Pro Kabaddi: Jaipur-Gujarat play out tie, UP thrashes Thalaivas- As it happened

Jaipur began its home leg with a tie against Gujarat. That was followed by UP Yoddha knocking Tamil Thalaivas out of the league with a 42-22 trouncing.

UP Yoddha's all-round performance proved to be too lethal for Tamil Thalaivas.   -  PKL MEDIA

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UP Yoddha's clinical all-round show was too lethal for Tamil Thalaivas in the end as the Thalaivas becomes the first team to crash out of the competition.

Jaipur Pink Panthers will take a tie for starters. Gujarat Fortunegiants, however, could have and should have won it.

Full-time: UP YODDHA COMPLETES A COMPREHENSIVE VICTORY AND TAMIL THALAIVAS HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT THE LEAGUE! UP Yoddha climbs to the fourth place.

42-22: Last raid of the match coming up. Ajith Kumar is in to raid and he runs right into Gurdeep's laps. AND THAT'S THAT!

41-22: Devadiga is dashed out by M. Abhishek.

41-21: Ajith Kumar comes in to raid and Ashu Singh gifts a point to Ajith.

41-20: Do-or-die raid for UP and the raider prevails. UP challenges the call that he should get two points. The replays show the raider was out of bound before getting his hand past the mid-line. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL AND ONE POINT TO TAMIL.

LAST TWO MINUTES TO GO!

40-19: HIGH-5 FOR SUMIT AND HE HAS RICHLY DESERVED IT! BE IT TACKLE OR ASSIST, SUMIT HAS BEEN THE BEST DEFENDER ON THE MAT TODAY BY FAR! Chaudhari goes to the left corner and attempts a toe touch off Sumit, but is slow on the turn and and is brought down by Sumit's ankle hold.

39-19: The lead double the point Tamil has scored. Devadiga with a running hand touch on V Ajith Kumar. n the next raid, he gets a bonus point.

37-19: BONUS PLUS ONE FOR JADHAV! Vineet Sharma puts his body weight on the raider in an attempt to push him out, but fails to do so on time. Jadhav scores his eight point with ease in the end. 

35-18: ALL-OUT! THIRD ONE CHENNAI BY UP! VINEET SHARMA IS SUBBED IN FOR MANJEET CHHILLAR FOR THE RAID AND HE IS TACKLED BY A BRILLIANT DIVING THIGH HOLD BY NITESH KUMAR IN THE LEFT CORNER! Vineet does get the bonus though.

32-17: Gill reduces opposition to one man. He gets Chhillar.

31-17: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas and the raider, Yashwant Binoi is first held up by Sumit's ankle hold and then pushed off the mat by the right cover. Thaliavas down to two men.

30-17: ABSOLUTE CARANAGE! Do-or-die raid for UP and this is just easy pickings. Surender Gill goes for a dummy hand touch on the left corner with his right hand and suddenly sticks his left hand out and gets a touch off Abhishek. WELL DONE!

29-17: Ajith Kumar has blown cold today, but you can't blame him. Can't always expect one man to carry his team all by himself every single match. Coming to the raid, raider Surender Gill takes a blow to his head, but manages to hold Ajith back.

28-17: Rahul Chaudhari with yet another unsuccessful raid. SUMIT WITH A GREAT RUN FROM THE LEFT CORNER AND HE RACES TO THE RIGHT FLANK WITH A BLOCK! Receives great support from the right cover.

26-16: ALL-OUT! UP IS RUNNING AWAY WITH THE GAME NOW! Last man for Thalaivas in to raid is Ran Singh. He gets the bonus before being ushered off by Amit.

22-15: AS EASY AS IT GETS! Anand of Thaliavas literally stood still the moment Sumit put in the ankle hold.

21-15: From trailing by five points to now leading by 6, UP Yoddha has truly come alive after Jadhav's super-raid. This time, Shabeer Bappu falls prey to Surender Gill's running hand touch.

20-15: V. Ajith Kumar is feeling the heat too. He gets a touch off the centre defender and pushes off his chest to dive back. But Amit is up to the task and blocks hom successfully.

18-15: CORNER-COVER COMBINATION AND UP SENDS CHAUDHARI BACK FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT!Sumit with an ankle hold that slowed Rahul down before Ashu Singh and Amit come with the support.

17-15: Rishank Devadiga gets a bonus in the left corner.

16-15: All 14 men on the mat now.

