Pro Kabaddi: UP Yoddha edges past Jaipur, Dabang Delhi trounces Telugu Titans- As it happened

UP Yoddha helped itself to an exciting 38-32 win over Jaipur Pink with a clinical all-round show. In the second match of the night, Siddharth Desai was the lone warrior for Telugu Titans as he scored a super-10 but couldn't save his team from facing a 37-29 defeat to Delhi.

Dabang Delhi's domination at the top continues with its 13th win in 16 matches.   -  PKL MEDIA

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For Dabang Delhi, Naveen Kumar's performance wasn't suprising. He is scoring Super-10s at will and what a find this youngster has been for Delhi. Two seasoned campaigners in the corners, Ravinder Pahal and Joginder Narwal troubled Siddharth and co. Especially, Pahal as he finished with four tackle points. Let's not forget Anil Kumar also had a brilliant game, as he bagged four tackle points.

There is a lot of thinking that will be done in the Titans' camp, ladies and gentlemen. The team's defence was all over the place and the players played out of their preferred positions. Krushna Madane kept gifting points and Abozar Mighani and Vishal Bhardwaj scored their first points only late in the second half.

The second half was a more fiercely-fought contest, but Delhi didn't give up the lead. Delhi inflicted a second all-out on Titans and it was followed by Naveen and Siddharth getting to their super-10s.

FULL-TIME! THAT'S THAT! DABANG DELHI CONTINUES ITS STELLAR FORM AND MAINTAINS ITS LEAD AT THE TOP AND ON THE OTHER HAND, TELUGU TITANS REELS AT NINTH.

29-37: Siddharth Desai needed to get two points for Titans to be able to get one point off the match, but he only gets one point with a kick off Vishal Mane's touch.

28-37: Siddharth Desai pulls himself out of an ankle hold by Ravinder Pahal.

1 minute to go!

27-37: Second tackle point of the night for Vishal. Naveen gets the bonus before being brought down with an ankle hold. Good assist with a frontal block from Farhad there.

26-36: Anil Kumar looks for high High-5, but ends up conceding a point to Farhad Milagardhan.

25-36: Siddharth tries to escape Vijay's block with a frog jump, but Vishal Mane is quick to respond as he contains the raider with a waist hold.

25-35: Chandran Ranjit runs into Vishal Bhardwaj, who pulls him down with a block.

25-34: First, Naveen Kumar adds one more to his tally by sending Krushna Madane back. In the next raid, Ravinder Pahal bags his fourth tackle point of the night by pinning Ankit Beniwal down.

24-33: SIDDHARTH DESAI ALSO GETS TO HIS SUPER-10! GOOD CONTRIBUTION TO THE TEAM! HE HAS BEEN GETTING JOGINDER NARWAL ALL NIGHT LONG AND DOES IT AGAIN WITH A TOE TOUCH!

23-33: SUPER-10 FOR NAVEEN. NO SURPRISES THERE! HIS 14TH CONSECUTIVE AND 15TH OF THIS SEASON! RIDICULOUS! Ankit Beniwal given the marching orders.

BOTH SIDDHARTH DESAI AND NAVEEN KUMAR ARE ONE AWAY FROM A SUPER-10.

22-32: A tackle point for Mighani in the right corner. Chandran Ranjit darts left and right and tries to go for Mighani, who pounces at him with a brilliant double ankle hold.

21-32: 5th tackle point on Siddharth Desai by Delhi. Anil Kumar helps himself to a tackle point with thigh hold on Desai. TITANS CHALLENGES THE CALL CLAIMING THREE DEFENDERS OF DELHI ARE OUT OF BOUNDS! THE REVIEW IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL AND TITANS LOSE ITS REVIEW AS THE TACKLE WAS LEGAL AND MADE BEFORE DEFENDERS STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS!

21-31: Naveen Kumar is simply too good! He sends Vishal Bhardwaj to the bench with an excellent kick touch off the right corner defender. Bhardwaj's poor night worsens. NOT EVEN A SINGLE POINT FOR VISHAL SO FAR!

20-30: First tackle point for Madane! FINALLY, SOMETHING WORKING FOR MADANE! He gets an ankle hold on Chandran Ranjit.

18-29: ALL-OUT! DELHI IS NOW IN A COMMANDING POSITION! Vijay was up against Abozar Mighani, who tried his best to delay the all-out!

18-26: DELHI BEGINNING TO RUN AWAY WITH IT! Siva Ganesh Reddy is brought down by Anil Kumar.

MILESTONE ALERT: NAVEEN KUMAR

Naveen Kumar Registers 150 Raid Touch Points This Season.

