PKL 2019, As it Happened: Gujarat beats Bengaluru, Mumbai thumps Jaipur

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Two top six teams U Mumba and Jaipur Pink Panthers face off in a repeat of the inaugural final of Pro Kabaddi League.   -  www.prokabaddi.com

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Saturday's Pro Kabaddi League matches at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

I'm Dominic Richard and I will be taking you through today's live coverage.

 

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MATCH REPORT| Bengaluru begins home leg with Gujarat loss; Mumbai hammers Jaipur

The Gujarat Fortunegiants beat the Bengaluru Bulls 32-23 earlier today. And now, U Mumba has literally thrashed the Jaipur Pink Panthers 47-21 in match 68 of PKL 2019 in Bengaluru on Sunday.

AND THE MATCH IS OVER!!!!

U Mumba 47 - 21 Jaipur Pink Panthers: SUPER RAID!!!! Abhishek Singh completes his SUPER-10 with a mind-blowing four-point raid!!!! Abhishek went in for the buzzer raid and he looked to have been successfully tackled by Amit Hooda but the Mumbai raider twisted and turned and somehow found a way out to lead his team to mammoth 26-point victory!!!! Sushil Gulia, Nitin Rawal and Sandeep Dhull were the other players out.

43 - 20:  Nilesh and Sushil Gulia get a few raid points for Jaipur. And U Mumba's Abhishek Singh bags his ninth raid point by taking out Amit Hooda. ANOTHER TIME-OUT!!

41 - 18: FOURTH ALL-OUT!!!! Nitin Rawal got a bonus before the ultimate raid from Arjun Deshwal. Both Nitin and Sandeep fail to stop Arjun as he completes collects two raid points and two all-out points for his side. Jaipur in shambles against Mumbai here.

37 - 17: Nitin Rawal and Nilesh Salunkhe got bonus points for the Jaipur Pink Panthers and Abhishek Singh jumps past Amit Hooda with a touch point to complete a successful do-or-die raid for U Mumba.

35 - 15: HIGH-5 for Harendra Kumar!!! However, Deepak Hooda got the bonus. ANOTHER SUPER TACKLE!!! Amit Hooda takes out Abhishek Singh with a lethal dash!!

34 - 12: HIGH-5 for Mumbai captain Fazel Atrachali! Then, Deepak Narwal gets a huge touch on the substitute Harsh Vardhan but the referees don't give it and send Deepak out. A pathetic decision from the officials!! SUPER TACKLE! First tackle points of the evening for Sandeep Dhull.

32 - 10: A silly double entry by U Mumba! Both Arjun and Athul wanted to be part of the action. One technical point to Jaipur Pink Panthers. PLAYER INJURED! Sandeep Narwal takes a knock to the head during a successful tackle for his team. He has been substituted now.

31 - 8: Deepak Narwal evades Surinder Singh to reduce the deficit but Abhishek Singh gets the better of Sandeep Dhull in the next raid to restore Mumbai's 22-point lead. And it increases as Harendra Kumar takes out Deepak Hooda. AND IT'S A TIME-OUT.

29 - 7: THIRD ALL-OUT!!!! Mumbai's Arjun Deshwal takes out Sandeep dhull with a wonderful toe touch! Jaipur has seven raid points and zero tackle points in this match so far.

U Mumba 25 - 7 Jaipur Pink Panthers: Abhishek Singh comes up with another raid point and Harendra Kumar with one more tackle point as Mumbai's lead keeps increasing. 

The second-half begins!

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!

U Mumba 23 - 7 Jaipur Pink Panthers: Deepak Hooda gets the better of Surinder Singh first but in his very next raid Harendra Kumar takes him out. Nilesh follows his skipper to the bench next. 16-point lead for U Mumba against Jaipur Pink Panthers now.

20 - 6: SECOND ALL-OUT!!! Fazel Atrachali executes a good thigh hold on Sandeep Dhull to complete the formalities.

17 - 5: Nilesh Salunkhe got a bonus. And Abhishek Singh is literally toying with the Jaipur defence. He sends Ajinkya Pawar, Nitin Rawal and Pavan TR to the bench in a matter of few moments. Jaipur down to one man yet again!

