Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 Highlights: Arjun Deshwal shines in Jaipur Pink Panthers' win over Puneri Paltan

Pro Kabaddi League Live Score: Get live updates and scores from the PKL 8 game between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan being played in Bengaluru on Friday.

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan

Match 38 of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) will see Jaipur Pink Panthers lock horns with Puneri Paltan.   -  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 Jaipur Pink Panthers and Puneri Paltan.

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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Arjun Deshwal proves to be Jaipur Pink Panthers' star player of the evening as he scored 11 points and took the side to a comfortable win over Puneri Paltan. Jaipur Pink Panthers looked the better side throughout the game and the defence also did really well to support Arjun in Deepak Niwas Hooda's absence. Puneri Paltan looked good in phases and at one point caught up with Jaipur Pink Panthers, but were unable to capitalise on the momentum. Nitin Tomar's return to the mat will be a big boost for Puneri Paltan.

Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan

 

FULL-TIME! Jaipur Pink Panthers defeats Puneri Paltan and will move to the seventh spot on the points table.

31-26 Arjun has been taken out by Vishal Bharadwaj and Puneri Paltan now trails by five points with under a minute to go!

31-25 Sahul Kumar gives away a very silly point as he makes an early tackle on Nitin and the Puneri Paltan raider jogs away to safety.

31-24 Aslam manages to skip past Vishal's challenge and bags a point, but the Jaipur Pink Panthers feel Aslam was off the court before he got his hand over the mid-line and have reviewed the decision. The Jaipur Pink Panthers get the review right and Aslam is off to the bench!

Jaipur Pink Panthers has scored seven points in the last five minutes while Puneri Paltan has managed only two.

30-24 ALL OUT FOR JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS! Sahul gets back-to-back tackle points as he gets the better of Baldev.

27-23 Vishal Bharadwaj commits a mistake and Arjun says thank you very much. Puneri Paltan are down to one man.

26-23 Mohit tries a running hand touch on Sahul but the Jaipur Pink Panthers right corner hacks him down with a back hold.

Puneri Paltan Anup Kumar:"Do not take any pressure, play with a free mind. Don't be scared of losing."

Jaipur Pink Panthers holding on to a slender two-point lead with five minutes to go.

25-23 If Nitin can, so can I says Deepak! And guess who he gets a touch on? Nitin!

23-22 Superb work Puneri Paltan! Aslam comes off the bench and makes an instant impact as he combines with Vishal Bharadwaj to tackle Arjun, the do-or-die specialist!

23-21 Nitin strikes! He gets a touch on Vishal on his way back and that will bring Aslam back on the mat.

23-20 That's some really really quick footwork from Nitin - but it does not get him any points.

Puneri Paltan has only three men on the mat and the Jaipur Pink Panthers could soar ahead if it can inflict an All Out now.

23-20 SUPER 10 FOR ARJUN! He picks up a bonus and that's his seventh successive Super 10!

22-20 Pankaj Mohite has the right idea but can't execute it. He tries to jump over Sahul but the latter latches on to his ankle and does not let go.

20-20 That's excellent work from Pankaj! He does extremely well to slip out of Sandeep's attempted ankle-hold.

Nitin Tomar made a brief appearance in the first half and is seen warming up again. Can he turn this game around for Puneri Paltan?

20-19 Deepak Hooda bags a point this time around with a kick on Aslam.

19-19 The Jaipur Pink Panthers picks up its first tackle hold of the second half as Sandeep traps Mohit.

18-19 Vishal Bharadwaj makes a superb tackle on the other end of the mat. He traps Arjun in an ankle-hold executed to perfection and celebrates in style!

18-18 Mohit strikes right away as he calmly gets out of Vishal's clumsy ankle-hold.

HALF-TIME! Jaipur Pink Panthers has a one-point lead at the end of the first half.

18-17 Pankaj is denied any points as he runs into Amit on his way back.

17-17 Deepak has a very brief stay on the mat as he's taken out by Aslam.

Oh and yes, Deepak Niwas Hooda has been introduced by the Jaipur Pink Panthers coach.

16-17 ALL OUT FOR PUNERI PALTAN! I had just said Mohit has not done anything spectacular yet and he does just that as he inflicts the All Out by getting a touch on the right corner and Deepak!