 

18-25: Naveen Kumar is on the verge of another Super-10 as he sends Farhad back with a quick running hand touch.

18-24: Do-or-die raid for Delhi. Naveen Kumar is just revived and he makes immediate impact. He gets a running hand touch off Krushna Madane in the right corner. Wait, he wasn't supposed to be there in the first place. What is happening with the Titans' decision making here?

18-23: Do-or-die raid for Suraj Desai. He tries for a bonus multiple times and just when tries for the third time, he is brought down with a fabulous ankle hold by Ravinder Pahal in the right corner.

Naveen Kumar has been on the bench for four minutes now.

18-22: What happened there? Brain fade from Gowda? He was caught napping and lurking near the mid-line in his own half as Vijay went in quickly and got a touch point off the all-rounder.

18-21: Anil Kumar, who was the star of Delhi's defence in the first half, continues to make merry. Just as Siddharth Desai attempts a point with a kick, Kumar dives low with a strong double thigh hold.

18-20: REVIEW TIME! Naveen goes in to raid and claims a touch point off Abozar. The umpires award the point and Abozar challenges the call. The replays shows that there is flutter on Abozar's shirt, but that can also happen because of the movement.  THE UMPIRES DECIDE THAT THERE WAS NO TOUCH AND TITANS RETAINS ITS REVIEW! ONE POINT AWARDED TO TITANS AS IT MEANT THAT NAVEEN WENT INTO LOBBY WITHOUT GETTING A TOUCH.

17-20: Quick raid put in by Desai. Siddharth gets a running hand touch on Joginder Narwal.

16-20: Madane at it again! Chandran Ranjit doesn't need to do much as is gifted a point by Krushna! Solo ankle hold on Ranjit, who is able to drag himself back with comfort.

16-19: Naveen Kumar bags a quick bonus.

16-18: Two big boys go head-to-head the man in yellow wins this battle. Vishal Mane goes in for the dash on Siddharth Desai. But the raider was quick to turn and completed the raid with a touch past the mid-line with his toe.

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

HALF-TIME! Farhad Milagardhan brings the first half to a close with an empty raid. The next raid for the Titans will be a do-or-die raid.  Folks, the last 20 promises to be a nail-biter. Siddharth bagged four points of his first four raids, but it was only a matter of time before Pahal and Narwal found their mojo, Consecutive successful tackles on Desai and Naveen Kumar joining the party meant Titans fell back and had to suffer an all-out! Rakesh Gowda has shown promise with his all-round abilities, but he needs to continue if Titans is to win this match.

15-18: Madane's night continues to worsen as he gifts another point to Delhi. He is too eager to put a tackle on Naveen Kumar and the raider obliges to add one more point to his kitty.

15-17: PAHAL AND NARWAL GIVEN MARCHING ORDERS! Great presence of mind at show by Farhad Milagardhan as he gets a touch point off Pahal with his foot after being floored by Narwal. He gets past the mid-line and two seasoned defenders of Delhi are on the bench.

13-17: Siddharth Desai is on the bench again. This time, Vijay pulls the raider back with a strong ankle hold.

13-16: Naveen Kumar bags his fourth raid point with a touch point off Gowda. Before that, he bags a bonus.

13-14: Chandran Ranjit and Siddharth Desai bag bonus for their respective teams.

12-13: ALL-OUT! THIS SPORT IS SO UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN CHANGE COLOURS SO QUICKLY! Suraj Desai goes in to raid, gets the bonus and then Anil Kumar tackles him.

11-10: Naveen turns the table around with a two-point raid. Titans down to one man. madanae and Vishal benched.

11-8: Do-or-die raid for Siddharth Desai and the star raider is benched again. Ravinder Pahal emerges on top again with a brilliant tackle.

MILESTONE ALERT: ABOZAR MOHAJERMIGHANI

Abozar Mohajermighani Registers 150 Tackle Points In PKL

 

11-7: Do-or-die raid for Delhi. SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR THERE NAVEEN KUMAR! He got past Madane, but Abozar with a brilliant dash to contain him.

9-7: Gowda is now tackled by Joginder Narwal.

9-6: RAKESH GOWDA SCORES A SUPER-TACKLE! His third tackle point of the night. Double ankle hold on Naveen Kumar and a swift assist from Vishal Bhardwaj.

6-6: NAVEEN PUTS GREAT PRESSURE ON FARHAD MILAGARDHAN, WHO IN THE URGENCY OF TRYING TO TACKLE NAVEEN, STEPS OUT OF BOUNDS FIRST!

7-5: Vijay with a brilliant toe touch on C. Arun, who was found rooted to the mat.

