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REPORT | Pro Kabaddi: Haryana Steelers-Jaipur Pink Panthers encounter ends in thrilling tie, Bengal snubs U Mumba
FULL-TIME! Arjun Deshwal's 15-point heroics go in vain as Bengal Warriors find enough time for a last-gasp super-tackle to down U Mumba.
26-29: SUPER-TACKLE! LATE LATE LATE DRAMA AND THIS IS THE GAME! RINKU NARWAL DELVIERS WHEN IT MATTERED THE MOST AT LEFT CORNER! HE PUT IN A BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD AND YOU HAVE TO FEEL FOR THE YOUNG MAN, ARJUN DESHWAL!
ARE WE GOING TO SEE ANOTHER TIE TODAY? 7 ON THE MAT FOR U MUMBA AND 3 FOR BENGAL.
33 SECONDS LEFT AND IT'S A PNE POINT GAME
26-27: RAW POWER BY SANDEEP NARWAL ON MANINDER! FRONTAL BLOCK AFTER ARJUN DESHWAL SENT JEEVA KUMAR BACK.
24-27: Do-or-die raid and Nabibakhsh comes in to raid and he is floored with brute force by Fazel. He broke free from the chain and went in for the solo tackle. Good assist by Surinder Singh. IT'S A THREE-POINT GAME
23-27: Excellent work by Arju. Gets a quick bonus.
21-27: Doe-or-die raid for Bengal and Fazel Atrachali puts in a great dash. He waited for the opportunity and put in a high dash on Hegde.
20-27: Sandeep Narwal is tossed up by Nabibakhsh brutally. What a commanding tackle. Sandeep's poor night gets worse.
20-26: First, Sukesh Hegde gets a bonus and then Nabibakhsh's from left in chips in with a brilliant thigh hold on U Mumba's Abhishek Singh. Can't play into Nabi's territory!
20-24: Rinku Narwal gives a simple point to Abhishek Singh. Half-hearted ankle hold attempt.
19-24: Do-or-die raid for Maninder and this time, Maninder doesn't survive. He waited for too long and Fazel pulled the trigger at the right time. Diving thigh hold to pull Maninder back.
18-23: Freebie for Rohit Baliyan. Baldev at right corner puts in a diving double ankle hold, but Baliyan uses the momentum to cross the mid-line.
17-23: ONE, TWO AND THREE! After Rinku Narwal tried to hold Deshwal back with two ankle holds, Mayur contains the raider with great support.
17-22: YOU CAN'T BE GIFTING POINTS LIKE THIS, SANDEEP NARWAL. Once again, goes in for a solo block, which Maninder deals with easily.
17-21: Nabibakhsh ushers Abhishek Singh off. For a moment, we thought Singh made it back on time, but the referees say it was an unsuccessful raid.
17-20: FAZEL IS UP AND RUNNING! HE PULLS OFF A WRESTLING MOVE ON HEGDE AND FLOORS HIM COMPREHENSIVELY.
16-20: Hegde and Deshwal are keeping their teams in the game. First, Sukesh sends Harender back before Deshwal picked up his 11th point of the night by sendig Rinku Narwal back.
15-19: SUPER-10 FOR DESHWAL AND LOOK WHO HE SENDS BACK! IT'S MANINDER SINGH WITH A TOUCH ON THE BENGAL SKIPPER'S HAIR!
14-19: Do-or-die raid for Sukesh and Bengal. Freebie from Harender Kumar, as he put in a nothing tackle.
14-18: Jeeva Kumar with a tackle and the crowd erupts! Abhishek Singh takes a kick to his face, but he still manages to hold Singh back with a brilliant thigh hold. AS THEY SAY, CHAMPIONS HOLD THEIR BRUISES WITH PRIDE.
14-17: Sliding toe touch BY DESHWAL on Mohammad Nabibakhsh in the left corner, who really had no where to go!
13-17: Maninder Singh now gets Surinder Singh with a running hand touch.
WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF
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IT'S ALL HAPPENING HERE! DO NOT GO ANYWHERE! YOU SIMPLY CANNOT MISS THE LAST 20.
HALF-TIME! What a first half we have had. 3 super raids, two of them by Arjun Deshwal and one by Sukesh Hegde. One all-out by Bengal on U Mumba and Mumbai's first defensive point coming in the last minute.
13-16: SUPER-RAID! ARJUN DESHWAL WITH 2 ON THE NIGHT ALREADY! He first gets a bonus and then sends Rinku Narwal, Mayur Shivtarkar back. In the previous raid, U Mumba scored the first tackle points of the match after Deshwal sent Nabi to the bench with a tackle.
8-16: SUPER-RAID! SUKESH YOU BEAUTY! IT WAS A Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Sukesh Hegde sent in and he comes back with three points. He had Harendra Kumar, Surinder Singh, Rohit Baliyan on him and yet, he manages to come back to safety.
