PKL 2018 Day 2 highlights: Confident UP Yoddha beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-32

Tamil Thalaivas captain Ajay Thakur in action
A terrific first-half performance by UP Yoddha help them to beat Tamil Thalaivas 37-32 in Vivo Pro Kabaddi (PKL 2018) Season six at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. Prashant Kumar Rai (8 points) led the Yoddha’s scoring chart while Narender did the damage with his tackles. Tamil Thalaivas’ defence let them down in the first half. Ajay Thakur scored 12 points for Tamil Thalaivas but it just wasn’t enough as it didn't help Tamil Thalaivas to make a late comeback. UP Yoddhas began the match with bang as for the first 10 minutes they dominated Tamil Thalaivas and didn’t allow them to score a single point. In the 9th minute UP Yoddha inflicted the first all out to lead 10-0. UP Yoddha defence did a fine job on Tamil Thalaivas raiders and didn’t allow Ajay Thakur and Jasvir Singh to score any points. 

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On the other hand in the second match, Puneri Paltan produced a solid all-round team performance to beat Haryana Steelers 34-22 to register their first win of Vivo Pro Kabaddi Season six. Nitin Tomar led from the front as he scored seven points and was ably supported by G B More and Deepak Kumar Dahiya who scored six and five points respectively. For Haryana Steelers, it was a disappointing night for the raiders as apart from Vikas Kandola (8 points) no one else contributed much.

Haryana Steelers were quick off the blocks with their defence and raiders scoring two points each as they led 4-2 after 7 minutes. Puneri Paltan defence scored their first point of the match in the 7th minute as they trailed 3-4. Both teams traded raid and tackle points in the next few minutes as Haryana Steelers held a slender 7-6 lead after 13 minutes. More did the bulk of scoring for Pune as he had four points in the first 15 minutes. Surender Nada earned two tackle points for Haryana's defence. It was a low-scoring affair in the first half as both teams played on the do-or-die raids.

Nitin Tomar scored with a two-point raid as Puneri Paltan inflicted the first all out of the match in the 19th minute to take 14-8 lead. In the last five minutes of the first half Puneri Paltan turned the match on its head as they scored eight straight points compared to Haryana's solitary point. At the end of the first half, Puneri Paltan led 15-9. Haryana Steelers started the second half better as they scored five points to trail 14-18. Nitin Tomar, however, had different ideas as he scored with a two-point raid in the 27th minute to lead 20-14.


10:32 PM IST FULL-TIME! Pehla Yuddh. Pehli Jeet. Aur Thalaivas ko mili maat, unke hi ghar mein! Follow the game here: https://t.co/AB6BaeOf3U #CHEvUP #YoddhaHum #SaansRokSeenaThok pic.twitter.com/YW1yKsZnOD — UP YODDHA (@UpYoddha) October 8, 2018

10:31 PM IST Yoddhas reign supreme!  Denying Thalaivas a miraculous comeback, @UpYoddha have registered a 37-32 win over @tamilthalaivas in an enthralling encounter! #CHEvUP — ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 8, 2018

10:31 PM IST Tamil Thalaivas Top performers Maximum Raid points: Ajay Thakur (12 in 20 attempted raids) Maximum Tackle Points: Manjeet Chhillar ( 4 in 7 attempted tackles)

10:29 PM IST UP Yoddha top performers Maximum Raid points: Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 in 17 attempted raid) Maximum tackle points: Narender (4 in 7 attempted tackles)

10:25 PM IST UP YODDHA BEAT TAMIL THALAIVAS 37-32

10:24 PM IST Non Raid Technical Points for UP Yoddha

10:22 PM IST Timeout taken by UP Yoddha

10:21 PM IST Jasvir takes one point

10:21 PM IST Ajay Thakur unsuccessful raid

10:21 PM IST UP Yoddha all out

10:20 PM IST Shrikant Jadhav unsuccessful raid

10:20 PM IST Ajay Thakur raids successfully to get a point

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Tamil Thalaivas Top performers

Maximum Raid points: Ajay Thakur (12 in 20 attempted raids)

Maximum Tackle Points: Manjeet Chhillar ( 4 in 7 attempted tackles)
UP Yoddha top performers

Maximum Raid points: Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 in 17 attempted raid)