7-4: Rakesh Gowda is showing why is such an important part of this Titans squad. The all-round nicks another bonus point.

6-4: No issues, says Gowda. He goes in with a low thigh hold and then snatches up the ankle of Chandran Ranjit. Brilliant tackle.

5-4: Rakesh Gowda, who scored a bonus point earlier, goes with empty-handed.

5-4: Siddharth Desai is floored with brutality. Ravinder Pahal, known as the hawk, comes in with the dash from the left, lifts him up and throws him out.

3-1: Siddharth is on fire already! He sends Joginder Narwal to the bench with a brilliant toe touch.

2-1: Naveen Kumar starts off Delhi's night with a bonus point.

2-0: He follows it up with a bonus point.

1-0: Siddharth Desai starts the proceedings and scores immediately. Gets a touch point of Anil Kumar.

TOSS: Delhi wins the toss and Titans will raid first.

SQUADS:

Telugu Titans: Siddharth Desai, Farhad Milaghardan, C. Arun, Krushna Madane, Rakesh Gowda, Abozar Mighani, Vishal Bhardwaj

Subs: Akash Choudhary, Rajnish, Suraj Desai, Siva Ganesh Reddy, Ankit Beniwal

Dabang Delhi: Naveen Kumar, Vishal Mane, Anil Kumar, Vijay, Chandran Ranjit, Ravinder Pahal, Joginder Narwal

Subs: Sombir, Sumit, Balram, Neeraj Narwal

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 11| Telugu Titans – 8| Dabang Delhi – 2| Tie – 1

  • Telugu Titans has dominated this H2H winning 8 out of 11 matches played. 
  • Telugu Titans’ win% of 73% against Dabang Delhi is its 2nd-best against any opposition in PKL.
  • Dabang Delhi, however, has won the last 2 matches including its first encounter this season.
  • Delhi won its first encounter this season by 1 point as it won a thriller 34-33
  • Naveen Kumar had 14 raid points in the match for Delhi while Chandran Ranjit chipped in with 6 raid points.
  • Joginder Narwal led the way in defence with 4 tackle points and Ravinder Pahal scored 3 tackle points.
  • Suraj Desai made his PKL debut in this match and set a new record for the most points on debut by a player, scoring 18 raid points.
  • Siddharth Desai had 8 raid points in comparison and Vishal Bhardwaj had 4 tackle points.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 4 wins, 8 losses, 2 ties – 11th in points table (30 points)
  • Last Match: Lost to U Mumba 27 – 41
  • 2 wins and 3 losses in its last 5 matches

Dabang Delhi PKL 7 Record

  • 12 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie – 1st in points table (64 points)
  • Last Match: Beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 34 – 30
  • Lost just 1 match in their last 11 matches (9 wins, 1 tie)
  • Head-to-head (Last 5 Mts)

 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 10 tackle points away from 200 tackle points in PKL.
  • Abozar Mighani (HYD) is 2 tackle points away from 150 tackle points in PKL.
  • Meraj Sheykh (DEL) is 7 points away from 400 points away from 400 points in PKL.

 

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

 

FULL-TIME! UP climbs to the fifth spot in the points table and is just two points away from fourth-placed Bengaluru Bulls. Jaipur on the other hand, slips down to seventh.

38-32: NOW JAIPUR AND JAIPUR SALVAGES ONE POINT FROM THE CONTEST AS SUSHIL GULIA GETS A TOUCH POINT OFF ASHU SINGH!

38-31: First up, it's UP and Jaipur picks up another SUPER-TACKLE! Vishal floors Gill again!

4 empty raid and that means in the last 30 seconds, we will see two do-or-die raids.

38-29: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Deepak Niwas Hooda fails to get a bonus point. Jaipur reviews the call claiming that the Bonus should be given. The replay shows there was nothing there. HENCE, REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL AND JAIPUR LOSES IT.

37-29: SUPER-TACKLE FROM JAIPUR! It was a do-or-die raid and Surender Gill had come in. He tried to get Sandeep Dhull in the left corner, however the defender was up to the challenge this time.

37-27: Non-technical point for UP Yoddha as two raiders from UP enter at the same time.

37-26: Amit tackles Ajinkya Pawar and the 11-point lead is restored.

36-26: Do-or-die raid for UP and once again. Shrikant delivers. Amit Hooda puts in a double ankle hold all on his own, but it was never going to be enough.

35-25: Ajinkya Pawar with a bonus point.

MILESTONE ALERT: SUMIT

Sumit Registers 50 Tackle Points In PKL.

 

35-24: Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus and just misses out on a super-raid. Sumit brings the raider down on time.

