PKL 2018: Dabang Delhi K.C. vs U.P. Yoddha, Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers

UP Yoddha and Haryana Steelers emerge victorious in the last two encounters of the Pro Kabaddi League's Inter Zone Challenge Week at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna.

In the last two fixtures of the Inter Zone Challenge Week Dabang Delhi and UP Yoddha clash, followed by a match between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna.   -  K. V. Srinivasan

Hello and welcome to the LIVE commentary for Wednesday's matches of the Inter Zone Challenge Week between Dabang Delhi and UP Yoddha, followed by the clash between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna.

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32-43 But that is it! The Inter-Zone Challenge concludes with disappointment writ large on the faces of the home fans in Patna. Haryana Steelers thump the defending champion even without the side's star player, Monu Goyat. What an all-round performance from the side!

32-43 Patna Pirates trying to change fortunes here as they would want to lose by less than seven points here. Atleast they would not walk back pointless.

28-43 That is the end of Vijay. He didn't anticipate the right corner running up to him.

28-42 Vikas Kandola, who already has a Super-10 comes home with an empty raid. Less than half-a-minute to go now.

27-40 Prateek has been pushed off court but not before he has already bagged a bonus point.

26-39 Vikas Kandola using all the time available. No worries now.

26-39 Tushar Patil is the raider for Pirates now. Empty raid.

25-39 Pardeep Narwal back on court after the All-out. Shakes off the the right corner who tried to hold onto a weak ankle hold.

Official Timeout taken.

23-38 All-Out inflicted on the Patna Pirates, yet again! The final nail to the coffin has been put with six minutes to go.

23-35 Pardeep Narwal gets the bonus and a Super-10. But that is of no use now. He has been pinned to the floor.

22-32 Pardeep Narwal steals a point yet again. But is it too late already? Nine raid points for him though.

21-32 A Super Tackle opportunity, but does not happen. Empty raid!

21-31 Naveen gets a Super raid here, just manages to graze the line. Three points and a ten-point difference.

Pirates coach gets a green card too for coaching from the sidelines.

21-28 Pardeep Narwal goes for a quick bonus.

20-28 Vikas Kandola, gets two points and inflicts an All-out too. Four points!

20-24 Vijay raids successfully as Sachin commits a blunder.

The Haryana Steelers coach gets a green card for attempting to guide from the sidellines.

16-22 Vijay with a quick steal of a bonus point.

15-22 Deepak Narwal out! Pushed out of the lobbies.

15-21 A Do-or-Die raid and yet again! Vikas Kandola does an excellent job as the right corner puts up an exact replay of what Jawahar did a few raids ago. That is a poor defensive show. Narwal shakes his head in disappointment, as Steelers walks away with an easy point yet again.

15-20 Narwal held back for good this time. Super Tackle! Jawahar's mistake few raids back has cost them heavy. A revival was all it took. Three players hold Narwal down.

15-18 Pardeep Narwal keen to extend his raid points here. But walks back with an empty raid.

15-18 Bhuvneshwar raids successfully. Narwal cautiously hangs back, but why would Jawahar go for a giveaway like that?

15-17 That is how it ends in the first half. Pardeep Narwal is just three points short of his 34th Super-10. Patna Pirates gradually crawling back into the clash here.

13-17 A hasty Do-or-Die taken by Mayur. Wanted to take the defence by surprise but he is held back. Meanwhile, the right corner gifts a point too as he mistakingly steps out.

11-15 A Do-or-Die raid for Steelers again, but the raider, Vikas Kandola, fails to get a point, as three defenders make it impossible for him to head back. Neetu Chandra, brand ambassador of the Pirates, celebrates the much-needed point.

10-15 Everything going in Steelers' favour for now as we inch closer to the half-time. Four minutes to go.

10-13 Haryana Steelers have a Super Tackle opportunity as Narwal walks in for the tenth raid of the day. He already has seven raid points, but does not look to go after another point here. Empty raid.

10-12 Pardeep gets another point.

Stat Attack: Pardeep Narwal has 704 PKL career raid points now, which is the highest ever in this tournament, surpassing Rahul Chaudhari who is on 700 points.

8-9 Mayukh with a defensive blunder there. Manjeet gets easy pickings.

7-6 Desperation showing up on the Steelers' side there. For all the effort that Narwal put in, he could have pocketed a Super-Raid there, but he is held back with a tug at his jersey. Parveen ends up with a green card, and Patna with a point.

6-6 Naveen with a Do-or-Die raid for Haryana. Gets the bonus point quite easily.

6-5 Pardeep Narwal delivering the goods here, and as long as he continues to do it, Pirates needn't fear. Ends up with another point. How consistent has he been?

3-4 Pardeep Narwal returns with an empty raid.

2-1 Every time Pardeep Narwal comes in the audience is up and cheering, and why not? Gets a point from the right cover. That has always been his modus operandi.

Line-ups:

Patna Pirates:

Pardeep Narwal, Vikas Jaglan, Vikas Kale, Vijay, Manjeet, Jawahar, Jaideep

Subs: Deepak Narwal, Manish, Tushar Patil, Tae Deok Eom, Vijay Kumar

Haryana Steelers: Naveen, Mayur Shivtarkar, Parveen, Prateek, Vikas Kandola, Sunil, Kuldeep Singh

Subs: Anand Surendra Tomar, Bhuvneshwar Gaur, Sudhanshu Tyagi, Patrick Muvai, Sachin Shingade

 

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36-38 UP Yoddha moves to the top of Zone B with a wonderful victory. Takes five points home from the Inter Zone Challenge week. What a match it has been!

