Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live Score, Puneri Paltan vs Bengaluru Bulls Highlights: Puneri Paltan have beaten Bengaluru Bulls 31-23 in the first PKL match on Wednesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. In the second match, Tamil Thalaivas gave Jaipur Pink Panthers a tough fight but the Jaipur side eventually won 28-26 to consolidate their position on the top of the points table.
Pro Kabaddi 2019, Puneri Paltan vs Bengaluru Bulls & Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Tamil Thalaivas Highlights:
Chaudhuri fails in his raid and that should be that! 1 tackle point to the Panthers. That's it. Match over. The Panthers win 28-26 and consolidate their position at the top of the points table.
55 seconds on the clock. It's now or never for the Thalaivas. 25-27 is what they trail the Pantheres by. This has been such a close match!
Last 2 minutes
2 minutes on the clock. 2 points the difference between the sides. Can the Thalaivas close the gap? The Panther raider prowls near the centre line for 30 seconds to run down the clock. They want to hold on to this lead now.
Tackle point for Thalaivas
This is a game of such narrow margins! This match is going down to the wire. After some tentative raids, Deepak Narwal is tackled by the Thalaivas. Narwal's fingers were inches from safety. But wait a minute! The call is reversed. Iceman Ajay Thakur loses his cool as the point is awarded to the Panthers instead. Is shown a green card. It's all happening here! Thakur then gets a 2-pointer raid going for the Thalaivas. The gap between the sides down to 2 points again. Less than 3 minutes left in the match.
Panthers surge ahead
The Thalaivas are narrowly behind on points but they have a numerical advantage. They are starting to lose it now though. Chaudhari's great work is being undone by his teammates. First they give away a cheap raid point, then they fail to return home in their raid. Jaipur surge ahead to a 3-point lead. With 5 minutes left, we go for another TimeOut.
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Heading for a thrilling finish
Looks like we are heading for a thrilling finish. There's nothing between the two teams with 10 minutes left on the clock. Both teams registering successful raids here. Pink Panthers now ruled to have returned with an empty raid but they are adamant they got a touch and that they deserve a point. They go for the review and it is successful. 23-22 in the Panthers' favour. 7 minutes left on the clock now.
And it happens! Jaipur had been living on the edge throughout the last half an hour or so. And they finally pay for it. Their luck runs out as they run out of legs. All out and three huge points to the Thalaivas. The score is now level at 17-all.
With just two men in their half, the Panthers come up with a Super Tackle. Ajay Thakur cannot find his way back home this time. That's a big 2 points for the table-toppers and this could decide the momentum of the rest of the match. A 5-point lead has opened up now.
Ajay Thakur the man who stands up for the Thalaivas again. Gets the first raid point of the second half.
Deepak gets a bonus point in his raid for the Panthers and their lead goes up to three. The Thalaivas get a raid point on the stroke of half time to pull it back again. We go into the interval with Jaipur leading 13-11. All to play for then when action resumes. Ajay Thakur, with 5 points, the star of that half.
Panthers down to three
The Panthers are maintaining a narrow lead but they are playing a dangerous game here. They are down to three men, dangerously close to conceding an All out.
Thalaivas strike back
Great comeback from the Thalaivas as they narrow the gap and look to take the lead themselves. Chaudhari steps up to the challenge in a do-or die raid. They trail 5-6 now.
Panthers take early lead
The Panthers are on fire! First Nilesh Salunke gets a bonus point. Salunke then gets another touch in a second raid. In the middle, the Panthers get a tackle point as well. 6-2 to them.
Thalaivas score first
There was an upset in the earlier match, could the second match see an upset too? It's the Thalaivas who get us underway. The Panthers strike back straightaway though. 2 quick raids and the score is 1-1.
Here's how the two teams line up:
Tamil Thalaivas: Ajay Thakur, Rahul Chaudhari, V. Ajith Kumar, Vineet Sharma, Ajeet, Mohit Chhillar, Ran Singh
Jaipur Pink Panthers: Deepak Niwas Hooda, Nilesh Salunke, Amit Hooda, Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Sunil Siddhgavali, Nitin Rawal, Vishal
Next match coming up
Manjeet is named the best raider of the match and Surjeet Singh is named the best defender of the match. Next up, the Tamil Thalaivas take on the Jaipur Pink Panthers, who are at the top of the points table.
