Pro Kabaddi: Bulls crush Mumba, Titans hunt down Panthers - As it Happened

In the first match, Bengaluru bulls defeated U Mumba, courtesy a brilliant all-round show. Later, Siddharth Desai and Rajnish led Telugu to 51-31 win vs Jaipur.

Siddharth Desai ran riot over Jaipur by scoring a massive 22 raid points.   -  PKL MEDIA

HELLO THERE, JAIPUR! WE ARE READY FOR ONE LAST DASH FROM JAIPUR!

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

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 this leg.

 

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SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW WHEN THE PKL CARAVAN ARRIVES IN PANCHKULA.

Folks, THIS BRINGS THE JAIPUR LEG TO AN END! WHAT ENTERTAINMENT WE WERE TREATED TO AND AS WE HEAD TO PANCHKULA FOR WELL 11, BE REST ASSURED THAT THE HOME TO HARYANA STEELERS WILL BE NO LESS.

Let's hope Deepak Hooda is okay and let's hope Sandeep Dhull, who  a forgettable night. 8 unsuccessful tackle.

Well, the first half belonged to the raiders of both teams, especially Siddharth Desai. The second belonged to Rajnish and the Titans' defence. This was complete domination from Titans as they closed all exit routes for the Panthers.

FULL-TIME! RAJNISH AND DESAI SCORE A TOTAL OF 33 POINTS ON THEIR OWN AS TITANS COMPLETE A 51-31 ROUTING OVER JAIPUR! Wow, what a night Titans had.

31-51: Rajnish puts in empty raid AND THAT'S THAT! WHAT A THUMPING VICTORY BY TITANS OVER JAIPUR!

31-51: Farhad  tackles Nilesh Salunke.

31-50: Ankit Beniwal is given a shot to raid and he faulters. Dhull gets a tackle point.

29-50: RAJNISH GETS TWO TOUCH POINTS AND WITH THAT, HE COMPLETES HIS SUPER-10!!! WHAT A STRONG PERFORMANCE COMING THROUGH! SUNIL SIDDHAGAVALI AND SACHIN NARWAL. Sunil with a failed waist hold and Sachin overran with that dash.

29-48: Nilesh with a bonus.

28-48: Rajnish gets a bonus. He is just one point from away from a SUPER-10.

28-47: THIS IS HUMILIATING NOW! THIRD ALL-OUT ON JAIPUR BY TITANS! AFTER CONCEDING A BONUS, BHARDWAJ PULLS OFF A GREAT TACKLE ON AMIT HOODA, THE LAST MAN STANDING!

27-44: Desai makes it 22 by sending Sunil out.

27-42: Do-or-die for Titans and once again, Sandeep Dhull fails for the seventh time, I REPEAT 7TH TIME, against Desai. His 21st point of the night.

27-41: Sachin Narwal is deemed out of bounds while turning. Jaipur reviews the call, claiming the raider is safe and should get two touch points. Replay shows he does get one touch on C. Arun in the right cover and then is ushered off by Rajnish and by the time he got a diving hand past the mid-line, HIS ENTIRE BODY WAS OUT OF BOUNDS. SO, REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL.

27-40: Nilesh Salunke gets a touch point off Vishal Bhardwaj in the left corner. Titans challenges the call, claiming the raider is out, but THERE WAS A CLEAR TOUCH. SO UNSUCCESSFUL REVIEW!

26-40: Rajnish gets Sunil and Vishal in one raid. That is followed by Deepak Narwal being tackled by C. Arun.

26-37: TITANS DOWN TO TWO MEN AND DEEPAK HOODA IS IN SERIOUS PAIN! HE IS FEELING A LOT PAIN N HIS GROIN. THE CROWD IS CHANTING "DEEPAK! DEEPAK! DEEPAK!" Farhad with a failed tackle there.

25-37: SIDDHARTH DESAI HAS BEEN TACKLED! AND WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BEAST-LIKE TACKLE FROM VISHAL! WOW, HE PICKS UP HIM AND DROPS HIM OUTSIDE THE MAT!

24-37: Deepak Narwal showing urgency there as he sends Rakesh Gowda back in a quick raid. The right cover defender fails with a double thigh hold.

23-37: Krushna Madane dashes Deepak Niwas Hooda out.

