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 UP Yoddha and Jaipur Pink Panthers.
What a day of Kabaddi! It's time for us to call it a night. Do come back and join us for our live coverage of the league tomorrow. We have to big fixtures tomorrow
- It's Rahul Chaudhari vs Monu Goyat as Puneri Paltan takes on Patna Pirates
- While Siddharth Desai and Vikash Kandola will lock horns as Telugu Titans and Haryana Steelers clash as well in the second match of the evening.
We will have live coverage and updates as usual so make sure you join us. Until then, goodbye and goodnight.
WHAT A GAME! UP Yoddha looked clueless for most parts of this game as Jaipur Pink Panthers stuck to the basics to get ahead. Arjun Deshwal has proven to be a smart acquisition for the Panthers with yet another Super 10. The Jaipur defense was the better of the two as it chipped away at the Yoddha front line, consistently sending Pardeep Narwal to the bench. Rohit Tomar and Surender were bright spots for UP Yoddha and helped the side bridge what was at one point a 7+ gulf in points right down to the wire. UP Yoddha could have come away with a draw at least but Deepak Niwas Hooda's two-point raid right at the end got the Panthers the five points and a boost of confidence.
32-29 Deepak Niwas Hooda has to go in deep and manages to come out with two points and a win for the Panthers. The JPP camp is roaring with joy, wonderful simple kabaddi to clinch the game.
30-29 Rohit Tomar runs in, gets a touch point and comes out. Sticks to the script and comes out. Incredible here.
30-28 30 seconds to go. Deepak Niwas Hooda is going to run the clock down.
UP Yoddha coach has asked Rohit to work with small raids. Go in, get the job done, come out.
30-28 Nitin Rawal falls for Rohit Tomar's charms. Very unnecessary from the JPP backline here.
30-27 Rohit goes in takes out a defender and goes out. Swift.
30-26 OH THIS IS SAD. Arjun Deshwal thinks he has got the UP Yoddha defender on the right corner and goes off the line. Referee sees him go out and sends him to the bench. Arjun can't review because Deepak wasted their review here
30-25 Bonus for Surender. He gets his super 10!
Multiple opinions seem to be in the mix in the JPP chat with the coach. I am going to wait to see how this plays out for the Panthers now
30-24 Nitesh is livid as he goes for Arjun and Arjun drags him to the midline.
29-24 The dash is working on Pardeep as he's not able to stand firm in front of the JPP defense. After trying to lure the right corner, he is struck out
Under five minutes to go.
28-24 Rohit Tomar comes in to raid now as he invites the defender to hold on to him and then drags him to the midline. Is he the player who can help the Yoddha take this to the end?
28-23 Deepak Hooda comes in. Rohit Tomar gets the ankle hold and gets Deepak out. Working on attack and defense will have to be their strategy with an out-of-sorts Pardeep sitting on the bench.
28-22 UP Yoddha gets a point here to work towards reducing that lead at least.
28-21 Arjun Deshwal is continuing the good work at the other end.
He races to his SUPER 10 , his third consecutive one this season.
27-21 Sandheep Dhull is leaking points here as he goes for Surender's ankles again. What is happening with him tonight?
27-20 Arjun Deshwal is being helped by some mistakes from UP Yoddha but that should take nothing away from Arjun's skill as he goes in deep and gets TWO points.
25-20 Pardeep looks ominous as he tries to atack into that left corner. But Amit and Shaul run in from the other side and usher him off the mat. He is dejected as he has to walk back. He just isn't able to be swift enough.
A little over 10 minutes remain and this is still anyone's game.
24-20 Surender Gill goes and tempts Sandheep Dhull who was eager to com forward. And he bites the bait and walks off the mat. JPP has allowed UP Yoddha space to come back into this game.
24-19 ERROR. Rohit Tomar makes a big mistake and tries to hold Arjun Deshwal's ankles. What an error here. JPP gets a point as a result as the bonus has been revoked. Deepak Niwas Hooda is asking for a review from the bench for the bonus point. Seems to be a waste of a review. The foot is on the black line and not across. Yet another wasted review.
23-19 Nitesh gets a firm ankle hold on Deepak and he just stood there conceding the point. Solid point for UP Yoddha
23-18 Rohit Tomar gets a touch after a failed ankle hold and gets a point for UP Yoddha. But more importantly, he brings back Pardeep Narwal.
23-17 Deepak Niwas Hooda get Sumit to step out of bounds. Usually Sumit and Nitesh are such stable corner defenders.
22-17 Bonus point given to UP Yoddha
22-16 Oh this is brilliant from the right corner of UP Yoddha to tackle Arjun Deshwal. One came in from the left, one dashed in from the right and shut Arjun down.
22-15 Surender Gill is bulldozed out of the right corner. No chance at all for the UP Yoddha player.
21-15 It looks like Deepak gets a touch point but he misses but the momentum sends him out of bounds.
