Pro Kabaddi: Bengal pips Telugu Titans, Jaipur thrashes Pune- As it happened

Bengal Warriors edged past Telugu Titans to continue its winning run. Later, the host, Jaipur Pink Panthers registered a thumping win against Puneri Paltan.

Deepak Narwal (in pink) played an important second fiddle to Deepak Niwas Hooda as he scored 11 raid points.   -  PKL MEDIA

HELLO THERE, JAIPUR!

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Wednesday's Pro Kabaddi League matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

This was Shivansh Gupta and bringing all the live action, commentary, scores and updates to you as it unfurled on another double-header night.

 

Till then, this is Shivansh Gupta bidding you all good night. CIAO!

That's all we have for you today. Thank you so much for joining us. We will see you tomorrow at 7pm for an absolute THRILLER OF A GAME BETWEEN PATNA PIRATES AND DABANG DELHI.

For Pune, as far as this team is concerned, nothing seems to be going right. Pankaj Mohite has been at his clinical best in the last few matches and nobody else has been consistent.

BOY, OH BOY! Jaipur had to wait for so long to register its first win, but it has come at the right time. As teams make on final dash for a berth in the play-offs, Jaipur's victory means UP Yoddha isn't safe yet and the pressure is now on UP to continue racking up wins.

FULL-TIME! JAIPUR WINS 43-34 AGAINST PUNE AND JAIPUR WINS ITS FIRST MATCH AFTER NINE GAMES! IT IS NOW IN SEVENTH WHILE PUNERI PALTAN CONTINUES TO REEL AT EIGHT!

43-34: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Deepak Hooda is in to raid and he is tackled by Mohite. THAT'S THAT

43-33: Two points for Mohite as Pavan TR and Vishal fail to contain Mohite.

43-31: Pankaj Mohite picks up a quick bonus.

43-31: No coaching during raid as Pune is awarded a non-technical point.

43-30: SUPER-10 TO MOHITE! HE HAS BEEN PUNE'S LONE WARRIOR TONIGHT! RICHLY DESERVED! SANDEEP DHULL, THE DEFENDER WHO HAS TO GO BACK TO THE BENCH.

43-29: SUPER-10 FOR DEEPAK HOODA AFTER HE GETS TWO TOUCH POINTS OFF MANJEET AND NITIN TOMAR.

41-29: Pavan TR gifts a point to Mohite.

41-28: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. It is only the second of the match and Deepak Narwal somersaults back to safety after getting a touch on Kadian.

40-28:  DEEPAK HOODA WITH ANOTHER POINT! NO, NOT A RAID POINT. BUT WITH A TACKLE POINT AS HE SENDS MANJEET BACK TO THE BENCH!

A LITTLE OVER 200 SECONDS LEFT IN THIS CONTEST!

39-28: Vishal gifts a point ot Pankaj Mohite. Now, both Pankaj Mohite and Deepak Hooda are one point away from bringing up their respective Super-10s.

39-27: Manjeet gets Sandeep Dhull, who has to go back to the bench.

 

17 UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES FOR PUNE TODAY!

 

39-26: DEEPAK NARWAL BRINGS UP HIS SUPER-10. OH, BOY! WHAT A DAY HE IS HAVING! He gets to it with a two-point raid. Mohite and Tomar have to go back to the bench.

37-26: ALL-OUT! JAIPUR INFLICTS SECOND ALL-OUT ON PUNE AND IS THIS THE DECISIVE BLOW? Surjeet Singh was the last man on the mat and he had no choice but to surrender to Deepak Niwas Hooda.

33-25: Deepak Narwal, with his eight point of the night. 1 POINT THERE AND PUNE IS DOWN TO TWO MEN. Girish the culprit there.

32-25: Mohite comes in to raid and HE IS PULLED BACK JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME! SANDEEP DHULL DIVES, AND FLOOR HIM! MOHITE'S DANGLING HAND TOUCHES THE MID-LINE, BUT DOESN'T CROSS IT!

6 minutes left on the clock.

ONLY ONE DO-OR-DIE RAID IN THE MATCH SO FAR. THAT'S HOW CLOSELY-FOUGHT CONTEST THIS HAS BEEN!