23-36: ON THE OTHER HAND, DESAI DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST! HE PICKS UP A POINT FF AMIT HOODA!

23-35: SUPER-10 FOR DEEPAK HOODA! AND HE REMOVES BOTH THE CORNERS OF TITANS! VISHAL IN THE LEFT AND ABOZAR IN THE RIGHT!

21-35: Rakesh Gowda with a bonus point.

21-34: Deepak Hooda escapes a failed block from Farhad Milagardhan.

20-33: FARHAD HOLDS SACHIN NARWAL BACK WITH A SOLO THIGH HOLD ON A JUMPING, MID-AIR NARWAL. BRUTAL!

20-32: Deepak Hooda gets C. Arun.


MILESTONE ALERT: SANDEEP DHULL

Sandeep Dhull Has Completed 200 Tackle Points Overall

 

19-32: Sandeep Dhull escapes this time as Santhapanaselvam comes in with a great assist in the form a dash. Rajnish had escaped the ankle hold before being ushered off.

13 POINTS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES WITH 13 SECONDS REMAINING!

18-31: SUPER-RAID! AND JAIPUR IS ALL-OUT! DESAI IS ON SONG TONIGHT! THIS IS THE SIDDHARTH DESAI OF THE OLD AS HE BULLDOZES PAST Amit Hooda, Vishal, Sunil Siddhgavali ALL ON HIS OWN. HE HAS NOW SCORED 18 POINTS TONIGHT! COMING TO THE RAID, HOODA WITH A FAILED ANKLE HOLD FOLLOWED BY POOR BLOCK  FROM VISHAL AND SUNIL! 

18-25: Another tackle point for Titans. This time, Deepak Niwas Hooda by Abozar.

18-25: TITANS WILL NOT STOP HERE AND NOW, THE DEFENCE IS ALSO HELPING OUT! FARHAD WAITED, GOES FOR THE LOWER BODY, GETS THE RIGHT THIGH, TURNS THE BODY AND SENDS NILESH SALUNKE BACK TO THE BENCH.

17-22: ALL-OUT! JAIPUR IS ALL-OUT BY TITANS AND THAT WIDENS THE GAP! Coming to raid, Deepak Hooda gets a bonus before being pinned down by Farhad Milagardhan.

16-19: Siddharth Desai for the first raid of this half and he continues to make merry as he evades a Santhapanaselvam's block easily.

16-18: Deepak Hooda with a bonus point.

15-18: JAIPUR DOWN TO TWO MEN AS SANDEEP DHULL PUTS IN A MASSIVE 7TH UNSUCCESSFUL TACKLE, THIS TIME ON RAJNISH.

15-17: Farhad Milagardhan of Telugu Titans resumes the proceedings with an empty raid.

 

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF:

  • Desai gets Sandeep six times PKL's best defender
  • Jaipur's raiders keep the team in the hunt with nine raid points.
  • 16 raid points for Titans, 9 for Jaipur.
  • 1  tackle points for Titans and 3 for Jaipur.

 

HALF-TIME!

15-17: The first half comes to an end with a Deepak Hooda empty raid.

15-17: SUPER-TACKLE ON DESAI! HOODA AND SANTHAPANASELVAM GET THE BETTER OF DESAI, who had stepped out of bounds without getting  touch. INITIALLY , ONE POINT WAS AWARDED TO TITANS BECAUSE UMPIRES THOUGHT ONE JAIPUR DEFENDER HAD ALSO STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS. BUT JAIPUR REVIEWS THE CALL, CLAIMING NO POINT FOR TITANS AND THE REVIEW IS SUCCESSFUL.

13-17: Bonus point for Deepak Hooda.

12-17: Desai is up against three men. Shifts to the right corner from the left and forces an error from Amit Hooda, who throws in an unnecessary diving ankle hold. THIS IS NOW THE BEST PERFORMANCE BY ANY PLAYERS THIS SEASON IN THE FIRST HALF. 13 RAID POINTS. EXCELLENT STUFF

12-16: WHEN YOU ARE TRAILING, YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE GIFTS! VISHAL OF JAIPUR WITH A HALF-HEARTED TACKLE ON RAJNISH AND THE DEFENDER HAS TO GO BACK TO THE BENCH.

