Pro Kabaddi: Telugu Titans out of playoffs race after loss to Puneri Paltan

Puneri Paltan edged past Telugu Titans in an enthralling encounter that ended 53-50 in the former's favour. This results into Titans missing the playoffs.

Sushant Sail (in orange) of Puneri Paltan scored 11 points on the night.   -  PKL MEDIA

HELLO THERE, PANCHKULA

"Desha mein desh Haryana!" loosely translates to "Haryana is the best". I am sure you must have heard of this phrase before.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Wednesday's Pro Kabaddi League matches at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, the home of the Haryana Steelers.

This was Shivansh Gupta  bringing all the live action, commentary, scores and updates to you as it unfurled on the fifth of this leg.

 

Until next time, this is Shivansh Gupta bidding you all good night. Ciao!

I will see you all on Sunday again. Tomorrow and the day after, my colleagues will bring all the live action to you. Thank you so much for joining us tonight.

That's all we have for you today. Thank you so much. What an absolute cracker of a game we had. Can't imagine how dangerous Pune would have been had it turned up like it did today!

 

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF PKL THAT BOTH TEAMS IN A MATCH HAVE SCORED 50 OR MORE POINTS.

FULL-TIME!! WITH THIS LOSS, TELUGU TITANS CRASHES OUT OF THE PLAYFOFS RACE AND IT'S JUST UP AND JAIPUR FIGHTING FOR THE LAST BERTH.

50-53: SUPER-10 FOR FARHAD MILAGARDHAN AS HE GETS A TOUCH POINT OFF SURJEET SINGH AND THAT'S THAT!

49-53: DO-OR-DIE RAID AND THE RECORD OF MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SINGLE MATCH HAS BEEN BROKE!! EMAD IS TACKLED AS KRUSHNA MADANE SCORES HIS HIGH-5.

48-53: THE RECORD HAS BEEN EQUALLED!! SUSHANT SAIL FROM RIGHT IN THROWS IN A FUTILE DIVING ANKLE HOLD ON FARHAD.

47-53: POINT NO. 100 OF THE MATCH AS MANJEET MAKES AN ERROR! FARHAD EVADES A TENTATIVE ANKLE HOLD FROM MANJEET! EIGHTH POINT FOR HIM SO FAR.

46-53: 99TH POINT OF THE MATCH SO FAR! GIRISH GETS RAJNISH!

46-52: TITANS IS FAR FROM GIVING UP! SUPER-TACKLE ON EMAD BY KRUSHNA MADANE

DABANG VS PATNA- S03 -101 POINTS- HIGHEST SCORING GAME!

44-52: Now, Gowda is tackled by Balasaheb.

44-51: SUPER-RAID FOR THE IRANIAN EMAD! HAS HE SEALED THE GAME? WHAT A GREAT TIME TO PULL THIS OFF! Akash Choudhary, Aakash Arsul, Manish back to the bench

44-48:  Do-or-die raid for Titans and Gowda delivers. In eight seconds, he goes to the right corner, gets a running hand touch off Surjeet and uses the lobby to get back.

BIGGEST COMEBACK IN HISTORY OF PKL? Pune vs Haryana, Pune came back from  a 15-point lead to Haryana in PKL 6.

IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES, PUNE HASN'T SCORED A SINGLE POINT, WHILE TITANS HAS SCORE 14. REMEMBER, PUNE ONCE HAD A 25-POINT LEAD at 42-17.

43-48: HIGH-5 FOR AAKASH ARSUL AND TITANS IS RIGHT BACK INTO THE MATCH! HE TACKLES MANJEET. THEN, GOWDA PICKS UP A BONUS AND THEN MANISH TACKLES NITIN TOMAR.

39-48: All 14 men on the mat as we get going again for the remaining six minutes of the match.  Farhad is in to raid and he puts in an empty raid.

39-48:  ALL-OUT AND TELL YOU WHAT, TITANS IS RIGHT BACK INTO THE GAME! THE DEFICIT IS DOWN TO UNDER 10. THE LAST MAN IN WAS BALASAHEB JADHAV! Pune reviews the call claiming there should be a bonus. The replay shows there was no bonus and hence, THE PUNE REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL.