16-15: ALL-OUT!  Manjeet Chhillar is the last man on the mat for Tamil. He is in to raid. He gets the bonus and looking for running kick touch BUT RUNS OUT OF TIME! A NOTHING RAID THERE, REALLY!

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

Until Jadhav's moment of brilliance, UP had only racked up a meagre three raid points. However, the tally looks much better now. Thalaivas will begin the second half with just one man on the mat and it will be do-or-die raid.

HALF-TIME! MIGHTY SUPER RAID FROM SHRIKANT JADHAV GETS UP YODDHA RIGHT BACK INTO THE GAME AT THE BRING OF HALF-TIME! What an absolute mighty raid and UP is on the verge of bundling Tamil out.

SHRIKANT JADHAV RAID POINTSShrikant Jadhav Has Completed 100 Raid Points In Season

 

13-14: Do-or-die raif for UP with less than 40 seconds on the clock AND SUPER-RAID! SHRIKANT JADHAV MAKES THE THALAIVAS DEFENCE CRUMBLE IN ONE RAID!
Ran Singh, Rahul Chaudhari, Mohit Chhillar, M. Abishek will start the second half on bench.

9-14: Do-or-die raid for Chaudhari and he gets a running hand touch off Nitesh Kumar. Both men swore to the mat, with the latter claiming no touch. Chaudhari goes back his half and says take the reviews if you are so confident. But UP Yoddha decides against it and respect the umpire's decision.

9-13: Do-or-die raid for UP and well done Surender Gill. Shabeer Bappu comes to close to comfort and leaves his body hanging forward. Gill obliges, gets a touch and then dives back to safety.

8-13: Chaudhari, who hasn't visited the bench yet and has scored four points so far, is in to raid. He goes to his right, then to his left. Then rushes right and finally goes back empty-handed.

8-13: Ajith Kumar is dashed out. THALAIVAS CHALLENGE THE CALL CLAIMING OUT THREE DEFENDERS ARE ALSO OUT OF BOUNDS! The umpires come together to check whether UP defenders, who dashed him out, went out of bounds before Kumar even got a touch. Replay shows that Amit's right hand got a touch off Ajith's right hand while the raider was still in-bounds. HENCE, THE REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL AND ONE POINT TO UP YODDHA!

7-13: Mohit Chhillar tries an advanced diving ankle hold on Devadiga and the latter emerges on top, courtesy his postioning. The raider was very close to the mid-line, so it was easy for him to get back safety.

6-13: Do-or-die raid and once again, the point goes towards Tamil Thaliavas' way. Ran Singh with an excellent back hold on Surender Gill, who was blindsided there.

6-12: Do-or-die raid for Tamil. V. Ajith Kumar doesn't disappoint. He lures left corner, Sumit into the tackle. Sumit brings him down, but then uses his shoulders to drag himself back to safety.

6-11: ALL-OUT! RAN SINGH WITH A BRUTAL THIGH HOLD IN THE LEFT CORNER ON SUBSTITUTE AZAD SINGH AND UP IS BUNDLED OUT EARLY.

5-8: DOWN TO ONE MAN, IS UP! CHAUDHARI LURES ASHU SINGH INTO ATTEMPTING A TACKLE! ASHU DOES JUST THAT!

5-7: Do-or-die raid for Chennai. Rahul Chaudhari delivers again as Jadhav is tagged out by the veteran raider. Raider sends one raider back and UP is down to two men.

5-6: Do-or-die raid for UP and Shrikant Jadhav comes back with a bonus point. He opens his account.

4-6: SUPER-TACKLE ON V. AJITH KUMAR BY ASHU SINGH. It was the timing of tackle that was key. Nitesh Kumar assists after Ashu Singh puts in a diving ankle hold on the raider. 2 on 1 and the former triumphs.

2-6: Do-or-die raid UP and MOHIT CHHILLAR WITH A BRILLIANT WAIST HOLD ON RISHANK.

2-5: Do-or-die raid for Thalaivas. Rahul Chaudhari delivers. He gets Amit in the left corner and dives back to safety. He looked like going for Ashu Singh, but Amit falls prey.

2-4: Thaliavas' yesterday hero, V. Ajith Kumar goes back without a point.

2-4: Surender Gill is tackled by Abhishek after the raider got a bonus point.

1-3: V Ajith Kumar comes in and he is off the mark straight away. Sumit is the man who has to go back to the bench.