34-23: Do-or-die raid for UP. Surender Gill is floored!! Amit Hooda dashes the raider out.

34-22: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Skipper Deepak steps up. Up plays a high line of defence. The bonus is available and Nitesh Kumar says nothing doing. Well done to UP Yoddha and Nitesh Kumar, who punches the mat in joy. The ploy worked wonders as UP is able to corner the raider.

33-22: SHOCKER OF A TACKLE FROM VISHAL AND PAVAN TR. Shrikant Jadhav is brought down to the mat with a chain tackle, but he dives low and escapes with relative ease.

31-22: Deepak Niwas Hooda completes the raid in 10 seconds and claims his 13th point of the night. He gets a touch point off Surender Gill, who was slow to back off, in the left cover.

31-21: Shrikant Jadhav and Rishank Devadiga clinch two bonus points.

29-21: ALL-OUT! THIS TIME, DEEPAK HOODA FAULTERS AND UP INCREASES ITS LEAD WITH ANOTHER ALL-OUT! He does get the bonus, but is pushed off the mat by Nitesh Kumar. Deepak runs out of time and the gap widens.

26-20: Gill reduces Jaipur to one man again. This time, Nitin Rawal has to go back to the bench.

25-20: DEEPAK IS THE LAST MAN IN AND HE REVIVES ONE MAN. Silly tackle put in by Sumit.

25-18: Surender Gill reduces Jaipur to one men. Desperate tackle by Pavan TR, but Gill manages to scramble back to safety.

24-17: Rishank continues to make merry. Vishal goes in for a solo diving ankle hold on Devadiga. Devadiga is floored, but he pulls himself across the mid-line while the defender was still clinging to his leg.

23-17: SUPER-TACKLE! DEEPAK HOODA WITH A GREAT BACK HOLD ON GILL! UP IN THE PROCESS, LOSES ITS REVIEW! It challenges the call claiming that Surender was held back with a jersey pull. But the officials stick to their decisions.

23-15: Deepak Hooda bags a bonus.

23-14: Do-or-die raid for UP now. Rishank Devadiga scores yet another two-point raid. Sandeep Dhull tries a double thigh hold on Devadiga. The raider starts to backtrack and Amit Hooda charges in for a block. But Devadiga emerges on top.

21-14: Do-or-die raid for Jaipur. Sushil Gulia comes in to raid and he tackled by Amit. Brilliant ankle hold by the defender and Gulia is off to the bench.

20-14: Amit Hooda at the right corner breaks in from the chain and executes a brilliant ankle hold on Shrikant Jadhav.

WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

 

HALF-TIME: UP Yoddha's 13 raid points and Jaipur's 12 unsuccessful tackles mean that UP Yoddha goes into the break with a seven-point raid. Jaipur started well and was handed an early lead by Sushil Gulia's super-raid. However, Surender Gill, Rishank Devadiga and Shrikant Jadhav's raiding exploits helped UP effect an all-out on Jaipur and the team has maintained a hefty lead since.

20-13: Rishank Devadiga responds with a two-point raid of his own. He has been in stellar form for UP this season. Once again, Pavan TR commits the error and before he can receive timely support from Rawal, Devadiga dives back to safety.

18-13: Do-or-die raid and Deepak Hooda doesn't disappoint. Another two-point raid from the Jaipur skipper. Nitesh Kumar goes in for the dash and manages to floor Deepak down and Amit tries to support. However, Deepak overpowers both of them to go back to safety.

18-11: SUPER-RAID! SHRIKANT JADHAV REVIVES THREE PLAYERS AND UP, FROM THREE MEN ON THE MAT, GO TO SIX. Coming to the raid, he is first floored by a back hold from Pavan TR but he manages to turn. He then turns back and sends Sandeep and Vishal back too.

15-11: This is the kind of tackles you expect from the men in pink. Surender Gill, after getting a bonus, tries to run back to safety but he is ushered out by Vishal with a great block.

14-10: Deepak pulls two points back. He went straight into the left corner. Gets a touch on Ashu Singh's face and on his way back, he evades a dash by Rishank to complete a two-point raid.

14-8: Do-or-die raid for UP and Jadhav says no sweat. Sends Sandeep Dhull to the bench with a comfortable touch point of the left corner defender.

13-8: Sushil Gulia continues to impress. Gets a running hand touch on Amit in the right cover, who is slow on the retreat.

13-7: First, Rishank sends Sandeep Dhull back with a running hand touch. In the next raid, Deepak scores with a touch point off Ashu Singh.

12-6: ALL-OUT! UP HAS COME BACK FROM BEHIND TO INFLICT AN EARLY ALL-OUT ON JAIPUR! The defensive show put by up UP is proving to be too lethal for Jaipur. Sachin Narwal does get the bonus, but cannot evade Surender Gill's block.