8-13: Abhishek Singh gets Mayur again at right in as the senior member failed to retreat on time. Running hand touch point for Singh.
7-13: ALL-OUT! ATHUL MS COMES IN FOR TIM PHONCHOO, GETS THE BONUS AND IS THEN FLOORED BY BALDEV SINGH FROM THE RIGHT CORNER! WHAT A START BY BY BENGAL.
6-10: ONE MAN LEFT FOR U MUMBA. Maninder targets Fazel, who has started poorly and runs back to safety.
6-9: Do-or-die raid for U Mumba and Rohit Baliyan gets a bonus.
5-9: Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Maninder up against Fazel, Harender and the latter defender faulters. Maninder Singh got a hefty touch off a crouching Harender and when the defender tried a ankle hold, he turned back quickly.
We finally have a tackle point tonight.
5-8: RINKU NARWAL AND BALDEV SINGH COMBINE TO PERFECTION TO TACKLE ARJUN DESHWAL. The raider got a touch point off the centre, but Rinku does well to charge in from the left corner and throw him into Baldev's arms.
5-7: Do-or-die raid for Nabibakhsh and a relentless Nabi gets the better of Surinder Singh. STILL NO TACKLE POINTS FOR EITHER SIDES. Coming to the raid, Surinder tried to come in from the back, but cannot put in a strong enough block.
5-4: Do-or-die raid for U Mumba. Abhishek Singh handed the responsibility. He waited till the last 5 seconds of the raid and uses his speed to great effect and get Mayur Shivtarkar on the run with a running hand touch.
4-4: Hedge responds with a bonus.
4-3 : Maninder comes back with a bonus.
4-2: Fazal Atrachali with an eager dash, but couldn't dash Sukesh Hegde out on time as the raider got his hand past the mid-line on time. Nery start for Fazel and the U Mumba defence.
4-1: Do-or-die raid and Arjun Deshwal continues to start strong.
3-1: Maninder Singh scores his first point of the night as he gets a touch point off Sandeep Narwal.
3-0: SUPER-RAID!! ARJUN DESHWAL STARTS WITH A THREE-POINT RAID! GETS RINKU NARWAL IN THE LEFT CORNER, GETS THE BONUS AND ON THE WAY BACK, GETS MAYUR SHIVTARKAR ON THE WAY BACK.
Toss: Bengal wins and U MUMBA RAIDS FIRST
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Home side Bengal Warriors will host U Mumba in the penultimate game of its home leg. While Bengal Warriors won a last-gasp thriller against Puneri Paltan on Sunday, U Mumba too played out a convincing victory against Telugu Titans after a strong defensive display.
Bengal's raiding prowess is what U Mumba need to deal with. Bengal Warriors is one among the best raid units this season. It has the 2nd highest average raid points and second lowest raid failure % among teams this season. Bengal Warriors are one among the best raid units this season. They have the 2nd highest average raid points and 2nd lowest raid failure % among teams this season.
U Mumba's recent form is something that Bengal Warriors will have to careful of. In the first 8 matches, U Mumba’s defenders haven’t clicked together as a unit averaging just 8.8 tackle points. In 3 of those matches, they had scored fewer than 10 tackle points.
However, in the last 6 matches, U Mumba’s defence has managed to meet its expectations averaging 12 tackle points. In the last 6 matches, three different U Mumba defenders managed to score an HIGH 5.
U Mumba has improved significantly in its defence especially in the dying stages of the match. In the first 9 matches, U Mumba had a tackle SR of just 27 in the final ten minutes. However, in the last 5 matches, not only has it managed to score more tackle points than it did in the first 9 matches combined, but also have an impressive tackle SR of 62.
FULL-TIME! AND WE HAVE A TIE HERE! THIS SEEMS TO BE THE BEST RESULT OF THE NIGHT! A TOPSY-TURVY CONTEST WHERE NO TEAM DESERVED TO LOSE! PHEW! WHAT A CRACKER OF A GAME
32-32: Haryana must score! MUST SCORE! No bonus for Prashanth Kumar and JAIPUR CONCEDE A RIDICULOUS POINT FOR HARYANA! Sachin Narwal with a howler in the right corner!
32-31: CHERALATHAN WITH A TOE TOUCH ON SANDEEP DHULL! What is even happening here? Where will this match go?
32-30: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Hooda, with 14 points already, comes in to raid and he is tackled.
32-29: HIGH FIVE FOR SANDEEP DHULL! Boy, what a comeback. In the last five minutes, Jaipur has scored 11 points, while Haryana has scored only 4. Kandola is benched again.
