Pro Kabaddi: Delhi schools Paltan in Dabang fashion, fortune favours Steelers as Haryana seals playoff berth

The second day of the Haryana leg saw Dabang Delhi hand a 60-40 pounding to Puneri Paltan. That was followed by a thriller where Haryana pipped Gujarat.

Gujarat Fortunegiants' Sonu Jaglan is lifted by Haryana Steelers' defenders. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Sunday'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 final double-header night from the second day of this leg.

 

Until tomorrow, this is Shivansh Gupta bidding you all good night. CIAO!

That's all the action we have for you today. Thank you so much for joining us on a night two teams secured semifinal berth.

FULL-TIME! 9/9 WINS FOR HARYANA WHENEVER KANDOLA SCORES A SUPER-10. 

38-37: HARYANA WINS!!!!!! SUNIL USHER ROHIT GULIA OUT ON TIME AND WHAT A CLIMAX THIS GAME HAD.

37-37: LAST RAID OF THE MATCH  MAYBE AND KANDOLA IS FLOORED! GUJARAT PLAYED A HIGH LINE OF DEFENCE, ON THE BAUL-LINE AND JUST WHEN KANDOLA TRIES TO CROSS THE LINE TO MAKE THE RAID LEGAL, HE IS TACKLED BY ROHIT GULIA.

37-36: Rohit Gulia gets Dharmaraj with a brilliant point. He uses the shoulders of the defender to go back.

37-35: Now, Gulia gets Ravi Kumar.

37-34: Do-or-die raid for Haryana AND PRASHANTH KUMAR RAI SENDS PARVESH BHAINSWAL TO THE BENCH.

36-34: GB More gets Sunil with a reverse kick to his face.

36-33: NOW, HARYANA IS BEEMING WITH THE CONFIDENCE. Two successive tackle points. First, Chand Singh get Rohit Gulia and then Vikas Kale gets Sonu.

34-33: ALL-OUT FOR HARYANA AND GUJARAT IS NOW TRAILING! KANDOLA GETS TO HIS SUPER-10.  Parvesh and Amit were the defenders there.

30-33:  Sonu is the last man in to raid and do we have an all-out? Sonu gets the bonus and and then steps out and takes three defenders with him.

29-30: GUJARAT DOWN TO ONE MAN! KANDOLA HAS COME ALIVE. HIS TH OF THIS HALF. Gets  a touch point off Pankaj.

28-30: HARYANA ONCE AGAIN, MAKES A COMEBACK! MORE GB IS TACKLED BY A BRILLIANT TACKLE FROM RAVI KUMAR.

27-30: KANDOLA GETS A TOUCH OFF KORAVI IN THE LEFT CORNER! KANDOLA GETS KORAVI YET AGAIN!

26-30: Do-or-die raid for Gulia and Gujarat and he is held back with ease.

COACH'S CORNER:

During the timeout, Gujarat's coach is telling Rohit Gulia and company to play on the do-or-die raids and forget the bonus because the scoreline and the clock is on their side.

25-30: ONCE AGAIN, HARYANA LETS THE ADVANTAGE SLIP! MORE GB THWARTS VINAY!

25-29: SUPER-TACKLE AND THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE CLASS FROM ROHIT GULIA! HE IS PUMPED AND WHY WON'T HE BE. GULIA WITH A DIVING ANKLE DOUBLE HOLD! RAIDER WITH A GREAT TACKLE!

25-27: Bonus from Gulia.

25-26: Do-or-die raid for Haryana and does it fetch Kandola two points. Umpires come together and decide that THREE POINTS TO HARYANA! Gujarat reviews the call, claiming he should only get two. Coming to the raid, he first evades a diving ankle hold from Ruturaj Koravi. Then, he has Parvesh Bhainswal pounce on him with a dash, but he overpowers him, turns to get his past the mid-line. Then Amit also comes to assist just before Kandola stretches his hand past the mid-line. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL AND JUST ONE POINT SEPARATES THE TWO TEAMS!

22-26:  Do-or-dier raid for Gujarat. A MOMENT OF HESITATION AND THAT GIVES THE RAIDER ENOUGH TIME TO EVADE DHARMARAJ RAN A LONG WAY TO TO TRY AND DASH SONU.

