Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 Highlights: UP Yoddha's sublime defence sees it thrash Bengaluru Bulls 42-27

Pro Kabaddi League Live Score: Get live updates and scores from the PKL 8 game between Bengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha being played in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha

Two of the PKL's greatest raiders will go head to head today when Pawan Sehrawat's Bengaluru Bulls takes on Pardeep Narwal's UP Yoddha.   -  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 Bengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha.

Alright then, 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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What a stunning game of kabaddi, folks! UP Yoddha's defence produces a masterclass as it scored a whopping 22 tackle points to lead the side to a 42-27 win over the Bengaluru Bulls. UP Yoddha earned six Super Tackles today, the most in a single game this season, and that swiftly shifted the momentum in its favour. Shrikant Jadhav was the star of the game as he bagged 15 points, while the more established raiders in Pawan Sehrawat and Pardeep Kumar failed to get going. Pawan managed only five points, while Pardeep scored zero and was taken off in the 15th minute.

The win sees UP Yoddha climb up to the sixth spot, while Bengaluru Bulls' six-match unbeaten run is snapped and it remains third.

Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha

 

FULL-TIME! A sublime defensive show from UP Yoddha sees it thrash Bengaluru Bulls 42-27.

27-42 GB More goes in for the last raid of the game...but doesn't seem to be looking for any points.

26-40 The Iranian gets the better of the South Korean! Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali tackles Dong Geon Lee to perfection.

26-39 Dong Geon Lee comes off the bench and after a few nervous seconds, gets the better of Ashu.

25-39 That's UP Yoddha's 21st tackle point as Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali tackles Pawan with a back-hold.

25-38 SUPER TACKLE NUMBER SIX FOR UP YODDHA! The three-man defence takes out Bharat and the side now has a massive 12-point lead. Wow!

26-35 Bharat does really well as he sneaks under Sumit's challenge. That's his SUPER 10!

Shrikant has quietly gone about his business and picked up a Super 10!

24-35 THAT IS JUST AMAZING FROM SHRIKANT! He goes in for a solo tackle and has Pawan trapped in a monstrous back hold. SUPER TACKLE NO.5 FOR UP YODDHA!

24-32 Pawan grabs up a huge point as he eliminates his counterpart Nitish.

23-32 SUPER TACKLE FOR UP YODDHA! It's the fourth one for UP Yoddha as Bharat is at the receiving end of a sublime ankle hold from Nitish.

23-29 SUPER RAID FROM BHARAT! He wrestles his way past three men including Surender and Mohammad Taghi Paein to pick up three massive points.

Bengaluru Bulls coach Randhir Singh says: "Make quick raids and pick up bpnus points in under 10 seconds".

19-29 Why GB More, just why? He makes a hasty ankle hold on Mohammad Taghi Paein and the Iranian tracks back to safety.

19-28 Pawan's night of misery continues as Nitesh Kumar gets the better of him. One captain eliminates the other!

19-27 Shrikant is sent to the mat on his 15th raid as the left-cover GB More stars with an ankle hold.

18-27 Pawan is awarded the bonus after appealing to the umpires.

17-27 Aman makes a schoolboy error and goes after Shrikant despite the latter coming in on a do-or-die raid. UP Yoddha running away with this one.

17-25 Bharat picks up a point as he grabs hold of Shubham. Bharat is one of the top youngsters we've seen this season - he makes really good use of his height advantage.

The UP Yoddha defence has done remarkably well to keep Pawan quiet thus far.

16-25 A rare point for the Bengaluru Bulls as GB More gets Mohammad Taghi Paein with a double thigh hold.

14-25 What is the Bulls defence up to here? Shrikant skips past Saurabh's ankle hold and gets a touch on Mohit on his way back.

14-23 Pawan has been flattened by Ashu and the Bulls' troubles have only gotten worse...

14-22 ALL OUT! UP Yoddha has inflicted the All Out and taken a massive eight-point lead.

HALF-TIME! UP Yoddha leads Bengaluru Bulls by five points at 19-14 at the end of the first 20 minutes. UP Yoddha's defence has done remarkably well to bring the side into the game, courtesy of three Super Tackles in quick time. Pardeep Narwal was kept off the mat for 13-odd minutes in the first half and managed only two raids. Pawan Sehrawat, who was on for longer, has three points from eight raids. That's surprising, to say the least.

13-19 The men in blue are all over this game - Deepak Narwal, another substitute, is taken out by the UP Yoddha defence and Bulls are down to one man.

13-18 Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali replaces Gurdeep and scalps two massive points in his first raid! He gets rid of Aman and Saurabh, two of the Bull's main defenders. This is the Iranian's first raid of the season!

13-16 The UP Yoddha defence has come to life and how! Sumit picks up his fourth point of the game with a fine tackle on Bharat.

