Welcome to the highlights of the 3rd fixture of the opening day of vivo Pro Kabaddi League 2022 between Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddhas at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
Scores read JPP vs UPY
32-34 Ajith Kumar comes in trying to draw or even win the game, but he’s in too deep in the UP Yoddhas end and is brought down. Can’t imagine how fast Rohit Tomar’s heart must be beating. Tough luck for Jaipur. UP Yoddhas win 34-22
32-33 Rohit Tomar makes an error as he jumps the gun. This gives Jaipur time to come back into this game, draw it or even potentially win it.
31-33 Arjun Deshwal manages a slick toe touch. UP Yoddhas will now waste the time they have been alloted.
30-33 Bhavani Rajput is brought down by Shubham Kumar. This is a spot of bother for Jaipur with just 55 seconds left on the clock.
30-32 PARDEEP NARWAL WITH THE DUBKI. Must have taken a look at Surender’s and wanted to show the textbook version. UP Yoddhas are ecstatic.
30-31 Arjun Deshwal gets a point for his team and the game again hangs in the balance.
29-31 SURENDER GILL WITH A TWO-POINT RAID and he’s using the dubki - his teammate’s signature move.
29-29 Bhavani Rajput takes out Nitesh Kumar. Nice work by this young raider
28-29 Pardeep gets the bonus but the ALL OUT is FINALLY inflicted as Pardeep is stamped out finally. One point lead for UP Yoddhas
25-28 Jaipur scampers away with a touch point, leaving Pardeep on the mat.
Tu bachke rehna - UP Yoddhas coaching unit tells Pardeep Narwal
24-28 BONUS plus a touch point for Pardeep Narwal - error from Jaipur here as they should have ideally closed out the ALL OUT.
24-26 One of the easiest points as Ashu makes a mistake and Arjun Deshwal uses his hands to walk to the midline. Looked like an exercise routine
SUBSTITUTION: UP YODDHA - In : Gurdeep; Out : Pardeep Narwal
23-26 Bonus for Pardeep
23-25 Bhavani Rajput with an instant impact here. Gets three points. SUPER RAID! INSPIRED CHANGE!
SUBSTITUTION - JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS - In : Bhavani Rajput; Out : Rahul Chaudhari
10 minutes remain.
20-25 Pardeep Narwal gets his first touch point of the night. Abhishek KS got his first ever PKL tackle point by removing Pardeep and now Pardeep’s first touch point of this season comes off Abhishek KS
20-24 Ajith comes in, but UP Yoddhas manage a super tackle with Pardeep Narwal getting involved
20-22 Pardeep Narwal, after 30 whole minutes, opens his account with a bonus point
20-21 SUPER RAID BY AJITH KUMAR. Picks up three players to bridge the gap the deficit to one.
17-21 Rohit Tomar is brought down by the Sunil Kumar
16-21CONTENTIOUS REVIEW Rahul Chaudhari comes in for a raid and while he’s thumped down, it looks like a foot is grazing the midline. The teams have seen a replay on TV which means a review is ideally not allowed but the referee allows it. Now in the review, we see Rahul Chaudhari’s shoe on the midline but it needs to cross the midline for Rahul Chaudhari to be safe and potentially even take out a few UP Yoddhas players. REVIEW UNSUCCESSFUL. Rahul Chaudhari back to the bench, UP Yoddhas breathing easy.
16-20 Rohit Tomar’s massive ankle hold with Sumit for immediate assistance hold back Arjun Deshwal.
16-19 Sahul Kumar’s horror night continues as he steps out of bounds. Pardeep Narwal yet to open his account still.
16-18 In a span over under four minutes, UP Yoddhas has managed to turn this game around much to Nitin Tomar’s delight. ALL OUT. JAIPUR.
SUBSTITUTION for the Panthers | In : Devank; Out : Sunil Kumar
15-15SCORES LEVEL. Surender Gill is proving time and again why he is the main raider of this unit as he picks up two points. Sahul Kumar’s poor game continues as he and Ankush are taken out . Jaipur now on the verge of an all-out.
15-13 In a do-or-die raid for Jaipur, Bhavani Rajput is sent back by Sumit
15-12 The gap reduces a little more as Arjun Deshwal is brought down in the centre by a Yoddha mound. Ajith Kumar does not like what he sees. HALF TIME.
PARDEEP NARWAL HAS NOT SCORED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS GAME YET.
15-11 Surinder Gill gets a touch on Ajith Kumar to close out that deficit a bit for UP Yoddhas
15-10 Rahul Chaudhari joins Pardeep on the sidelines as Shubham Kumar takes the veteran out of play.
15-9 Pardeep Narwal is sent back to the bench thanks to Ankush who is having a fantastic game. No fear.
14-9 Surender Gill falls to Sunil Kumar.
