Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 Highlights: Haryana Steelers makes stunning comeback to tie with UP Yoddha; Vikash Kandola, Surender Gill post brilliant Super 10s

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

Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha

Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha are both locked on 20 points in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) points table.   -  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 Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha.

This has to go down as one of the games of the season so far! Haryana Steelers seemed to be down and out at one point but made a surging comeback, inspired by captain Vikash Kandola's mind-numbing raid, to claim a 36-36 tie with UP Yoddha.

We move to our second game of the evening as last season's runner-up Dabang Delhi takes on season six champion Bengaluru Bulls. Join me on the live blog here - Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls

 

Haryana Steelers vs UP Yoddha

 

FULL-TIME! Haryana Steelers make a phenomenal comeback to earn a 36-36 tie with UP Yoddha.

36-36 Vikash delivers once again! He claims two running hand touches and we're back on level terms!

34-36 Surender, you beauty! Ho gets two more points, and Surender Nada, to give his side a two-point lead with 30 seconds left!

34-34 Vikash gets rid of Nitesh yet again!

33-34 Surender Gill now He picks up two points now. What a rollercoaster of a game this is turning out to be!

33-32 VIKASH WITH TWO MORE! He slips out of Nitesh's ankle hold and grabs another point to give Steelers the lead!

31-32 OH MY WORD, THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE! VIKASH KANDOLA GETS PAST MOHIT, NITESH AND SURENDER TO INFLICT AN ALL OUT!

26-32 Shrikant gives his side a lifeline as he lands a touch on Ankit! That will revive Nitesh.

26-31 Vikash gets of Nitesh on the right and UP Yoddha is down to two men! Two minutes to go.

25-31 Surender picks up a bonus and then surrenders himself.

24-30 Shubham makes a hasty challenge on Vikash and the Steelers skipper skips away to safety. The Steelers are slowly clawing their way back!

23-30 Meetu does well to evade Ashu's dash and picks up his sixth point of the evening.

UP Yoddha has scored 11 points in the last five minutes, while th Steelers have managed five.

22-30 Meetu bags a point as he escapes Sumit's attempted ankle hold.

21-30 There's absolutely no stopping Surender. He picks up Ravi with a top-class running hand touch.

20-29 Superb raid from Shrikant! He gets the better of Jaideep and another defender on his way back to extend his side's lead.

20-27 Rohit has no luck in his first raid as Shubham holds him back with a superb ankle hold.

Interesting changes here: Haryana Steelers has brought on Rohit Gulia, while Pardeep is back for UP Yoddha.

20-26 ALL OUT! Surender Gill is all over the mat as he traps Meetu in a fine ankle hold. UP Yoddha now sitting on a comfortable six-point lead.

20-23 Surender is at it again as he muscles his way out of Jaideep's ankle hold. Steelers are down to one man - Meetu.

19-22 SUPER RAID! That is absolutely astounding from Surender Gill! He gets rid of three men from the Haryana Steelers camp  -Mohit, Surender Nada and Vikash Kandola - to give his side a three-point cushion.

18-19 SUPER TACKLE FOR HARYANA STEELERS! Pardeep comes back on and he's taken out by a stunning double thigh hold from Surender Nada. One of the best defenders takes out one of the best raiders!

16-19 The Steelers are crumbling here...Ajay comes in for the do-or-die raid and manages a bonus but that's all he gets.

15-18 Absolutely brilliant raid from Surender! He tries a back-kick and then ducks under Ravi to pick up a point. He did the dubki better than Pardeep, to be fair.

15-17 Meetu makes another valiant effort as he leaps above Nitesh, but he's flattened by Sumit.

15-16 Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali darts all across the mat but no avail. Ravi comes in from the right cover to tackle the Iranian.

Wow, this is bizarre! Pardeep Narwal has just been taken off for Mohammad Taghi Paein Mahali. Pardeep has looked really sharp today, wonder why he's been substituted.

14-16 Ashu makes a really good block and then Nitesh comes in with the assist as the duo takes out Vikash.

14-15 Ankit commits way too soon, in less than five seconds, and he fails to tackle Surender.

HALF-TIME! UP Yoddha is ahead by one point at the interval. The side has been bolstered by Pardeep's performance so far as the Dubki King has starred with six points. Haryana Steelers, on the other hand, has banked on its defence and scored six tackle points so far.

