid. However, Sandeep Dhull was upto the task to get a Super Tackle.

 

17-21 Sandeep Dhull gets Pawan Sehrawat, but is revived on a failed Do-or-Die raid for Jaipur, thanks to a superb ankle hold by Ashish Sangwan on Deepak Hooda.

16-21 Pawan Sehrawat takes out Sunil Siddhgavali and Amit is floored with a double-ankle hold by Ashish Sangwan.

First Half

 

16-19 Raju Lal Choudhary goes for an ankle hold that was never going to stop Deepak Hooda from getting to the midline. However, the Bulls have a lead at half-time

14-17 Deepak Hooda is taken care by Amit Sheoran. Despite the Jaipur captain's efforts to wriggle out of a weak block, Bengaluru defence comes for the assistance to get the first all-out of the match.

12-13 Santhapanaselvam goes for a double-thigh hold, but it will not stop Pawan Sehrawat who has already made the leap towards the midline.

9-11 Sumit Kumar lures Sandeep Dhull into going for an ankle hold and succeeds. As a third-choice raider, Sumit has been quite effective for Bengaluru.

 

9-9 Pawan Sehrawat tries a Dubki , but Sunil Siddhgavali is ready for his tricks and manages to push the raider out of the lobby.

8-8 Pawan Sehrawat revives Rohit Kumar, but he is caught napping on the left cover allowing Deepak Hooda get a toe touch on him.

7-7 Deepak Hooda manages to fend off an ankle hold by Mahender to level the score for Jaipur.

5-6 Amit Kumar once again targets the right cover and takes out Rohit Kumar with a running-hand touch.

4-6 Pawan Sehrawat shows some impressive footwork to get a running-hand touch on Santhapanaselvam.

 

4-3 Sunil Siddhgavali and Santhapanaselvam build a wall to block Pawan Sehrawat as Sandeep Dhull gets a waist hold on the star raider.

3-2 Sumit Singh gets Rohit Kumar revived by taking out Amit Kumar while Deepak Hooda is taken out by Amit Sheoran's ankle hold.

2-1 It is a very good strategy by Jaipur as Selvamani takes out Pawan Sehrawat, Bengaluru's top raider, with a running-hand touch.

1-0 Deepak Hooda opens the match with a running-hand touch on Rohit Kumar.

Bengaluru Bulls will look to finish at the top of Zone B with a win here, but if it loses today's match, it should not with more than 7 points. Jaipur is playing for pride, as a win or lose will not change its fifth position in the Zone A standings.

Lineups

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Ajnikya Pawar, Sunil Siddhgavali, Amit Kumar, Selvamani, Deepak Hooda, Santhapanaselvam, Sandeep Dhull

Subs: Lokesh Kaushik, Gangadhari Mallesh, Ajit Singh, Young Chang Ko, David Mosambayi

Bengaluru Bulls

Rohit Kumar, Ashish Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Pawan Sehrawat, Sumit Singh, Raju Lal Choudhary, Amit Sheoran

Subs: Mahesh Maruti Magdum, Harish Naik, Ajay, Gyung Tae Kim, Ankit

  • The two sides met for the only other time this season in Ahmedabad where Bengaluru Bulls won the game with a 13-point margin. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat starred with 19 raid points on the night for Bengaluru Bulls while Mahender Singh managed a High 5. Deepak Niwas Hooda returned with 11 raid points for Jaipur Pink Panthers.

 

  • Deepak Niwas Hooda has eclipsed his best raid point tally in a Pro Kabaddi season, having scored a career-best 183 raid points in 21 games, including nine Super 10s. The Jaipur captain stands sixth amongst this season’s raiders in terms of points scored.

Head-to-head: Jaipur Pink Panthers 6-3 Bengaluru Bulls. 1 tie

Form Guide

Jaipur Pink PanthersRESULT
(W-T-L)

POINTS

SCORED

POINTS
CONCEDED
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.TIED3737
Vs. Gujarat FortunegiantsLOST3133
Vs. Haryana SteelersWON3930
Vs. Gujarat FortunegiantsLOST2934
Vs. U MumbaTIED3535
TOTAL1-2-2171169

 

Bengaluru BullsRESULT
(W-T-L)
POINTS
SCORED
POINTS
CONCEDED
Vs. Bengal WarriorsLOST3137
Vs. Patna PiratesTIED4040
Vs. Telugu TitansWON4428
Vs. Telugu TitansWON3724
Vs. Dabang Delhi K.C.LOST3132
TOTAL2-1-2183161