9-5: TWO-POINT RAID BY GILL. Gets Amit Hooda and Pavan TR.

7-5: Sushil Gulia thinks that UP's skipper, Nitesh Kumar has to go to the bench. UP Yoddha challenges the call, claiming the raider had gone out of bounds. The replays shows that the raider does not gets a touch point off his thigh. HENCE, THE REVIEW IS DEEMED SUCESSFUL AND UP RETAINS ITS REVIEW.

6-5: Surender Gill takes UP into the lead with a toe touch off Vishal in the left cover.

5-5: Do-or-die raid and Hooda is pinned down again. Sumit, this time, picks up Hooda with an extremely strong hold.

4-5: Do-or-die raid for UP now. Rishank comes in and first tries a kick on the left corner defender. He then went right and while trying to turn, he lost sight of Nitin Rawal who came in from the left with a great dash. One point each for both teams because both the feet of Rawal were outside the mat.

3-4:  Do-or-die raid and now, Deepak comes in. However, he is floored by a diving thigh hold by Nitesh Kumar at the right corner.

2-4: IS THIS THE FIRST OF MANY TO COME FROM SANDEEP DHULL? Rishank Devadiga tries to snatch a bonus under Dhull's nose in the left corner, but the defender puts in a timely ankle hold and floors him.

2-3: Vishal of Jaipur has been sent to the bench by Shrikant Jadhav.

1-3: Do-or-die raid and it's Jaipur up first. Sushil Gulia is in to raid AND HE OPENS HIS OPEN HIS ACCOUNT WITH A SUPER-RAID. The crowd has been brought to its feet with this raid. Sumit, Ashu and Sumit tried to pin him down at the left corner, but the raider managed to get a touch past the mid-line in time.

1-0: Rishank Devadiga comes in for the first UP raid and he strikes immediately. He gets a running hand touch off Pavan TR at right in.

0-0: Deepak Niwas Hooda comes in for the first raid of the match.  He starts with an empty raid.

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

 

SQUADS:

JAIPUR PINKS PANTHERS: Deepak Niwas Hooda, Pavan TR, Sandeep Dhull, Sushil Gulia, Vishal, Nitin Rawal, Amit Hooda

SUBS: Ajinkya Pawar, Nilesh Salunke, Sachin Narwal, Elavarasan, Dong Gyu Kim

 

UP YODDHA: Monu Goyat, Shrikanth Jadhav, Rishank Devadiga, Ashu Singh, Amit, Surender Gill, Nitesh Kumar, Sumit

SUBS: Sachin Kumar, Ankush, Mohsen Maghsoudlou, Gurdeep, Azad Singh

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 4 | Jaipur Pink Panthers – 2 | U.P. Yoddha – 2  

  • It is all even between the 2 teams with Jaipur Pink Panthers and U.P. Yoddha winning 2 matches each.
  • In their first meeting in PKL 7, U.P. Yoddha was the victors as it beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 31 – 24.
  • U.P. Yoddha’s raiders helped the team in the victory as it outscored Jaipur 18 – 14 in raid points. Surender Gill and Shrikant Jadhav were the top raiders for U.P. Yoddha scoring 7 raid points each.
  • Sumit (U.P.) was the best defender for his team scoring 4 tackle points in the match. Nitesh Kumar  (U.P.) also pitched in with 2 tackle points.
  • For Jaipur Pink Panthers, captain Deepak Hooda was the best raider as he finished with 9 raid points in the match.
  • Vishal was Jaipur’s top defender in the match scoring 4 tackle points.

Jaipur Pink Panthers PKL 7 Record

  • 7 Wins, 7 Losses, 1 Ties -> 6th in points table
  • Last Match: Lost to Patna Pirates 33 – 36.
  • Recent Form: The team is winless in the last 6 matches (5 Losses, 1 Tie)
  • If Jaipur wins the match, it will move to 5th Position in the Points Table.

U.P. Yoddha PKL 7 Record

  • 7 Wins, 5 Losses, 2 Tie -> 7th in points table
  • Last Match: Beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 33 – 26.
  • Recent Form: U.P. Yoddha are on a 4 match win streak.
  • If the team wins, it will move to 5th position in the points table.

 

Milestones to look forward to in this match.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Deepak Narwal (JAI) is 7 raid points away from reaching 300 raid points in PKL.
  • Deepak Hooda (JAI) is one raid point away from reaching 100 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Sumit (U.P.) is 2 tackle points away from reaching 50 tackle points in both in PKL as well as PKL 7.

 

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