Welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Nihit Sachdeva and I will be taking you through today's PKL 8 match between Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls.
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Summary: Pawan Sehrawat's Bengaluru Bulls finally managed to hold their nerve and get a win after three consecutive defeats. The fact that they had to struggle against bottom-placed Telugu Titans today tells that all is not well with coach Randhir Singh's side and they can't afford to be complacent mid-match against tougher opponents. However, they can take away some positives from this match like the performances of raiders Deepak and Bharat. Defenders Saurabh and Aman also did well with four tackle points each. With this win, the Bulls are back on top of the table but they have played two games more than second-placed Dabang Delhi. Telugu Titans stay at the bottom of the table.
31-36: Final raid of the match and it is an empty one from Adarsh T. Bengaluru Bulls beat Telugu Titans 36-31!!!!
31-36: Saurabh Nandal has possibly sealed his team's victory with a great ankle hold on Rakesh Gowda.
31-34: Looks like they didn't listen carefully as Ankit gets a touch point with a great kick on Aman.
Eighty-two seconds left. Bulls have taken the time out. Randhir Singh has told his team that either Ankit or Rakesh will come for the crucial raids and they can't leave him.
30-34: Deepak Narwal goes in for the raid and returns with a bonus. Actually, it is not a bonus after a successful review by the Titans.
30-34: Do-or-die raid for Adarsh. The Bulls defense waits patiently for him to go a little too deep. Adarsh tries an audacious back kick on the right corner and runs back before being taken down by the defenders from the left. As it turns out, Adarsh stepped into the lobbies without a touch and therefore, he is self out but the two defenders who followed him are also out. Bulls have wasted their review in challenging that decision
28-32: Ankit Beniwal does it in defense too! A wonderful ankle hold on star raider Pawan Sehrawat after he had taken the bonus.
27-31: Aman goes for the ankle hold on the left corner on Rakesh Gowda who went for the bonus. No bonus but Gowda will return with a touch point.
Final strategic time out. Five minutes to go. Can Titans completely turn this around or will the Bulls finally manage to hold their nerve?
26-31: Great team work by Akash and Sandeep to bring down Bharat. Akash completes his High Five.
25-31: Do-or-die raid for Ankit Beniwal. Unfortunately, the talented raider has been easily mobbed by the Titans defense.
25-30: Bharat brings back Pawan as Surinder tried an advanced tackle well ahead of the baulk line on the tall raider. Fourth unsuccessful tackle of the night for the Titans defender.
25-29: Third tackle by Akash on Pawan. A strong block and the Hi-Flyer returns to the bench.
24-29: ALL OUT!!! Bharat picks up a bonus but that is all he can do as Sandeep Kandola takes him down with the support of his teammates.
21-28: Bulls are down to one man as Adarsh escapes a feeble ankle hold by Mahendra.
20-28: Bharat picks up a bonus point.
20-27: Mahendra was constantly tellign G B More not to go for the tackle but he went anyway and provided an easy touch point to Adarsh.
First strategic time out. Ten minutes to go. The Titans have come all fired up in the second half and reduced the deficit from 11 to eight. Remember, the Bulls have lost their last few games from winning positions.
19-27: G B More picks up a bonus point.
19-26: Ankit Beniwal sends the in-form Ankit to the bench with a lovely back kick.
18-25: An error from Saurabh Nandal as he tries the ankle hold on Adarsh but the raider was way too out of his reach.
16-25: Do-or-die raid for the Titans and Adarsh has been sent in. It looks like he is waiting for someone to gift him a touch point. Aman comes up with the ankle hold on left corner to take the raider down and get his fourth tackle point.
16-24: And now he gets tackled too. This is some fightback from the Telugu Titans defense who takes down the dangerous Pawan Sehrawat.
14-24: Akash takes down Bharat Naresh. I understand that Bulls have a significant lead and therefore Pawan is letting the youngsters raid but it is not working as such.
13-23: Another unsuccessful raid from Deepak Narwal as this time Sandeep Kandola comes up with the ankle hold.
12-23: Saurabh Nandal returns the favour with a tackle on Ankit Beniwal.
12-22: Double thigh hold from sub C Arun on Deepak Narwal. Way to start the second half.
HALF-TIME: Telugu Titans 11-22 Bengaluru Bulls
11-22: Running hand touch from Pawan sends Surinder to the bench yet again.
11-21: Aman executes a perfect ankle hold on Rakesh Gowda on the left corner and the raider is unable to escape that.
11-20: SUPER 10 for Pawan Sehrawat with another bonus point.
11-18: Rakesh Gowda keeping his team in the game. This time the slightest of touches on Bharat is enough.
10-18: Do-or-die raid for the Bulls but no problem for Pawan as he calmly takes a bonus and comes back.
10-17: Do-or-die raid for the Titans, Adarsh T takes the responsibility but does not deliver as Aman on the left corner takes him down.
10-16: Brilliant dive for the ankle hold on Deepak by Surinder.
9-16: Rakesh Gowda goes in for the raid and returns with a bonus.
8-16: This is just silly. Akash had no business trying a solo tackle on Deepak Narwal with the raider already on his way back.
8-15: Pawan in for the raid, takes the bonus and then just freezes. No difficulty for the TT defense to block him.
7-14: Unnecessary attempt of a back hold by Aman and Rakesh Gowda easily reaches the mid-line.
6-14: Pawan Sehrawat picks up another bonus.
5-12: ALL OUT!!! Pawan Sehrawat need not do much as C Arun was self out and Surinder just could not do a Rinku Singh with the kind of from he is in.
5-8: Ankit Beniwal picks up a bonus point.
2-6: Amazing back-kick from Pawan and Sandeep Kandola is off.
0-4: Pawan sends Surinder to the bench with a quick touch point. He had already taken a bonus.
0-2: Rakesh Gowda puts in the opening raid for the Titans and Saurabh Nandal takes him down with a brutal tackle. Intent.
0-1: Pawan Sehrawat starts off with a bonus.
8:38pm: LINE UPS!
Telugu Titans: Sandeep Kandola, Surinder Singh, Rakesh Gowda, Ankit Beniwal, Adarsh T, Prince, Akash Choudhary
Bengaluru Bulls: Pawan Sehrawat, Chandran Ranjith, Bharat, Saurabh Nandal, Mahender Singh, Aman, Amit Sheoran
8:35pm: The Bengaluru Bulls have had a poor week - the side has slipped to three successive losses. It lost 37-35 to the Puneri Paltan yesterday and missed out on the chance to move to the top of the standings. Pawan Sehrawat did manage a Super 10 but was tackled seven times by the Paltan’s defence. The Bulls’ defence was uncharacteristically poor on the night and finished the game with only eight tackle points. The Bulls need a morale boost, and a win in the Southern Derby could be precisely what it needs to end its slump.
8:30pm: Telugu Titans’ winning run lasted only one game as it lost 35-42 to U Mumba yesterday. The Titans had a horrid start to the game and trailed 14-3 midway through the first half and couldn’t recover post that. They will need to be wary of starting the game poorly against a Bengaluru Bulls side that can score points at will with its three-pronged raiding team. Titans raiders Adarsh T, Ankit Beniwal and Rajnish will need to continue their good form, while Surinder Singh and Sandeep Kandola will have to marshal a young defensive unit against a potent Bulls offence for the Titans to stand a chance of beating Bengaluru.
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8:10PM: Another helpful reminder of the rules. If you need it!
8PM: Hello folks! Welcome to our live coverage of the second game of the evening between Telugu Titans and Bengaluru Bulls. Before we get to that, here is our review of the season so far by my colleague Lavanya Lakshminarayanan -