22-25: Kandola in to raid and PANKAJ FAUTERS AND KANDOLA SCORES HIS FIRST POINT OF THE SECOND HALF! PANKAJ WITH AN UNNECESSARY SOLO TACKLE AND HARYANA NOW BACK TO FIVE MAN.

21-25: SUPER-TACKLE AND VIKAS KANDOLA IS REVIVED! DHARMARAJ WITH A SOLO DOUBLE HOLD ON GULIA.

19-25: NOW, HARYANA IS DOWN TO THREE MEN! KANDOLA HAS SPENT 15 MINUTES OFF THE MAT AND SCORED ONLY 2 POINTS SO FAR. NONE IN THE SECOND!

19-25: Prashanth Kumar Rai is pinned down with a vicious tackle from Koravi. The ankle hold was followed by Parvesh Bhainswal's assist.

19-24: GUJARAT NOW WITH THE MOMENTUM! MORE GB, THE ALL ROUNDER, EVADES A WEAK DASH IN THE LEFT FLANK FROM VIKAS KALE.

19-23: Parvesh with an excellent dash on Vinay as he manages to send him just in the nick of time.

19-22: Do-or-die raid for Haryana and Kandola is in to raid. GUJARAT INCREASES THE LEAD WITH A SUPER-TACKLE FROM AMIT ON VIKAS KANDOLA! IT SIMPLY HASN'T BEEN KANDOLA'S NIGHT! DIVING DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD FROM THE DEFENDER.

19-20: Gujarat down to three, looking a little listless and reckless with its defence. Momentum is with Haryana.

19-20: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and SUNIL HOISTS SONU JAGLAN UP! WHAT A TACKLE AND I'TS A ONE-POINT GAME NOW

18-20: GUJARAT CONTINUES TO MAKE CRAZY, UNNECESSARY ADVANCE TACKLES! VINOD KUMAR WAS ON HIS WAY BACK WHEN THE DEFENDER TRIED A DIVING ANKLE HOLD IN THE RIGHT CORNER.

17-20: RAIDERS TARGETING RAIDERS! PRASHANTH GETS ROHIT GULIA WITH A TOUCH ON HIS HAND!

16-20: Do-or-die for Gujarat. Sonu is enticed deep after pushing Cheralathan into the corner and then rushes left to get Kandola on the run with a running hand touch.

16-19: Prashanth Kumar Rai with his sixth point of the night. It was an extremely futile tackle from Koravi.

15-19: Prashanth Kumar Rai starts the second half with a brilliant running hand touch off Pankaj and more importantly, he revives VIKAS KANDOLA!

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

HALF-TIME! 10 UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES FROM HARYANA MEANS THAT GUJARAT ENJOYS A FIVE-POINT LEAD! For Haryana to make a comeback, it needs to revive Kandola at the earliest in the next half and hope he comes good.

14-19: Empty raid from Prashanth Kumar Rai brings the first half to an end

14-19: Do-or-die raid for Haryana. Vinay comes in to raid and HE IS TACKLED! HE WAS TRAPPED THERE! BRILLIANT BACK HOLD FROM PANKAJ! THE RAIDER DOES GET A BONUS THOUGH!

13-18: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat. Sonu Jaglan is in to raid. Umpires award both teams two points to Gujarat, one to Haryana. Haryana reviews it, claiming Sonu Jagland stepped into the  lobby without getting a touch. Replay shows that Sonu does step into the lobby without getting a touch and two defenders follow him. That means even the defenders will be out.  AND THE REVIEW IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL. THE ORIGINAL DECISION STANDS.

12-16: Do-or-die raid for Haryana and WHAT AN OUTSANDING ASSIST FROM AMIT! Parvesh with the first block followed by a back hold from Amit.

12-14: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat. GB More is in to raid and after conceding five points on the trot, Gujarat scores its first point. Failed dash from Ravi Kumar. There was no need for that, really.

12-14: Koravi faulters yet again. Kandola with a touch point.