36-48: PUNE DOWN TO ONE MAN! FARHAD WITH A BRILLIANT REVERSE KICK ON SURJEET!

35-48: IS THIS THE START OF TITANS COMEBACK? IS THE CLOCK ON ITS SIDE? INCREDIBLE DIVING TACKLE FROM ARSUL ON MANJEET.

34-48: GIRISH ERNAK IS OFF TO THE BENCH. HE CHASES THE RAIDER AND RAKESH GOWDA'S WORK WAS MADE EASIER.

33-48: NOW, EMAD IS SENT TO THE BENCH BY MANISH.

32-48: BONUS PLUS ON E AND FARHAD IS LOOKING VERY GOOD INDEED! HE GETS NITIN TOMAR, WHO FAILS TO PULL THE RAIDER BACK ON TIME!

29-48: STILL STUCK ON 9 RAID POINTS, IS SUSHANT SAIL! RAKESH GOWDA WITH A BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED TACKLE!

28-48:  NO SWEAT, SAYS EMAD! AKASH CHOUDHARY WITH A FAILED ANKLE HOLD IN THE LEFT CORNER FOLLOWED BY A WEAK DASH FROM MANISH.

28-46: FIRST ALL-OUT ON PUNE BY TITANS! LAST MAN IN WAS MANJEET. HE PICKS UP A BONUS AND THEN FLOORED BY A FRONTAL BLOCK FROM AKASH CHOUDHARY!

25-45: PUNE DOWN TO ONE MAN AS FARHAD GETS BALASAHEB JADHAV!

24-45: MANJEET GETS A BONUS AND THEN GETS TO HIS SUPER-10!!!!

SIDDHARTH DESAI HAS BEEN SUBBED OFF

24-44: FARHAD PICKS UP NITIN TOMAR AND PUNE IS DOWN TO TWO MEN! RUNNING HAND TOUCH ON NITIN, WHO FAILS TO RETREAT ON TIME!

23-44: Rakesh Gowda scores his 12th point of the night by sending Surjeet back to the bench.

22-44: SUSHANT IS TACKLED FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT! KRUSHNA MADANE  WITH THE TACKLE POINT.

21-42: RAKESH GOWDA RESPONDS WITH A SUPER-RAID AND HE ALSO REACHES HIS SUPER-10. Surjeet Singh, Sagar Krishna, Emad Sedaghatnia, Nitin Tomar sent to the bench.

17-41: Emad Sedaghatnia with a bonnus point.

17-41: Surjeet Singh floors Rajnish.

17-40: ALL-OUT NO. 3!  PUNE IS SIMPLY DECIMATING ITS OPPOSITION TODAY? MANJEET WITH A TOUCH POINT ON RAJNISH AND FARHAD AND THEN DIVES BACK TO SAFETY!

16-36: SUSHANT SAIL WITH A SUPER-RAID? HE OVERPOWERS THREE MEN AND ONE DEFENDER CONCEDES A SELF-OUT POINT. Krushna Madane, Rakesh Gowda, Aakash Arsul, Akash Choudhary.

16-32:  Nitin Tomar comes in to resume the proceedings and he sends Manish to the bench with a running toe touch.

 

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

HALF-TIME! Pune's defence has really come to the fore tonight. A High-5 for Surjeet in the first half, two super-tackles for Pune and two all-outS. To top it off, the team has tackled Siddharth Desai and tackled him twice. THIS IS THE BEST PERFORMANCE BY ANY TEAM IN THE FIRST HALF.

16-31: THE FIRST HALF COMES TO AN END WITH A SUPER TACKLE ON FARHAD MILAGARDHAN! SUSHANT SAIL WITH A GREAT ANKLE HOLD ASSIST AFTER SURJEET COMES GOOD WITH A BLOCK. HIGH-5 TO SURJEET!

16-29: Sushant Sail with a bonus.

16-28: Farhad gets Girish on the way back to the mid-line.

15-28: The Titans defence is beginning to come the fore. Aakash with a brilliant short block on Amit Kumar.

14-28: SUPER-TACKLE! THAT WAS A BIG BIG TACKLE ON A BIG BIG PLAYER! GIRISH CROUCHES LOW AND SLOWS SIDDHARTH DOWN WITH AN ANKLE HOLD, BUT THE POINT GOES TO SUSHANT SAIL, WHO INITIATED THE TACKLE!

