PKL 2018 Playoffs: U.P Yoddha eliminates U Mumba, Delhi eases past Bengal

U.P Yoddha produced a defensive masterclass to eliminate U Mumba 34-29, while Dabang Delhi came from behind to beat Bengal Warriors 39-28 in the second playoff match of the Pro Kabaddi League.

Dabang Delhi's Chandran Ranjit in action against Bengal Warriors.   -  PKL Media

Welcome to SportStar's live blog of today's Pro Kabaddi League 2018 matches of U Mumba vs U.P Yoddha and Dabang Delhi vs Bengal Warriors at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kochi.

Dabang Delhi vs Bengal Warriors

Second Half

39-28 Vishal gets a touch point on the final raid of the match and Dabang Delhi is through to the next round of the playoffs where it will meet U.P Yoddha which has beaten U Mumba in the first eliminator.

38-28 Ravindra Kumawat tries desperately to run, but he is not moving anywhere because Joginder Narwal has put him in an inescapable waist hold.

 

37-28 Pawan Kadian steps out of the lobby and another technical point is awarded to Bengal after Joginder tries to argue with the umpire.

36-26 Ravindra Kumawat is put in a double-ankle hold by Raivinder Pahal, who smiles after getting the tackle.

35-25 Bengal's heavy dependancy on Maninder Singh is showing now as the raiding department has been kept quiet with the star raider having an off day. Naveen Kumar brings up his Super 10 with a touch point on Surjeet.

 

32-23 Another all-out for Delhi! Ran Singh wastes too much time on the left corner and is pinned to the mat as soon as he tries to moves towards the other end.

29-22 Vishal Mane mows down Jang Kun Lee with a shoulder push and out of the lobby. Another all-out on the horizon for Delhi.

 

27-21 Maninder Singh runs into Ravinder Pahal and the defender, waiting for the moment, puts his opponent in a double-thigh hold. The tide has completely turned now.

24-20 It has been a great comeback by Delhi as Ran Singh is taken out by Naveen Kumar to get an all-out for his team.

 

21-20 Naveen gets another touch point and Amit Nagar, not realising that it is a Do-or-Die raid, comes back empty. The umpire points towards the bench.

 

19-20 All of a sudden, the difference is reduced to one point and Bengal is staring at an all-out. Naveen Kumar with another Dubki  and two touch points.

16-19 Naveen steps out of the lobby on his raid is given out. Maninder Singh is tackled to the mat by Joginder. Meraj Sheykh is out of the game with a neck injury. With their main raider out, it will be difficult for Delhi.

14-18 Maninder Singh gets a bonus point while Naveen Kumar gets a touch point with a Dubki near the midline.

First Half

13-17 Ran Singh self-out by stepping out of the lobby. His four-point raid which inflicted the all-out remains the difference between the sides.

12-17 Meraj Sheykh runs into Surjeet and Ran Singh goes to sweep the remaining two Delhi players off the mat to get the first all-out of the match.

12-12 Jang Kun Lee's unnecessary tackle attempt on Chandran Ranjit and Meraj Sheykh's Super Tackle on Maninder Singh restores the parity for Delhi.

 

8-12 In a Do-or-Die raid, Joginder goes for Maninder Singh's ankle and gets a hold. But, Satpal's assistance comes in a bit late and Maninder picks up a second point.

8-10 Chandran Ranjit gets a bonus point for Delhi after his team is reduced to three men.

 

7-8 Surjeet takes a powerful kick from Naveen to his face. The young raider apologises immediately. Nevertheless, he has a touch point.

6-7 Ravindra Kumawat takes out Ravinder Pahal in a three-point raid and Bengal is back in the lead.

5-4 Ran Singh catches Meraj Sheykh on the turn to push the Iranian out of the lobby.

5-3 Vishal Mane invites Maninder Singh with a smile and he is off in a flash to get a hold on the raider after Joginder Narwal gets an ankle hold on the left corner.

 

3-3 It has been a slow start to the match. Naveen gets a toe touch on the left corner, but Ravinder Pahal's mistake on the right corner on Jang Kun Lee pulls Bengal level.

1-1 Chandran Ranjit pinches a bonus point to get the first point of the match, but Maninder Singh gets an easy touch point by evading a weak ankle hold by Vishal Mane.

Head-to-head: Dabang Delhi K.C. 5-5 Bengal Warriors. 1 tie 

  • A brilliant home leg was the cornerstone of Dabang Delhi K.C.’s third-place finish in the Zone A standings that helped its first ever Playoffs appearance, while solid performances throughout the season helped Bengal Warriors finish second in the Zone B standings.
  • Naveen and Chandran Ranjit scored 299 of Dabang Delhi's 439 raid points, accounting for 68.10% of the team’s total raid points. Over the course of their campaign, Dabang Delhi K.C. managed 361 successful raids, the third-most in the league.
  • The partnership between Maninder and Jang Kun Lee has flourished for a second season in succession, with the duo having amassed two-thirds of the team’s total raid points.

U Mumba vs U.P Yoddha

Second Half

 

29-34 Rishank Devadiga's final empty raid brings down the curtains on the first eliminator and its the end of the road for U Mumba and Siddharth Desai, who have looked so good during the entire season. It has been a defensive masterclass by U.P Yoddha which has got 19 raid points in the game.

