Pro Kabaddi:Titans-Patna play out enthralling draw, Pune trounces Bengaluru- As it happened

Pune Leg comes to an end with Pune cruising to comprehensive win over Bengaluru. Earlier, Telugu Titans and Patna played out a high-scoring draw.

Pune's raiding sensation Pankaj Mohite, in orange, led his team to victory with 17 raid points.   -  PKL MEDIA

KASA KAI, PUNE?

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Wednesday's Pro Kabaddi League matches at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Pune.

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

 

Until then, this is Shivansh Gupta bidding you a happy good night. CIAO!

I had a lot of fun bringing the updates and commentary to you guys and I hope you had as much following the action as it unfurled with us. We will see you again tomorrow at 7pm for two more matches.

Two big games tomorrow. The host, Jaipur Pink Panthers takes on Gujarat Fortunegiants in a battle of western clash. Later, UP Yoddha takes on Tamil Thalaivas.

THAT'S ALL THE ACTION WE HAVE FOR YOU ALL FROM THE PUNE LEG. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. PKL NOW MOVES BASE TO THE SAWAI MANSINGH STADIUM IN JAIPUR FOR THE HOME LEG OF JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS.

The positives for Bengaluru: Obviously, Pawan Sehrawat making merry but the biggest one is Rohit Kumar scoring big. He ends the night with 14 raid points and he was long due until today.

The positives for Pune: Pankaj Mohite's consistency and Surjeet Singh's coming back to form. Moreover, Sagar Krishna stepping up when Surjeet went quiet in the second half with a High-5 is a great sign for the Pune.

The entire Puneri Paltan team and staff take a victory lap and thank the crowd for turning up in huge numbers everyday.

WHAT A FITTING END TO PUNERI'S HOME LEG! PANKAJ MOHITE IS DESTINED FOR GREATNESS, FOR SURE!  TWO HIGH-5s, 17 RAID POINTS BY PANKAJ MOHITE AND THIS BRINGS CURTAINS DOWN ON AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT OF KABADDI!

FULL-TIME! Pankaj Mohite ends the game with an empty raid and that's that Puneri Paltan caps off the home leg with a victory.

42-38: Bengaluru might just one point off this game. Rohit Kumar gets the bonus and then a point off Darshan Kadian, who attempts a poor ankle hold.

42-36: ALL-OUT ON PUNE, BUT IT'S TOO LATE FOR THE BULLS! Pankaj Mohite has just played a game of Chess. He gets the bonus and then walks into the lobby.

41-33: Pune is down to two men as Pawan comes in to raid. 1 MINUTE LEFT IN THE PUNE LEG. He gets Manjeet.

41-32: Mahender Singh loses balance as Pankaj exertes great pressure on the defender. Self-out point by Bulls.

40-32: SUPER-1O FOR PAWAN!  Kadian has to go back.

40-31: Do-or-die raid and Pankaj Mohite remains untackled today. Mahender Singh tries to block him, but Mohite does well to turn and crawl back to safety.

39-31: Pawan reduces Pune to two men. He uses his incredible speed and pushes Nitin Tomar off the bench.

39-30: Pawan Sehrawat gets Balasaheb Jadhav, who attempts a weak ankle hold. The defender was in position to do so.

39-29: Rohit Kumar gets Surjeet Singh again, who coverts the double thigh hold into a double ankle hold. Rohit overpowers Surjeet and drags himself back to safety.

39-28: Do-or-die raid for Pune and Pankaj doesn't disappoint. Mohit Sehrawat, once again, falls prey to Mohite's kick. PUNE REVIEWS THE CALL, CLAIMING A BONUS SHOULD BE GIVEN TWO. REPLAYS SHOWS HIS TRAILING FOOT WAS STILL GROUNDED AND HENCE, PUNE LOSES ITS REVIEW!

Nitin Tomar is subbed in as Balasaheb makes way for the veteran raider.

38-28: Rare error from Sagar Krishna. Sumit slips out of the block. He thinks he has revived both Pawan and Rohit as he feels gets a touch on Balasaheb's knee. PUNE REVIEWS THE CALL, CLAIMING ONE POINT FOR SUMIT AS NO TOUCH ON BALASAHEB. One point means only Rohit is revived. Replay shows no touch and PUNE'S REVIEW IS DEEMED SUCCESSFUL. ONE POINT FOR BENGALURU ONLY!