Rahul Chaudhari is an entertainer on the mat for sure, but he's also a superb storyteller! Here's a super fun chat we had with him last season where he talks about his love for ghee, his fascination for fast cars, and a lot more!

 

16-12 Pankaj Mohite - what a raid! He cleans up the left side of the Jaipur Pink Panthers defence as he gets the better of Sandeep and Amit. That's some solid work from Pankaj and that reduces the Jaipur Pink Panthers to four men.

Both Nitin Tomar and Rahul Chaudhari are on the bench for Puneri Paltan. Aslam is the only raider who has shown intent so far, while Mohit Goyat is yet to pick up a point. Wonder what the tactic is there...

16-9 That's a really good raid from Aslam - he picks up the bonus and gets a touch point off Vishal.

16-7 Vishal Bharadwaj gets into the thick of things as he executes a perfect ankle hold on Arjun, not before the Jaipur Pink Panthers raider bags a bonus.

14-6 ALL OUT FOR JAIPUR PINK PANTHERS! Karamvir gets the bonus point but that's all he can do as he's taken out by the seven-man Jaipur Pink Panthers defence.

11-5 Arjun does really well to get a touch on Aslam and Puneri Paltan is down to its last man on the court.

10-5 Naveen makes the most of the momentum from Abhinesh's tackle and Baldev steps off the court and that gives Jaipur Pink Panthers two points! Puneri Paltan are staring at an All Out now...

8-5 LOOK WHO IS BACK! NITIN TOMAR, LADIES AND GENTS! The Puneri Paltan captain has made a comeback after missing a string of matches and picks up a point off his first raid.

8-4 SUPER TACKLE! Sanket traps Arjun with a double ankle hold and gets support from Vishal as it takes their collective strength to keep Arjun in their side of the mat.

7-2 It's a do-or-die raid for Jaipur Pink Panthers and Arjun does extremely well to wriggle out of Vishal's ankle hold.

6-2 Sandeep shines again as he gets the better of Pankaj Mohite this time.

Arjun has been the lone warrior for Jaipur Pink Panthers this season. He's scored a Super 10 in each of the six games he's played this season and is ranked third in terms of the most raid points scored this season.

5-2 Superb tackle from Sandeep Dhull, the Jaipur Pink Panthers captain, as he traps Aslam in a double ankle hold.

4-2 Arjun bags another bonus point to keep his side ahead in the early stages.

3-1 Arjun gets going - he eliminates Vishal and Abhinesh in quick-time!

1-1 Arjun Deshwal and Aslam Inamdar pick up bonus points in their first raids.

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8:35pm: LINE UPS!

Jaipur Pink Panthers: Arjun Deshwal, Sandeep Dhull, Naveen, Vishal, Sahul Kumar, Amit Nagar, Amit

Puneri Paltan: Aslam Inamdar, Abhinesh Natarajan, Sanket Sawant, Pankaj Mohite, Mohit Goyat, Baldev Singh, Vishal Bharadwaj

8:30pm: The Haryana Steelers made a stirring comeback to defeat defending champion Bengal Warriors 41-37 and move to the sixth spot on the points table. I'll quickly grab a bottle of water and give you a lowdown on the second game of the evening. See you in five!

8:20pm: The Haryana Steelers are closing in on a superb win over the defending champion Bengal Warriors. Follow the game LIVE here - Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: Bengal Warriors vs Haryana Steelers; Meetu Mahender helps Steelers to healthy lead

8:10pm: 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 -

8pm: Hey folks and welcome to our Pro Kabaddi League coverage for the day. Before we discuss today's fixtures, let's quickly recap the last four days. Here's everything you need to know about the PKL since the turn of the year -

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

January 5: Pro Kabaddi PKL: Dabang Delhi rides on Naveen's brilliance to top points table, Puneri Paltan beats Gujarat Giants

January 4: Pro Kabaddi 8: Pardeep Narwal reaches 1200-point milestone but UP Yoddha loses to Tamil Thalaivas; U Mumba, Haryana Steelers settle for nervy draw

January 3: PKL 8: Last minute thrillers see Bengal Warriors pip Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates beat Telugu Titans; 800 raid point milestone for Maninder Singh

January 2: Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: Bengaluru Bulls cruises past Puneri Paltan, Haryana Steelers beats Gujarat Giants in a thriller

January 1: Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: A day of three draws; Naveen bags another Super 10 while Pardeep disappoints

 

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.