The Bulls come up with a 2-point raid. Pune are down to three men on the mat. How interesting this match could have been if Pune were to concede an All out at his stage. Sadly for Bengaluru though, there's too little time on the clock. And that's it. Pune win 31-23.
Big smiles for Pune
Again, there's a big point for Pune and there are wide smiles from their bench. A 2-pointer raid by Amit, as the Bulls latch on to the raider without any conviction. Pune's lead now up to 12.
Paltans sense victory
Pawan Sehrawat is tackled once again as Jadhav picks up his 4th tackle point of the match. It is only going from bad to worse for the Bulls. The Paltans, who have won 2 and lost 5 this season so far, have reasons to celebrate today. 27-16 in their favour now and there seems to be no way back for the Bulls now.
Last 6 minutes
We go into a TimeOut with less than 6 minutes left on the clock. There is a huge margin of 9 points between the two teams today. Despite the fact that the scores were level at half-time, it must be said that it has been an unusually toothless display from the Bengaluru side.
In one quick spell, the game has turned completely in the Puneri Paltans' favour. This 8-point lead is the biggest lead in this match by far. Doesn't look like the Bulls will have a way to come back from this. Pune get another raid point to increase their lead to 9 points. They are cruising at the moment.
Trouble for Bengaluru
Bengaluru are finding themselves in a bit of bother here. Another tackle point goes Pune's way and Bengaluru lose all their raiders. And there's an All out! Exactly what the Bulls would have not wanted here. That's a huge 3 points! Suddenly, Pune have a sizeable lead.
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2nd half begins
It is the Paltans who get into the lead again. Pawan Sehrawat goes in for the raid but is tackled by the Pune defence. There's a review from Bengaluru - they did not want to lose their raider in chief. But its unsuccessful and it is Pune who go 11-10 up.
10-10 at half-time
That's the break! Bengaluru pull it back with a successful raid right on the clock to bring the scores level again. Can the second half see a gap develop between these two sides? The Paltans have gone up narrowly a few times, but the Bulls have drawn level every time so far. Just an indication of how closely fought this match has been that the highest individual tally of points in this match so far is only 3.
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An unsuccessful review from Pune sees some deliberation from the umpires. Nothing doing though. They wanted a bonus point, they won't. They are successful in herding Manjeet into a tight spot in the next raid though. They go into the lead again. 9-8 to them.
It's seven-all in Chennai with five minutes to go in the first half as a flurry of raid points are registered by either team. Some clinical stuff being seen here.
Landmark Alert: Sehrawat completes 100 raid points this season.
Bulls pull it back
After conceding a 2-point lead, the Bulls are doing well to make sure they do not fall too far behind. First, Sumit opens his account in a do-or-die raid, then Pawan Sehrawat follows suit. The score 7-6 in Pune's favour with seven minutes on the clock in the first half.
Pune get into lead
Pune get the first tackle of the match to register on the scoreboard. Pune then fail to get anything from a do-or-die raid. Points to Bengaluru. Pune then succeed in getting points in a do-or-die raid. Redemption for them. They are 5-3 up now.
The match starts. The Paltans make the first raid but that turns out to be an empty raid. Rohit Kumar is on point for the Bulls though in his raid. The first point goes to Bengaluru. 1-0 to them.
Players are out
We are ready from action in Chennai. The Paltans and the Bulls are out there, doing their last-minute rituals before stepping onto the squares.
Minutes away from action
Who do you think will be the star from the first match today? Here's one of the top contenders:
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And here is how the reinforcements look like for the two teams:
Puneri Paltan: Pankaj Mohite, Sushant Sail, Deepak Yadav, Shubham Shinde, Amit Kumar
Bengaluru Bulls: Banty, Lal Mohar Yadav, Sumit Singh, Mahender Singh, Ashish Kumar
Here is how the teams will line up at the onset:
Puneri Paltan: PO Surjeet Singh, Amit Kumar, Manjeet, Nitin Tomar, Jadhav Balasaheb Shahaji, Hadi Tajik, Sagar B Krishna
Bengaluru Bulls: Rohit Kumar, Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Vijay Kumar, Saurabh Nandal, Ajay, Amit Sheoran, Ankit
Hello and welcome
Hellow and welcome to our coverage of the PKL today. First up, it is rock-bottom team Puneri Paltans who will be taking on mid-table team Bengaluru Bulls.