1-2: Shrikant Jadhav with the second raid for UP after Rishank Devadiga got us started with an empty raid. He goes right before the defender, Abhishek comes in with the dash. Jadhav, while on his way out, gets his hand past the mid-line. The umpires award a point to Shrikant Jadhav. Thalaivas review the call claiming the raider stepped out of bound before getting a touch. The reply shows his left foot was out of bounds. REVIEW IS SUCCESSFUL AND THALAIVAS RETAINS ITS REVIEW. So, one point each for both teams .

0-1: Rahul Chaudhari with the first raid of the match and he fetches a bonus point.

TOSS: Tamil wins the toss and UP will raid first.

Squads:

UP Yoddha: Shrikant Jadhav, Ashu Singh, Amit, Surender Gill, Rishank Devadiga, Nitesh Kumar, Sumit

Subs: Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Sachin Kumar, Gurdeep, Azad Singh, Monu Goyat

 

Tamil Thalaivas: Rahul Chaudhari, M. Abhishek, Manjeet Chhillar, V. Ajith Kumar, Shabeer Bappu, Mohit Chhillar, Ran Singh

Subs: ashwant Bishnoi, Victor Obiero, Vineet Sharma, Anand, Ponparthiban

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 7 | UP Yoddha – 2 | Tamil Thalaivas – 2 | Ties - 3

  • 3 of the 7 matches between these two teams have ended in a tie including the last two meetings.
  • Their first meeting in PKL 7 ended 28-28.
  • In a defence dominated contest Sumit scored 4 tackle points and Nitesh Kumar had 3 for U.P. Yoddha.
  • Manjeet Chhillar had 4 tackle points for Tamil Thalaivas with support from Mohit Chhillar and Ran Singh who both had 3.
  • Rishank Devadiga, Rahul Chaudhari and Shabeer Bappu all scored 5 raid points in the match.

UP Yoddha PKL 7 Record

  • 8 Wins, 6 Losses, 2 Ties – 6th in points table (48 points)
  • Last Match: Lost to U Mumba 36 – 39
  • Only 1 loss in their last 6 matches
  • Its loss to U Mumbai in its previous match ended a run of 5 consecutive wins.
  • With a win it can go ahead of U Mumba and Bengaluru Bulls into 4th place.

Tamil Thalaivas PKL 7 Record

  • 3 Wins, 11 Losses, 3 Ties – Last in points table (30 points)
  • Last Match: Tied with Puneri Paltan 36 – 36
  • Has now gone 11 consecutive matches without a win (9 losses, 2 ties)
  • With a win it will move off the bottom of the table and ahead of Telugu Titans into 11th place.

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Rishank Devadiga (UP) is 10 raid points away from 600 raid points in PKL

  • Shrikant Jadhav (UP) is 5 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL 7

  • Nitesh Kumar (UP) is 8 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7

  • Ajay Thakur (CHE) is 10 raid points away from 800 raid points in PKL


 

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AS WE SHIFT OUT FOCUS TO THE SECOND MATCH OF THE NIGHT AS UP YODDHA TAKES ON TAMIL THALAIVAS.

 

FULL-TIME!

28-28: Potentially the final raid of the match and PARVESH BHAINSWAL HELPS GUJARAT TO A DRAW AND COMPLETES HIS HIGH-5.

FINAL 20 SECONDS OF THE MATCH COMING UP. ANY RESULT IS POSSIBLE!

28-27: super-tackle no. 5 for Jaipur! Jaipur inches ahead as Nitin Rawal puts in a diving ankle hold on Gulia.

26-27: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and the skipper has to go back to the bench. Deepak Niwas Hooda

26-26: SUPER-TACKLE NO.4 FOR JAIPUR! Nitin Rawal holds Sachin back.

24-25: SUPER-TACKLE FOR JAIPUR! VISHAL PUTS IN A DIVING ANKLE HOLD ON GULIA BEFORE NITIN RAWAL COMES IN WITH THE ASSIST. Third of the match for Jaipur.

22-25: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Ajinkya Pawar comes in and goes out. Parvesh Bhainswal with a timely double thigh hold on the raider after breaking from the chain.

22-24: Sachin Tanwar sprints back to the safety after a nervy Sandeep Dhull attempts a half-hearted wrist hold.

22-23: Rohit Gulia with a swift reverse toe touch and he takes out the danger man, Santhapanaselvam in the right corner.