38-27: SUPER-TACKLE! SAGAR KRISHNA WITH A THIRD SUPER-TACKLE OF HIS NIGHT! PARDEEP NARWAL IN THE STANDS CANNOT BELIEVE IT EITHER! PAWAN THROWS A KICK AT THE LEFT CORNER, BUT KRISHNA IS UP TO THE TASK AND PUTS IN A BRILLIANT ANKLE-HOLD!

OFFICIAL TIME-OUT!

36-27: SUPER-TACKLE ON ROHIT AGAIN! SAGAR KRISHNA GETS HIS HIGH-5 AND IS ABLY SUPPORTED BY PANKAJ MOHITE! IT'S ALL HAPPENING HERE.

FACT: PAWAN KUMAR IS AT HIS LETHAL BEST IN THE LAST 10 MINUTES OF MATCH WITH STRIKE-RATE AS HIGH AS 76%.

 

33-27: Pawan picks up Hadi Tajik in the right corner with a brilliant running hand touch on the defender's chest.

33-26: Do-or-die raid and Darshan Kadian is brought down by a diving ankle hold from Pawan Sehrawat.

33-25: SUPER-TACKLE FOR PUNE AND WHAT A TIME! SAGAR KRISHNA NOW HOLDS ROHIT BACK WITH A BRILLIANT ANKLE HOLD IN THE LEFT CORNER!

Coming to raid, he sends Surjeet Singh, Manjeet in one raid.

31-25: SUPER-10 FOR ROHIT KUMAR! IT WAS LONG DUE AND THIS IS THE ROHIT KUMAR WE KNOW! IS THERE A BENGALURU COMEBACK IN THE MAKING?

31-23: PAWAN IS HELD BACK WITH A SAGAR KRISHNA STRONG ANKLE HOLD. ONCE AGAIN, PAWAN FINDS HIMSELF ON THE BENCH.

30-23: PANKAJ IS MAKING MERRY! FIRST GETS ROHIT KUMAR AND THEN AMAN. 13 POINTS FOR HIM.

28-22: Pawan gets two. He pushes Hadi Tajik and then gets his fingertips brush Surjeet's shoe. Brilliant raid by Pawan. Just the kind of quality you expect from him.

28-20: Manjeet has been very poor today. He is easily tackled by Nandal.

28-19: Pawan gets a bonus.

28-18: Rohit Kumar gets Darshan Kadian on the run and then reviews the call claiming he should get a bonus too. Umpires review and BENGALURU LOSES ITS REVIEW! NO bonus there. Pawan Sehrawat is revived.

Coming to the raid, Mahender Singh steps out of bounds first before Mohit Sehrawat concedes the all-out! This is simply amazing!

28-17: ALL-OUT! PUNE INFLICTS SECOND ALL-OUT ON BENGALURU AND PANKAJ MOHITE, WITH 11 RAID POINTS, HAS BEEN THE ARCHITECT OF THIS PERFORMANCE.

24-17: Surjeet Singh is doing his bit extremely well in the defence. Sumit Singh tamed.

23-17: Pankaj Mohite continues to impress. Now, he gets Saurabh Nandal.

22-16: OUCH, THAT'S GOT TO HURT! Rohit Kumar is pinned with brutal force by the entire Pune time, but it was Hadi Tajik with the initiative.

21-16: SUPER-10 FOR PANKAJ MOHITE AS HE TAKES CARE OF PAWAN SEHRAWAT WITH A RUNNING HAND TOUCH! PAWAN IS OFF TO THE BENCH AGAIN WITHOUT EVEN PUTTING IN A RAID!

20-16: Rohit Kumar gets us going with the first raid of the second half. Targets right and then rushes left and gets a toe touch on Balasaheb. Brilliant raid. Pawan is revived.

 

SEHRAWAT IS ON THE BENCH FOR A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES AS WE KICK OFF THE SECOND HALF.

 

For Pune, Surjeet Singh and Pankaj Mohite are spearheading Pune's charge in its last home game. Mohite has scored a couple of two-point raids and a super-raid. He is just one away from a well-deserved Super-10. Surjeet has already brought up his High-5 and is looking as dangerous as ever.

Story of the first half has been that Pawan Sehrawat has been kept quiet. He has scored only two raid points to go along with three unsuccessful raids. Rohit Kumar has stepped up with seven raid points. He has been long due? Is this his night?