36-38 Delhi raids and there is no bonus active. Naveen Kumar tackled down. Narender goes for the ankle and gets him.

A Yoddha timeout taken.

36-37 A Do-or-Die raid swings the balance in favour of UP. Shrikanth Jadhav walks out with Hooda and Pahal. 40 seconds remaining. Where is this heading?

36-35 Yogesh Hooda and Ravinder Pahal put up a perfect show denying the bonus to the UP raider.

Less than two minutes left now. Official timeout taken.

36-35 Just what was needed. What a show from Naveen Kumar it has been today. Gets the right corner, Sachin Kumar and uses the lobbies to perfection to escape.

35-35 Chandran Ranjit levels scoreline again. Two minutes remaining in the contest. What a match this is turning out to be.

34-35 Shrikanth Jadhav follows suit. Gets his Super-10. Fourth one of the day. A raider's night it has been!

34-34 Chandran Ranjit with a fabulous point, yet again.  That is his Super-10 after teammate Naveen got it first this evening.

33-33 Naveen Kumar walks back home after an empty raid.

33-32 A Do-or-Die raid for Delhi and it is Chandran Ranjit here to take it. Amit attempts a tackle, but is unsuccessful. One point!

32-32 Delhi looking much more organised than what it was a few minutes ago now. Both the teams playing it cautious now.

32-32 Seven minutes left in the contest and with Delhi fighting back with an All-out in the right moment, the game is anyone's for the taking from here.

32-31 Delhi back into the lead, as Naveen gets a touch point gain.

30-31 Delhi gets the bonus point as Ranjit fakes an attempt on the left corner prior to that forching him to hang back.

27-31 Dabang Delhi inflicts the first All-out on Yoddha. Quite easy there as Prashanth Kumar walks right into the defence there.

24-30 Nitesh Kumar is a gonner! Steps out of the line. On the other hand Ranjit gets a touch point too.

22-30 Good work by UP Yoddha! Azad gets a good hold of Naveen Kumar as he tries hard but fails to make it to the mid-line. Super Tackle!

21-28 Naveen Kumar picks up a crucial point, reducing UP to two men now. Sachin Kumar learns it the hard way.

20-25 A vicious kick on Narendar by Chandran Ranjit. That's a point. Meanwhile, Joginder Narwal is shown the green card for arguing with the referee.

18-25 The game resumes and its Delhi who start it off with a tackle point straightaway. Yogesh Hooda does it for them.

Prashanth Kumar Rai has 133% raid strike rate, as of now.

17-25 Naveen doing the job again, as Delhi bags one point. Dives for the line and gets there easily. Half-time!

16-25 That is another all-out for UP Yoddha. Dabang Delhi should look to bounce back now as the clock ticks away. Two All-outs inflicted with a few seconds to go in the first half.

14-21 Shrikanth with a Super Raid! Stays low, gets a first touch on Pahal as the others join to hold him down. Three points!

14-18 Chandran Ranjit has three attempts for touch points, which gives Narender enough time to run up to him, and push him off into the lobbies. One point!

14-16 Prashanth walks back to the bench as Mane pulls off a brilliant show of agility to hold him down.

12-14 That is an all-out inflicted on Delhi. Chandran Ranjith clearly the villain there as he fails to floor Prashanth, not once but twice.

10-9 A super tackle opportunity against Yoddha's Shrikanth. But he picks up a touch point denying a point to Delhi. Delhi jumps back into the lead.

7-6 A Do-or-Die, first of the night, being taken by Naveen. UP lacks consistency in their defence which is made obvious in this raid. Narender almost walks up to Naveen.

6-3 Naveen Kumar with yet another brilliant job out there. The youngster escapes the right corner tagging him as the defender goes for the ankle hold.

2-2 Chandran Ranjith gets the bonus point.

1-2 Prashanth Rai gets UP going. Gets one touch point.

Dabang Delhi K.C. and U.P. Yoddha battle to make it back-to-back wins.

UP Yoddha won the toss and chose the choice of court.

Line-ups:

Dabang Delhi: Naveen Kumar, Vishal Mane, Vijay Vishnu Landge, Rajesh Narwal, Chandran Ranjit, Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal

Subs: Meraj Sheykh, Pawan Kadian, Satpal, Shabeer Bappu, Yogesh Hooda

U.P. Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Narender, Amit, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Rohit Kumar Choudhary, Nitesh Kumar, Sagar Krishna

Subs: Aashish Nagar, Azad Singh, Jeeva Kumar, Sachin Kumar

 

The penultimate game of the Inter-Zone Challenge Week sees Dabang Delhi taking on UP Yoddha at the Patliputra Indoor Stadium in Patna on Sunday.

Dabang Delhi delivered a clinical performance against Bengal Warriors in its previous game, handing the side its first defeat of the campaign. Delhi was particularly splendid on the night and it will look to emulate that defensive brilliance.

Patna Pirates meets Haryana Steelers in the second match. Following an unlucky 39-40 loss to U Mumba in its previous game, Patna Pirates will look to please the home crowd with another victory. After a defeat at the hands of the Bulls, Steelers will be hoping to get its third win of the season with an improved performance against Patna Pirates.