Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and I will be taking you through today's PKL match between Puneri Paltan and Patna Pirates
Catch the second match of the day here:
Patna Pirates 36-28 Puneri Paltan: After getting off to an even-footed start, Pune's smart raiding and strong defensive strategies helped them stay ahead of Patna. A freak raid by Monu Goyat which saw three Pune players out of bounds turned the tide a bit and seemed to give them a shot in the arm after which Pune's defense just couldn't keep up. The raiders didn't match the energies of their Patna counterparts and lost this match without anything to take away from this game. A hefty 12 point loss.
AND THAT'S FULL TIME. Patna Pirates have inflicted a huge 12 point loss here. Puneri Paltan had no chance in the second half and the inadequacies in their raiding department really caught up with them. No Rahul Chaudhari for the a bit in the first half and the whole second half - was that a gamble that cost Pune? Or should the defense have anticipated the potency of this three-pronged attack in Patna? Well, the result answers all these questions.
26-38 Shubham Shelke is tackled down deep. No chance to make his way to the midline.
26-37 SACHIN GETS A SUPER 10 as he sends off Vishal Bharadwaj with a toe touch.
26-36 Abinesh Nadarajan gets two points for Pune, but it does not help reduce the gulf and help Pune walk off with at least a point
24-36 Too easy for the Pirates defense as Mohit Goyat ventures deep and sinks in the defense.
Anup Kumar still sticks to his 'small raid' strategy. Ram Mehar Singh tells Chiyaneh - GO DIVE! HAHA.
24-35 Puneri Paltan gets a point as a defender has gone out of bounds. They want a review but have none left and can't do anything about this.
CHAOS these past few minutes. Everyone is everywhere.
23-35 Pune relying on the super tackle and goes for a small raid and they do it! Lovely work by the three defenders on the mat. SUPER TACKLE for them. Jersey #7 gets a 2 minute suspension for holding the raider by his neck. Vishal Bharadwaj goes to the bench
21-35 Puneri Paltan's raider is tackled but with a jersey pull so he gets a point and is safe - Shubham Shelke the raider. This is the second time the Patna Pirates are dealing with the jersey pull. It looks like a vigorous pull of the jersey. Looks like Sunil who grabbed on to his jersey! BUT WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? POINT AWARDED TO PATNA PIRATES. BUT SUNIL HAS BEEN GIVEN A YELLOW CARD FOR THAT PULL AND SENT TO THE BENCH. First yellow card of the eighth season of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Why does Anup Kumar not bring Rahul back? How much worse can it get?
21-34 Aslam Inamdar's dangling hand almost sends off a bunch of Patna players but the defense pulls him back just in time.
21-33 Pune has gifted two points to Prashant Kumar Rai here. A failed anklehold and the flailing leg getting another.
A 10 point gulf now.
Anup Kumar: Now is not the time to avoid. Get points on small raids. Get tighter on defense.
21-31 Puneri Paltan get a bonus thanks to Sombir but Chiyaneh pounces and holds his legs and brings him down. Getting better with each game, Chiyaneh.
ALL OUT EFFECTED.
20-28 Sachin gets Sanket on the left corner. A toe touch that too.
20-27 Abinesh Nadarajan goes into the lobby without a touch and has to go to the bench. Monu Goyat is subbed back by the way.
20-26 Patna Pirates is smart here. Patna falls for a trap here as Vishal is eager yet again. Lovely work from the Pirates. Pune down to three men
20-24 Chiyaneh is determined to be involved as he puts in a tackle. Shubham Shelke is sent out as quickly as he came in
20-23 Puneri Paltan is reducing that lead as the new raider on the mat as uman Singh is thumped down to the side and sent off
Monu Goyat has been substituted.
19-23 Good lord. Mohammadreza Chiyaneh pounces on the Pune raider and the chains break to hold the raider in. The speed. Ridiculous from the Iranian!
19-22 Nice block here by Pune as they turn Prashant Kumar Rai into the back to block him out. Nice team work.
18-22 Mohit gets a touch on Sachin. Nicely done by Mohit.
17-22 SUPER TACKLE. PUNE has done well to deny Monu Goyat a point when on the do or die raid to get two points. Lovely block by Sombir. The left corner reacts immediately and Anup Kumar is impressed.
15-22 The right cover turns Aslam Inamdar like a spanner here and sends him back to the bench. Pune down to three men.
15-21 BIG RAID HERE FOR PATNA PIRATES as Sachin Tanwar's long hands bamboozle Anup Kumar here for a bit. Referees have given just the two points and Patna will not review. They can afford not to now and save the review for later.
15-19 Sachin Tanwar sends Abinesh back to the bench to keep the point gulf going.
15-18 My my. How fast is Aslam Inamdar. He gets a swift touch on a defender trying to go for the anklehold and steals a point for Pune
14-18 ALL OUT effected here by PATNA PIRATES. That lead has increased now.
14-15 Chiyaneh wastes no time and gets an ankle hold on Mohit Goyat.
HALFTIME: Nothing separates the two sides at half time as some interesting raid and a little luck keeps both teams on even footing.