HALF-TIME! Darshan Kadian ends the first half with an empty raid. 

20-15: Amit Kumar is sent to the bench by Rohit Kumar.

20-14: Do-or-die raid and Kadian comes back with one. Amit Sheoran, while attempting a tackle, slips and allows Kadian to get back to safety with ease.

19-14:Immense pressure on Rohit now, who for now, gets a point off Darshan Kadian. Kadian attempts a weak ankle hold

19-13: HIGH-5! SURJEET SINGH IS LEADING HIS TEAM FROM THE FRONT AS HE GETS THE BIG MAN, PAWAN SEHRAWAT WITH A GREAT BLOCK!

18-13: Saurabh Nandal pulls Darshan Kadian back all by himself. What muscle from Nandal. Referees come together to see if there was a jersey pull, but stick to their original decision.

18-12: OUTSTANDING! SINGLE-HANDEDLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IS PANKAJ MOHITE! Another dubki and two more points. Mohit Sehrawat, Mahender Singh are off to the bench!

16-12: Stopped in his tracks is Rohit! Darshan Kadian and Balasaheb Jadhav charge at the raider together and push him out.

Now that's the Rohit Kumar we know! Is this his night?

15-12: SUPER-RAID! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM, ROHIT?

ONE CAPTAIN REMOVES THE OTHER! SURJEET ATTEMPTS A BLOCK and can't hold him back. Kumar, on the way down and back to safety, gets two more touch points off Darshan Kadian and Hadi Tajik.

15-9: Do-or-die raid for Pune. Pankaj Mohite is in to raid, not Manjeet and he delivers! HE GETS A KICK ON MAHENDER SINGH AND THIS BOY IS JUST SPLENDID! COMPLETES THE RAID IN 10 SECONDS!

14-9: Rohit Kumar gets a running hand touch on Hadi Tajik and scores his first touch point on the night.

14-8: The corner defenders of Pune are striking quick and striking hard. This time, Hadi Tajik with a lethal tackle on Sumit Singh.

13-7: First, Pankaj Mohite gets his and the team's sixth raid point of the night by getting a running hand touch on Saurabh Nandal. That raid is followed by Surjeet's fourth tackle. 

11-7: Once again, Rohit Kumar faulters. He is slow on the turn after being pushed back with a block and he is slow on the turn. Surjeet Singh  IS OFF TO A BLISTERING START AS HE SCORES HIS THIRD TACKLE POINT BY CONTAINING ROHIT.

10-6: ALL-OUT! PUNE LEADS BY FOUR POINTS WITH AN EARLY ALL-OUT! THE BULLS HAVE BEEN TAMED EARLY! Sumit Singh was the last man in and after getting a bonus, he is tackled with ease by Surjeet Singh.

7-5: SUPER-RAID AND THAT'S EXCELLENCE IN EXECTUION FROM PANKAJ MOHITE! GETS Mohit Sehrawat, Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal AND BANGALORE IS DOWN TO ONE MAN!

4-5: Sumit Singh bags a bonus in the right corner.

4-4:  SCORES LEVEL! Pankaj Mohite gets the better of Mahender Singh.

3-4: PAWAN SEHRAWAT IS OFF TO THE BENCH! This time, Pune's skipper strikes with a great tackle.

2-4: BALASAHEB JADHAV PINS DOWN BULLS' SKIPPER ROHIT KUMAR WITH A BRILLIANT TACKLE! Rohit Kumar looked like wriggling out before Hadi comes in with a great assist.

1-4: Bulls with an early lead. Pawan Sehrawat gets his night going with a bonus point attempt and swift hand touch on Surjeet Singh.

1-2: Pankaj Mohite revies Manjeet, who was tackle by Mahender Singh in the very first raid, after getting a running hand touch off Mohit Sehrawat in the left. Rohit Kumar opens his account with a bonus point.

TOSS- Bengaluru Bulls wins the toss and Puneri Paltan will raid first.

