Pro Kabaddi 2019 Highlights: Looking for a second consecutive win, Bengaluru Bulls fell to their first defeat of the season to Gujarat Fortune Giants, as they lost 24-42. Following up that game, Tamil Thalaivas dominated Telugu Titans by 39-26 to hand the Hyderabad-based team their second consecutive defeat.
Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Highlights:
FT: Telugu Titans 26-39 Tamil Thalaivas
Although the Titans got an all out towards the end, it was not enough. The Tamil Thalaivas raiders were too good for the Titans, especially Rahul Chaudhuri and Ajay Thakur.
Titans 20-33 Thalaivas
After Manjeet Chhillar commits a error, the Titans raider escapes with a bonus and a touch point. But Rahul Chaudhari extends the lead again, after getting his 10th raid point of the match.
Titans 17-29 Thalaivas
Do-or-die raid for Rahul Chaudhuri and he gets one point! He has been immense tonight, and showing why he is the best in the raiding business.
Titans 15-25 Thalaivas
Ten minutes over, and it has been equal in this half. Both of them sharing points, one after another. But Siddharth Desai needs to up his game though, as he gets tackled again.
Titans 13-23 Thalaivas
Telugu Titans have just lost a review, after Desai was dashed out of the court by Ajeet.
Titans 13-22 Thalaivas
The second half has started, and the Titans are making a comeback. But to no avail, as the Thalaivas get a tackle point soon after.
HT: Titans 10-20 Thalaivas
Although Shabeer Bappu hit an empty raid to complete the first half, his team has been twice as good! Fairly dominant stuff from the likes of Ajay Thakur, Rahul Chaudhuri and co. The home team needs to change things in the second half.
Titans 7-16 Thalaivas
ALL OUT! A group tackle ensures that Titans substitute Rakesh does not get a touch point. Sensational stuff from the Chennai-ites.
Titans 6-11 Thalaivas
Back to back points from Chaudhari and Bappu. Thalaivas are in lead, but anyone's game this. Evenly poised.
Titans 6-7 Thalaivas
Rajnish delivers in a do-or-die raid and Telugu Titans are in lead. But not for long, as Manjeet Chillar lands a super tackle on Siddharth Desai to turn the tables.
Titans 4-5 Thalaivas
Thalaivas' Ajay Thakur goes in for a raid, but is sent back to his team as he fails to materialise anything. Same with Shabeer Bappu. Both teams taking it slow now, as even the Titans fail to get any points in two raids.
Titans 3-4 Thalaivas
After Siddharth Desai gets tackled by the Thalaivas, the Tamilian outfit extend their lead with yet another tackle. It is challenged by the Titans and it is the defender Ran Singh who is out instead of Rajnish.
Showman is up and running
In less than a minute, the recently transferred Rahul Chaudhari has already got his first point for his new team, Tamil Thalaivas against his former team.
Tamil Thalaivas lineup
Tamil Thalaivas Starting 7: Ajay Thakur (c), Rahul Chaudhari, Shabeer Bappu, Ajeet, Manjeet Chhillar, Mohit Chhillar, Ran Singh
Telugu Titans lineup
Telugu Titans Starting 7: Abozar Mighani (c), Vishal Bharadwaj, Siddharth Desai, Farhad Milghardan, C. Arun, Rajnish, Kamal Singh
The next match is up!
Next up is the southern rivalry match between Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas!
FT: GUJARAT FORTUNEGIANTS 42-25 BENGALURU BULLS
ALL OVER! An empty raid brings an end to this match. Fortunegiants win comfortably and avenge their loss in last year's final. Gujarat Fortune Giants never allowed the Bulls to get the momentum early on and their defense kept the Bengaluru raiders at bay, never allowing the Bulls to come back into the contest. Next up is Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas.
3rd ALL OUT
This is the third all out of the night. Gujarat Fortune Giants are all over the Bengaluru Bulls. Can the bulls make a comeback? But the match is drifting away. Bulls 21- 38 Fortune Giants.
Pawan Sehrawat strikes! A wonderful raid by him as he takes three defenders with him and stops right at the midline. The Bonus point is claimed as well. A 4-point raid by Pawan! Bulls 18- 25 Fortune Giants.
Gujarat asked for a review but, the TV umpire does not concur and rules that the on-field official's decision of bonus point. However, they are still in the lead.
Bengaluru's defense stands tall! A great thigh hold from Amit Sheoran as Rohit Gulia walks back disappointed. Bulls 14- 25 Fortune Giants.
HALF TIME - Bulls 10- 21 Fortune Giants
Second, all out of the game and Gujarat take a lead of 10 points. At the halfway stage, Gujarat have a lead of 10 points
Top Performers of the First Half -
1. Sachin - 5 points
2. Sumit Singh - 4 points
3. Sunil Kumar - 3 points
12 minutes gone and Sumit Singh takes the bonus point. However, Gujarat inflicts an all out. A great start for the fortune giants in the first half.
Sachin Tanwar registered his 350th raid point. Rohit and Pawan combined to score 79 percent of Bengaluru Bulls' raid points last season.
Bulls 4-4 Fortune Giants
Five minutes of the match are over, and Bengaluru Bulls are already three men down. But they have come up with a super tackle to stop a do-or-die raid from Rohit Gulia. Both are two men down, and Sehrawat is back on the pitch. He gets the Bulls their fourth point, and his first of the day. The match is on!
First challenge of the game
Fortune Giants' Sachin picks his first point of the season from a raid, but Bengaluru Bulls challenged it within a minute of the game. The review ultimately fell flat, and Pawan Sehrawat is now out.
Fortune Giants win the toss
The toss is won by Gujarat Fortune Giants. The first raid will be done by the Bengaluru Bulls. Both the teams are out in the middle as the fans at Gachibowli Stadium are ready for a rematch of the season six finale. Saurabh Nandal makes his debut in PKL.
Gujarat Fortune Giants Lineup
Starting Seven: Sachin, Sunil Kumar, Parvesh Bhainswal, More G B, Rohit Gulia, Ankit, Sumit
Bengaluru Bulls Lineup
Starting Seven: Sumit Singh, Ashish Sangwan, Mahender Singh, Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Sehrawat, Saurabh Nandal, Amit Sheoran
Here's how the Bulls fared yesterday
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Hello and welcome to the live commentary of Pro Kabaddi League! In today's schedule, there are two matches, with the first one being Bengaluru Bulls vs Gujarat Fortune Giants, which was last season's final. Following that is Telugu Titans vs Tamil Thalaivas at 2030 hours. Stick around!