14-26: Aakash Arsul gets one back on Manjeet.

13-26: Now, Gowda gets Sagar Krishna in the left corner. What was that? Gowda had gone in deep for the left cover and Krishna thought of coming from the back. But Gowda turns quickly and gets a simple touch point off Sagar.

12-26: Rakesh Gowda continues to fight. six points for him so far. Nitin Tomar and Amit Kumar with a failed combination tackle on Gowda.

10-26: Bonus point for Amit Kumar.

10-25: The damage continues to worsen for the Titans as Nitin Tomar, the raider, helps out in defensive duties and tackles Farhad Milagardhan.

10-24: ALL-OUT! FARHAD MILAGARDHAN CONCEDES THE ALL-OUT AND ONE MORE POINT TO MANJEET! TITANS IS CRUMBLING HERE!

10-21: DOUBLE THIGH HOLD FROM SURJEET ON SIDDHARTH DESAI!

10-20: DOWN TO TWO, AGAIN! Manjeet gets Arsul.

10-19: Desai with a bonus and a revival. Sends Amit Kumar back to the bench.

8-19: SUSHANT SAIL GETS TWO POINTS AFTER HE EVADE AN ANKLE HOLD FROM KRUSHNA MADANE AND A DASH FROM RAKESH GOWDA! TITANS DOWN TO TWO MEN!

8-17: Sushant Sail makes it 3/3. What a show of skill. He gets a kick touch point off Manish's chest.

8-16: Gowda with a bonus.

7-16: Nitin Tomar with a sliding toe touch on Akash Choudhary in the left corner.

7-15: 10 MINUTES INTO THE MATCH AND SIDDHARTH DESAI FINALLY OPENS HIS ACCOUNT! HE GETS A TOUCH POINT OFF MANJEET WITH A BRUTAL KICK.

6-15: PUNE RUNNING RIOT HERE! Manjeet gets a running hand touch off Aakash Arsul in the left in position.

6-14: Surjeet with a brilliant hold on Rajnish.

6-13: Akash Choudhary in the thick of action now. Amit Kumar has to go to the bench.

5-13: Gowda is the only man on the Titans' side of the mat looking good tonight. He gets a running hand touch off Sushant Sail and then uses the lobby to get back to safety.

4-12: Now, Nitin Tomar has to go the bench. Rakesh Gowda gets a touch off him, turns well and then tumbles back to safety.

3-12: NITIN TOMAR GETS TWO! He overpowers Manish and Akash Choudhary.

3-10: ALL-OUT! THIS PUNE DEFENCE IS BREATHING FIRE TODAY! WHAT A START THE DEFENCE HAS HAD! ANOTHER ANKLE HOLD ON THE RAIDER, WHO ONLY MANAGES TO GET A BONUS! AMIT KUMAR TACKLES RAKESH GOWDA

2-6: SIDDHARTH DESAI IS PINNED DOWN WITH AN ANKLE HOLD AGAIN! AMIT KUMAR IN RIGHT IN WITH A VICIOUS ANKLE HOLD TACKLE!

2-4: Do-or-die raid for Titans. Rajnish is in to raid he is tackled by Surjeet. The raider was eyeing the Puneri skipper the entire time and he was so invested, he didn't realize he had gone in too deep. Rajnish gets the bonus though.

1-3: FIRST POINT OF THE NIGHT FOR TITIANS! BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD FROM AAKASH ARSUL ON MANJEET!

0-3: Sushant Sail is off the mark. He is first tossed in the air by a block from Manish and the defender follows it up with an ankle hold, but Sushant overpowers him and drags his body back to safety. WHERE WAS THE SUPPORT?

0-2: Manjeet now picks up a touch point off Krushna Madane, who puts in a weak ankle hold.

0-1: Siddharth Desai begins proceedings and Manjeet left cover draws first blood with a brilliant ankle hold.

TOSS- Pune wins the toss and Telugu Titans will raid first

What does Titans need to win today?

The onus of scoring points will once again be on Siddharth Desai, who is on the brink of breaking another record. A record that was set by Naveen Kumar three days back against the same opposition. Desai is eight raid points away from becoming the fastest to 400 raid points. Should he get there today, he will claim the record a match earlier.

