PKL 8: Haryana beat Mumbai, Bengaluru overcome Jaipur in close match
U Mumba inflicted an All Out on Haryana Steelers in the very first minute of the second half.
Haryana Steelers returned to winning ways, defeating U Mumba 37-26 in Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 on Sunday. It was skipper Vikash Kandola and rising star Ashish Narwal, once again, who starred for Haryana Steelers, as the duo earned a total of 27 points between themselves, to help their team pick up a crucial win amid the race to the playoffs.
Vikash Kandola opened the scoring for Haryana Steelers with the first raid giving his team a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Vikash earned his second raid point to give his team a 2-1 lead. In the 7th minute, Vijay Kumar earned a tackle point as Haryana Steelers extended their lead to 6-5.
In the 12th minute, Vikash Kandola earned a Super Raid and Haryana Steelers inflicted an All Out on U Mumba to extend their lead to 14-6. Haryana Steelers played safe in the remainder of the first half and went into halftime with an 18-13 lead.
U Mumba inflicted an All Out on Haryana Steelers in the first minute of the 2nd half and closed down the gap to 16-18. But Surender Nadda earned a tackle point a couple of minutes later to once again extend Haryana Steelers’ lead by 4 points. Vikash Kandola, in the 25th minute, earned a tackle point to extend Haryana Steelers’ lead to 23-18. In the 29th minute, Ashish Narwal earned his second tackle to attain his second Super 10 of the season.
With just over 9 minutes to go in the match, U Mumba closed down the gap to 22-24. But Vikash Kandola managed to get two consecutive successful raids to further extend the lead by 4 points, and doing so, attained his 8th Super 10 of the season.
In the 36th minute, Vikash Kandola earned a two-point raid, solidifying Haryana Steelers’ lead by 29-23. With a minute left in the match, Haryana Steelers inflicted another All Out on U Mumba to extend their lead to 34-25. In the final minute, Ashish Narwal earned a raid point and Haryana Steelers won the match 37-26.
Bengaluru crush Jaipur
Raiders Bharat and Pawan Sehrawat helped Bengaluru Bulls beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 45-37 in Match 114 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8. Both, Bharat (15 points) and Pawan (10) scored Super 10s as the Bulls clinched an important victory in their fight for a Playoff spot. Jaipur dominated the early stages of the match, but a series of multi-point raids by Bharat helped Bengaluru stage a comeback. The 8-point margin of the loss means Jaipur didn’t get a single point in their Playoff race. Arjun Deshwal was the lone star for Jaipur with another Super 10 (16 points).
Jaipur started the match on the front foot with their defence opting for an aggressive stance. Sandeep Dhull tackled Bengaluru captain Pawan Sehrawat in the first raid of the game to set the tempo for his side. The Panthers raced to a lead and got close to an ALL OUT by the 10th minute. But Bulls’ defender Jaideep clinched a Super Tackle to keep his team alive on the mat. Pawan Sehrawat’s 2-point raid then initiated a mini-revival, but at the other, Arjun Deshwal kept finding easy points for Jaipur.
The Panthers eventually got their ALL OUT in the 14th minute to open a 5-point lead. But Bulls immediately staged a comeback with raider Bharat leading the way. He produced two 2-point raids to completely change the balance of the match. That gave the Bulls an opportunity to inflict an ALL OUT and they pulled it off to level the scores at 18-18. Bharat then secured a 3-point Super Raid to catapult Bengaluru into the lead. The first half ended with scores 22-19 and Jaipur having just 4 on the mat.
Pawan Sehrawat started the second half with a 2-point raid. His blitzkrieg in the early minutes gave the Bulls another ALL OUT and improved the lead to 7 points. Arjun Deshwal tried his level best to keep Jaipur in the game, picking up his Super 10 in the process. But Bengaluru had Bharat also in good form and he kept finding errors from the Panthers defence. Bharat picked his Super 10 as the Bulls sustained the pressure on Jaipur.
Arjun Deshwal stepped up a gear as Jaipur slowly initiated a comeback. He found errors in the Bulls defence while at the other end the Panthers successfully tackled Pawan and Bharat. They made it a 4-point game but the Bulls’ G.B. More clinched a Super Tackle to temporarily kill Jaipur’s momentum. That proved to be decisive as the Bulls halted Jaipur’s attempt at inflicting an ALL OUT.
The team from Bengaluru had an 8-point lead with 2 minutes remaining. Bharat added more raid points for the Bulls as they closed in on an important victory. Jaipur thought they had done enough to earn 1 point from the match, but Pawan scored a touch point in the last raid to ensure the Bulls won the match with an 8-point margin.