 

31-25: AMIT HOODA, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING! ALL-ROUNDER MANJEET IS FIRST FLOORED BY AN ANKLE HOLD FROM HOODA AND THE REST OF THE TEAM CLEANS UP.

30-25: Nitin Tomar with a futile tackle on Deepak Hooda.

29-25: RUNNING KICK ON PAVAN TR AS MOHITE PICKS UP HIS 8TH POINT. HIS SIXTH OF THIS HALF AND THIS IS WHAT PUNE WANTED!

29-24: BONUS PLUS ONE FOR DEEPAK NARWAL! IMPORTANT TWO POINTS HERE FRO JAIPUR! Sushant Sail falls prey to Narwal's touch.

27-24: PUNE ISN'T LETTING GO OFF JAIPUR HERE! A big, hefty kick on Sandeep Dhull from Manjeet.


MILESTONE ALERT: NILESH SALUNKE

Nilesh Salunke Has Completed 50 Total Points This Season

 

27-23: A spring in his stride, lock your target and get him. Salunke with a brilliant running hand touch on Surjeet Singh. 

26-23: Bonus point picked by up Deepak Narwal.

25-23: Double ankle hold by Amit Hooda on Sushant Sail.

24-23: Not the cleanest of block by Girish Ernak, but he had enough support there as Deepak Niwas Hooda is floored.

24-22: Sandeep Dhull with another eager diving tackle on Mohite and he fails yet again. LOOK AT THOSE ESCAPING SKILLS! HE IS TOO QUICK AND ALMOST SLIMY! BRILLIANT STUFF!

23-21: ALL-OUT! PUNE SNATCHES AN ALL-OUT AND WHAT A REPLY BY THE PALTAN! BALASAHEB JADHAV, THE COVER DEFENDER, WITH A BRILLIANT TACKLE ON DEEPAK NARWAL, who is contained after fetching a bonus.

22-18: MOHITE IS TURNING IT ON AS JAIPUR IS DOWN TO ONE MAN! Salunke concedes an easy point.

22-17: Nilesh Salunke, gets a bonus, but still no revival.

21-17: PANKAJ MOHITE IS SCALING NEW HEIGHTS! PANKAJ MOHITE IS MET WITH A HARD SHORT BLOCK BY SANTHAPANASELVAM, BUT MOHITE JUMPS BACK TO SAFETY!

21-16: That's a let off there! Tentative, half-hearted or call it whatever you want! Girish Ernak with a howler of an ankle hold. Nilesh Salunke gets back to safety.

20-16: JAIPUR DOWN TO TWO MEN AS PANKAJ MOHITE JUMPS BACK TO SAFETY AFTER GETTING A TOUCH POINT OFF PAVAN TR.

20-15: THAT IS THE POWER PUNE NEEDS TO SHOW MORE OFTEN! GIRISH MARUTI ERNAK COMES IN AND MAKES INSTANT DIFFERENCE WITH A BRILLIANT BLOCK ON DEEPAK HOODA.

20-14: The first point of the final 20 goes to Manjeet. Vishal with a nothing block there, as he allows Manjeet to walk back to safety.

20-13: Pankaj Mohite is in to resume the proceedings. He has the potential to turn the table over on his own. Just two points from seven raids in the first half. He starts with an empty-raid.

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF:

 

  • JAIPUR HAS SCORED 13 RAID POINTS!
  • PUNE HAS 8 UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLES.
  • MANJEET'S ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE. 2 TOUCH POINTS, 2 BONUS POINTS AND 1 TACKLE POINT.

 

HALF-TIME: Both teams started well before Pune's defensive errors started hurting the Paltan. Deepak Hooda has received good support from Deepak Narwal and Nilesh Salunke as Jaipur heads into the break with a seven-point lead.

20-13: Deepak Hooda targets Sagar Krishna and that was a very brave raid! Running hand touch off the defender as the first half comes to an end.


MILESTONE ALERT: PANKAJ MOHITE

Pankaj Mohite Has Completed 100 Raid Points This Season

 

19-13: Well done there, Mohite! While getting a hand touch off Amit Hooda in the right corner, he turns back, slips and falls on his right elbow! Thankfully, he is okay.

RULE: IF THE RAIDER GOES OUT OF BOUNDS WITHOUT GETTING A TOUCH AND THE DEFENDERS FOLLOW HIM OUT OF BOUNDS WITH A TACKLE,  THEN EVEN THE DEFENDERS ARE RULED OUT!