The defensive duties will be handled by Akash Choudhary and Krushna Madane. Rajnish, Rakesh Gowda will be there to help Siddharth in the raiding department.

TEAM NEWS:

PUNE:

  • NO PANKAJ MOHITE TODAY AS WELL as he is yet to recover completely from high fever.
  • Surjeet Singh comes back into the side after missing the last match.
  • Balasaheb Jadhav, who has been Pune's top defender in the previous matches, starts on the bench.

 

TITANS:

  • NO VISHAL BHARDWAJ AND ABOZAR MIGHANI!
  •  This comes as a bit of a suprise. Titans will be fielding a very different side today.
  • C. Arun starts on the bench.

SQUADS:

TELUGU TITANS: Siddharth Desai, Krushna Madane, Rakesh Gowda, Aakash Arsul, Akash Choudhary, Rajnish

Subs: Armaan, C. Arun, Siva Ganesh Reddy, Ankit Beniwal. Farhad Milagardhan

 

PUNERI PALTAN: Manjeet, Surjeet Singh, Nitin Tomar, Amit Kumar, Sagar Krishna, Sushant Sail, Girish Maruti Ernak

Subs: Sandeep, Amit Kumar, Darshan Kadian, Emad Sedaghatnia, Balasaheb Jadhav

 

SIMPLY PUT, Telugu Titans has win all of its remaining four matches to keep its hopes of making it to the playoffs alive and that is going to be a daunting task. With Titans fielding a relatively young side, it will be interesting to see

 

Qualifications & Eliminations on Day 65:

 

1. Telugu Titans getting eliminated:

- If Telugu Titans lose/Tie the match then the max the team can reach is 55/57 points.

- Thus Telugu Titans cannot outscore U.P. Yoddha's points of 58 and will be eliminated.

 

How have both the teams fared against each other in the past?

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 13 | Telugu Titans – 6 | Puneri Paltan – 6 | Tie – 1

  • Puneri Paltan and Telugu Titans are all square in their H2H with each team winning 6 matches.
  • Puneri Paltan had a convincing win over Telugu Titans in their 1st meeting in PKL 7, beating them 34 – 27.
  • Puneri Paltan raiding unit outscored Telugu Titans 15 – 10 while Telugu defence outscored Puneri Paltan 17 – 14.
  • Manjeet and Nitin Tomar were the top raiders for Puneri Paltan scoring 8 and 7 raid points respectively.
  • Amit Kumar and Sagar Krishna were the top defenders for Pune scoring 4 tackle points each.
  • For Telugu Titans Siddharth Desai was the top raider scoring 7 raid points. No other raider scored more than 1 raid point.
  • C. Arun and Vishal Bhardwaj were the best defender for Telugu Titans each scoring a HIGH 5. C. Arun scored 6 tackle points and Vishal Bhardwaj scored 5 tackle points.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 5 wins, 10 Losses, 3 Ties – 39 Points (11th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 51 – 31.
  • Have only won once in their last 6 matches (1 Win, 1 Tie, 4 Losses).

Puneri Paltan PKL 7 Record

  • 6 wins, 11 Losses 3 Ties – 42 Points (9th in Points Table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Dabang Delhi 40 – 60.
  • 1 Win, 1 Tie and 3 losses in the last 5 matches.

 

What are some of the milestones you should look forward to in this match?

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Siddharth Desai (HYD) is 8 raid points away from reaching 400 raid points in PKL. He will become the fastest to 400 raid points breaking Naveen Kumar’s record.
  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 2 tackle points away from reaching 200 tackle points in PKL. He will be the fastest to 200 tackle points breaking Manjeet Chhillar’s record.
  • Manjeet (PUN) is 9 raid points away from reaching 200 raid points in PKL.

 

WATCH: All eyes are on Telugu Titans today as it faces Pune in a do-or-die encounter. Well, Titans has to win all of its remaining group games from here. But there are two players in the team who do not take any pressure. The Desai brother, Suraj And Sidddharth, featured on our #KingsofKabaddi show last month and spilled the beans about their relationship on and off the mat.

We have a little over half an hour to go before the commencement of the match, so treat yourself to his special episode. ENJOY!

 

 

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