Welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd fixture of 28th October of the Pro Kabaddi League 2022 between Haryana Steelers and Puneri Paltans at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Friday.
Scores read Paltan vs Steelers:
FULL-TIME: Breathe, ladies and gentlemen. Take a minute to catch your breathe. This has been absolutely swashbuckling at the Balewadi Stadium. Steelers had to catch up to Paltan in the 2nd half and they did. Just about. Paltan opened up a nine point lead at one point, but Steelers never let the fight go. Manjeet kept them in hunt with consistent point with his raiding. Amirhossein Bastami delivered a crunch tackle on Akash Shinde which allowed the side to finally draw level. Puneri Platan goes up to 2nd in the points table at 27 points. Steelers too rise to 6th place with three points.
27-27: What a finish! This is Pro Kabaddi at its best! Haryana Steelers had a do-or-die raid, and Manjeet was ushered out of the mat. Puneri Paltan thought they had the match. The replays, however, broke their celebration. Manpreet emerged from his dugout with a huge growl. Sanket had stepped out of bound while tackling, which gave a point to Steelers too. 27 points apiece! 4th tie of the season.
26-26: Goyat returns with an empty raid with just a minute left on the clock. So does Manjeet. 30 seconds to go!
26-26: The scores are level! Oh they’ve done it. Akash Shinde is out in the hunt of a raid and he is pulled back by Bastami as he tries to turn back to his own half. Game on!
26-25: Two points from Manjeet. He steps up with a bonus point and a tag on Gaurav Khatri.
26-23: Akash Shinde with a point as he tags Jaideep Dahiya.
25-23: Manjeet gets a tag on Goyat for a point.
25-22: It is a do-or-die raid for Paltan and Bastami lunges in with a tackle, But, Aslam is able to slip away with ease and win a point for Paltan.
A green card is shown to Manpreet. He gives away a wry smile. The referees caution him for shouting from his dugout.
TIME OUT! Just 5 minutes remaining and the contest can go either way.
24-22: Oh what a raid! Manjeet steals two points out of nowhere as Rakesh Ram’s hold yields nothing for Paltan. It is also all out which gives another two points to Steelers.
24-18: Mohit Goyat wins two points. One off a bonus while the second off a tag on Ankit.
22-18: What just happened? Paltan seems to have completed a super tackle as he Meetu Sharma is wrestled down to the mat. But replays show that Badal Singh stepped out of bounds.
22-17: Mohit Goyat gets a point for Paltan/
21-17: Fazel is sent packing by Meetu Sharma. On a raid, he sends Fazel on the back foot and then lands a kick on the shoulder of the defender. Four points between the teams now.
21-16: Another point for Haryana Steelers as Meetu Sharma gets a tag on Sombir.
21-15: Steelers continue to cut the deficit. This time they thwart a do-or-die raid Mohit Nandal sends Nabibakhsh down with a thigh hold.
21-14: Steelers have to settle for just one point but Manjeet is convinced he deserved three points. Manpreet too is fuming in the dugout.
21-13: A raid point for Steelers through Manjeet.
21-12: Aslam gets two points as he first gets a touch on Rakesh, followed by Ankit.
19-12: One point for Steelers with Sombir erring in contacting Meetu Sharma.
19-11: Puneri Paltan sends the Steelers packing. All Out! This gets Paltan three points.
16-10: Goyat gets a tag and the umpires are convinced too. Steelers challenge the call and is deemed unsuccessful. Another point to Puneri Paltan.
15-10: Sombir gets a tackle on Prapanjan who is out for a do-or-die raid. Two straight points for Paltan.
14-10: Do-or-die for Puneri Paltan and Aslam steps up to get a point with a tag on Mohit Nandal.
13-10: A series of empty raids to start out the 2nd half.
The 2nd half is underway.
HALF-TIME: The Puneri Paltan have crawled ahead in the game courtesy Akash Shinde. His late charge through successful raids has earned four points for the team. Manjeet has looked steady for Haryana Steelers. Manpreet’s side has been able to keep a check on the Iranians. It has been a neck-to-neck contest for a major part and is nicely set up for a 2nd half.
13-10: Prapanjan gets a point back with a raid. A bonus point.