 

19-12: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Deepak Narwal is in. He goes left, then right and when he attempts a hand touch on Pune's right corner, three Puneri men come together to throw the raider off the match. JAIPUR CHALLENGES THE CALL THAT SINCE THE RAIDER WAS OUT OF BOUND, THREE DEFENDERS SHOULD ALSO GO OUT OF BOUNDS! REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL AND ONE POINT TO PUNE. BOTH TEAMS HAVE LOST THEIR REVIEWS

19-11: Pavan TR stays rooted and becomes an easy scalp for Darshan Kadian, who obliges with an extending hand touch.

19-10: Another failed tackle and Pune is falling apart here. Manjeet with an advance tackel attempt on Deepak Hooda, who picks up his fifth point.

18-10: AS COOL AS ICE! SANDEEP DHULL REDEEMS HIMSELF WITH THE ANKLE HOLD AND PULL BACK! Pankaj Mohite off to the bench.

17-10: BONUS PLUS ON ONE FOR SALUNKE! This time, Sagar Krishna in Pune's left corner walks to the bench with a failed ankle hold.

15-10: First Dhull and now Vishal, Jaipur's left corner is leaking points. Manjeet drags himself back to safety on time, while the defender was still clinging on to his feet.

15-9: Deepak Hooda gets the bonus, but PANKAJ MOHITE HOLDS HIM BACK WITH A SOLID ANKLE HOLD! WHAT CAN THIS MAN NOT DO?

14-8: That should help. Manjeet gets a bonus before making the most of Sandeep Dhull's failed ankle hold.

14-6: MORE ERRORS FROM PUNE'S DEFENCE AND JAIPUR CONTINUES TO FLY HIGH! THIS TIME, NILESH SALUNKE PULLS OFF A GREAT DUBKI TO GET PAST BALASAHEB JADHAV!

13-6: ALL-OUT! JAIPUR TAKES A MASSIVE LEAD AND IT HAS THE MOMENTUM! DEEPAK NARWAL WITH THE ASSIST IN THE TACKLE INITIATED BY PAVAN TR. Darshan Kadian was subbed in and the last man standing. He got the bonus before being pinned down.

10-5: Deepak Narwal spots an opportunity and gets a touch point off Nitin Tomar.

9-5: Bonus point picked up by Nitin Tomar in the right corner.

9-4: Jaipur off to a brisk start! Both Deepaks have scored three points. Narwal gets Sagar Krishna.

7-3: Deepak Hooda with a disguise on the left corner to get a touch off the left cover. Balasaheb Jadhav caught off-guard there! 

SUBSTITUTION:

In -Darshan Kadian

Out -Hadi Tajik

 

6-3: PANKAJ SLIPS FOR A BRIEF MOMENT WHILE ATTEMPTING  A TOE TOUCH ON AMIT HOODA AND HE ALLOWS HOODA TO POUNCE ON HIM!  Hooda with his second tackle point of the night.

5-3: OH, that's poor! Surjeet Singh, Pune's skipper, goes for a solo block on Deepak Hooda and he fails miserably.

4-3: PANKAJ MOHITE GETS SANDEEP DHULL AND HE IS OFF TO A GREAT START!

MILESTONE ALERT: DEEPAK NARWAL

Deepak Narwal Has Completed 100 Bonus Points Overall

4-2: DEEPAK NARWAL IS HELD BACK BY SAGAR KRISHNA after picking up a bonus. PUNE challenges the call, claiming there is no bonus there, but the replay shows it's a clear bonus. WHAT A WASTE OF REVIEW AS IT IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL.

3-1: Pune's Manjeet starts with an empty raid.

3-1: Deepak Hooda comes in for his first raid and he picks up a bonus.

2-1: NITIN TOMAR IS BACK IN THE SIDE, BUT HE DOESN'T GET OFF TO AN IDEAL START AS HE IS FLOORED WITH A BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD FROM JAIPUR'S RIGHT CORNER! AMIT HOODA WITH HIS FIRST TACKLE POINT!

