Welcome to the live coverage of the 2nd fixture of 21st October of the Pro Kabaddi League 2022 between Puneri Paltan and Bengal Warriors at the Shree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
Insane game from Puneri Paltan which was prepared for every possible Bengal Warriors ploy. It helps that they have BC Ramesh (former coach) and Nabibakhsh (former player) of the Bengal outfit but it is this level of preparation that this side needs to aim for every game so it can terrorise its opponents even in a low scorer the way it did Bengal today. Great win for master tactician Fazel Atrachali who orchestrated much of what of the tactical brilliance we saw on the mat today. Shot in the arm for Pune but Bengal will take a point away as the deficit was under seven points.
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Scores read Pune vs Bengal
27-25 Rohit takes out Mohammad Nabibakhsh and Pune finishes out a thriller of a win!
27-24 Rohit has another bonus point and about 40 seconds left in this game.
27-23 Aslam Inamdar is brought down by Girish Ernak yet again.
27-22 Rohit has a bonus point. Pune spent some time reviewing it.
27-21 Fazel has the widest smile I’ve seen on the Iranian’s face in my time of watching kabaddi. Lovely work as he puts in the backhold on Maninder Singh. Mid tackle, Fazel is looking at Nabibakhsh and smiling! Maninder is properly rattled!
Fazel instructs Mohit Goyat to kill time
26-21 Maninder looks like he’s got a bonus. Fazel reviews and contests that bonus. OH AND GUESS WHAT! Fazel is right! NO BONUS! Fazel has not just got Maninder in terms of tackles, but has won this battle of the mind too! GENIUS!
26-21 Aslam Inamdar brings back his captain as Balaji comes in with the advanced tackle.
25-21 Just when Fazel was looking so good, he hastily gifts a point to Rohit
In this second half, so far at least, Puneri Paltan has eight tackle points while Bengal Warriors has just one. It’s been all about the defense.
25-20 Maninder is brought down by Fazel Atrachali as the skipper gets his high five! Fazel is pumped!
Pune was trailing for most part in this game. Can they hold on to this lead now and register a win?
24-20 Rohit can’t manage a point as Fazel Atrachali’s vicious ankle hold does not relent. Brilliant this from Puneri Paltan.
21-19 Aslam Inamdar has Vaibhav Garje. Bengal reduced to one man on the mat.
20-19 PUNE handles Maninder soon after. Sanket Sawant setting up a nice little trap for him. Comes in for his thigh and the rest of the defense descends on Maninder.
19-19 Aslam Inamdar is ecstatic and has Fazel Atrachali’s tactics written all over it. Bengal is reviewing this. Bengal says Aslam should get only one point but the referees have seen Aslam getting two touch points - Maninder, looks like the faintest of touches and then an obvious touch on Surender Nada. Referees have taken away Maninder’s touch so just one point for Puneri Paltan.
Under 10 minutes to go. And Bengal leads by one solitary point.
18-19 Maninder makes it looks very easy. Rakesh Ram falls for his trap and he calmly crawls to the midline. Pune needs Maninder back on the mat.
18-18 Akash Shinde’s toe touch on Shubham Shinde on the left levels the scores yet again. Akash Shinde is great to watch and is doing for Pune what Aslam Inamdar could not.
17-18 Deepak Hooda has his first point of the night. He takes out Pankaj Mohite.
17-17 There you go. Akash Shinde takes out Girish Ernak to level scores.
16-17 Sombir has his high five! He brings down Shrikant Jadhav
15-17 FAZEL FAZEOL FAZEL! Manoj Gowda faces three men on the mat and Fazel goes straight for his thighs. Manoj tries to jump over the Iranian. Ha. Tough luck
13-17 Aslam, coming in on a do-or-die raid, steps out of the mat while nearly running out of town. It has not been his night.
13-16SUPER TACKLE! Maninder is sent back as fast as he came off the bench. Sombir leaves Maninder stranded in the middle of a circle of orange
11-16 Pune’s raiders are struggling. Pankaj Mohite is brought down by Shubham Shinde with a high line of defense
HALFTIME UPDATE: It was an evenly matched contest for most of the first half and as it stands, all three big raiders - Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat for Pune and Maninder Singh for Bengal - are on the bench. While the defense has been evenly matched, super raids from Maninder have given the Bengal Warriors an edge. How the raiders step up for Pune will be crucial in this second half if they want to walk away from this game with points to their name.
11-15 It looked like Mohit Goyat got a couple of points but he has stepped out into the lobby instead.
11-14 Mohit Goyat brings down Shrikant Jadhav as he pushes him off the mat and he gets help to be kept within bounds from one of his fellow defenders. Smart kabaddi from Pune.