13-9: Puneri Paltan extends its lead. Akash Shinde continues to shine. This time he gets a tag on Ankit.
12-9: Fazel puts in a tackle and gets another point for Puneri Paltan.
10-9: Puneri Paltan is back in front. It wins a point when Meetu doesn’t convert a do-or-die raid. Then Akash completes another successful raid.
8-9: Akash Shinde gets a bonus point.
7-9: Goyat this time tries to jump over a charging defender but he is surrounded by more shirts. Paltan concede a point.
7-8: Mohit Goyat puts in a dive to connect with the knee of Mohit Nandal. The deficit is cut back to just one point.
6-8: A do-or-die raid for Steelers and they win a point through Meetu Sharma, who gets a tag on Sombir.
6-7: A do-or-die for Puneri Paltan and Aslam thinks he has got a bonus point. The referees differ and give a point to Steelers. Call challenged by Paltan and it is unsuccessful.
6-6: The contest in neck and neck as Nabibakhsh is picked out by Manjeet on his raid.
6-5: Prapanjan is ousted from the mat and that gets Paltan in the lead.
5-5: Aslam Inamdar again draws parity in the score with a raid point.
4-5: Two points for Meetu Sharma draws in tackles from Sombir and Sanket. Despite that, he is able to find the line as he lies on the floor.
4-3: A do-or-die raid for Paltan and Goyat is able get a point.
3-3: Prapanjan gets a point for the Steelers according to the umpired, but Paltan wants a review. The replays show that the left foot of the raider was not in the air. The point is scrapped. Review is declared successful and the crowd lets out a big cheer.
3-3: Meetu Sharma gets a tag on Balasaheb Jadhav to level the scores. A couple of empty raids as the game gets off to a simmered start.
3-2: Oh what a raid! The crowd on its feet as Mohit Goyat draws in three defenders and wins three points. This composure on a do-or-die raid.
0-2: Meetu gets the other Iranian. Sliding toe touch to get rid of Nabibakhsh.
0-1: Mohit Goyat returns empty handed.
0-1: Manjeet gets a touch on Fazel. A big point.
0-0: Prapanjan starts with an empty raid. Aslam Inamdar too gets nothing off his raid.
With the tournament moving to Pune for the 2nd leg, the Paltan will be in front of its home crowd.
The teams are out on the mat. Gear up folks!
Tamil Thalaivas wins its 2nd game of the tournament. It beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 38-27. It is the 2nd straight loss for Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Steelers: Manjeet, Mohit, Jaideep, Meetu, Prapanjan, Amirhossein, Nitin
Paltan: Nabibakhsh, Jadhav, Sanket, Aslam, Mohit, Sombir, Fazel
Matches: 10 | | Haryana: 4 | Puneri: 6 | Tie: 0
Puneri is sitting comfortably in the fourth position in the points table by the tremendous form they showed in the last few games.
Haryana had a rough patch after starting the season with back-to-back wins. Manpreet’s men had four consecutive losses, but they ended their losing streak by defeating Telugu Titans in the previous match.
Haryana Steelers looked solid in its previous game as they clinched a victory to make it three wins and four losses in Season 9. Meetu Sharma and Manjeet have been their go-to raiders with 58 and 51 raid points respectively. K. Prapanjan and Vinay are experienced campaigners and will look to contribute more to the team. In defence, Jaideep Dahiya and Mohit Nandal have been crucial with 21 and 18 tackle points respectively. Nitin Rawal has also played a role in defence with 14 tackle points, while Iranian Amirhossein Bastami has scored nine tackle points.
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Puneri Paltan is fourth in the standings with four wins, two losses and a tie. Aslam Inamdar has been the star raider for them with 68 raid points. Mohit Goyat has played second fiddle in the attack to Inamdar with 44 raid points. Akash Shinde has also looked good in patches and has scored 15 raid points. Fazel Atrachali has been effective not just as a captain but more so as a defender with 16 tackle points. Sombir and Gaurav Khatri have also contributed in defence with 11 and 10 tackle points respectively, while all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh has scored seven tackle points.
Where can you watch Haryana Steelers vs Puneri Paltan PKL 9?
Pro Kabaddi Season 9 will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 8:30 PM onwards on Friday, October 28.
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