6 MINUTES TO GO AS TEAMS TAKE AN OFFICIAL TIME-OUT!

22-22: Make that 6/6 for Gujarat. A short block on Deepak Hooda by Pankaj and then Ruturaj Koravi with a great assist. It was a perilous tackle for sure as the raider was very close to the mid-line. But hey, this sport is all about taking your chances, no matter how thin they may look.

22-21: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and Santhapanaselva, strikes again. He has been the star defender for Jaipur in the second half. More GB is contained.

5 FAILED TACKLE FOR GUJARAT IN THE FIRST HALF. IN THE SECOND HALF? ZERO!

21-21: SCORES LEVEL and how! Sunil Kumar announces himself and at the right time. Sachin Narwal cannot wriggle out of that strong block by the Gujarat skipper.

21-20: Rohit Gulia comes in to raid and thinks he has scored a bonus. Umpires say otherwise. Gujarat reviews and the replay shows there was nothing there. He only cuts the black line on time, but he needs to cross it. REVIEW WASTED BY GUJARAT AND IT IS NOW WITHOUT ANY TECHNOLOGY.

21-20: Nitin Rawal  is brought down by More GB.

21-19: Do-or-die raid for Gulia. Jaipur waits from him with a high-line of defence. Down to the last ten seconds and Santhapanaselvam with a brilliant back hold and GULIA WAS INCHES AWAY FROM GETTING  A TOUCH PAST THE MID-LINE! Well done to Sandeep Dhull, who took care of the dangling hand.

20-19: MORE GB executes  a great thigh hold and the all-rounder sends Deepak to the bench. It's a one-point game now.

20-18: ALL-OUT! GUJARAT STRIKES BACK AND IS RIGHT BACK INTO THE GAME! THE CROWD HAS GONE SILENT!Sushil Gulia is the last man in. He gets a bonus and then right cover, Sunil Kumar, stopped the raider in his tracks with a brilliant thigh hold.

19-15: Santhapanaselvam gets caught off-guard and he just gifts a point to Rohit Gulia.

19-14: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat and Vishal puts in a futile dash. A dash from that far in on the mat was never going to be enough. JAIPUR DOWN TO TWO.

19-13: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Ajinkya Pawar is brought down by Pankaj from the left corner. The defender latches onto the raider's ankle, throws him up and then brings him down.

19-12: SUPER-TACKLE NO. 2 FOR JAIPUR AND HIGH-5 FOR VISHAL! This man has been on fire today. He contains Rohit Gulia with a diving thigh hold!

17-11: SUPER-TACKLE! Sachin is up against four Jaipur men and Santhapanaselvam throws the raider out single-handedly. Umpires consulting about something and they declare that one defender from Jaipur stepped out of bounds before Sachin got a touch. Which meant three men started the tackle and hence, two points for Jaipur and one self-out point for Gujarat.

15-10: Deepak Hooda resumes with an empty raid.

 

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

HALF-TIME! Both teams started cautiously and traded early blows. Then Jaipur's defence came to life and ended the first half with eight tackle points. Vishal, has scored three of those. On the other hand, Gujarat's raiders have disappointed as they have scored only five points. Cagey second half coming up. Do not go anywhere.

15-10: Last raid of the first half and it's Deepak Hooda. He stays put in the left and then quietly walks back past the mid-line without troubling the scorers.

15-10: Sandeep Dhull's right foot goes over the end-line while defending and he gifts an easy point to Gujarat. Before that, Parvesh had tackled Sushil Gulia.

15-8: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat. Sachin comes in to raid. Goes left, the right. Gets the bonus and then at the right, Sunil tries to throw him off the mat, but the raider manages to get his hand past the mid-line on time.

15-6: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Skipper Deepak is in and what agility and speed at show by him. Goes left and then he rushes to his right and gets a running hand touch off Pankaj, who couldn't do much.

14-6: MAKE THAT TACKLE POINT NO.8 FOR JAIPUR! Vishal and Sunil Siddhgavali put in a brutal tackle on Gulia. First, Vishal blocks Rohit, who tries a frog jump to evade. But he then meets Sunil, who tackles him with brutal force.

13-6: Sandeep Dhull strikes again in the left corner. More GB with yet another unsuccessful raid. 7TH TACKLE POINT FOR JAIPUR. Gujarat has scored only three.

12-6: ALL-OUT! DEEPAK HOODA INJECTS NEW LIFE INTO HIS SIDE AND GUJARAT IS BUNDLED OUT! Deepak Hooda gets a touch off Sunil Kumar, who concedes the all-out.

