Pro Kabaddi League is in its final phase of the group stage and Bengaluru Bulls have locked horns against UP Yoddha in a virtual knockout at Balewadi Stadium Complex, Pune. The two sides were in the fray as recently as on Sunday. Bengaluru Bulls have to win both their last two matches in order to qualify for the playoffs and the south Indian team started right by winning its match against UP Yoddha 38-32. UP Yoddha will also eye a win as the previous loss was a close one that would give them hope, but they will need to iron out the weaknesses. Mahender Singh was the man of the match for Bulls as he led the defence and scored 10 tackle points. Another man who can prove to be dangerous for Yoddha is Ravinder Pahal. For UP Yoddha, with captain and star raider Nitin Tomar missing from the scene, the responsibility lies on the stand-in captain Rishank Devadiga, who performed brilliantly in match against Jaipur, scoring 28 points in a match. He made history by scoring highest raid points in a single match in Pro Kabaddi League. However, he was not able to repeat the performance against Bulls as he could not shine in the clash last Sunday.
Here are Bengaluru Bulls vs UP Yoddha Updates:
8: 54 pm: Bengaluru Bulls marks victory over UP Yodhha with a lead of 64-24.
8: 53 pm: Rohit Kuamar has 30 raid points, while Rishank Devadiga held the previous record at 28 raid points in a single match.
8: 52 pm: Rohit on another raid and he strips history. Its a PKL record! Scores 29 points; Score 60-21
8: 51 pm: Sanoj Kumar on raid for UP, evades getting trapped; wins point. Score 59-21
8: 50 pm: Rohit makes another raid. 2 Yodhha men left in match. He gets point, moves to 28. Equals record!
8: 49 pm: Super tackle on, Rohit on raid. Gets another point. He has 27 points now. It is just like taking candy from children. Score 58-19
8: 48 pm: Rohit on yet another attack after Yodhha raider trapped. He gets it. He has 26 points now. He is just 3 points away from Rishank’s record.
8: 45 pm: Rohit on another attack. He has 23 raid points. He adds another point, takes his own rally to 24
8: 44 pm: UP all out for the fourth time as Bulls trap their raider. Score 52-19. Just 5 minutes to go now!
8: 43 pm: Rohit scores another point, Yodhha reduced to just one man.
8: 42 pm: Super tackle as Yodhha reduced to 3 men but Rohit easily gets touch point. Score 48-18
8: 41 pm: Super 10 for yet again, he has two for the match now.
8: 40 pm: Rohit gets another 2 points on raid. Score 44-17 and Bulls another point with successful tackle. Score 45-17
8: 39 pm: Ravinder Pahal completes Hi 5. Score 42-17
8: 38 pm: Yodhhha all out as its next raider trapped by Bulls.
8: 37 pm: Yodhha reduced to 2 men now. Rohit easily evades ankle hold by Rajesh with big leap. Moves score to 39-16.
8: 36 pm: Now UP reduced to just 3 men with Rohit on raid. Super tackle was on but Yodhha give him easy touch point. Score 38-15.
8: 35 pm: Super raid by Pritam Chillar, gives Bulls 3 points. Score 37-15.
8: 34 pm: Super tackle on as Bulls reduced to just 3 men. Now Rohit makes big tackle in defense, traps raider. Score 34-15
8: 32 pm: Second haldf starts better for Yodhha; they pulled back a few points. However, Rohit still bamboozling their defense, forcing them to make silly mistakes. Score 30-14 for Bulls with 14 minutes to go.
8: 31 pm: Another raid by Mahesh and bags one point. His fourth of the match.
8: 30 pm: Amazing jump by Mahesh and get one point for his team. Score moves to 28-13
8: 29 pm: UP gets point this time as Ajay lost concentration and was pinned easily. Score 28-11.
8: 28 pm: Another point for Bulls and Sunil get pinned down.
8: 27 pm: Second half of the game begins. Mahesh on the raid, but comes back empty handed.
8: 21 pm: Super hot Rohit gives Bulls massive lead at half time; score 27-10
8: 19 pm: Do or die raid for Yodhha, gets one point but so do Bulls as laider pushed over lobby.
8: 18 pm: UP makes another mistake, tried to trap Ajay but he is too near centre line. Scores 26-8.
8: 17 pm: Ajay Kumar goes for a raid, comes back empty handed.
8: 15 pm: Shell shocked Yodhha, finallly manage to trap Bulls raider; Scores 25-8.
8: 12 pm: UP all out for the second time. Rohit Kumar and team really on fire. Scores 20-4
8: 10 pm: Rohit Kumar picks another point by easily touching Pankaj from UP. Scores 15-3
8: 09 pm: Ajay Kumar picks his first point of the night including a bonus point.
8: 07 pm: Pankaj Kumar goes for a raid, but was pinned by Mahinder Singh. Bulls get 3 bonus point with UP all out!
8: 05 pm: UP goes for a review, but goes unsuccessful. Point earned by Bulls. Scores 6-3 with Bengaluru on lead.
8: 04 pm: Do or die raid for Surender Singh and Ravinder Pahal pins him down. Scores 5-3
8: 03 pm: UP get another raid point in do or die raid. Bulls ahead with scores up at 4-3.
8: 02 pm: This time Mahesh was pinned down by Gurvinder Singh who is an ace raider.
8: 01 pm: Rohit goes for a scorpion kick and hits Pankaj, one more point earned.
8: 00 pm: Surinder comes back with a strike and gets a touch point on Pahal. Consecutive points earned here.
7: 59 pm: In his first raid, UP get a point by touching Ravinder. Scores level at 1 each.
7: 58 pm: UP win toss, Bengaluru to raid first.
7: 52 pm: The match is basically a rematch of the abandoned game between the two teams that was called off due to heavy rains during the Mumbai leg of the tournament.
7: 50 pm: Welcome to the live coverage of Pro Kabaddi Season 5 match between Bengaluru Bulls and UP Yoddha.