1-1: Nilesh Salunke comes in for the first raid of the match and he is ushered off by Manjeet with a solid ankle hold after Salunke bags the bonus. ONE POINT EACH

TOSS-  PUNE wins the toss and JAIPUR will raid first.

SQUADS:

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Deepak Hooda, Pavan TR, Deepak Narwal,  Nilesh Salunke, Amit Hooda, Vishal, Sandeep Dhull

Subs: Sachin Narwal, Santhapanaselvam, Guman Singh, Milinda Chathuranga, Nitin Rawal

Puneri Paltan: Manjeet, Surjeet Singh, Pankaj Mohite, Balasaheb Jadhav, Nitin Timar, Sagar Krishna, Hadi Tajik

Subs: Sushant Sail, Amit Kumar, Darshan Kadian, Girish Ernak, Amit Kumar

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 15 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 8 | Puneri Paltan – 5 | Ties - 2

  • Jaipur Pink Panthers has an upper hand in this H2H winning 8 of the 15 matches.
  • Jaipur’s 8 wins over Pune is its most against any opponent in PKL.
  • In the last 5 matches, both teams have won twice with one match ending in a tie.
  • In their first meeting this season, Jaipur beat Pune 33-25:
  • Deepak Hooda had 9 raid points for Jaipur.
  • Vishal and Sandeep Dhull starred in defence scoring 4 tackle points each.
  • Pankaj Mohite had 8 raid points for Pune.
  • Surjeet Singh was Pune’s best defender with 3 tackle points.

Jaipur Pink Panthers PKL 7 Record

  • 7 Wins, 9 Losses, 2 Ties – 47 points (7th in points table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Bengal Warriors 40 – 41
  • Winless in 9 matches. This is its longest-ever winless run in PKL.

Puneri Paltan PKL 7 Record

  • 6 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 Ties – 42 points (8th in points table)
  • Last Match: Beat Bengaluru Bulls 42 – 38
  • 2 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie in its last 5 matches

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Deepak Narwal (JAI) is 4 raid points away from 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Nilesh Salunke (JAI) is 11 raid points away from 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Ajinkya Pawar (JAI) is 8 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL.
  • Sandeep Dhull (JAI) is 5 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL.
  • Pankaj Mohite (PUN) is 2 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL.
  • Manjeet (PUN) is 8 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL 7.

 

 

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AS WE SHIFT OUT FOCUS TO THE SECOND MATCH OF THE NIGHT AS TELUGU TITANS TAKES ON DABANG DELHI.

 

WITH THIS VICTORY, BENGAL WARRIORS GOES TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE AND DELHI IS DISPLACED FROM THAT SPOT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ITS HOME LEG.

FULL-TIME! BENGAL WARRIORS WINS BY A POINT AND IT'S A HUGE BOLT TO TITANS' CHANCES OF MAKING IT TO THE PLAYOFFS.

39-40: Rakesh Gowda can only get one point BUT BENGAL WINS! He drags himself back after Baldev Singh tries a double ankle hold. THAT'S THAT!!!!

38-40: Do-or-die raid for Bengal and Nabibakhsh is and he faulters. He is brought down by ABOZAR MIGHANI, WHO REACHES HIS HIGH-5 WITH A BRILLIANT DIVING ANKLE HOLD!

37-40: Easy point conceded by Rinku Narwal. Rakesh Gowda scores his fourth point of the night as he escapes an ankle hold by Rinku.

36-40: Sunil Manik Dubile with a failed dash on Rakesh Gowda.

35-40: Just a bonus point picked up by Rakesh Gowda.

34-40: MANINDER IS STILL GOING AT IT! SURPRISES EVERYBODY AND HE GETS  A RUNNING HAND TOUCH ON SIDDHARTH DESAI!

34-39: Desai with a bonus.

33-39:  Titans down to four men and Hegde is playing it smart. With two and a half minutes remaining, he runs the clock down.

33-39: Baldev Singh tells Rajnish that there is no escaping now. He comes in from behind, catches Rajnish blind-sighted and executes a colossal block on the raider.

33-38: MANINDER IS ACTIVE AND HE IS RAMPANT! HE FIRST NEGOTIATES A BLOCK BY MADANE AND THEN OVERPOWERS ABOZAR'S HIGH CHEST HOLD!