13-15 SUPER TACKLE x3 for UP YODDHA! Gurdeep is the proverbial super-sub here as he lands perfect double ankle hold on Chandran and gets the much-needed support from Surender too.

13-13 Surender bags the bonus point and the scores are level with less than four minutes to go.

13-12 SUPER TACKLE AGAIN! Surender and Gurdeep pick up yet another Super Tackle as they get the better of Pawan again!

12-10 SUPER TACKLE! Surender Gill, you beauty! He traps Pawan in a brilliant double ankle hold and Shrikant assists him to complete the Super Tackle. The two raiders have taken out the Bulls' main raider.

Pardeep has been kept off the mat for six minutes and counting and he's managed only two unsuccessful raids so far.

11-7 Shubham tries to duck under Pawan but instead gets eliminated as the Bulls skipper gets a touch on his neck.

9-6 That's a swift shift in momentum! Saurabh and Mohit stop tackle Pardeep, while Chandran picks up two points to bring Pawan back on the mat.

We're 10 minutes into the game and Pardeep is yet to open his account while Pawan has only one!

6-6 It's neck and neck here as Bharat restores parity with a running hand touch on Ashu.

5-6 After a lengthy review, Shrikant is given the point as he gets a touch on the in-form Aman. Bulls are down to three men now!

5-5 Pawan just came on and he's been relegated to the bench! Sumit picks up a hat-trick of tackle points with this one.

5-4 Aman has just been too good on the left corner. He waits and waits for the right moment before grabbing on to Surender's right ankle.

4-4 Bharat comes in for Mayur and does the trick right away as he picks up a bonus.

3-4 Shrikant has bagged his first as he gets the better of the big man in GB More.

3-3 Sumit strikes again! The left-corner lays a stunning double thigh hold on Chandran for his second point of the game.

3-2 Pawan is off the mat and Pardeep back on as Sumit and Nitesh combine to tackle the Bengaluru Bulls captain.

3-1 Aman throws in an exquisite ankle hold to stop Surender.

Pardeep has spent an average of 10 minutes off the mat in each game this season! That's not an encouraging sign for UP Yoddha.

2-1 First points on the board for UP Yoddha as Surender picks up a bonus.

2-0 Pardeep Narwal has been tackled right away! Mohit Sehrawat traps the Dubki King with a fine tackle.

1-0 Pawan Sehrawat scores off his first point - he gets the easiest of running hand touches on Ashu!

UP Yoddha wins the toss and has chosen court, Bengaluru Bulls will raid first.

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8:35pm: For those of you who follow Indian football, Kerala Blasters is leading Hyderabad FC 1-0 at half-time. A win for either side will see the team storm to th top of the ISL table! You can follow the game live with my colleague Neeladri here - ISL 2021-22 KBFC vs HFC LIVE: Vazquez keeps the score 1-0 for Kerala at Half-Time

8:30pm: LINE UPS!

Bengaluru Bulls: Pawan Sehrawat, Chandran Ranjith, Saurabh Nandal, Mohit Sehrawat, Mayur Kadam, GB More, Aman

UP Yoddha: Nitesh Kumar, Pardeep Narwal, Surender Gill, Shrikant Jadhav, Sumit, Ashu, Shubham

8:27pm: Puneri Paltan rides on a stunning show from Aslam Inamdar as he picks up a total of 17 points to lead his side to a 12-point win over Bengal Warriors!

8:20pm: Puneri Paltan, which has lost four of its last five games, is closing in on a stunning victory over the defending champion Bengal Warriors! Join my colleague Lavanaya on the live blog here - Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: Aslam Inamdar & Co. dominate Bengal Warriors, Puneri Paltan leads 20-11 at HT

8:10pm: Bengaluru Bulls is soaring this season and is third on the points table, just three points behind league-leader Dabang Delhi. Pawan Sehrawat and Chandran Ranjit have been spectacular on offence, while the defence is statistically one of the best in the league. Meanwhile, U.P. Yoddha’s winless streak extended to five games on Saturday as it lost to Dabang Delhi. UP Yoddha is now 10th on the points table with its defence and raiding units struggling to find consistency. Pardeep Narwal has managed only two Super 10s in seven games, a poor start to the season for the Dubki King.

8pm: Hello folks and welcome to our second game of the evening. We've got a cracker of a contest in store as Bengaluru Bulls, unbeaten in six games, takes on a UP Yoddha side that's tasted little to no success this season. Before we get to that, here are the results from the last three days -

January 8: Pro Kabaddi 8: Naveen Kumar's second half comeback helps Dabang Delhi beat UP Yoddha, wins for Patna Pirates, U Mumba

January 7: Pro Kabaddi PKL: Arjun Deshwal powers Jaipur Pink Panthers to win over Puneri Paltan

January 6: Pro Kabaddi PKL: Pawan's heroics sees Bengaluru Bulls rout Jaipur Pink Panthers, Tamil Thalaivas moves into top-four

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.