12-15: Nilesh Salunke with a swift bonus in the right corner.

11-15: DESAI IS DEMOLISHING JAIPUR ON HIS OWN! SUPER-10 FOR HIM WITH A SUPER-RAID! THREE TOUCH POINTS ON SANDEEP DHULL AND THEN SUNIL SIDDHGAVALI AND DEEPAK NARWAL, WHO FAIL WITH A POOR DASH.

11-12: LEFT CORNER OF JAIPUR AND RIGHT CORNER OF TITANS ARE LEAKING POINTS! Abozar concedes a third error, for the third time he puts in a weak ankle hold. Deepak Hooda scores his third point of the night.

10-12: 5-0!!!! SIDDHARTH RUNS BACK WITH A POINT AFTER SANDEEP MAKES THE ERROR AGAIN! LEFT CORNER, DHULL, HAS BEEN ABSOLUTE HORRIFIC TODAY!

9-11: Do-or-die for Titans. Rajnish is in and AMIT + SANDEEP COMBINE TO EXECUTE A LETHAL BLOCK ON THE RAIDER.

8-11: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and Deepak Narwal goes back with a point after Abozar Mighani with yet another failed ankle hold.

7-11: TITANS IS OFF TO A MIND-BLOWING START HERE! RAJNISH GETS VISHAL AND SUNIL SIDDHGAVALI! Both men pounced on him, but the raider manages to drag his body past the mid-line on time.

7-9: Deepak Narwal with a bonus attempt.

6-9: SIDDHARTH DESAI IS MAKING DHULL IS BUNNY TODAY! ANOTHER HEFTY KICK ON THE DEFENDER!

6-8: Deepak Hooda evades a strong thigh hold from Abozar.

5-8: Desai with a bonus.

5-7: Deepak Hooda gets a running hand touch on C. Arun, who in the right cover, cannot retreat on time.

4-7: Desai races to his sixth point of the night as Sandeep Dhull MAKES THE SAME ERROR ON THE SAME MAN IN THE SAME FASHION FOR THE THIRD TIME! FAILED ANKLE HOLD ON DESAI IN THE LEFT CORNER

4-6: JAIPUR'S VISHAL WITH ANOTHER BRILLIANT DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD, WHERE THE RAIDER CANNOT MOVE! This time on Rakesh Gowda. Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus for Jaipur before this raid.

2-6: SUPER-RAID FROM SIDDHARTH DESAI! HE GETS A BONUS AND THAT PROMPTS AN ANKLE HOLD FROM DHULL. THEN PAVAN TR TRIES TO COME IN FOR THE ASSIST, BUT SIDDHARTH DESAI OVERPOWERS BOTH OF THEM.

2-3: Do-or-die for Jaipur. C. Arun tries a short block and converts it into a dash, but the raider, Deepa Hooda comes out on top as he manages to dive back to safety on time.

1-3:  Do-or-die raid for Titans. Rajnish comes in to raid and look at that block! VISHAL, FROM JAIPUR, WITH SUCH A STRONG DIVING ANKLE HOLD AND THE RAIDER CANNOT EVEN MOVE AN INCH! FIRST POINT OF THE NIGHT FOR JAIPUR

0-3: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur and DEEPAK NARWAL IS HELD BACK WITH A DOUBLE ANKLE HOLD FROM VISHAL BHARDWAJ!

0-2: He follows it up with a bonus point in the left corner.

0-1: BUT SIDDHARTH DESAI MAKES INSTANT IMPACT! GETS SANDEEP DHULL, JAIPUR'S LEFT CORNER WITH A KICK TOUCH!

0-0: Nilesh Salunke comes in for the first raid of the match. It's am empty one.

Toss-Titans wins the toss and Jaipur will raid first.