SQUAD:

PUNERI PALTAN: Manjeet, Surjeet Singh, Pankaj Mohite, Balasaheb Jadhav, Amit Kumar Sagar Krishna, Hadi Tajik

BENGALURU BULLS: Rohit Kumar, Amit Sheoran, Pawan Sehrawat, Sumit Singh, Saurabh Nandal, Mahender Singh, Mohit Sehrwat

 

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 11 | Puneri Paltan – 6 | Bengaluru Bulls – 5 | Tie - 0

  • With a win in their first meeting this season Puneri Paltan has now taken a slender 6-5 lead in its H2H against Bengaluru Bulls.
  • Pune beat Bengaluru 31-23 in this match.
  • Pune’s defence scored 16 tackle points in this match
  • Surjeet Singh (6 tackle points) and Jadhav Shahaji (5 tackle points) were the stars in defence for Pune.
  • Pune restricted Pawan Sehrawat to just 5 raid points and Rohit Kumar to 7 raid points.
  • Manjeet led the way in raiding for Pune with 7 raid points.
  • With this win Pune has now won 3 of the last 5 meetings and the last 2 meetings.

Puneri Paltan PKL 7 Record

  • 5 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 Ties – 8th in points table (37 points)
  • Last Match: Match tied against Tamil Thalaivas 36 – 36
  • 1 win, 1 loss and 1 tie in its home leg thus far.
  • 1 win, 2 ties, 2 losses in its last 5 matches.

Bengaluru Bulls PKL 7 Record

  • 9 Wins, 7 Losses, 0 Tie – 4th in Points Table (49 Points)
  • Last Match: Lost to Bengal Warriors 40 – 42
  • 3 wins and 2 losses in its last 5 matches

 

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Manjeet (PUN) is 8 raid points away from 100 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Surjeet Singh (PUN) is 5 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7.
  • Mahender Singh (BLR) is 6 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7.

 

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AS WE SHIFT OUT FOCUS TO THE SECOND MATCH OF THE NIGHT AS PUNERI PALTAN TAKES ON BENGALURU BULLS.

 

The second match is about to start. Before that, read about how Titans is gearing up for the final push to the play-offs. Written by Yours Truly.

 

FULL-TIME! THIS IS STUNNING! EVERYONE IS STUNNED! THE CROWD, PLAYERS AND THE PLAYERS! WHY NOT? PATNA PIRATES  AND  TELUGU TITANS play out an incredible high-scoring draw.

 

42-42: Rajnish makes the raid legal and we HAVE A HIGH-SCORING DRAW

42-42: Pardeep comes in to raid, 17 point on the night so far, 11 seconds to go! what does he do? He goes back empty handed.

The replay shows the bonus is legitimate and THE REVIEW BY PATNA IS DEEMED UNSUCCESSFUL.

42-42: ONE POINT EACH? PATNA REVIEWS THE CALL THAT SIDDHARTH DIDN'T GET THE BONUS BEFORE BEING BROUGHT DOWN BY HADI OSHTORAK IN THE RIGHT CORNER WITH AN ANKLE HOLD!

41-41: Vishal Bhardwaj with a rare error and what a time to commit one. He comes in from the left with a dash on Jang Kun Lee, but fails to usher him out on time.

40-41: Bonus point for Desai.

40-40: THIS IS GOING RIGHT DOWN TO THE WIRE! Pardeep comes in to raid and he gets the cover defender, C. Arun again. The defender puts his body on the line, but Pardeep jumps over him and springs back to safety.

2 minutes to go and this can go anywhere.

39-40: ALL-OUT! TITANS IS ALL-OUT, BUT IS STILL MARGINALLY AHEAD! IF YOU ARE SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD OUT OF FRUSTRATION/EXCITEMENT OR BITING YOUR NAILS, LET ME SAY I UNDERSTAND! I get your emotions.

Once again, Siddharth the last man is in to raid. He is struggling and he is timed out. He could only get a bonus

36-39: TITANS DOWN TO ONE MAN AGAIN! Abozar concedes a point to Pardeep.

35-39: Last man standing, Siddharth Desai in to raid and he delivers. Jaideep acknowledges, who is caught with a running hand touch on his thighs.

35-38: Pardeep is in to raid and he gets a touch point and comes back to his own half and reviews the call. Umpires say one point, Pardeep claims two and says that he gets a touch on the chain formed by Kamal and Rakesh Gowda. The replay shows, after zooming in heavily, that Pardeep brushes his fingertips brush Kamal's cheeks. His touch on Gowda's shoulder is clear, so no doubt there. AFTER NUMEROUS REPLAYS, PATNA'S REVIEW IS DEEMED SUCCESSFUL. Titans is reduced to one man on the mat.