11-14: ANNA JOINS THE ACTION! ROHIT GULIA HAD TAKEN THE AERIAL ROUTE TO EVADE A BLOCK, BUT IS BROUGHT DOWN WITH BRUTE FROCE FROM DHARMARAJ.

10-14: Do-or-die raid for Haryana. OUCH, THA'T SGOT TO HURT! VICIOUS KICK ON PANKAJ'S CHEST BY VINAY.

9-14: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and SUNIL USES HIS SHOE TO GREAT EFFECT ON SONU JAGLAN'S EYES! SO SMART! AFTER HE PINS THE RAIDER DOWN, HE COVERS HIS EYES WITH HIS SHOES!

8-14: WHENEVER KANDOLA SCORES A SUPER-10, HARYANA WINS. 8/8. BUT WHEN HE DOESN'T, HARYANA ONLY WINS 30% OF ITS MATCHES.

8-14: THE WINGS OF VIKAS KANDOLA HAVE BEEN CLIPPED AGAIN! PARVESH BHAINSWAL WITH A BLOCK, WHO CAME AROUND FROM THE BACK AND GREAT SUPPORT FROM AMIT! BRILLIANT STUFF!

8-13: SONU JAGLAN USES HIS WING SPAN TO GREAT USE AS HE GETS VIKAS KALE!

8-12: THAT'S A MASSIVE TACKLE! MIGHTY MIGHTY TIGHT GRIP ON ROHIT GULIA'S ANKLE BY SUNIL.

7-12: Bonus point for Prashanth Kumar Rai.

6-12: ALL-OUT! VIKAS KANDOLA CONCEDES THE ALL-OUT AND IT'S A SIX-POINT LEAD FOR GUJARAT NOW.

6-9: Do-or-die raid for Haryana. First of the night and Ruturaj Koravi in the right corner launches himself into Vinay.

6-8: NOW, SUNIL HAS TO GO THE BENCH! He tries to dash Sonu, but the raider jumps up and away on time.

6-7: SIX unsuccessful tackled so far and it is Dharmaraj with a failed tackled on Sonu Jaglan. He had his hands on his head and he knew it was a schoolboy error.

6-6: VINAY YET AGAIN TARGETS THE RIGHT CONER AND YET AGAIN SPEEDS ON TIME AND YET AGAIN COMES BACK WITH A TOUCH POINT. ROHIT GULIA IS OFF TO THE BENCH.

5-6: Vinay, who shone in absence of Vikas Kandola's off night, gets one more tonight.

4-6: HARYANA DOWN TO TWO MEN! VIKAS KALE FALLS PREY TO A RUNNING HAND TOUCH FROM ROHIT GULIA.

4-5: BONUS PLUS PRASHANTH IS TACKLED! RUTURAJ, PANKAJ AND PARVESH COMBINE TO FLOOR THE RAIDER DOWN!

3-4: Ravi comes and Ravi goes as Sonu continues his good form from last night.

3-3: Prashanth Kumar Rai with a classic back kick on the defender after getting a bonus.

1-3: SUPER-RAID! RAVI KUMAR, DHARMARAJ AND VIKAS KANDOLA ARE ALL ON THE BENCH. ROHIT GULIA!!! HOW DO YOU OVERPOWER THREE PLAYERS WHILE STAYING ON YOUR FEET? WOW

1-0: Vikas Kandola comes in to raid and look at the crowd erupt. He start with a bonus point in the left corner.

0-0: Rohit Gulia comes in for the first raid the match. Starts empty-handed.

TOSS- Haryana wins the toss and Gujarat will raid first.

A WIN OR A TIE FOR HARYANA TO QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFF.

TEAM NEWS: DHARMARAJ CHERALATHAN IS FIT AGAIN AND WILL READ HIS SIDE TONIGHT! WELCOME BACK ANNA.