SQUADS:

JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS: Deepak Hooda, Pavan TR, Vishal, Deepak Narwal, Nilesh Salunke, Sandeep Dhull, Amit Hooda

 

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

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 12 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 5| Telugu Titans – 6 | Tied - 1

  • Telugu Titans took a 6-5 lead in this H2H after a win in their first meeting this season.
  • In a game dominated by Super Tackles, Telugu Titans ended up beating Jaipur 24-21:
  • Both defences combined scored 29 tackle points in this match.
  • 8 Super Tackles were made in this match, the joint-2nd highest in a match in overall PKL.
  • Vishal Bhardwaj had 8 tackle points for Titans in the match while Sandeep Dhull had 4 tackle points for Jaipur.
  • Both teams combined scored only 15 raid points – 9 by Titans and 6 by Jaipur.
  • Telugu Titans have now won the last 3 games in this rivalry and 4 of the last 5 meetings.

Jaipur Pink Panthers PKL 7 Record

  • 8 Wins, 9 Losses, 2 Ties – 52 points (7th in points table)
  • Last Match: Beat Puneri Paltan 43 – 34
  • The win over Pune ended a run of 9 matches where they were winless, their longest such run in PKL.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 4 Wins, 10 Losses, 3 Ties – 34 points (11th in points table)
  • Last Match: Lost to Bengal Warriors 39 – 40
  • Winless in the last 5 matches (4 losses, 1 tie)

 

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Nilesh Salunke (JAI) is 4 raid points away from 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Sandeep Dhull (JAI) is 1 tackle point away from 200 tackle points in PKL.
  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 4 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL. He has the chance to become the fastest to 200 tackle points (59th match), the current record held by Manjeet Chhillar (61 matches).

 

TWITTER POLL: JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE SECOND MATCH, do let us know who will emerge as the most successful defender by the end of the group stage. Will it be Sandeep Dhull from Jaipur or will it be Vishal Bhardwaj from Telugu Titans. VOTE NOW and let us know!

 

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

 

FULL-TIME AND BENGALURU TRUMPS U MUMBA IN AN ABSOLUTE HUMDINGER!

33-35: Pawan ends the match with an empty raid.

33-35: Do-or-die raid for Bulls. Pawan kills first 15 second and then ONCE AGAIN, SANDEEP NARWAL GOES FOR AN EAGER, SOLO HIGH BLOCK AND FAILS MISERABLY. SUPER-10 FOR PAWAN

33-34: Athul MS is gifted a point by Nandal and this is getting tricky.

31-34: Pawan runs the clock down as we head into the last minute of the match. He crosses the baulk line and makes the raid legal.

31-34:  Abhishek is in to raid and up against five. He stays left and then tries to catch the right cover by surprise, but this time the defenders retreat on time. The, Amit  with an ankle hold to stop Singh in his tracks but it was Pawan's dash that does the damage. IS THIS GAME,SET AND MATCH?

Bulls challenge the call claiming three U Mumba defenders are also out of bounds, but the replay shows it's all good AND THE REVIEW IS UNSUCCESSFUL.

31-33: Do-or-die raid for Banty and U MUMBA'S DEFENCE IS TALKING NOW! IT WAS A GAMBLE THAT BULLS TAKE TO SAVE PAWAN AND THEY FAIL! Just when Banty tries a kick on Fazel, Surinder Singh throws him off the mat with a dash.

IN THE LAST 5 MINUTES, 8 POINTS TO MUMBA, AND JUST 1 TO BULLS

28-32: ALL-OUT!!! Ashish Sangwan comes in to raid after he is subbed in for Ankit and Surinder Singh pins Ashish down with a waist block after giving away the bonus.

25-31: Abhishek Singh up against two and BENGALURU DOWN TO ONE MAN. AMIT SHEORAN WITH A DESPERATE ANKLE HOLD AFTER SLIPPING.

Let me tell you, with a little over six minutes remaining, U Mumba has the momentum and it can very well use it to its advantage. WE HAVE SEEN ABSOLUTELY CRAZY COMEBACKS IN THIS SPORT, SO ONE ALL-OUT HERE ON BENGALURU , WHICH IS DOWN TO TWO MEN, AND U MUMBA IS RIGHT BACK INTO THE GAME!

 

24-31: Do-or-die raid for Bulls. Mohit Sehrawat comes in to raid and IT'S FAZEL STRIKES WITH A LETHAL ANKLE HOLD.

23-31: THIS IS GOOD STUFF FROM MUMBAI'S ABHISHEK SINGH! HE HAS BEEN TARGETTING THE RIGHT COVER ALL NIGHT AND HE DOES IT AGAIN! Nandal off to the bench.