33-38: Do-or-die raid for Titans. Siddharth Desai picks up a bonus and that's a crucial one.

33-37:  Narwal is in to raid and just what the doctor ordered. TWO-POINT RAID FROM PARDEEP! First Vishal and then Rajnish with poor, half-hearted blocks.

4 MINUTES TO GO as both Patna takes a time-out. Patna will depend on Pardeep Narwal to pull off another one his super-raid efforts. He has scored 11 points so far and Lee has scored six points.  For Titans, Vishal and Abozar have scored seven tackle points together so far. Rajnish with 10 raid points followed by Siddharth Desai's seven.

31-37: 5TH unsuccessful tackle for C. Arun. Not his night as once again, he is too eager to put in a tackle. Abozar tries to assist, but both the men cannot keep up with Jang Kun Lee's speed.  These are crucial point from Lee. He is doing well to support Pardeep Narwal and Hadi Oshtorak.

SIDDHARTH DESAI RAID POINTSSiddharth Desai Has Completed 350 Raid Points In Overall

 

29-37: Titans respond positively. After conceding a super-raid, Titans score three consecutive points. First, Siddharth Desai sends Vikas Jaglan with a touch point. That is followed by an empty raid from Patna. That is followed by a two-point raid from Farhad. He sends Jaideep, Neeraj Kumar to the bench.

Coming to the raid, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakesh Gowda, Rajnish pounce at Narwal perilously near the mid-line and they floor him. Once again, down on his back, Pardeep Narwal sticks his hand out and goes back to safety.

PARDEEP NARWAL OVERALL_POINTS: Pardeep Narwal(201) Goes Past 200 Overall_points In Season

 

29-34: SUPER-RAID! Pardeep Narwal doesn't give up and he is sends three Titans' men back to the bench. SUPER-10 FOR PARDEEP, HIS SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE ONE!

26-34: SUPER-10! RAJNISH GETS TO THE MARK WITH A KICK ON JAIDEEP'S FACE AND HE HAS SCORED 10/19 RAID POINTS FOR HIS TEAM TONIGHT!

Coming to the raid, Vikas Jaglan was the last man in. He gets a bonus and then tries to go right, where he is pinned down by Abozar Mighani.

26-33: ALL-OUT AND TITANS IS WITH A CONVINCING LEAD!

25-30: In the next raid, Siddharth Desai gets Hadi, who fails with an ankle hold.

25-29: WHAT AN ABSOLUTE FIGHTER IS HADI OSHTORAK! LAST MAN IN TO RAID AND HE GETS A SLIDING TOE TOUCH OFF FARHAD WITH THE BONUS.

NO SUPER-TACKLE!

TITANS CHALLENGE THE CALL, CLAIMING THAT THE RAIDER IS SAFE. REPLAY SHOWS THAT THE RAIDER IS JUST IN. THE REVIEW IS SUCCESSFUL AND LAST MAN FOR PATNA.

NO, NO HANG IN THERE! THERE IS A TWIST!

23-29: 1vs 2 as Siddharth goes in for the tackle and he fails. SUPER-TACKLE FOR PATNA PIRATES. Desai tries to get a touch off Monu and is so invested that he doesn't see Neeraj Kumar charging in. Siddharth is thrown off.

23-28: Rajnish nows gets a touch point off Neeraj Kumar.

23-27: THE REVIVAL IS STILL FAR AWAY AS TITANS PINS DOWN JANG KUN LEE AFTER CORNERING HIM. Brilliant worl

Pardeep has now spent 17 minutes off the court. 12 minutes left in the second half.

23-26: Free points there. Jaideep with a nothing block attempt on Rakesh Gowda, who runs past the defender with ease.

23-25: VISHAL PUSHES PARDEEP OFF THE MAT AND VISHAL MAKES IT 4-0 AGAINST PKL'S MOST SUCCESSFUL DEFENDER!

23-24: Rajnish is sent to the bench with an extremely strong ankle hold from the Patna left corner. Jaideep with the tackle point.

22-24: TITANS IS LOOKING EVEN BETTER NOW! Jaglan pins down Rakesh Gowda.

21-23: PARDEEP IS CONTAINED AGAIN! Devastating ankle hold from Abozar Mighani in the left corner. Both corners of Titans is making Pardeep's life difficult.

21-22: UP AND AWAY! Rajnish jumps out of a double ankle hold from Hadi and jogs back to safety.