SQUADS:

HARYANA STEELERS: Vikas Kandola, Vikas Kale, Ravi Kumar, Prashanth Kumar Rai, Vinay, Sunil, Dharmaraj

GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS: Sonu, Amit, Parvesh Bhainswal, Vinod Kumar, Rohit Gulia, Ruturaj Koravi, Pankaj

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 7 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 2 | Haryana Steelers – 4 | Tie – 1

  • Haryana Steelers have the edge over Gujarat Fortunegiants in the H2H with 4 – 2 in wins.
  • The Steelers won the first meeting this season 41-25 by a difference of 16 points:
  • A superb team effort in raiding saw them score 20 raid points.
  • Vikas Kandola had 7 raid points while Prashanth Kumar Rai had 8 raid points. Vinay also scored 5 raid points.
  • Ravi Kumar had a brilliant HIGH 5 with 6 tackle points.
  • No raider scored even 5 raid points for Gujarat and no defender scored more than 2 tackle points.
  • Haryana outscored Gujarat 14-8 in tackle points.

Haryana Steelers PKL 7 Record

  • 11 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Tie – 60 points (3rd in points table)
  • Last Match: Lost to U.P. Yoddha 30 – 37
  • 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie in their last 5 matches

Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL 7 Record

  • 6 Wins, 11 Losses, 2 Ties – 44 points (8th in points table)
  • Last Match: Beat Tamil Thalaivas 50 – 21
  • Win against Tamil Thalaivas was their first win after 6 matches

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Vikas Kale (HAR) needs 3 tackle points to reach 100 tackle points in PKL.
  • Sunil Kumar (GUJ) needs 4 tackle points to reach 50 tackle points in PKL 7.
  • Parvesh Bhainswal (GUJ) needs 5 tackle points to reach 50 tackle points in PKL 7

 

 

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AS WE SHIFT OUT FOCUS TO THE SECOND MATCH OF THE NIGHT AS HARYANA STEELERS TAKES ON GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS.

 

 

PUNE IS KNOCKED OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS!

FULL-TIME: PUNE WILL BE THANKFUL THAT THIS MATCH HAS FINALLY COME TO AND END! DELHI AND ITS PLAYERS HAS BROKEN SEVERAL RECORDS TONIGHT! IT SECURES A TOP-TWO FINISH AND ARE THE DIRECT ENTRANTS INTO THE SEMI. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME DELHI SECURES A SEMIFINAL BERTH.

 

60-40: Amit Kumar contains Balram and that's that.

60-37: The Iranania, Emad pulls off another two-point raid.

60-34: DELHI GOES PAST THE RECORD OF MOST RAID POINTS IN A SINGLE MATCH THIS SEASON (53) BY QUITE A MARGIN.

58-34: THE BENCH OF DELHI IS BEING PUT TO THE TEST! 4 MAIN PLAYERS SUBBED AND EVEN THEY DELIVER! Great tackle!

57-34: VIJAY IS SENT TO THE BENCH WITH A HUGE KICK FROM SUSHANT SAIL.

57-33: NAVEEN IS NOW SENT TO THE BENCH WITH N ANKLE HOLD FROM GIRISH ERNAK.

56-31: NAVEEN IS SIMPLY UNSTOPPABLE! HE IS TOYING AROUND WITH THE DEFENDERS!

55-31: Emad with a bonus a touch pointt.

55-29: The sorry tale for Pune continues. Naveen is met with a double thigh hold from Jadhav , but he jumps back on time.

54-29: Raid point for Pune, finally. Sushant Sail sends Vishal Mane and Joginder Narwal back by diving back to the mid-line.

53-27: THIS IS JUST GETTING SILLY NOW! 4TH ALL-OUT ON PUNE! 33rd that Pune has suffered.

50-27: PAHAL WITH ANOTHER ANKLE HOLD AND THIS TIME, SANDEEP

47-27: RAVINDER PAHAL WITH A HIGH-5 AND HIS 23RD CAREER HIGH-5.  Emad Sedaghatnia is held back by an ankle hold from Pahal.

46-26: Naveen Kumar is on his back, but he backtracks successfully to score his 14th point of the match.

44-26: ALL-OUT! PUNE CONCEDES 32ND ALL-OUT AND 3RD OF THE NIGHT AND DELHI IS HANDING A POUNDING TO PUNE.

41-25: Naveen Kumar now eliminates Balasaheb Jadhav. He escapes the clutches of the defender with a frog jump.