14 - 4: Arjun Deshwal gets a bonus plus one point. Sunil is the Jaipur defender out. Sandeep Narwal takes out both the Deepaks. He first blocked Deepak Narwal with ease and then dashed Deepak Hooda out of bounds.

10 - 4: ALL-OUT!!! An eight-minute all-out! U Mumba skipper Fazel Atrachali takes out Nitin Rawal. Jaipur Pink Panthers are misfiring big time here.

7 - 3: Deepak Hooda racks up a bonus and immediately Sandeep Narwal goes into the Jaipur half to raid and executes a wonderful running hand touch on Deepak. Four-point lead for Mumbai. Jaipur is down to one man!

6 - 2: Abhishek Singh opens his account at the expense of Amit Hooda. Nitin Rawal then gets the first two points for his team. He gets a bonus and a touch point on Surinder Singh. Abhishek comes back to send Sunil to the bench.

U Mumba 4 - 0 Jaipur Pink Panthers: REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL!!! And Mumbai loses a challenge to begin the game. Poor review! Athul was confident that he had touched Deepak Hooda but his skipper Fazel shouldn't have taken it so early on. A few moments later, Athul gets his revenge on Deepak to get the first point of the match. Arjun Deshwal gets one more raid point for Mumbai, while Sandeep Narwal bags a tackle point.

And the match begins!

SQUADS:

U Mumba: Abhishek Singh, Sandeep Narwal, Arjun Deshwal, Athul MS, Fazel Atrachali (C), Surinder Singh, Harendra Kumar.

COACH: Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan.

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Nitin Rawal, Deepak Hooda (C), Sunil Siddhgavali, Deepak Narwal, Ajinkya Pawar, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda.

COACH: Srinivas Reddy.

 

Head-to-head (since 2016): U Mumba 5 – 3 Jaipur Pink Panthers; 1 Tie.

 

U Mumba

Form guide:

Played: 11

Won: 5

Tied: 0

Lost: 6

Win rate: 45.45%

Best Raider: Abhishek Singh

Best Defender: Fazel Atrachali

 

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Form guide:

Played: 11

Won: 7

Tied: 0

Lost: 4

Win rate: 63.63%%

Best Raider: Deepak Hooda

Best Defender: Sandeep Dhull

 

Now, we move on to the second match of the evening. U Mumba will take on Jaipur Pink Panthers in the clash of the first two champions of Pro Kabaddi League.

AND THE MATCH IS OVER!! An important win for Gujarat Fortunegiants here. No points for the Bengaluru Bulls from this fixture.

Bengaluru Bulls 23 - 32 Gujarat Fortunegiants: ALL-OUT!!! A brilliant strategy from the Gujarat Fortunegiants. They have denied the Bengaluru Bulls even one solitary point from this game. Sachin first went in for a quick raid and got the better of Mohit Sehrawat. Only three seconds were remaining on the clock by then. And in the final raid of the match, which was a do-or-die for Bengaluru, Amit Sheoran was out. GUJARAT WINS!!!!

23 - 28: Sachin sends both Rohit Kumar and Saurabh Nandal to the bench. Sumit Singh got a bonus for the Bulls and after a few seconds GB More takes Sumit out as Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh looks on with delight from the sidelines. Bengaluru down to one man!

22 - 25: Two consecutive failed do-or-die attempts. First, Bengaluru's Amit Sheoran took out Gujarat raider GB More and then Sunil Kumar returned the favour on Pawan Sehrawat. This has been Pawan's worst performance this season!

AND IT'S A TIME-OUT!!! Just a little over five minutes to go now!

21 - 24: One Kumar gets another! Sunil sends Rohit to the bench one more time today! And Mahender Singh walks out as well as GB More finally wrong-foots the lead defender of Bengaluru Bulls. Sumit Singh executes a good toe touch on Rohit Gulia next. Gujarat Fortunegiants holds a three-point lead now. 

20 - 22: Gujarat just has a two-point lead now! Rohit Kumar gets a raid point at the expense of Ankit. Mahender Singh then takes out Rohit Gulia. GB More gets the ankle hold right on Pawan next and finally Sachin fails again in a do-or-die raid as Saurabh claims his eight tackle point of the evening.

17 - 21: Mohit Sehrawat fails in Bengaluru's do-or-die raid first. ANOTHER SUPER-TACKLE! Saurabh Nandal adds two more points to his tally as Sachin goes out. The deficit keeps increasing.