21-21: Vishal with a failed dash as Jang Kun Lee survives. Patna Pirates review the call claiming that the raider is safe, challenging the umpire's call. Jang Kun Lee was quick to jog out before being called back on. Vishal throws Lee off the mat, as the replay shows, and it also shows that Lee had gotten the touch past the mid-line on time AND WHAT A REVIEW! 2/2 SUCCESSFUL REVIEWS FOR HADI OSHTORAK!

20-21: Bonus point for Rakesh Gowda.

20-20: THIS TIME, PARDEEP IS FLOORED! Vishal Bhardwaj from the left corner breaks from the chain and goes in for the double thigh hold. SO FAR TONIGHT, IT'S VISHAL 3- 0 PARDEEP NARWAL.

20-19:  Pardeep Narwal resumes the proceedings and Farhad Milaghardan repeats the errors. Futile ankle hold in the right corner and Narwal easily overpowers him.

AND WE ARE BACK WITH THE SECOND HALF

At the break, Patna's coach was heard hearing Pardeep that he should get the cover. Let's see what happens.

The second half is about to resume. Before that, read about how Titans is gearing up for the final push to the play-offs. Written by Yours Truly.

 

HALF-TIME! FROM TRAILING 8-17 TO DRAWING BACK LEVEL AT 19-19! WHAT A TURNAROUND FOR PATNA PIRATES AFTER SUFFERING AN EARLY ALL-OUT! Pardeep has spent 12 minutes and 19 seconds out of the first twenty and still manages to create such an impact. He nullifies Siddharth and Rajnish's 11-point effort.

Do-or-die raid for Patna. Last raid of the first half and Pardeep Narwal is in and the one-man wrecking machine strikes again! He comes back with a two-point raid. Abozar Mighani, C. Arun go hard at the raider and pin him down. Pardeep on his back, stretches his hand out and the scores are level.

10 points, folks, 10 points in the last five minutes for Patna. This is staggering by Patna.

19-19: ALL-OUT AND WHAT A COMEBACK IN THE LAST TWO MINUTES BY PATNA! Coming to the raid, Neeraj Kumar pins down Siddharth Desai who is sent packing after getting a bonus.

14-17: SUPER-RAID! PARDEEP NARWAL YOU BEAUTY! no point was awarded first and then Patna challenge the call, claiming that the raider did get his hand past the mid-line on time. The replay shows he has and the PIRATES' REVIEW IS DEEEMED SUCCESSFUL!  Farhad Milaghardan, Rakesh Gowda, Vishal Bhardwaj, C. Arun

10-17: Do-or-die raid and Hadi delivers. Rajnish walks right into Hadi, who is waiting for him with the block.

9-17: ABOZAR MIGHANI IS SENT TO THE BENCH BY FELLOW IRANIAN, FARHAD. Farhad puts great pressure on him and Abozar concedes a self all-out in the right corner.

8-17: Titans with a nine -point advantage

15-6 Rakesh Gowda with a successful raid, eliminates Jang Kun Lee.

14-6 Vishal Bhardwaj with a successful tackle on Pardeep Narwal, who has been had a tough time so far tonight.

13-6 Raid point + bonus! Rajnish with a successful raid, eliminating Neeraj Kumar and also winning a bonus point.

11-6 ALL OUT! Patna Pirates is all-out following an unsuccessful raid by Jang Kun Lee. It has been an extraordinary turnaround for Pirates!

8-5 A successful raid from Siddharth Desai, Neeraj Kumar eliminated.

7-5 Raid point + bonus! Jang Kun Lee gets a touch on Vishal Bhardwaj and comes away with a bonus also. The lead now cut down to two points.

7-3 Two-point raid for Siddharth Desai and Telugu Titans! Hadi Oshtorak and Vikas Jaglan have been eliminated. Great comeback from Telugu Titans after a below-par start! (Siddharth has completed 100 touch points in the season, and that also takes him past 350 points in the ProKabaddi League.)

5-3 TACKLED! Pardeep Narwal has not had the best start to the match tonight! Abozar Mighani with a successful tackle.

4-3 It's a Super Raid! Rajnish earns Telugu Titans three points with the eliminations of Neeraj Kumar, Jaideep and Monu.

1-3 Pardeep Narwal with a successful raid for Patna Pirates, Telugu Titans' C. Arun is eliminated.