IS THIS A MINI-COMEBACK THAT U MUMBA REQUIRES?

22-31: WHAT'S WITH BULLS RAIDERS THROWING IN RECKLESS TACKLES AND FAILING? This time, Banty with a weak thigh hold on Abhishek Singh, who jumps out of trouble and back to the mid-line.

21-31: Do-or-die raid for Bulls. SANDEEP FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A BRILLIANT TACKLE IN THE NEXT RAID ON SUMIT SINGH!

20-31: WHAT HAPPENED THERE? PAWAN WITH A SOLO, ADVANCED TACKLE ON SANDEEP NARWAL AND HE FAULTERS! HE IS ELIMINATED!

19-31: HIGH-5! SAURABH NANDAL WITH A SOLID ANKLE HOLD AND HE HAS RICHLY DESERVED IT TONIGHT! Baliyan is back to the bench.

19-30: Pawan settles with an empty raid.

19-30: SAURABH NANDAL WITH ANOTHER BACK HOLD AND ONCE AGAIN, ATHUL MS GETS CAUGHT ON THE TURN! PAWAN IS REVIVED AND HE WILL COME TO RAID NEXT,

19-29: Banty responds with a bonus attempt.

19-28: Sandeep Narwal picks up a bonus in the right corner.

18-28: Surinder Singh sends Pawan Sehrawat back with a brilliant tackle after Rohit Baliyan fetched a bonus in the previous raid. It's safe to say Pawan was a little greedy there.

16-28: ALL-OUT! SECOND ONE BY BULLS ON MUMBA! Rohit Baliyan concedes the point as he was the last man standing to Pawan as Bulls are now beginning to run away with it.

16-25: BRAVE AND BOLD AND SAURABH NANDAL CONQUERS ATHUL MS WITH A VICIOUS BACK HOLD. He does get a bonus though.

15-24: After Athul MS gets a bonus, Pawan scores his 9th point of the night. Sandeep Narwal is back to the bench.

14-24: ON THE BENCH YOU GO AGAIN, BANTY TELLS FAZEL! FAZEL HAD JUST COME ON AND HE COMMITS A BLUNDER WITH A TENTATIVE ANKLE HOLD. SURINDER, THE LEFT COVER ALSO GOES BACK AFTER A WEAK ASSIST.

14-22: Ajay gets caught napping in the left cover. Athul MS with a running hand touch and he revives Fazel Atrachali.

13-21: WHAT A BLOCK AND WHAT A WOW MOMENT! IT'S PAWAN SEHRAWAT! HE DIVES LOW AND QUICK AND PUTS IN A GREAT ANKLE GRAPPLE ON ABHISHEK  SINGH

13-20: HARENDRA WITH A FAILED BLOCK ON SUMIT!

13-19: This time, right cover Ankit faulters. He cannot retreat on time as Abhishek gets a point off a running hand touch in his favourite strike zone.

12-19: Pawan makes it 2-1 vs Fazel. Fazel attempts an ankle hold, but Pawan gets a big kick on the defender's chest and then runs back.

12-18: Athul MS comes in to raid against a high line of defence of Bulls. After picking a bonus and then is floored with an ankle hold from Nandal. TheN, left cover with a short block. Well done, Ankit!

11-18: Sumit Singh comes in to resumes the proceeding and start with an empty raid.

 

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

STORY OF THE FIRST HALF:

  • FAZEL VS PAWAN AT  1-1
  • 9:44 - TIME OFF THE MAT FOR PAWAN
  • 3/3  IN DOD RAID FOR BULL

 

11-17: HALF-TIME! Rohit Baliyan sends Ajay back and brings the curtains down on the first half.

10-17: THIS IS IT! WE HAVE OUR FIRST ALL-OUT, THE FIRST OF THE NIGHT! PAWAN GETS THREE DEFENDERS AND EVADE WITH A DUBKI. Rajaguru Subramanian on a touch point with him, Rohit Baliyan with a failed block and then Sandeep Narwal with a failed dash. IT'S A SUPER-RAID WORTH FIVE POINTS!!! However, concerns there for the Bulls as Pawan limps off and he is in pain. Replay shows that Sandeep Narwal landed on his ankle. We and the Bulls hope is okay.