15 - 20: SUPER TACKLE!!! Mahender Singh pounces on Rohit Gulia and takes him out. However the Bulls lose a defender, who had stepped out before the tackle. Lead down to five!

Bengaluru Bulls 13 - 19 Gujarat Fortunegiants: REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL for Gujarat! Poor challenge from the team. It was on a Pawan Sehrawat bonus. The referee's decision stays! And Pawan goes to the bench after a few moments because of a Sumit barge. Bengaluru has only three men on the mat!

The second-half is underway!

AND IT'S HALF-TIME!!!!

Bengaluru Bulls 12 - 18 Gujarat Fortunegiants: Parvesh is at it once again! Rohit is out one more time today. It was a brilliant block! Rohit Gulia falls prey to Saurabh Nandal next. HIGH-5 for Nandal!!! And Gujarat Fortunegiants retains its six-point lead over the Bengaluru Bulls heading into the break.

11 - 17: Rohit Kumar straightaway heads back to the bench after the restart. Sumit gets the tackle point. Pawan also follows his captain to the bench soon. Parvesh Bhainswal absolutely floors him! Rohit Gulia gets the better of Amit Sheoran in a do-or-die raid for Gujarat. Bengaluru's star defender Mahender Singh successfully tackles GB More to reduce the deficit to six. 

10 - 14: ALL-OUT!!! The substitute Sumit Singh bagged the bonus and is then immediately taken out with a ferocious tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal. Out of nowhere, Gujarat has inflicted the first all-out of the match. Bengaluru raiders have been schooled here.

9 - 11: Free Points for Gujarat here! GB More came in for the raid. Both Amit Sheoran and Mohit Sehrawat go out of bounds without a touch. And Pawan fails in a do-or-die raid, due to an ankle hold from Ankit. And Mahender Singh is also out as Rohit Gulia 'Dubkis' him. Bengaluru down to one man!

9 - 7: Sunil Kumar gets his revenge! He applies a successful double thigh hold on Rohit. SUPER TACKLE! Bengaluru gets back the lead. Saurabh Nandal gets the two points and Sachin walks to the bench. Pawan then evades Sunil Kumar to increase the advantage for his side.

6 - 6: Rohit gets a bonus. Then in two successive Gujarat Fortunegiants raids, Rohit Gulia first jumps over Amit Sheoran to get a point. Few seconds later, he is successfully tackled by Saurabh Nandal. Sachin takes out Banty to cancel out the Bengaluru Bulls lead.

4 - 4: The 'high-flyer' Pawan Sehrawat gets his name on the scoreboard. He executes a perfect running hand touch on Rohit Gulia. Rohit Kumar continues his good form from last game as he easily evades Amit. Bengaluru had a two-point lead for a while but Gujarat's GB More evens it out once again as he gets the better of both Mahender and Pawan.

Bengaluru Bulls 2 - 2 Gujarat Fortunegiants: First up, Sachin gets a bonus for Gujarat and then heads to the bench. Bengaluru skipper Rohit Kumar gets the better of his opposite number Sunil Kumar next. Rohit Gulia also racked up his first raid point at the expense of the experienced Mahender Singh.

AND THE MATCH BEGINS!

The players from both teams come out to the mat.

SQUADS:

Bengaluru Bulls VII: Rohit Kumar (C), Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Pawan Sehrawat, Banty, Saurabh Nandal, Amit Sheoran.

COACH: Randhir Singh Sehrawat.

Gujarat Fortunegiants VII: Sachin, Sunil Kumar (C), Parvesh Bhainswal, GB More, Rohit Gulia, Ankit, Sumit.

COACH: Manpreet Singh.

 

Head-to-head: Bengaluru Bulls 2 - 2 Gujarat Fortunegiants. 1 tie.

 

Bengaluru Bulls

Played: 11

Won: 6

Tied: 0

Lost: 5

Win Rate: 54.55%

Best Raider: Pawan Sehrawat

Best Defender: Mahender Singh

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants

Played: 11

Won: 4

Tied: 0

Lost: 7

Win Rate: 36.36%

Best Raider: Rohit Gulia

Best Defender: Sunil Kumar

 

The match will be available for live streaming on Hotstar and will also be available on Star Network's live broadcast.