Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 Highlights: Maninder's Super 10 steers Bengal Warriors past Tamil Thalaivas

Pro Kabaddi League Live Score: Get live updates and scores from the PKL 8 game between Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas being played in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Bengal Warriors vs Tamil Thalaivas

Match 51 of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) will see defending champion Bengal Warriors take on Tamil Thalaivas.   -  Special Arrangement

Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Shyam Vasudevan and I will be taking you through today's PKL 8 match between Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas.

That brings us to the end of our Pro Kabaddi League coverage for the day. We will be back tomorrow. See you then!

Meanwhile, you can also check out our Kings of Kabaddi series from PKL 7  - a happier time pre-COVID when we got to physically sit down with some of the biggest names in the league and hear their stories. You can check out all episodes here:

 

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Bengal Warriors snaps its winless run as it earns a comprehensive 37-28 win over Tamil Thalaivas. We now head into the second game of the evening, which is the Maharashtra derby between U Mumba and Puneri Paltan. Join me on the blog here - Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan; All eyes on Abhishek, Aslam in Maharashtra derby

Bengal Warriors vs Tamil Thalaivas

 

FULL-TIME! Bengal Warriors beats Tamil Thalaivas by 11 points.

37-27 Ran Singh, WOW! That's a humongous tackle from the muscular defender who's playing just his first game of the season!

36-25 Sagar, on the left corner, makes a silly tackle and Maninder walks away with an easy point.

35-25 Ran Singh makes another massive tackle as he lunges into a back-hold on Manjeet. The Tamil Thalaivas' star raider is off the mat and Bengal Warriors' 10-point lead is restored.  

34-25 Manjeet gets the better of Abozar and the Tamil Thalaivas will need a lot more of those with three minutes to go.

34-24 Amit does swimmingly well to tackle Bhavani to the mat. That's Amit's High-5!

Tamil Thalaivas coach Uday Kumar wants his side to inflict an All Out. Can they do it?

33-24 That's a top-quality block from Sagar as he denies Maninder, who's mere inches away from the mid-line.

32-22 Bhavani makes a fine raid to land a running hand touch on Abozar in the right corner.

32-21 ALL OUT! Maninder gets the better of the two remaining Tamil Thalaivas defenders and has now given his side a massive 11-point lead.

28-21 Athul's been tackled off the mat and Tamil Thalaivas is down to two men.

27-20 Ran Singh with a mighty tackle! He grabs Manjeet by the waist and simply sweeps him off his feet.

Tamil Thalaivas have retained Athul on the mat and is yet to bring on Ajinkya, who is usually their go-to raider at the death.

26-20 Sagar, without his captain Surjeet for support, cannot hold back Maninder. That brings up the Bengal Warriors' captain's SUPER 10!

That's a rather silly review from Tamil Thalaivas. They want a bonus but Manjeet did not cut the bonus line and hence they have lost their review with 11 minutes left in the game.

25-19 Surjeet concedes the rare error! Maninder waits and waits and entices the tackle from the Tamil Thalaivas skipper before escaping to safety.

23-18 Nabibakhsh executes a textbook ankle hold as he gets rid of Manjeet. That will revive Maninder, who's on the cusp of a Super 10.

22-17 Athul came in for the do-or-die raid and goes deep, but the Bengal Warriors defence takes him out in no time. Oh wait..it looks like Amit had stepped out of bounds while making the tackle and Tamil Thalaivas are given a point too.

Athul MS comes in for Ajinkya

21-16 Akash does really well in the first raid of the second half as he extends his left arm to grab a touch on Mohit.

HALF-TIME: Bengal Warriors has a narrow four-point lead at the interval, but this is well and truly anybody's game. Warriors skipper Maninder leads the scoring charts with eight points, while Tamil Thalaivas' Manjeet has bagged seven. The bigger story is that Surjeet, the Tamil Thalaivas captain, has already picked up a High-5.

20-16 Now that's what we call a tackle - Sagar on the right corner traps the mighty Maninder in a thigh hold and Mohit comes in with the assist to usher the Bengal Warriors captain off the court.

20-15 That's quite unlike Nabibakhsh...he gifts Manjeet one of the easiest points he will ever score.

20-14 Maninder takes his tally to eight points with a bonus. Six-point lead for the defending champions!

18-14 That's super work from Manjeet as he picks up the bonus point and wriggles out of Darshan's ankle hold.