1-2 Siddharth Desai with another unsuccessful raid, Hadi Oshtorak with a solid tackle and there's no way he's getting out of the stranglehold! (And with that, Oshtorak has completed 100 tackle points in the ProKabaddi League.)

1-1 Make that two in two! Pardeep Narwal opens with an unsuccessful raid, he's been tackled by Vishal Bhardwaj.

0-1 Jaideep with a successful tackle on Siddharth Desai as Patna Pirates opens its account.

Patna Pirates has won the toss and Telugu Titans will raid first.

SQUADS:

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

Subs: Kamal Singh, Aakash Arsul, Ankit Beniwal, Manish, Akash Choudhary

 

PATNA PIRATES: Pardeep Narwal, Neeraj Kumar, Vikas Jaglan, Jang Kun Lee, Monu, Jaideep, Hadi Oshtorak

Subs: Jawahar, Amit Kumar, Ravinder, Purna Singh, Mohammad Esmaeil Maghsoudlou

 

What to look forward to in this match?

SIDDHARTH DESAI vs. PARDEEP NARWAL – TWO STARS CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN PKL 6, BUT FAR APART IN PKL 7

Siddharth Desai and Pardeep Narwal both crossed the 200 raid point mark in PKL 6 with Pardeep finishing slightly ahead by just 15 raid points. Both raiders averaged greater than 10 raid points per game last season and scored more than 10 Super 10s. This year Pardeep is close to reaching the 200 raid point mark again. This will be the 3rd straight season where he crosses 200 when he does so.

Siddharth meanwhile is almost 60 raid points behind Pardeep this season and has just 4 Super 10s while Pardeep already has 10.

Both Siddharth and Pardeep are among the raiders with the highest contribution to their team’s raid points. Siddharth is taking only 36% of the raids overall for Telugu Titans. But he has scored 51% of the team’s raid points this season meaning that his contribution has been overwhelming.

The 51% of raid points scored by Siddharth for Telugu Titans is the highest among all lead raiders. Pardeep’s 44% contribution for Patna is the 3rd highest.

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD (OVERALL)

Overall: Matches – 16| Telugu Titans – 9| Patna Pirates – 7| Tie – 0

  • Telugu Titans lead their H2H with Patna Pirates 9-7 after completing a clean sweep over them in PKL 6.
  • But Patna Pirates won their first meeting this season comfortably winning 34-22.
  • Pardeep Narwal had a brilliant 1st half with 7 raid points, but went scoreless in the 2nd half
  • Jaideep had a HIGH 5 (6 tackle points) for Patna with Monu also scoring 4 tackle points and Neeraj Kumar 3 tackle points.
  • Siddharth Desai was restricted to 5 raid points in the match .
  • No Titans defender was able to score more than 2 tackle points.
  • Patna outscored Telugu 16 to 8 in tackle points in this match.
  • With this win Patna Pirates broke a 3-match losing streak against Telugu Titans.
  • The 9 matches won by Telugu Titans against Patna Pirates is the most for the club against any team.
  • Similarly, the 9 matches lost by Patna Pirates against Telugu Titans is the most for it against any team.

Telugu Titans PKL 7 Record

  • 4 wins, 9 losses, 2 ties – 11th in points table (30 points)
  • Last Match: Lost to Patna Pirates 29 – 37
  • 1 win and 4 losses in its last 5 matches
  • Has lost 3 consecutive matches

Patna Pirates PKL 7 Record

  • 6 wins, 10 losses, 0 ties – 9th in points table (35 points)
  • Last Match: Beat Puneri Paltan 55 – 33
  • Has won last 3 matches after they went on a 6-match losing streak before that

 

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Vishal Bhardwaj (HYD) is 9 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.
  • Hadi Oshtorak (PAT) is 1 tackle point away from 100 tackle points in PKL.
  • Pardeep Narwal (PAT) is 10 raid points away from 200 raid points in PKL 7.
  • Neeraj Kumar (PAT) is 4 tackle points away from 50 tackle points in PKL 7.
  • Jaideep (PAT) is 7 tackle points away from 50 tackles points in PKL 7.

 

 

WATCH: Meanwhile, you can check out Sportstar's latest addition to the #KingsofKabaddi series. Anna, and Haryana Steelers' skipper, Dharmaraj Cheralathan gets candid in this chat.

 

 

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