PKL 2019 Day 7 highlights: Jaipur edge out Bengal in a last minute thriller
U Mumba wins the Maharashtra Derby against Puneri Paltan by 33-23
File photo: U Mumba's Rohit Baliyan fights his way through the grip of Jaipur Pink Panthers
In Match 2 on Day 7 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League, PKL 2019, after destroying their respective opponents in their first match of the season, Jaipur and Bengal go head-to-head in Mumbai on the first match of the leg. Both the teams were backing themselves after such strong performances against U Mumba and UP Yoddha respectively. This match saw many players reach their milestones; Maninder Singh got his 450th raid point while Sandeep Dhull got his 50th tackle point. K Prapanjan from Bengal Warriors was effective in the first half but Sandeep Dhull from Jaipur Pink Panthers (JPP) made sure that he was nullified in the second half. The strong tackle on Baldev Singh in the last minute confirmed that Jaipur could inflict an All Out for Bengal.
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This match was started by Bengal Warriors taking the command in the early minutes of the match when Rinku Narwal took on a Nilesh Salunke (JPP) who looked like he was relaxing in the opponents side as the scorecard read 0-4. K Prapanjan made his mark in the match by constantly summing up a touch point through his raids which saw him get 6 raid points in his 9 raids in the first half. It was a close game until Baldev Singh pranced on another napping Jaipur raider, this time the substitute Ajinkya Pawar took a 4-point lead for Bengal Warriors. Baldev again struck on Jaipur when he brought a flying Deepak Narwal down to the ground in the 18th minute. Bengal Warriors made a smart move when they forced Jaipur to play through their Do-or-Die Raid in the last raid of the half which helped them get an extra point when Ajinkya Pawar’s dangling hand couldn’t cross the mid-line. The half ended with the score being 10-14.
The second half saw a different Jaipur Pink Panthers enter the match as they tried to get back from the slump. They got really close to Bengal Warriors when Ajinkya Pawar entered the lobby and Rinku Narwal also entered the lobby with Mohammad Nabibaksh to take the technical points in the 25th minute to make it 15-16. Maninder Singh made sure that this didn’t affect Bengal Warriors much as he got rid of the captain Deepak Hooda in the very next raid in addition to a bonus point. Sandeep Dhull made efforts to keep Jaipur in the game with constant tackle points as confirmed by his tackle on K Prapanjan’s dubki. He got his 50th tackle point in the 34th minute of the match. Bengal Warriors continued to gain points as Jaipur Pink Panthers couldn’t increase their score with a strong Super Tackle effort on Deepak Hooda in the 37th minute by Baldev Singh from behind his back. Mohammad Taghi’s late entry in the 39th minute caused Jaipur the advantage to bounce back in the dying moments of the match. With an All-out being inflicted by Jaipur Pink Panthers in the 40th minute to snatch the lead, it was all dependent on Maninder Singh to get a quick point. Deepak Hooda had a different plan as he finally got a point to confirm Jaipur’s victory over Bengal by 27-25.
Pro Kabaddi 2019, Day 7, Match 1: U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan Match report
U Mumba commenced their home leg at NSCI Stadium and it couldn’t have been better than a Maharashtra Derby to start with. Anup Kumar faces his old side as he comes back as the coach of Puneri Paltan. Arjun Deshwal hits a masterstroke for U Mumba as he gained 5 touch points since entering in the 4th minute. A strong performance by Surjeet Singh was overshadowed by his rivals as Fazel “Sultan” Atrachali, Surinder Singh and Sandeep Narwal were threat to Puneri Paltan.
Both the teams went for the defensive plan with Fazel Atrachali and Surjeet Singh taking the call. They played the match on Do-Or-Die Raids with both teams finding picking the crucial points. This made the first half to be low scoring but equally intriguing half with patience playing the major hand. The first spring of electric action came in the 4th minute as Shubham Shinde caught a napping Abhishek Singh returning to his half of the court which helped Pune take the lead by 2-3. Fazel then made his mark on the match with a strong double thigh hold on the tall Manjeet to get the Super Tackle in the 8th minute. It was a constant close call to tip the match on one side. Abhishek Singh made the important move in the 17th minute when he got rid of Surjeet Singh in his Super Tackle effort. The half ended with the score favouring U Mumba at 11-9.
Puneri Paltan started the second half with just two men on the mat and U Mumba starting the half with the raids. Amit Kumar was the last nail to be hit when his raid became unsuccessful with him entering the lobby without a touch in the 21st minute to make U Mumba’s lead 15-9. Rohit Baliyan’s pursuit after Pawan Kadian’s raid got a similar result when he got rid of Surjeet Singh which started the domino effect leading to Puneri Paltan being again All Out in the 32nd minute. Arjun Deshwal turned out to be the Super-Sub for U Mumba as he got rid of Manjeet and Surjeet Singh. Pune brought in Sushant Sail to get some pace in the mat which he duly provided as he caught both defensive experts of U Mumba as he got the “Sultan” Fazel Atrachali and Surinder Singh in successive raids. The 37th moment caught the Sushant Sail turn towards his half in the raid to find the mighty Sandeep Narwal with a block to make the score line 31-21. The match ended with U Mumba topping their rivals Puneri Paltans by 33-23.