39-23: SUPER-TACKLE FROM PUNE! 2ND CONSECUTIVE ONE! AND BALASAHEB JADHAV REACHES HIS HIGH-5 WITH THIS TACKLE ON CHANDRAN RANJIT.

38-21: NITIN TOMAR ON THE BENCH AND NAVEEN IS ROARING! What a dummy raid. He gets a touch off Tomar AND HE WASN'T EVEN LOOKING AT HIM!

37-21: FIRST DO-OR-DIE RAID OF THE MATCH AND IT'S PUNE'S. Anil Kumar tackles Amit Kumar with a thigh hold.

37-21: SUPER-TACKLE AND WHAT AN EFFORT FROM NITIN TOMAR! HE DASHES VIJAY OUT.

37-19: Pune has conceded 31 all-outs this season. MOST BY ANY TEAM.

VERY CLEARLY, PUNE IS MISSING PANKAJ MOHITE

 

37-19: Now, the third Delhi raider Vijay gets past the mid-line with so much ease. He is first floored by a dash from Sandeep, but he manages to turn on time and get back to safety.

36-19: Iranian Emad Sedaghatnia comes in to raid and runs out of bounds before a getting a touch off Delhi's left corner.

35-19: Girish Ernak is subbed in but has to go back to the bench instatly. Tentative ankle hold on Naveen Kumar was never going to be enough.

34-19: ANOTHER TWO-POINT RAID FOR CHANDRAN RANJIT AND HE GETS TO HIS SUPER-10! HE GETS A SUPER-10 AND THEN EVADES A BALASAHEB JADHAV DASH.

32-19: Two points for Puneri Paltan??!! Amit Kumar comes in to raid. Vishal Mane takes him out and joins the tackle too. But he manages to cross the mid-line. But did he on time? Umpires award two points to Pune.  Delhi reviews it, saying both points should get one point apiece as the raider stepped out of bounds before the touch. REVIEW SHOWS THAT RAIDER WAS STILL SAFE AND INBOUNDS AND HIS FINGERS CROSSED THE MID-LINE ON TIME. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL.


MILESTONE ALERT: CHANDRAN RANJIT

Chandran Ranjit Has Completed 100 Total Points This Season

 

32-17: CHANDRAN RANJIT REVIVES NAVEEN KUMAR WITH A TWO-POINT RAID. HE HAS SCORED 8 RAID POINTS NOW. Sandeep with a failed ankle hold in the left corner followed by failed dash from Nitin Tomar.

30-17: Manjeet gets Anil Kumar once again in the left corner with a touch point.

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

Naveen beats Maninder Singh's record of fastest to 400 raid points by five matches.

Mind you, if the match goes like this, PUNE WILL BE OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS CONTENTION!

This half didn't see a single do-or-die raid today. That's how high scoring this first half was.

HALF-TIME! OH, BOY! DELHI HAS OUTCLASSED PUNE IN ALL DEPARTMENTS. 2 Dabang all-outs and Pune has been schooled here!

30-16: The first half comes to an end with a Chandran Ranjit bonus attempt.

29-16: Naveen Kumar is thwarted by Balasaheb Jadhav.

29-15: BOTH DELHI CORNERS WIPED OUT BY MANJEET! PAHAL AND NARWAL COULDN'T HOLD MANJEET BACK.

29-13: Ranjit uses the lobby to great effect as he gets two points. First, he gets a touch point off Sagar and then manages to get his hand past the mid-line after a failed Tomar dash.

26-13: 17TH CONSECUTIVE SUPER-10 FOR NAVEEN KUMAR! IS THERE ANY TEAM THAT CAN STOP HIM? DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT! HE GETS TO HIS 18TH OVERALL SUPER-10 WITH A BONUS.

25-12: Sushant Sail is floored by a double ankle hold from Ravinder Pahal.

24-13: MUSCULAR BACK HOLD FROM NITIN TOMAR ON VIJAY! THAT WAS BRUTAL.

24-11: Tomar picks up Anil Kumar.

24-10: ALL-OUT ONCE AGAIN! THIS IS A DELHI ROUT ON PUNE! Naveen Kumar had gone in to raid and got two touch points off Sandeep and Sushant Sail.