29-29: WHAT A COMEBACK AS HOODA dives back to safety, with Cheralathan still clinging on to his ankles, and brings Jaipur back to level
28-29: ALL-OUT ON HARYANA, BUT JAIPUR STILL TRAILS BY ONE-POINT! Naveen gets the bonus, but is then immediately tackled by Sandeep Dhull.
25-28: Deepak up against two and what a reckless tackle by Ravi Kumar. He came in alone from the left corner and Hooda avoids the defender safely.
24-28: Naveen goes in and comes back with a bonus point.
24-27: Point no.11 for Deepak Niwas Hooda as he reduced Haryana to two men on the mat. It was a nothing tackle, really, by Sunil as he went in for an extremely weal thigh hold on Deepak.
23-27: Bonus and toe touch by Prashanth Kumar Rai. WHAT A WASTE OF REVIEW BY JAIPUR! It was a clear bonus point, which Jaipur reviewed and it was deemed unsuccessful.
Coming to the raid, he was up against three men again, but this time, he emerged on top. Cheralathan came in with the ankle hold, floored the raider, but Hooda pulled himself back to safety.
23-25: SUPER-10 FOR DEEPAK NIWAS HOODA AND HE BECOMES THE THIRD MAN IN THE HISTORY OF PKL TO CROSS THE 800 RAID POINTs MARK!
22-25: Do-or-die raid for Kandola and he is floored. He tried twice for a bonus before Elavarasan comes in with the thigh hold. HARYANA reviews the call claiming Kandola should get a bonus point and the replay shows that Kandola couldn't get his left leg over the black line cleanly. His foot was on the black line, BUT IT SHOULD CROSS THE BLACK LINE WITH THE TRAILING FOOT IN THE AIR. Hence, Review unsuccessful!
21-25: SUPER-TACKLE AND TWO POINTS TO HARYANA! Deepak was up against three and he is floored by a huge block from Ravi Kumar, WHO BRINGS UP HIS HIGH-5.
21-23: BREEZY RAID AND WELCOME BACK TO THE SCORESHEET, DEEPAK NIWAS HOODA! He gets a hefty hand touch on Prashanth's chest and then gets a second point when Kale came in with a weak dash. Poor decision making from Vikas Kale there.
19-23: First Kandola and now Vinay. The raider runs into the lobby without getting a touch.
18-23: Deepak Narwal comes in to raid for the first time and with the way he was going about it, he never looked dangerous. Dharmaraj Cheralathan from the left corner comes in from the back and tackled him with a strong frontal block.
18-22: SELF-OUT! Kandola steps out of bounds without getting a touch. Couldn't contain his momentum there.
17-22: Do-or-die raid for Ajinkya Pawar a nd he succumbs to a massive tacklle. Once again, it's Sunil from the right corner. The defender went head first and lifted the raider up before the rest of the team clipped his wings and brought him down.
17-21: Vinay is tackled for the first time tonight! Sachin Narwal with the brilliant tackle.
16-21: Kandola bags another touch point in the right corner. Pavan TR put in a half-hearted thigh hold, but it was never going to be enough to hold Kandola back.
15-20: Kandola revived after Ravi Kumar breaks from the chain tackle and attacks Nitin Rawal's thigh, lifts him up and then floors him.
15-19: Do-or-die raid for Kandola and he misses it by a whisker. He gets three touches, but is dashed out by Sandeep Dhull from the left corner before he could get a diving hand touch past the mid-line. Valiant effort there.
14-19: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur after the teams start with two empty raids each. Deepak Niwas Hooda comes in AND WHAT A BRILLIANTLY TIMED ANKLE HOLD BY SUNIL. He clamps down Hooda's ankle with total brute force and that too, very close to the mid-line.
WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF
HALF-TIME! With that, an exciting first half comes to and end. Both teams exchanged blows in the first five to eight minutes and were level on score. But, Deepak Hooda led Jaipur to inflicting the first all-out on Haryana. Then, Haryana turned up and the last five minutes belonged to them. IT INFLICTED THE FIRST ALL-OUT ON JAIPUR AND BETWEEN THE TWO ALL-OUT, JAIPUR SCORED ONLY 1 POINT WHILE HARYANA, THANKS TO KANDOLA'S 5-RAID EFFORT, SCORED 11 POINTS.
14-18: HARYANA HAS WELL AND TRULY TURNED UP! COMING TO ITS OWN IN THE BACK END OF THE FIRST HALF! Two consecutive tackle points for the team which is on a five-match winning streak. Kandola backed his super-raid with a diving ankle hold on Nitin Rawal before Sunil dashed Salunke out in the left corner brutally.
14-16: ALL-OUT ON JAIPUR AND VIKAS KANDOLA STEALS THE LIMELIGHT WITH A SUPER-RAID EFFORT! HE WAS UP AGAINST THREE JAIPUR MEN (Santhapanaselvam, Elavarasan, Sandeep Dhull) and he dived back to safety.