10-12: Do-or-die raid for U Mumba. Usual suspect Abhishek Singh is in to raid. He goes for the right cover again and then stations himself near the left, the clock is down to last five seconds and then AMIT SHEORAN SAYS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Ankle hold on the raider.

10-11: HE STUTTERS, BUT HE DELIVERS! SUMIT SINGH IS PLAYING BRILLIANTLY TONIGHT! HE GOES FOR A DIVING HAND TOUCH ON SURINDER SINGH AND FALLS FLAT ON THE MAT. BUT NOBODY COMES TO SUPPORT SINGH AND ALLOW SUMIT TO JUMP BACK TO SAFETY.

3 MINUTES TO GO!

10-10: FAILED ANKLE HOLD FROM BANTY ON MS ATHUL AND WE ARE STILL LEVEL.

9-10: Banty tries the dubki and he succeeds. He was initially was thought to have been tackled but the point goes to the Bulls because FAZEL STEPS INTO THE LOBBY WITH A getting a touch.

9-9: Bonus bagged by Athul MS.

8-9: Do-or-die raid for the bulls and SUMIT SINGH DELIVERS! First Sandeep Narwal and now Harendra Kumar with a solo, eager block next to the mid-line. Sumit is able to turn back easily on his way down and get his hand past the mid-line.

8-8: BULLS MEETING FIRE WITH FIRE, TACKLE POINTS FOR TACKLE POINTS! Abhishek Singh tries for the right cover again, only to fall right into the trap. Banty with a brilliant block.

8-7: PAWAN COMES AND GOES BACK TO THE BENCH THE NEXT MOMENT! HE IS LITERALLY USHERED OFF THE MAT FROM SANDEEP NARWAL AND CO.

7-7: Do-or-die raid for U Mumba. Abhishek Singh is and gets a touch point off Ankit.

6-7: Do-or-die raid for Bulls. Banty is in to raid and he gets Surinder Singh with a running hand touch in the right cover position.

6-6: Do-or-die raid for U Mumba and once again, Abhishek Singh goes for the right cover. Saurabh Nandal tries a double thigh hold on a flying Abhishek and there was only going to be one winner there, the raider. FAZEL IS REVIVED!

5-6: This time, Pawan tries too hard for the left cover and he can't control his momentum on time, enters the lobby and concedes a self-out point.

4-6: THE FIRST MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE OF THE MAT! HE SENDS ATHUL MS AND FAZEL BACK TO THE BENCH, DOES PAWAN SEHRAWAT! Fazel in the left corner floors Pawan with an ankle hold and Athul at left cover tries to help, but Pawan overpowers both of them.

4-4: Pawan sends Sandeep Narwal with a running hand touch in the right corner.

4-3: Abhishek Singh gets the right cover with a running hand touch again. This time, it's Saurabh Nandal.

3-3: Do-or-die raid for Bulls. First of the match and Banty gets Sandeep Narwal, who once again commits an error with an advanced tackle. He has been guilty of doing so all season long. Fazel, the skipper, isn't happy.

3-2: U Mumba's best bet so far, Abhishek Singh comes in to raid. He is inching towards the right over and HE GET THE RIGHT COVER. HE EXPLOITS THE COVERS OF BULLS. Ankit of Bulls out with a running hand touch from Singh.

2-2: Sumit Singh in to raid and he goes back empty-handed.

2-2: PAWAN SEHRAWAT COMES IN FOR HIS FIRST RAID AND HE IS TACKLED BY FAZEL AND SURINDER! Both work in tandem to send Pawan packing so early on. He gets the bonus.

1-1: Athul MS comes in for the first raid of the match and he is tackled by a brilliant ankle by Saurabh Nandal. He gets the bonus.

TOSS- Bengaluru wins the toss and U Mumba will raid first.

 

U Mumba: Arjun Deshwal hasn't regained full fitness after falling awkwardly on his shoulder last match and will miss this game. In the defence, Surinder, Fazal and Sandeep have a lot of work to do. They have been good, but inconsistent. Abhishek Singh had a brilliant outing last match in the raiding department, so he would look to replicate that performance.