28-34 An eighth tackle point for Nitesh Kumar and what a time to get it. U Mumba, which was the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season, is being undone by the team which is the last team to qualify.

28-33 Abhishek Singh gets a tackle on Shirkant Jadhav. Fazel Atrachali goes for a solo attempt on Prashant Rai near the midline and that should be the game for U.P Yoddha.

27-32 Abhishek Singh comes on as a substitute, and gets a bonus plus touch point on Narender.

25-31 Fazel Atrachali tackles Rishank Devadiga, but Siddharth Desai is yet again, taken out by Nitesh Kumar. It is the seventh tackle of the night for the U.P tackler.

 

24-30 Abolfazal Madhasodlou makes the grave mistake of running into Nitesh Kumar and the defender snaps up his prey.

24-29 Siddharth Desai is put under pressure in a Do-or-Die raid and Jeeva Kumar comes up with a double-thigh hold to get his High 5 of the match. Just when U Mumba seemed to make a comeback, the super tackle increases U.P's lead.

23-27 Shrikant Jadhav tries to get a block on Siddharth Desai but the raider takes a step back before running into the block and gets the touch easily.

22-27 Abolfazal Maghsodlou gets a running-hand touch on Narender in the centre chain.

20-27 Rohit Baliyan tries to go for the left corner rather than attack the weakened right corner of Rishank Devadiga and is pushed out of the lobby by Jeeva Kumar.

19-26 Nitesh Kumar fails to get an ankle hold for the first time in the match as Abolfazal Maghsodlou makes his way to the midline with a big scalp. Could this be the turning point of the match for U.P Yoddha?

18-25 Another mistake by Surender and Rohit Rana makes it easy for Shrikant Jadhav. U.P has come up with a plan that is working out well so far.

 

18-23 Siddharth Desai gets a touch on Narender after the defender misses an ankle hold.

17-21 A erratic dash by Rohit Rana near the midline gifts away a point to Rishank Devadiga. A rare mistake from the U Mumba defender.

16-20 Rohit Rana flings Siddharth Desai out of the lobby. Both the defences are refusing to concede an inch.

15-20 Nitesh Kumar gets his High 5 as he prevents Darshan Kadian from jumping over the chain.

 

First Half

 

15-18 Finally a raid point after 16 raids! Darshan Kadian gets a toe touch on the left corner with the penultimate raid of the first half.

14-18 Both the defences are wrestling for the upper hand. There is no raid point for either side for the past 15 raids. Shrikant Jadhav is put in a double-ankle hold by Dharmaraj Cheralathan.

12-17 Jeeva Kumar gets hold on Siddharth Desai. U.P is forcing the star raider to operate deep on the left cover and swarming him as soon as a block is executed.

12-16 Another ankle hold by Nitesh Kumar and this time gets Rohit Baliyan.

11-14 Shrikant Jadhav is slammed to the mat by Fazel Atrachali as he looks determined to make up for his previous mistake.

10-14 Fazel Atrachali gets a self-out, but is revived immediately by successful tackle by Dharmaraj Cheralathan. Siddharth Desai pinches an easy bonus point for U Mumba.

7-11 Vinod Kumar is tackled to the ground and there is the first all-out of the match for U.P Yoddha. Nitesh Kumar is on fire as he gets another ankle hold, this time on the last-man standing.

 

6-6 U Mumba on the verge of a allout after Prashanth Rai gets Surender and Rohit Rana while Nitesh Kumar gets another ankle hold to tackle Siddharth Desai.

3-3 Nitesh Kumar gets a superb ankle hold on Siddharth Desai and his teammates arrive for the aid. Prashanth Rai gets a touch on Dharmaraj.

 

3-1 Siddharth Desai gets a kick on Narender. Rishank Devadiga runs into Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Fazal Atrachali does the rest of the work to get the tackle point for U Mumba.

1-0 There is no stopping Siddarth Desai!  U.P defence tries to tackle him near the midline and gifts away the first point of the match.

Lineups

U Mumba

Siddharth Desai, Surender Singh, Rohit Rana, Darshan Kadian, Rohit Baliyan, Dharmaraj Cheralathan, Fazel Atrachali

Subs: Vinod Kumar, E. Subash, Abolfazl Maghsodlou, Rajaguru Subramanian, Abhishek Singh

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

Head-to-head: U Mumba 2 – 1 U.P. Yoddha

  • Both teams took contrasting routes to the Playoffs with U Mumba being the first team to qualify from Zone A while U.P. Yoddha went on a six-match unbeaten run in its last six games to seal the third Playoffs spot from Zone B in the final league stage fixture of the campaign.
  •  A trio of excellent raiders in its ranks, Prashanth Kumar Rai and Shrikant Jadhav from the left and captain Rishank Devadiga on the right, have formed a vital partnership for U.P Yoddha. U.P also has the most successful defender at the end of the league-stage in the team – Nitesh Kumar.
  • A contest between Atrachali in the Left Corner and right raider Devadiga, who has peaked at the right time, could prove vital to U.P. Yoddha’s chances of going ahead.