10-14 Fazel Atrachali tells Akash Shinde that Girish Ernak will 100% come for the block but it’s Shrikant Jadhav who foxes the substitute raider from Pune as Bengal gets another point
10-13 OH GOOD LORD. Fazel Atrachali! Sombir holds back Maninder but Fazel Atrachali slides in from the left corner and pushes Mani back. How clinical was that! Pure fire from the Pune captain
9-13 Girish Ernak has Aslam’s number and he has removed him again
9-12 Manoj Gowda looks like he’s skipped over Sombir but Mohit holds him back and pulls him down
8-12 Mohit Goyat brings back Aslam Inamdar by taking out Vaibhav Garje
7-12 Nabibakhsh is brought down by Shubham Shinde and that brings back Maninder on the mat. Pune down to three men.
7-11 Manoj Gowda removes Sanket Sawant and Balasaheb Jadhav as he gets his hands past the midline. Bengal was down to two men and now have five on court.
Maninder has been off court for four minutes now.
7-9 SUPER TACKLE. Girish Ernak squashes down Aslam Inamdar. He is a boulder, Girish Ernak.
7-7 Manoj Gowda successfully manages a bonus
7-6 SUPER TACKLE it looked like but it looks like Deepak Hooda has stepped out of line. Oh what a waste. A fan spotted it from the sidelines even as Bengal fans were celebrating around her. Sharp eye!
6-6 Fazel Atrachali gets a brilliant back hold on Maninder as he is stranded in the left corner.
5-6 Mohit Goyat is tackled a little too close to the mat by Shubham Shinde but Mohit has already touched ahead of the midline and Shinde’s ankle drag back is in vain.
4-6 Fazel Atrachali and Nababibakhsh set a trap for Shrikant Jadhav as Sanket Sawant and Mohit Goyat castle him deep in the Pune half.
3-6 Mohit Goyat, now without Aslam on the mat, removes Vaibhav Garje.
2-6 SUPER RAID. Maninder gets the bonus point and also removes Aslam Inamdar and Balasaheb Jadhav. There’s the Maninder we know
2-3 Bonus point for Aslam Inamdar
1-3 Shrikant Jadhav muscles through a tackle attempt from Sanket Sawant and Fazel believes his defender should have been supported better
1-2 Maninder picks up a bonus point
1-1 Aslam Inamdar has insane amounts of energy as he stretches and removes Girish Ernak
0-1 Maninder comes in and picks up Balasaheb Jadhav. Early point for Maninder. Phew
FAZEL VS MANINDER - This will be a mouth-watering contest. The secondary raiders will be key in this encounter. Mohit and Nabibakhsh for Pune and Shrikant Jadhav and Deepak Hooda for Warriors.
Puneri Paltan: Aslam Inamdar, Mohit Goyat, Sanket Sawant, Sombir, Fazel Atrachali, Mohammad Nabibakhsh, Balasaheb Jadhav
Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Vaibhav Garje, Balaji D, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Shrikant Jadhav, Shuibham Shinde, Girish Ernak
After being winless in their first three games of the season, Puneri Paltan climbed up the standings pretty quickly following two successive wins. Aslam Inamdar has been the team’s main raider with 50 raid points so far, while Mohit Goyat has been their secondary raider and has done well to score 35 raid points. Akash Shinde has been Puneri Paltan’s third best attacker in terms of scoring points with 13 raid points. On the defensive side, Puneri Paltan’s defenders seem to be coming into their own with Fazel Atrachali marshalling the troops. The Iranian has been the team’s top defender with nine tackle points, while Gaurav Khatri has accounted for eight tackle points. Mohit Goyat, Badal Singh and Mohammad Nabibakhsh have also scored five tackle points each for the team.
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Bengal Warriors, on the other hand, will be eager to bounce back after a loss to Jaipur Pink Panthers in their last game. The Warriors captain Maninder Singh had a quiet outing against the Panthers but he’s still been the team’s standout raider this season with 43 raid points. Maninder has been well supported by Shrikant Jadhav, who has amassed 30 raid points in Season 9, but they need more help from all-rounders Deepak Hooda and Manoj Gowda, both of whom haven’t managed to produce their best in attack yet. On the defensive front, Girish Maruti Ernak has been the pick of their tacklers with 20 tackle points, while Vaibhav Garje and Shubham Shinde have accounted for 12 and 11 tackle points respectively.
PUNERI PALTAN RESULTS SO FAR:
BENGAL WARRIORS RESULTS SO FAR:
HEAD-TO-HEAD | Matches: 16 | Puneri Paltan: 7 | Bengal: 8 | Tie: 1
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Puneri Paltan: Mohit Goyat
Bengal Warriors: Shrikant Jadhav
Where can you watch Puneri Paltan vs Bengal Warriors 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 21.