18-12 Maninder gets the better of Sahil on the left corner yet again!

17-12 Manjeet is at the receiving end of a solo dash from Darshan and does well to evade the challenge.

17-11 Ran Singh bags his first point in a long, long time as he puts up a strong block to deny Ajinkya.

16-10 That's a very poor tackle from Sahil as he attempts a meek ankle hold on Maninder. The Bengal Warriors skipper also picks up a bonus point along the way.

Tamil Thalaivas captain Surjeet has already picked up a High-5!

14-9 ALL OUT! Bengal Warriors inflict the early All Out and have taken a five-point lead.

9-8 SUPER TACKLE x2! Tamil Thalaivas pick up two more points as Nabibakhsh is tackled this time around. Surjeet, however, steps off the mat and is eliminated.

8-6 SUPER TACKLE! It's Sagar and Surjeet - the best defensive duo in the league - that gets the job done as they tackle Maninder to the mat. Top-notch stuff from the Tamil Thalaivas duo.

8-4 No luck for Ajinkya as he's taken out. Tamil Thalaivas are now down to two men.

Ajinkya Pawar, the do-or-die specialist, comes on for Tamil Thalaivas.

7-4 Maninder goes in on the do-or-die raid and he returns with two points! He gets a running hand touch on Bhavani and then overcomes Sahil's dash.

5-4 Abozar pulls off a stunning tackle as he leaps into Prapanjan and grabs on to his ankle. That will revive Maninder.

3-4 SUPER TACKLE! Amit goes in with the ankle hold as Darshan and Akash chip in to tackle Manjeet.

1-4 Superb tackle from the Tamil Thalaivas defence to send Nabibakhsh to the bench. Bengal Warriors are down to three men.

1-3 Ran Singh is back after a long hiatus and makes an error in his first tackle. He goes after Bhavani, but the Thalaivas raider is too good for him.

1-2 First points on the board for Bengal Warriors as Nabibakhsh bags a bonus.

0-2 Surjeet proving why he has that orange sleeve (awarded to the player with the most tackle points)! He eliminates Maninder with a strong block.

0-1 Manjeet opens his account in his first raid as he gets a running touch on Abozar.

Bengal Warriors wins the toss and chooses the right side of the court, Tamil Thalaivas to raid first.

7:25pm: LINE UPS!

Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Amit Nirwal, Darshan, Akash Pikalmunde, Abozar Mighani, Ran Singh, Nabibakhsh,

Tamil Thalaivas: Surjeet Singh, Mohit, Sagar, Sahil, Manjeet, Bhavani Rajput, Prapanjan

7:15pm: Tamil Thalaivas has made a fine comeback after a poor start. The side was in stunning form as it beat Haryana Steelers 45-26 in its last game. While the team was good overall, Surjeet Singh and Sagar were sensational in defence - the duo combined to score 15 tackle points, with Surjeet picking up eight and Sagar finishing the game with seven. They are also the league’s top two tackle points scorers this season Tamil Thalaivas could climb to third spot with a win today.

7pm: Bengal Warriors has had a string of poor results. The reigning champion has  lost four of its last five matches and is 10th on the points table. Skipper Maninder Singh has been the only silver lining so far this season - he's one of only four players to reach the 100-point mark this season. While Maninder spearheads the raiding department, the Warriors’ defence has been found wanting on numerous ocassions. The side has scored the least tackle points in the league (62) and has conceded the fifth-most points (301).

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6:30pm: Hello folks and welcome to our live coverage of the first game of the evening between defending champion Bengal Warriors and Tamil Thalaivas. Before we get to that, here are the results from the last three days -

January 12: Pro Kabaddi 8: Pawan Sehrawat, Bengaluru Bulls thrash Dabang Delhi 61-22; Haryana Steelers, UP Yoddha settle for 36-36 draw

January 11: Pro Kabaddi 8: Patna Pirates beat U Mumba 43-23 to go top; Telugu Titans stay winless after 22-40 loss to Gujarat Giants

January 10: Pro Kabaddi 8: Jaipur Pink Panthers end Naveen's super 10 streak, Dabang Delhi's unbeaten run; Thalaivas thrash Steelers by 19 points

Where to watch PKL 8?

You can watch all the games of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) on the Star Sports Network. The matches will also be streamed live on the Disney+ Hotstar app.