Bengaluru: Rohit Kumar  is still not fit and will not feature today. Once again, the team will depend highly Pawan Sehrawat's exploits. It will be important to Banty and Sumit Singh to chip in today. Amit Sheoran and Saurabh Nandal have been doing decently well in the defence and should look to continue that.

Let's quickly go through to what to look forward to today, shall we?

 

SQUADS:

U MUMBA: Fazel Atrachali, Harendra Kumar, Sandeep Narwal, Abhishek Singh, Surinder Singh, Athul MS, Rohit Baliyan

Subs: Dong Geon Lee, Anil, Vinoth Kumar, Harsh Vardhan Rajaguru Subramaniam

 

BENGALURU BULLS: Pawan Sehrawat, Ankit, Ajay, Banty, Sumit Singh, Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal

Subs: Ashish Sangwan, Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh, Raju Lal Choudhary, Lal Mohan Yadav

 

For Titans, the chances are equally slim. It hasn't won a single game in its past five matches and it's not very difficult to predict a Jaipur win today. In this case, both Patna and Titans will be knocked out.

Patna, starting yesterday, had to win all of its remaining matches and it almost started perfectly. But, it was taken by a surprise from Delhi and its chances of qualifying are now as good as nil. The three-time champions are almost knocked out of the the contention of making it to the playoffs.

So,ladies and gentlemen, what does it mean for both Titans and Patna?

 

Qualifications & Eliminations on Day 60:

1. Tie between U Mumba-Bengaluru & Win for Jaipur

- Both U Mumba and Bengaluru will go to 56. Jaipur will go to 57. Patna and Telugu can now reach a maximum points of 55.  Both Patna and Telugu will be out.

 

2. Win for U Mumba & Win for Jaipur

- U Mumba will go to 58 points, Jaipur will be on 57 points. 

- But 2 of Bengaluru's remaining 3 matches are against Jaipur and UP Yoddha. So one of Bengaluru or UP Yoddha will surely cross 55, knocking out Patna and Telugu Titans.

 

3. Win for Bengaluru & Win for Jaipur

- A win for UP Yoddha on Saturday will then knock out Patna and Telugu. 

- For Patna & Telugu to qualify, UP & MUM have to get less than 2 points from remaining matches.

 

TWITTER POLL: While we wait for the matches to start, do let us know who will emerge as the most successful defender by the end of the group stage. Will it be Sandeep Dhull from Jaipur or will it be Vishal Bhardwaj from Telugu Titans. VOTE NOW and let us know!

 

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

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 13 | U Mumba – 10| Bengaluru Bulls – 3 | Tied - 0

  • U Mumba have dominated this H2H winning 10 of the 13 matches.
  • Bengaluru’s win% of 23 against U Mumba is their lowest against an opposition in PKL.
  • In their previous encounter this season, Bengaluru Bulls came on top 30 - 26 against U Mumba in a close contest.
  • Pawan Sehrawat’s first SUPER 10 in PKL 7 came in this match as he notched up 11 raid points. Mahender Singh was the lead defender for Bulls scoring 4 tackle pts in the game.
  • U Mumba’s defence was off color registering just 4 tackle points in the match. This was their lowest tackle points in a match in PKL 7.

U Mumba PKL 7 Record

  • 9 Wins, 7 Losses, 1 Tie -> 4th in Points table
  • Last Match: Beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 31 – 25.
  • Recent Form: 1 Loss in the last 6 matches (4 Wins, 1 Tie)
  • A  Win/ Tie will retain their 4th position in the points table above Bengaluru Bulls.

Bengaluru Bulls PKL 7 Record

  • 9 Wins, 8 Losses, 1 Tie -> 5th in Points table
  • Last Match: Tied against Dabang Delhi 39 – 39.
  • Recent Form: Winless in the last 3 matches (2 losses, 1 Tie)
  • A  Win will move Bengaluru to 4th position in the points table above U Mumba. A Tie/ Loss would ensure Bengaluru stay at their 5th position in the points table.

 

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

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Athul MS (MUM) needs 1 raid point to reach 100 raid points in PKL.
  • Abhishek Singh (MUM) needs 2 raid points to reach 100 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Sandeep Narwal (MUM) needs 6 tackle points to reach 300 tackle points in PKL.
  • Mahender Singh (BLR) needs 4 tackle points to reach 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

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While you wait for two mouth-watering contests 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.