13-14 Shrikant is tackled by Ankit off the last raid of the half and the Steelers have reduced the deficit to one point.

11-14 Pardeep goes in for the do-or-die raid and he's tackled to the mat by Jaideep! Pardeep tries the dubki, but Jaideep surprises him and executes a fine block.

10-14 Meetu plays the risky game and pays the price for depending on the bonus point in a do-or-die raid. He gives away a silly point and has himself sent to the bench.

10-13 Surender on Surender! Surender Gill waltzes away from Surender Nada's poor ankle hold.

10-12 Meetu finally gets a point as he gets a touch on Nitesh on the right corner.

9-12 Shrikant nearly pulls off the dubki! But he can't get to the mid-line as Jaideep yanks him away.

7-11 ALL OUT! Meetu gives it his all but he's tackled to the mat by the full-strength UP Yoddha defence. UP Yoddha has taken a four-point lead now.

6-8 The Steelers' strategy seems baffling here. They refuse to make a change and are left with two raiders, Vikash and Meetu, to tackle Pardeep. However, they're out of luck as Pardeep slips put of Vikash's tackle.

5-7 Pardeep picks up his fifth point of the evening and reduces the Steelers to two men.

5-5 Jaideep goes after Pardeep, but he's no match for the Dubki King. The Steelers are down to four men now!

5-4 Vikash appears to have just about grazed Nitesh's hair and the Steelers walk away with the point! Talk about close encounters...

That's some battle! Vikash is convinced he's got a touch on Nitesh, but the UP Yoddha skipper is adamant that he's safe. The referees rule in UP Yoddha's favour and the Steelers have challenged the decision.

Three of Haryana Steelers' points so far have come from tackles.

4-4 PARDEEP OFF THE MARK! And he does it in style as he gets rid of two of the Steelers' main defenders in Surender and Jaideep.

4-2 Meetu tries to jump over the defender there but he's taken out mid-air!

4-1 That's a superb tackle from Surender. Shrikant went in on the do-or-die raid and had to pick up a point, but can't get past the mighty Surender.

2-0 Haryana Steelers have taken the early lead with two massive tackle points. Surender Gill was the first to be tackled by Surender Nada and then Jaideep trapped Pardeep off a superb move.

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7:30pm: LINE UPS!

Haryana Steelers: Vikash Kandola, Meetu Sharma, Ankit, Surender Nada, Jaideep Dahiya, Mohit Nandal, Ravi Kumar

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

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7:20pm: If you're still new to the PKL caravan, fret not - we've got you covered. Here's an explainer that simplifies all the rules and terminologies associated with PKL -

7:10pm: Head to head stats: Haryana Steelers has won two and lost two of its four matches against the UP Yoddha. Who will take home the W today?

7pm: UP Yoddha, on the other hand, snapped its winless streak with a fantastic 42-27 victory over Bengaluru Bulls in its last game. The UP Yoddha defence was on song as it claimed six Super Tackles and a total of 22 tackle points to steer the team to the win. Shrikant Jadhav scored a Super 10 (15 total points including three tackle points) while all the defenders chipped in with tackles. This was the best performance ever by a defence in PKL history and will certainly set the tone for the rest of the campaign.

UP Yoddha defence

The UP Yoddha defence was on song against Bengaluru Bulls as the side earned a massive 22 tackle points during the thumping victory.   -  PKL

 

6:45pm: The Haryana Steelers suffered a massive 26-45 mauling at the hands of Tamil Thalaivas in its last game. The loss snapped the side's three-game unbeaten streak and saw it slip to the ninth spot on the points table. The Steelers has the fourth-best raiding unit in the league and the fifth-best defence in the league. But the two departments units have struggled to fire together. Haryana Steelers is just five points behind U Mumba, who is currently fifth on the points table. A win over U.P. Yoddha could push Steelers into the playoff positions and kick-start its stop-start campaign.

6:30pm: Hello folks and welcome to our PKL coverage of the evening! We begin the evening with an exciting contest between Haryana Steelers and UP Yoddha. Both the sides come into this game on the back of stunning games last time around, Steelers suffered a defeat while UP Yoddha put up a defensive masterclass. Before we get to that, here are the results from the last three days -

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

January 9: Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: UP Yoddha's defence ousts Bengaluru Bulls, Puneri Paltan stuns Bengal Warriors

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.