33-36: Jeeva Kumar goes and it's that man, Rajnish again. With great speed and athleticism, he throws Rinku Narwal in the left corner back and then turns left to surprise Jeeva Kumar.

32-36: SIDDHARTH IS OFF TO THE BENCH AGAIN! HE GETS A BONUS BEFORE BEING THROWN OFF THE MAT BY JEEVA KUMAR.

31-35: Siddharth is revived, thanks to Abozar's successful tackle on Sukesh Hegde.

30-35: This could prove to be detrimental to Titans' hopes of making a comeback. Right after the all-out, Siddharth Desai is sent to the bench by Baldev Singh.

30-34: ALL-OUT INFLICTED ON TITANS FOR THE SECOND TIME BY BENGAL AS THIS TIME, SIDDHARTH ONLY MANAGES A BONUS. HE IS TACKLED BY RINKU NARWAL, WHO POUNCES LOW AT HIM ON HIS ANKLES.

29-31: Maninder strikes again as he gets a touch point off Farhad.

29-30: Do-or-die raid for Titans now AND TITANS STAY ALIVE! SIDDHARTH DESAI IS SUBBED IN FOR C ARUN AND HE IS THE LAST MAN ON. HE GETS A BONUS AND THEN A KICK ON SUNIL MANIK.

27-30: Maninder reduces Titans to one man as Krushna Madane comes in with a failed dash

27-29: Rakesh Gowda with a failed thigh hold on Nabibakhsh and Bengal leads by two now. The team has stepped up to the task after suffering the all-out.

27-28: SUPER-10 FOR SIDDHARTH DESAI NOW! HE PICKS UP A BONUS IN THE LEFT CORNER!

26-28: BOTH CORNERS CLEANED UP BY MANINDER! VISHAL AND ABOZAR TRY AND TACKLE MANINDER, BUT FAIL! WHAT A RAID!

26-26: SCORES LEVEL AND THIS TIME, BENGAL RESTORES THE PARITY! Rinku Narwal holds Rajnish back

26-25: REVIEW SUCCESSFUL AND MANINDER SINGH GETS TO HIS SUPER-10. He sends Farhad back.

26-24: Bengal down to three men again after Rajnish gets Hegde. Then in the next raid, Maninder Singh gets a bonus.

25-22: SUPER-RAID BY SIDDHARTH AND WHAT A SHIFT IN MOMENTUM! RINKU WITH A FAILED ANKLE HOLD, BUT HE MANAGES TO TOPPLE THE RAIDER. HOWEVER, THE RAIDER DRAGS HIM BACK TO SAFETY IN THE LEFT FLANK DESPITE HAVING JEEVA KUMAR AND AND SUNIL DUBE POUNCE AT HIM.

22-22: ALL-OUT BY TITANS AND SCORE ARE LEVEL! Last man in for Bengal was Sukesh Hegde and after getting a bonus, he is tackled by Mighani.

19-21: ONE IRANIAN KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT THE OTHER IRANIAN IS GOING TO DO! NABIBAKHSH WITH A DOUBLE THIGH HOLD ON FARHAD, BUT THE LATTER BACKTRACKS ON TIME. He also gets Rinku Narwal.

17-21: Sukesh gets a bonus point.

17-20: BENGAL DOWN TO THREE! Sliding toe touch by Siddharth Desai on Baldev Singh.

16-20: ABOZAR MIGHANI MAKES A STATEMENT WITH THIS BLOCK! SHEER STRENGTH AT SHOW THERE AS VISHAL COMES IN WITH THE ASSIST TO PIN DOWN MANINDER SINGH.

15-20: Siddharth Desai is dashed out by Sunil, but the raider manages to get a touch past the mid-line on time.

14-20: SOLO TACKLE ON MANINDER BY FARHAD AND THE FORMER TRIUMPHS! Solo ankle hold attempted and Milagardhan fails.

14-19: Rakesh Gowda resumes the proceedings with a kick on Jeeva Kumar.

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

Hence, it's the all-out that has made the difference. Massive second half coming up.

Titan's defence needs to buck up as Titans has scored only three tackle points. The number reads the same for Bengal Warriors.

10 raid points for Bengal and 9 for Titans.

6 RAID POINTS FOR MANINDER.

HALF-TIME! AND THAT BRINGS THE FIRST HALF TO AN END!