13-9 Arjun Deshwal is struggling a little and is taken out by Ashu Singh
13-8 Surender Gill takes out Sahul Kumar to give UP Yoddha a point
13-7 Ajith Kumar takes out Sumit for a quick point down the middle of the mat
SUBSTITUTION UP YODDHA: In : Shubham Kumar Out : Gurdeep
12-7 Surender Gill is brought down by Abhishek KS. ALL OUT DONE.
9-6 It looked like Arjun Deshwal cleaned up the UP Yoddhas but referees believe the second touch (only two players of UPY were on the mat) came after Deshwal made it past the midline. But replays show that could have been all-out right there
8-6 Ankush is a confident young debutant. He blocks Rohit and brings him down. Great add for Jaipur in the left corner.
7-6 Rahul Chaudhari picks up another point as he gets Sumit
6-6 Jaipur levels scores after Arjun Deshwal gets Nitesh out as he runs back to safety.
5-6 FRONTAL BLOCK from Jaipur and Pardeep Narwal is caught in a double thigh hold by Ankush. Rahul Chaudhari comes in to help too and the Dubki King has to go warm the bench
4-6 Arjun Deshwal goes in for a do-or-die raid and after nervously running down the clock, he picks up Ashu Singh for a point
3-6 Surender Gill is screaming that he has picked up a touch point on his do-or-die raid. Unmpires give the point and the defender Sunil Kumar walks.
3-5 UP Yoddha does well to neutralise Ajith Kumar’s attempted Dubki. He’s inches away from the white line but UP Yoddhas pull him back to safety
3-4 Rohit Tomar picks up Abhishek KS
3-3 Rohit Tomar and Arjun Deshwal get a point each with bonuses for their sides
2-2 Scores level as Rahul Chaudhari escapes an attempted ankle hold. Nice to see this old warhorse getting among the points.
1-2 DEFENDER OUT OF BOUNDS and Pardeep is lucky as Sahul Kumar steps out before getting involved in the tackle. So Pardeep safe, Sahul on the bench
1-1 EMPTY RAID FOR RAHUL CHAUDHARI. Can he find some vein of form here? He has been a very pale shadow of his former self and will want to answer his critics by getting in the thick of things
1-1 UP Yoddhas return in kind, sending Arjun Deshwal back with a similar dash.
1-0 Pardeep Narwal starts things off for UP Yoddhas and he’s teasing the left defence. Looks like he managed a multi-point raid but the smart Jaipur defence holds him back. Jaipur draws first blood. Abhishek KS with Pardeep for his first tackle.
UP Yoddhas: Pardeep Narwal, Anshu Singh, Shubham Kumar, Surender Gill, Rohit Tomar, Nitish Kumar, Sumit
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Arjun Deshwal, Sunil Kumar, Abhishek KS, Rahul Chaudhari, V Ajith Kumar, Sahul Kumar, Ankush
HEAD-TO-HEAD | Matches: 7 | JPP: 3 | UPY:4 | Tie: 0
Many many years ago (just kidding, ahead of PKL 7), Sportstar caught up Rahul Chaudhari when he was set to represent Tamil Thalaivas for the first time. Check out the chat
Jaipur Pink Panthers and U.P. Yoddhas have played against each other seven times. The Panthers have won three matches while the Yoddhas have secured four wins.
The final match of the opening day in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 will feature Jaipur Pink Panthers crossing swords with U.P. Yoddhas. The Season 1 champions look like a solid squad on paper and will be hoping that they can fulfill their potential on the mat. With raiders like Rahul Chaudhari, Arjun Deshwal and V Ajith Kumar in the team, the Panthers have ensured that they have multiple choices in attack. Arjun Deshwal was the second-highest raid points (267) scorer last season and will be the team’s primary raider with the support of Rahul Chaudhari and V Ajith Kumar as secondary raiders. In defence, Jaipur Pink Panthers have the experienced Sunil Kumar and Sahul Kumar, who impressed with his tackling for the Season 1 champions in the last campaign. Furthermore, new additions like Lucky Sharma and Nitin Chandel will also hope to help out defensively.
As far as the U.P. Yoddhas are concerned, all eyes will be on their exciting raiding trio of Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill and Nitin Tomar. All three raiders are match-winners on their day and will share the burden of earning raid points for the Yoddhas. The duo of Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill scored 188 and 189 raid points for the Yoddhas last season and will back themselves to get even more points in the upcoming campaign with Nitin Tomar by their side to ease the attacking burden on them. Defensively, a lot will depend on their established pairing of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit. Both the defenders have plenty of experience of playing alongside each other and you can rest assured that opposition raiders won’t be looking forward to facing them. Sumit, who was among the top five defenders in the last two seasons, makes for a perfect partner for the more experienced Nitesh, who will be the leader of the U.P. Yoddhas defence.
Where can you watch Jaipur Pink Panthers vs UP Yoddhas PKL 9?
Pro Kabaddi Season 9 will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar from 7:30 PM onwards on Friday