14-14 Pune gets a bonus point but Pune is staring at an all-out
Baldev comes in for Mohit Goyal
13-14 Do or die raid. Monu was pushed off the mat but the referees are discussing here, what's happened? OH MY WAIT. THREE POINTS GIVEN TO PATNA. Referees say raider out and three defenders of Pune are out of bounds. The replay shows no touch on Vishal but Monu has gone into the lobby without a touch and seems to have taken three defenders with him. And now, this little passage of play has given Patna the lead! Can you believe it?
Vishal snaps at an opponent, Sachin it looks like and is warned immediately.
12-11 Ooof. Monu Goyat went for a thigh hold as Pankaj Mohite is blocked and sent away.
12-10 Sachin gets Sombir as he finds no support from the rest of the Pune defense. Sachin's reach and height helping him here.
12-9 SUPER TACKLE from Patna. Sajin C gets Mohit's ankles, Chiyaneh comes to help and then Sunil finishes things off. Nice team tackle here
12-7 Great ankle hold from Sombir as he gets Prashant's ankles and gets him off.
11-7 Well done Pankaj Mohite who catches Neeraj napping and sends him off for a more comfortable siesta on the bench.
10-7 Stellar defense from Pune. Monu Goyat looked like he'll take a few casualties with him across the midline but Pune gets a strong thigh hold and pulled the dangling hand away from the midline to neutralise the risk.
9-7 Mohit Goyal gets a bonus to get started. Referees want to look at this again. No harm done for Pune.
8-7 Prashant Kumar Rai throw the kick to get Sombir
Rahul Chaudhari has been taken off now
8-6 Do or die for Patna now. Prashant Kumar Rai goes into deep and tries the dubki but it does not happen so easily, skipper. He's blocked and brought down. POWERFUL CHAIN.
7-6 Aslam Inamdar comes in for the first do-or-die raid of the night and he does the job. Vishal Bharadwaj is ecstatic as he pats him on the back. He gets a bonus and gets a defender as his dangling hand finds the midline.
5-6 Prashant Kumar Rai gets Sanket Sawant. Quietly going about his work here in the Pirates' skipper.
5-5 I was just going to write about Pankaj's smartness here but he goes and gets involved in the defense, trying to get an anklehold on Monu Goyat. Silly. He has conceded a point here for no reason.
5-4 Pankaj Mohite gets a big scoop of one of the defenders here and gets Pune a point.
4-4 Prashant Kumar Rai's long kick finds Abinesh Nadarajan. Potent footwork here. Lovely awareness here from the Pirate-in-chief.
4-3 Sachin goes far too deep into the corner and the covers push him out from the left.
3-3 Patna defense is stepping up now as Sunil gets hold of Rahul Chaudhari's ankles before the rest of the defense could band together to help him. Nicely done.
3-2 Sachin Tanwar returns in kind as his long reach finds a Pune shirt.
3-1 Aslam Inamdar runs in and gets a kick on one of the Pirates. What a ridiculousl find this man
2-1 Prashant Kumar Rai slips out of bounds and gifts Pune a point.
1-1 Rahul Chaudhari comes in, gets a touch point and goes out. Sleek
0-1 Lovely start to the game for Puneri Paltan who looks like they've got Monu Goyat. BUT, it looks like the defender has stepped out of bounds and the raider is safe. Lucky lucky Monu Goyat!
Patna Pirates have won the toss. Pune will put in the first raid.
Patna Pirates: Monu Goyat, Neeraj Kumar, Sajin C, Prashant Kumar Rai, Sachin, Sunil, Mohammadreza Chiyaneh
Puneri Paltan: Rahul Chaudhari, Abinesh Nadarajan, Sanket Sawant, Pankaj Mohite, Aslam Inamdar, Sombir, Vishal Bharadwaj
15 minutes to go. Who are you backing today? Tweet to us on @sportstarweb and tell us!
7.10pm: It's been a week since the PKL started. If you are getting acquainting yourself with the league only now, no worries. It's never too late. Here's a little assistance with the rules and scoring system of the league.
7pm: Nitin Tomar did not feature for the Paltan in the previous match and seeing the kind of game he had in the opening fixture, it seems like a big loss for this side to not have him in the mix. Rahul Chaudhari has been ordinary this time around with a very underwhelming strike rate while Pankaj Mohite has shown promise but not been consistent with his success rate. Bulk of the workload may fall on a very passionate Aslam Inamdar who is more than happy to shoulder the load but he will need support against the three-pronged raiding arsenal of the Pirates (Monu-Prashanth-Sachin)
6.30pm: Good evening everyone! We have an exciting card of matches today. Puneri Paltan takes on Patna Pirates in the first clash of the day. I know we're hyping this up as the Rahul Chaudhari vs Monu Goyat contest but one can safely say that this season has been about new superstars making their presence felt and if you've followed the league so far, you know I am talking about Aslam Inamdar. Before getting into details, here's a look at how the two teams have fared so far in the league and where they stand in the points table.
Puneri Paltan: Anup Kumar's men have played two games - won one and lost the other. Their most recent outing was against Telugu Titans which they won by one point. Here are the highlights:
Patna Pirates: The Pirates come into this game after a drubbing as the hands of one of their most prolific ex players - Pardeep Narwal. It wasn't as one-sided a game as it sounds though, with Patna having a number of opportunities to get ahead in the game but failing to capitalise on chances and saving leads. The team won its opening game against the Steelers but fell to a loss against UP Yoddha. Here is a look at that game against Pardeep Narwal & Co.
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