8-6: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Deepak Niwas Hooda is in. He is yet to score his first point of the night AND HE GETS Parvesh Bhainswal and Pankaj. The former tries a block, but couldn't put enough weight on the raider. Then, Pankaj tries to assist, but the Jaipur skipper overpowers all of them.

6-6: Santhapanaselvam in the right corner pins MORE GB down with a diving thigh hold. Well timed!

5-6: Parvesh Bhainswal from the left corner gets his night going. He goes deep and low and stop Deepak in his tracks with a double thigh hold.

5-5: Rohit Gulia didn't see it running. NITIN RAWAL WITH A BRILLIANT BACK HOLD. Rawal had to run a lot to cover the raider from the back and then pull him down with a great hold.

4-5: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Sushil Gulia falls prey to the left cover in the form of Pankaj. The defender pounces at the raider with a diving ankle hold.

4-4: More GB picks up a bonus in the right corner.

4-3: Do-or-die raid for Gujarat. Sachin comes in to raid and he is floored by a stunning diving ankle hold by Sandeep Dhull in the left corner.

3-3: Gujarat levels the scores with a tackle! Sunil Kumar from right cover comes in with the block on Nitin Rawal, who blindsided himself while turning in the left corner.

3-2: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Sushil Gulia comes in to raid and he gets the running hand touch off right corner, Ruturaj Koravi and then uses the lobby to run back to safety.

2-2: Yet again, it's Vishal from the left corner who makes his mark. Rohit Gulia, after the getting the bonus, is thrown off the mat by Vishal. 

1-1: Sachin, this time, is floored with a stunning diving ankle hold by Vishal. First point of the Jaipur leg for the home side.

0-1: Deepak Hooda for Jaipur with an empty raid.

0-1: HERE WE GO, FOLKS! Sachin Tanwar for Gujarat comes in for the first raid of the match and of the Jaipur leg and he gets the big fish, Sandeep Dhull in the left corner with a toe touch.

India's star singer, Tulsi Kumar leads the beginning of the match with the national anthem.

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

Squads:

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Deepak Hooda, Sunil Siddhgavali, Vishal, Sushil Gulia, Sandeep Dhull, Nitin Rawal, Santhapanaselvam

Subs: Elavarasan, Pavan TR, Sachin Narwal, Ajinkya Pawar, Milinda Chathuranga

 

Gujarat Fortunegiants: Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, Rohit Gulia, More GB, Ruturaj Koravi, Pankaj

Subs: Vinod Kumar, Amit, Abofazl Maghsoudlou, Sumit, Sonu

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 7 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 2 | Gujarat Fortunegiants – 5 | Tie - 0

  • Gujarat Fortunegiants leads 5-2 over Jaipur Pink Panthers in this rivalry.
  • Gujarat completed a clean sweep over Jaipur in PKL 6.
  • But their first meeting this season was won by Jaipur in Ahmedabad as the Pink Panthers took a low-scoring encounter which had no 'All-Outs', winning 22-19
  • Deepak Hooda was the top scoring raider in this match overall with 5 raid points.
  • The Jaipur defence had a very good game as it scored 13 tackle points from just 20 tackles.
  • All its defenders scored at least 2 tackle points. Deepak Hooda also chipped in with 2 tackle points.
  • Pankaj had a HIGH 5 for Gujarat. He scored 6 of the team's 9 total tackle points in the match.
  • With this win Jaipur broke a run of 4 consecutive losses to Gujarat in their H2H.

Jaipur Pink Panthers PKL 7 Record

  • 7 Wins, 8 Losses, 1 Tie – 7th in points table (43 points)
  • Last Match: Lost to U.P. Yoddha 32 – 38
  • Winless in 7 matches (6 losses, 1 tie)
  • With a win, it can move to 6th place as it has a better score difference than U.P. Yoddha.

Gujarat Fortunegiants PKL 7 Record

  • 5 Wins, 10 Losses, 1 Tie – 10th in points table (35 points)
  • Last Match: Lost to Dabang Delhi 30 – 34.
  • Only 1 win in its last 5 matches and have lost its last 3.
  • With a win it can move up to 9th place.

 

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

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Deepak Narwal (JAI) is 7 raid points away from 300 raid points in PKL
  • Ajinkya Pawar (JAI) is 8 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL
  • Vishal (JAI) is 5 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL
  • Sandeep Dhull (JAI) is 9 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL
  • Rohit Gulia (GUJ) is 11 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL 7
  • Sunil Kumar (GUJ) is 7 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7

 

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