PKL 2018 Day 1: As it happened

Catch the match updates of the Pro Kabaddi League match between Tamil Thalaivas and Patna Pirates, and Puneri Paltan and U Mumba.

Ajay Thakur had his best season till date in 2017, averaging more than 9.5 raid points per game.   -  The Hindu

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of the Pro Kabaddi League match between Tamil Thalaivas and Patna Pirates, and Puneri Paltan and U Mumba.

 

That's it from us for the match commentary and updates. Join us tomorrow for more of the same.

What a start to the new edition of the PKL! We started with Thalaivas causing a major upset with a facile win over defending champion Patna Pirates before a thrilling tie between U Mumba and Puneri Paltan.

AND IT'S A TIE! This might seem like a victory for Paltan and a loss for U Mumba! A superb match this was between the Maharashtra teams.

32-32 Paltan have tied this! Siddarth is tackled down!

32-31 Monu with a successful raid.

27 seconds left in this match.

32-30 It's the big fish! Nitin Tomar is tackled on his raid! This could be the biggest moment of the match yet.

31-30 Darhsan is tackled by Ravi Kumar

31-29 More is tackled down by Atrachali and Co.

30-29 Empty raid from Tomar.

Just over four minutes to go in this contest with U Mumba in a slender lead. Impossible to predict a winner from this duel.

30-29 That's a rare sight today. Siddarth's raid is unsuccessful. A good team effort from the Paltans to stop him.

30-28 Sandeep Narwal is tackled down during his raid.

29-28 Vinod Kumar is forced out of the court after he managed to get a touch on a Paltan defender.

29-27 A bonus point from Nitin Tomar on his raid.

29-26 Atrachali makes a tackle on Monu.

28-26 Empty raid from Siddarth.

27-26 Darshan Kadan is hauled down by the Paltan defenders.

A quick team-meeting between the Paltans. 10 minutes to go in this match.

27-25 An empty raid from Tomar this time.

27-25 Tomar gets another point on his raid. It's a see-saw battle.

27-24 Siddarth with a toe-touch on his raid.

26-24 Tomar gets the better of Atrachali on his raid.

26-22 It's been Siddarth vs Tomar so far! Siddarth gets a point on the Paltan's right. He seems to be liking that corner tonight.

25-22 Tomar catches the line on his raid.

Paltan's challenge on the super raid is unsuccessful.

25-21 Siddarth effects a super raid! He has 12 points on the night already.

22-21 Tomar evades a close challenge to get home a point on his raid.

20-20 Abhishek Singh is halted in his tracks during his raid.

Second half

That's the end of the first half. It's been a close contest.

18-20 Rajesh Mondal is forced out of the court by U Mumba defenders.

18-19 Siddarth's raid thwarted by a chain of defenders.

15-18 An empty raid from Nitin Tomar.

14-17 U Mumba effects an all-out on Puneri Paltan.

11-13 Siddarth gets two men including Sandeep Narwal and Paltan only has one man remaining.

11-10 Super tackle by Fazel Atrachali on Siaddarth!

9-10 Siddarth's raid gets U Mumba another point here.

9-9 Surender with a tackle which allows the other U MUmba defenders to pull the Paltan's raider back.

9-7 Rajesh Mondal's raid is thwarted by the U Mumba defenders

6-5 Siddarth escapes the clutches and manages another successful raid.

4-2 Siddarth gets a touch on Sandeep Narwal. Good raid there on the left side.

0-1 Siddarth Desai gets the first point on the board for U Mumba.

First half

Here are the respective previews for Puneri Paltan and U Mumba from our latest edition of our magazine.

Next up: U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan. The contest is billed as the Maharashtra Derby by the broadcasters. More of the same in the second outing?

One must remember that Thalaivas failed to get a single win at home last season but have started proceedings well in 2018 against the defending champion. It was an all-round effort from the Thalaivas while Pirates seemed to be all over the place with their defence.

42-26 Pirates get a point on the final raid of the match but that's that! Tamil Thalaivas starts things off with an emphatic win!

42-25 Finally an all-out for Patna Pirates with Pardeep finishing things off. Unfortunately, it won't be enough for the defending champion tonight.

10 points for for Pardeep despite a quiet evening.

42-19 Pardeep gets two points on his raid, including a touch from Thakur.

42-17 Darshan tackles Vijay Malik!

41-17 Thakur probably has put an end to Pirates' hopes. Two points on his raid.

The Pirates are given a talking to by coach Rammaher Singh. Can it stage a comeback? Just over four minutes left in this contest.

39-17 Manjeet converts another raid with a point here. Seven in his last nine raids.

39-15 Thakur is on a roll tonight, another successful raid for the skipper.

38-14 Amit Hooda waits before sweeping Pardeep off his feet! His defenders help him out after that.

37-14 Manjeet makes an empty raid.

37-14 Thakur gets another successful raid.

36-14 Manjeet is tackled by Jasvir before he steps in the lobby. Thalaivas' review is unsuccessful.

36-13 Super Tackle on Pardeep Narwal! Manjeet Chillar initiates the tackle and the other two defenders jump on the raider!

34-12 Thalaiva's Surjeet Singh gets a touch of Manjeet on his raid.

33-11 Manjeet gets Hooda on his raid.

33-10 Thakur is eliminated on his raid. That's the first tackle of the half for Thalaivas!

33-9 Pirat's Manjeet gets a point on his raid.

Super 10 for skipper Thakur tonight!

32-8 This has been a resounding start from Thalaivas thus far. Another all-out inflicted by Thalaivas!

28-8 Another successful raid for Thakur on the run.

27-8 The second half begins and substitute Tushar Patil is cleaned up by Manjeet and Co.

15 raid points from Thalaivas to Patna's eight so far.

First half ends after Jasvir goes for an empty raid. What a rapid start from Thalaivas today! Thakur has led from the front while the Thaliavas' defence led by Hooda and Manjeet have managed to keep Pardeep quiet.

26-8 Manjeet gets his revenge! He swings in from the left to trap Pardeep!

23-8 Another all-out from Thalaivas inflicted by Thakur on his raid after Pardeep was hauled down on his own raid.

17-8 Pardeep Narwal gets the better of Manjeet Chillar yet again on the Thalaivas' left. Look like he caught him with his head this time.

17-7 Thakur makes another successful raid.

14-5 A super raid for Thalaivas!

11-5 An empty raid for Deepak Narwal.

11-4 Pardeep Narwal makes no mistake this time! He eliminates Manjeet Chillar and Ajay Thakur in his raid. That's huge.

10-2 Amit Hooda once again superb on the defence as Thalaivas inflict an all-out on Pirates!

7-1 Another point for Thakur on his raid.

5-1 Amit Hooda grabs hold of Deepak Narwal!

4-1 Thakur gets another elimination on his raid. A good start for Thalaivas.

3-1 Jaspreet gets a touch on his raid. Two eliminations for Patna thus far.

2-0 A big scalp! Pardeep has been taken down by seven defenders in the Thaliavas camp.

1-0 Thakur gets a touch of the black line on the run and gets the Thalaivas going here.

Pardeep Narwal for Pirates has a go before returning. A cautious start here.

Ajay Thakur starts the first raid of the season. And he returns to base.

It will be a battle between the two skippers, Ajay Thakur and Pardeep Narwal. Thakur produced 222 points in an underwhelming season in 2017 for the Thalaivas while Pardeep topped the charts with a stunning 369 points.

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