13-19: Do-or-die raid for Bengal now. Nabibakhsh is in and he pays the price of venturing in too deep. Fabulous double thigh hold by Vishal Bhardwaj.

12-19: Do-or-die raid and Siddharth Desai takes the safest route of bagging a bonus.

11-19: SUKESH HEGDE FIGHTS BACK AND BENGAL'S LEAD IS OF 8 POINTS NOW.
Rakesh Gowda, C. Arun cannot contain Hegde. Arun with a failed ankle hold and when Hegde jumps back, he gets a touch off Rakesh Gowda on the way.

11-17: Desai follows it up with another successful raid and this time, he sends Bengal's left corner, Rinku.

10-17: FAILED TACKLE FROM VISHAL BHARDWAJ ON MANINDER SINGH!

10-16: Siddharth Desai is back on and he starts with a touch point off Sukesh Hegde.

9-16: ALL-OUT! MANINDER SINGH GETS VISHAL BHARDWAJ AND AKASH CHOUDHARY AND HE CLEANS UP THE OPPOSITION! WHAT A POINT IN THIS MATCH!

9-12: Do-or-die raid for Titans, Rajnish is in. RINKU NARWAL WITH AN EXCELLENT BACK HOLD FROM RINKU NARWAL! WOW, THAT WAS STELLAR!

Then, Bengal Warriors challenge the call claiming only the raider is out. REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL AND 3 POINTS TO BENGAL AND 1 TO TITANS

8-8: Maninder Singh has to go back to the bench, who tries to hard to get a touch point off Vishal Bhardwaj in the left corner. He is blind-sighted and that allows to come in from the back with a block. Umpires come together to check whether Maninder had stepped into the lobby without a touch. They reverse their decision and give three points to Bengal Warriors as three defenders had gone out with the raider.

8-8: Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Nabibkahsh is in and he has to go the bench. Risk taken by Titans may have paid off here. He is pinned down close to the mid-line. NO, WAIT! Bengal challenges the call that the raider should be safe after jersey pulling. Replay shows that there indeed was JERSEY PULL AND THE POINT GOES TO BENGAL WARRIORS! WHAT A REVIEW AS IT WAS SUCCESSFUL ONE!

8-7: Wow, that is the kind of pressure a raider can exert on the defence. Farhad, with sudden acceleration, goes left from right, gets a touch on Baldev Singh with a kick and uses the lobby to go back to the mid-line.

7-7: FROM A DROUGHT OF TACKLE POINTS TO A FLOOD OF TACKLE POINTS! THIS IS THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TACKLE POINT OF THE MATCH! Rinku Narwal with a strong diving ankle hold on Rajnish.

7-6: NOT THIS TIME, SAYS ABOZAR! Abozar has given two bonus points already and when Maninder tries for another, skipper Abozar tackles him with a brilliant ankle hold.

6-6: FIRST TACKLE POINT FOR BENGAL AND WHAT A STRONG CHAIN FROM THE WARRIORS. BALDEV SINGH COMBINES WITH SUNIL TO HOLD RAKESH GOWDA BACK.

6-5: Do-or-die raid for Bengal. Sukesh Hegde takes a lot of time and that was always going to spell trouble. FIRST TACKLE POINT OF THE NIGHT FOR TITANS AND OF THE NIGHT! Krushna Madane with the tackle.

5-5: SCORES LEVEL! Rakesh Gowda with a bonus in the right corner.

4-5: Do-or-die raid for Titans. Rajnish is in and he takes care of Nabibakhsh after getting a bonus. What a confident raid.

2-5: Vishal Bhardwaj is slow on the retreat and he falls prey to a running hand touch by Nabibakhsh.

MILESTONE ALERT: MANINDER SINGH

Maninder Singh Has Completed 150 Touch Points This Season

 

2-4: C. Arun and Farhad Milagardhan, the two covers, are sent to the bench in one raid by

Maninder Singh. Combination of ankle hold and block cannot hold Maninder back.

2-2: Rajnish starts with an excellent raid. Gets Bengal's right cover, Sunil Manik Dubile with a reverse kick.

1-2: Now, Sukesh Hegde starts his night with a bonus point in the right cover.

1-1: Siddharth Desai comes in and fetches a point off Rinku Narwal, who attempts a poor ankle hold in the left corner.