21-14 Shaul Kumar gets his first ever tackle point in PKL and it's Pardeep flat on the mat. What a way to get off the mark. He's tackled down.
20-14 Arjun Deshwal makes it look too easy, gets a touch to keep the JPP scoreline ticking
19-14 Pardeep is chipping away here, he gets a running hand touch and a point for the UP Yoddha.
19-13 Bonus point for Pardeep Narwal
HALFTIME: SEVEN POINT LEAD FOR JPP AT THE HALFTIME MARK
19-12 Deepak Niwas Hooda repays in kind with a super raid. THREE TOUCH POINTS and JPP goes into halftime with a comfortable seven point lead.
16-12 BIG RAID FOR SURENDER. What a blip here from Jaipur. Bonus plus two points. SUPER RAID. This is shoddy from JPP but there's not much they could do there though.
16-9 UP Yoddha gets a bonus point.
16-8 Deepak gets a bonus point for JPP.
15-8 ALL OUT. UP YODDHA HAS CRUMBLED HERE. UP Yoddha gets the bonus but Nitin gets a hold of his waist and brings him down and then Amit comes around and turns him away from the midline. Lovely work. Very solid here.
12-7 Deepak Niwas Hooda wriggles and twists to takes a defender with him for a point
11-7 TRAPPED AND HOW! Pardeep tries to do the dubki and looks good but he has two lines of defense coming over to contain any damage. PKL teams have figured out Pardeep Narwal. How unfortunate. Pardeep back to the bench.
10-7 One of the UP Yoddha defenders say, the left corner Sumit say,"Let him come, don't go for it". But Ashu Singh can't help himself and gives Arjun a point
9-7 Shrikanth Jadhav has been unsure today and is not making use of those eager Jaipur covers. But as we say this, Deepak Niwas Hooda eagerly tries to hold on to his legs and Shrikanth slips off easily. Unnecessary here from the JPP captain. But UP Yoddha won't complain as it brings Pardeep Narwal back.
9-6 WHAT WAS THE NEED FOR THAT CHARGE? Arjun Deshwal is tackled by Gurdeep but when Arjun has momentum on his side and he flies into the midline. Fourth raid point for Arjun.
8-6 UP Yoddha gets a bonus point but no touch point and Pardeep is annoyed on the bench. He's been on the bench for over half the game so far at this point.
8-5 UP Yoddha brings down Deepak Niwas Hooda on the right corner
to revive Pardeep. Oh no. Scratch that. Referees say a defender has gone out of bounds and Deepak is safe. We will see now. REVIEW has been wasted here as we see the defender stepping out. UP Yoddha has lost its review.
7-5 Nitin pushes Surender off to the lobby
6-5 Sumit gets an ankle hold and the cover defense dashes Arjun out of the mat. Nicely done. They need this energy to counter Arjun and JPP.
6-4 Sandeep Dhull tries to dive but does it so half-heartedy and gives Surender a point
6-3 Pardeep Narwal has looked very sluggish this season and we see that here as Vishal orchestrates a simple yet strong block and tackle to send him to the bench. Nicely done by the left cover and right corner.
5-3 Arjun Deshwal gets Surender out. Looking very good Arjun. Chipping away at the points here.
4-3 Surender takes out I think Sandeep Dhull. Far too easy here
4-2 Arjun Deshwal goes in. Gets a bonus. Comes out.
3-2 Pardeep gets a touch on the thigh of the right corner defender.
3-1 Ashu Singhs hold on Deepak Niwas Hooda is slippery. Errors from UP Yoddha here. Let Deepak go. Pointless to try and catch him near the midline.
2-1 Shrikanth Jadhav jumps into the bonus area and gets a point. That's risky business here.
2-0 Deepak Niwas Hooda gets a bonus point for JPP.
1-0 Arjun Deshwal dives to get a touch on Nitesh Kumar's ankle. What a sight for sore eyes is Arjun Deshwal. The game today will come down to how UP Yoddha can revive Pardeep Narwal - how its second and third raiders step up in this game.
Barely any time to breathe as we get into the second game of the night. Tamil Thalaivas restricted U Mumba to a draw in the first game of the night after Ajith Kumar brought the men in orange roaring back into the game. Check out the highlights here:
8.20pm: Before we head into this game, take a look at how these two sides fared in their previous fixtures. UP Yoddha beat Patna Pirates while Jaipur Pink Panthers decisively beat Haryana Steelers:
8:15pm: If you're new to the PKL caravan and are wondering what super raids, super tackles, bonus points, do or die raids are, we have you covered.
8.10pm: Jaipur goes up against UP Yoddha today. Deepak Niwas Hooda vs Pardeep Narwal.
8pm: Good evening. It's day 6 of the PKL and an interesting match is on as we speak between U Mumba and Tamil Thalaivas. Check out our live coverage:
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