20-10: LAST MAN IN SUSHANT SAIL AND PUNE SURVIVES! He gets a touch point off Anil Kumar.

20-9: TWO POINT AGAIN! NAVEEN SENDS BALASAHEB JADHAV WITH A TOUCH POINT RIGHT AFTER SAGAR KRISHNA STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS!

18-8: Anil with the rescue. After Nitin Tomar manages to escape Pahal's ankle hold, Anil Kumar came in with a a block and converted it into a dash.

17-9: SUPER-TACKLE AND THREE PUNE DEFENDERS MANAGE TO CONTAIN NAVEEN KUAMR. JADHAV AND TOMAR COMBINE WELL TO THUMP HIM DOWN.

17-6: RANJIT UNLEASHES A LETHAL SCORPION KICK ON DARSHAN AND KADIAN.

16-6: Nitin Tomar with a bonus.

16-5: FIRST RAVINDER PAHAL AND NOW JOGINDER NARWAL, DELHI IS SLOWLY DESTROYING PUNE IN EVER DEPARTMENT OF THE GAME. Manjeet faulters again.


MILESTONE ALERT: RAVINDER PAHAL

Ravinder Pahal Has Completed 50 Tackle Points This Season

 

14-4: Ravinder Pahal with an ankle hold on Sushant Sail after Vijay sent Sagar Krishna back to the bench.

12-4: ALL-OUT! PUNE SUFFERS AN EARLY ALL-OUT FROM DELHI. Last man in Amit Kumar gets the bonus before being tackled by Ravinder Pahal.

9-3: RAIDING MASTERCLASS AT SHOW FROM NAVEEN 'EXPRESS' KUMAR. HE SCORES HIS 7TH POINT.

9-3: NAVEEN BECOMES THE FASTEST PLAYER TO REACH 400 RAID POINTS IN THE HISTORY OF PKL. He gets Sushant Sail, who tries a thigh hold on the raider, but fails to stop him from flying away.

7-3: Manjeet with a bonus.

7-2: Naveen Kumar comes in to raid. Is this a multi-point raid? Let's find out. Naveen is given two points. Puneri reviews and the review is DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL. PUNE IS WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY FOR THE REST OF THE MATCH NOW. DARSHAN KADIAN AND SANDEEP OFF TO THE BENCH.


MILESTONE ALERT: CHANDRAN RANJIT

Chandran Ranjit Has Completed 300 Raid Points Overall

 

5-2: Delhi's second main defender Chandran Ranjit scores his first point of the night and this time, Nitin Tomar is sent back to the bench with a quick toe touch.


MILESTONE ALERT: MANJEET

Manjeet Has Completed 100 Raid Points This Season

 

4-2: Manjeet replies with a bonus point.

4-1: Naveen Kumar follows his first raid with a bonus point in the second raid.

3-1: First point of the night for Pune as Darshan Kadian gets Delhi's right corner and senior defender, Joginder Narwal, back to the bench with a kick .

3-0: Naveen Kumar, who is eyeing a 17th consecutive super-10, comes in to raid AND HE STARTS OFF WITH A TWO-POINT RAID! WHAT A WAY TO GET HIS NGHT GOING! SAGAR KRISHNA AND BALASAHEB JADHAV AT LEFT CORNER AND COVER RESPECTIVELY FAIL TO DASH HIM OUT.

1-0: Manjeet comes in for the first Pune raid and starts empty-handed.

1-0: Chandran Ranjit comes in for the first raid of the match and he GETS GOING WITH A BONUS POINT.

TOSS- Pune wins the toss and Delhi will raid first.

TEAM NEWS: PUNERI PALTAN'S LEADING RAIDER PANKAJ MOHITE WILL NOT BE FEATURING TONIGHT AS HE IS DOWN WITH HIGH FEVER!

Also, Surjeet Singh is starting on the bench.

SQUADS:

PUNERI PALTAN: Darshan Kadian, Sandeep, Balasaheb Jadhav, Sushant Sail, Manjeet, Nitin Tomar, Sagar Krishna

Subs: Emad Sedaghatnia, Surjeet Singh, Girish Maruti Ernak, Amit Kumar, Amit Kumar

 

DABANG DELHI: Naveen Kumar, Vishal Mane, Anil Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal, Chandran Ranjit, Vijay

Subs: Sombir, Sumit, Balram, Aman Kadian, Meraj Sheykh

 

But, hey, no issues. While we wait for the first match of the day to begin, here's a little something for you.