0-1: Maninder Singh, captain of Bengal Warriors, comes in for the first raid of the match and he picks up an early bonus in the right corner by throwing Abozar deep.

TOSS- Telugu Titans wins the toss and Bengal Warriors will raid first.

 

We asked you who, you think, will finish as the top raider by the end of the group stage. Here's what you said:

 

SQUADS:

Telugu Titans: Siddharth Desai, Farhad Milagardhan, C. Arun. Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakesh Gowda, Rajnish, Abozar Mighani

Subs: Kamal Singh, Krushna Madane, Akash Choudhary, Ankit Beniwal, Manish

Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Jeeva Kumar, Baldev Singh, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Sunil Manik Dubile, Rinku Narwal, Sukesh Hegde

Subs: Amit, Adarsh T, Ravindra Kumawat, Rakesh Narwal, Viraj Landge

 

 

MANINDER SINGH MEETS SIDDHARTH DESAI IN BATTLE OF TWO POWERHOUSES

Maninder Singh and Siddharth Desai have led the charge for their teams this season in the raiding department.

Siddharth has been scoring 50.7% of Telugu Titans’ total raid points and is averaging 8.6 raid points per match.  Maninder has 175 raid points already and is scoring 46.7% of Bengal Warriors’ total raid points. He averages a point higher than Siddharth and also has a slightly better raid SR.

But the biggest difference is probably the 13 minutes almost that Siddharth Desai spends off court as compared to Maninder who is generally out for less than 10 minutes per match on average.

Both raiders are also enjoying their best phase of the season:

Siddharth Desai has gotten better as the tournament has progressed. His raid strike-rate and raid point average have consistently improved and in the last 6 matches is averaging over 10 raid points per match, the best stretch of the season for him.

Maninder meanwhile was already very good, but he has taken it to another level in the last 6 matches where he is averaging 13.3 raid points per match. He has a raid strike-rate of 74 in this stretch and a raid failure rate of just 15% which is unbelievably good for a lead raider.

 

RACE FOR PLAYOFFS

  • Telugu Titans – A win will keep them in 11th place in the table.
  • Bengal Warriors – With a win they can go top of the table, leapfrogging Dabang Delhi.

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 15 | Bengal Warriors – 8 | Telugu Titans – 3 | Tie - 4

  • Bengal Warriors has been the superior team against Telugu Titans winning 8 of their 15 matches.
  • But there have also been 4 ties between these teams, which is the highest between any 2 teams in PKL.
  • Even the first meeting this season ended in a tie 29-29:
  • Both defences had a good day with Bengal Warriors scoring 11 tackle points and Telugu Titans scoring 10 tackle points.
  • Mohammad Nabibakhsh was the star for Bengal with 8 points in the match – 5 raid points and 3 tackle points.
  • Maninder Singh scored 5 raid points while Rinku Narwal had 3 tackle points for Bengal.
  • Suraj Desai top scored for Titans in raid with 7 raid points while 4 defenders scored at least 2 tackle points.
  • In total 8 defenders in this match scored at least 2 tackle points.
  • With the tie, Bengal is now on an 8-match unbeaten run against Telugu Titans. The last time it lost to Titans was back in PKL 4.
  • In PKL 6, Bengal had a clean sweep against Telugu Titans winning all the matches against it.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 4 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 Ties – 33 points (11th in points table)
  • Last Match: Tied with Patna Pirates 42 – 42..
  • Just 1 win in its last 5 matches and it is winless in the last 4.

Bengal Warriors PKL 7 Record

  • 11 Wins, 4 Losses, 3 Ties – 68 points (2nd in points table)
  • Last Match: Beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 41 – 40.
  • Is on a 5-match winning streak and is unbeaten in its last 6.

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 5 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL. He will become the fastest defender to score 200 tackle points beating the record of Manjeet Chhillar, who did it in 61 matches.
  • K. Prapanjan (KOL) is 1 raid point away from 100 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Rinku Narwal (KOL) is 2 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

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While you wait for the matches to begin tonight, you can watch the latest addition to Sportstar's #KingsofKabaddi series. Please make way for Bengaluru Bulls' skipper, Rohit Kumar.

 

You can watch the live streaming of all the Pro Kabaddi matches on Hotstar.