14-11: THE DEFICIT IS DOWN TO THREE! Haryana has come back to life after suffering an all-out! First, Kandola sent Pavan Tr to the bench with a lightning quick hand touch and in the next raid, Nilesh Salunke was brought down and contained by Ravi Kumar. Salunke did get a bonus though.
13-9: Two consecutive points for Haryana. First, Ravi Kumar held Deepak Niwas Hooda back before Prashanth Kumar Rai got a touch point off Nitin Rawal.
13-7: ALL-OUT! ANNA CHERALATHAN GOT THE TOUCH POINT IN THE LEFT CORNER, BUT COULDN'T EVADE OUT OF THE ANKLE HOLD BY SANDEEP DHULL.
10-6: HARYANA DOWN TO ONE MAN! That was the softest point you'll see all league long. Ravi Kumar was busy crouching and trying to avoid stepping out of bounds. but ended up conceding a simple touch point to Hooda.
9-6: Do-or-die raid for Haryana this time and Pavan TR from right cover went in for a solid solo tackle and holds back Naveen successfully.
8-6: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur, first one of the match and he delivers. He threw the kick to Sunil's arm, who was expecting a flying hand. Smart work there!
7-6: Nilesh Salunke with a double thigh hold on Kandola and the raider has been benched again.
6-6: Brilliant ankle hold by Sunil and Hooda has been sent back. After Jaipur's skipper sent Vinay back with a running hand touch in his previous raid, he wasn't able to wriggle out of Sunil's strong ankle grapple in the right.
6-5: This time, Prashanth Kumar Rai has been floored. Outstanding trap set there by Jaipur. The lured him in too deep and Nilesh Salunke initated a waist hold at left cover and received immediate help.
4-5: Once again, the defender in the left corner is caught napping. 3 raids and 3 back kicks and 3 successes for Prashanth. Santhapanaselvam has to go back.
4-4: Two-point raid for Hooda AND HE SENDS THE CAPTAIN AND STAR RAIDER TO THE BENCH! Cheralathan with a reluctant tackle attempt and Hooda on the rub, gets a touch off Kandola too.
2-4: KANDOLA IS UP AND RUNNING! He is buzzing with energy, is Kandola. He goes to the left corner and gets a hefty touch off Sandeep Dhull on his thigh.
2-3: Do-or-die raid for Haryana and Prashanth Kumar Rai with a cunning touch point with a kick off Pavan TR. The raider was going left and then saw Pavan behind him and unleashed a timely kick to send him back to the bench.
2-2: Deepak Niwas Hooda gets Ravi Kumar on the run, who was slow on the retreat. Hooda with a headband is on a mission today.
1-2: Nilesh Salunke is floored by Vikas Kale as the first tackle point of the night goes to Haryana. He tried the dubki but he couldn't eavde the Kale block.
1-1: Santhapanaselvam has been outdone by an extremely smart raid by Prashanth Kumar Rai. He converted a reverse toe touch into a kick.
1-0: Deepak Niwas Hooda for the first raid for Jaipur and he bags the bonus. First point of the match goes to Jaipur.
0-0: Vikas Kandola comes in to raid first. Tries to look for a toe touch in the right corner, but goes back empty handed.
Toss: Jaipur wins the toss and Haryana will raid first.
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In-form Haryana Steelers will be looking to equal its string of six successive wins when it battles Jaipur Pink Panthers. While Haryana Steelers is currently the most in-form team in the league, Jaipur Pink Panthers has struggled for form, having lost four straight matches, and will be looking to bounce back in Kolkata.
It will be interesting to see whether Jaipur's defensive unit led by Sandeep Dhull be able to contain Haryana Steelers' raiding dominance, whihc has been led by Vikash Kandola. He was not available for Haryana Steelers in the first 3 matches due to injury. But since his return the team has been on a roll winning 8 of their 10 matches. Vikas Kandola has scored 97 raid points this season. He has scored 6 SUPER 10s this season so far. Whenever he has scored a SUPER 10 the team has gone on to win the match. Among raiders who have scored minimum of 5 SUPER 10s this season, Vikas Kandola is the only raider to have a win% of 100.
As for Jaipur, the men in pink will have a different fort to conquer. Jaipur’s defensive unit is one of the best this season. The team averages 11.2 tackle points per match and it is joint best this season. The team also has a tackle SR of 49 which is joint second best in the league. Sandeep Dhull has been the lead defender for the team and is one of the best defenders of the season. He has scored 44 tackle points (4th in the league) and averages 3.4 tackle points per match which is joint 2nd best in the league.
Here's how the teams have fared against each other in the past:
Milestones to look out for in this match:
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