Yours truly interviewed Pankaj Mohite this weekend. We have a little under half an hour to go, just enough time for you all to have a quick read.

Pro Kabaddi: Pankaj Mohite takes flight at Puneri Paltan

 

So, what do both the teams need to do today to win?

Dabang Delhi had a big scare against Patna Pirates in its last match, but was saved by one single man, Vijay. His super-raid turned the tables on its head and Patna simply had no answers after that.

Naveen Kumar, despite having an average game, registered his 16th consecutive super-10. In the defence Ravinder Pahal has been at the top of his game, but Pardeep Narwal exposed his weaknesses last time around. Joginder Narwal has been a little inconsistent, but has come good on important days.

 

Puneri Paltan has little no to nothing shot at making the playoffs. It is only a matter of time before we get confirmation of the falling out of the qualifying race permanently.  ONE LOSS AND THE PALTAN WILL BE KNOCKED OUT. THEY SIMPLY CANNOT LOSE.

To make matters worse, the Paltan will take to the mat without the services of its lead raider, Pankaj Mohite. The onus will on an inconsistent Nitin Tomar and an off-colour Manjeet to spearhead the team's offence.

Moreover, Pune's leading defender and skipper, Surjeet Singh, starts on the bench. Now, Sagar Krishna and Balasaheb Jadhav have to make sure Pune's defence is uptight.

 

Qualifications & Eliminations on Day 62:

 

1. Puneri Paltan getting Eliminated:

- If Puneri Paltan loses to Dabang Delhi, then Puneri Paltan can only score a maximum of 52 points.

- U Mumba, which is 6th, has 54 points. Puneri Paltan will be 2 points short and will be eliminated from playoffs.

 

2. Haryana Steelers qualifying for playoffs:

- If Haryana Steelers wins against Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana will have 65 points.

- Jaipur Pink Panthers (currently 7th) can reach a maximum of 62 points.  Thus assuring Haryana Steelers a spot into the playoffs.

 

3. Dabang Delhi securing Top 2 spot in Points Table:

- Dabang Delhi with the win will go to 82 points. This will secure Dabang Delhi top 2 spot in points table as Haryana (currently 3rd) at can only a reach a maximum of 80 points.

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 15 | Puneri Paltan – 8 | Dabang Delhi – 6 | Tie - 1

  • Puneri Paltan lead their H2H 8-6 against Dabang Delhi, but Delhi have won the last 2 meetings.
  • The first meeting this season ended in a close 32-30 win for Delhi
  • Delhi got the early lead and looked set for a comfortable win as they led 27-20 with 9 minutes left in the game.
  • But Pune mounted a late fight back and had a chance to tie the game. Manjeet had the chance to tie the game in the final raid, but stepped out of bounds and was self-out.
  • Naveen Kumar had 11 raid points for Delhi while Ranjit had 8 raid points.
  • Ravinder Pahal was their top defender with 3 tackle points.
  • Nitin Tomar had 8 raid points while Manjeet had 6 raid points for Puneri Paltan.
  • Girish Ernak was their top defender with 4 tackle points.

Puneri Paltan PKL 7 Record

  • 6 Wins, 10 Losses, 3 Ties – 42 points (9th in points table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers 34 – 43
  • 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie in last 5 matches

Dabang Delhi PKL 7 Record

  • 14 Wins, 2 Losses, 2 Ties – 77 points (1st in points table)
  • Last Match: Beat Patna Pirates 43 – 39
  • 4 wins, 1 tie in their last 5 matches

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Manjeet (PUN) is 1 raid point away from 100 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Naveen Kumar (DEL) is 6 raid points away from 400 raid points in PKL.
  • Chandran Ranjit (DEL) is 2 raid points away from 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Vishal Mane (DEL) is 7 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL.
  • Ravinder Pahal (DEL) is 1 tackle point away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

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