Maximum tackle points: Narender (4 in 7 attempted tackles)
UP YODDHA BEAT TAMIL THALAIVAS 37-32
Non Raid Technical Points for UP Yoddha
Timeout taken by UP Yoddha
Jasvir takes one point
Ajay Thakur unsuccessful raid
UP Yoddha all out
Shrikant Jadhav unsuccessful raid
Ajay Thakur raids successfully to get a point
Tamil Thalaivas defends and come back in the game


Super 10 for Ajay Thakur
Rishank Devadiga empty raid
Ajay Thakur scores 2 points, one as bonus and 2nd from a touch. Can Ajay Thakur do it for Tamil Thalaivas
An empty raid from Rishank
Ajay takes a point
Mindless tackle from Manjeet Chillar in UP Yoddha do-or-die. One Point for Yoddha
Ajay Thakur takes bonus point
Yoddha's Rishank starts after the break and he wastes the time and goes back to his half
Timeout taken by Tamil Thalaivas
Athul MS fails to score in a do-or-die raid
UP Yoddha gets one point due to Thalaivas coaching during the raid
Yoddha's Rishank gets one point
Ajay Thakur makes an empty raid
Prashanth Rai comes for raid and its an empty raid
With 10 minutes to go in second half Tamil Thalaivas have every chance to make a come back
Official timeout
Ajay Thakur touches last 2 players of UP Yoddha and gets 4 points for Thalaivas as they make a brilliant comeback
Jasvir Singh gets a Green Card, Sachin Kumar gets a Green Card. Rishank Devadiga unsuccessful raid. 
Ajay Thakur gets a point as Yoddha's fined for shirt pull
Prashanth Rai dashed out by Manjeet Chhillar
Another empty raid from Ajay Thakur
Yoddha's Prashanth Rai makes an empty raid
Tamil Thalaivas gets 2 points as Athul MS breaks the UP defense. Thalaivas Review for 3 points but it is a unsuccessful review
UP Yoddha Review for NO bonus but it is an unsuccessful review, bonus point for Athul MS
Jasvir Singh concludes his raid for do-or-die raid for UP Yoddha but Tamil Thalaivas show lack of tactics as Shrikant gets a point
Prashanth Kumar Rai fails to score
Thalaivas' Athul MS gets one point
Yoddha's Rishank fails to get a point
Official timeout
Ajay Thakur fails again as he is dashed out by UP Yoddha's defenders
Substitution: Athul MS comes in for Surjeet Singh
Yoddha's Prashanth Kumar Rai raids successfully
Thalaivas' Amit Hooda unsuccessful raid
Rishank Devadiga starts the 2nd half with successfully raid
Tamil Thalaivas ALL OUT again


Play to get underway shortly
UP Yoddha lead 18-4 in first half
Rishank Devadiga empty raid to end the first half
Ajay Thakur comes for raid and fails as UP Yoddha defense tackle brilliantly
An empty raid from Rishank Devadiga
Thalaivas' Athul MS raids successfully and Ajay Thakur revived
Athul MS comes in for C. Arun
Prashanth comes for a raid and its 2 points for UP Yoddha
Surjeet Singh raids successfully
Rishank goes for  raid, unsuccessfull
Prashanth Kumar Rai raids successfully
Jasvir Singh fails for the 3rd time in the match, Thalaivas not look like a team who defeated defending champions last night
Shrikant Jadhav touches Ajay Thakur with back kick
This was 2nd worst start for by any team in PKL history, earlier record was 18-0
Tamil Thalaivas scores first points thanks to a brilliant tackle point with support from Manjeet Chhillar
Jasvir Singh dashed out by UP Yoddha
Yoddha's Sagar Krishna raids successfully
Yoddha's Prashanth starts with empty raid after Tamil Thalaivas allout, empty raid. Ajay Thakur starts with empty raid
Tamil Thalaivas not able score not as tackle point nor as raid points in first 10 minutes
Rishnak scores and only one player left for Tamil Thalaivas
Tamil Thalaivas ALL OUT


Tamil Thalaivas eye first all out as Shrikant Jadhav raids successfully
Surjeet Singh fails to score for Thalaivas as UP Yoddha's defense again works in unison
Rishank Devadiga empty raid
An empty raid from Surjeet Singh 
Yoddha's Shrikant touches dangerous Manjeet Chhillar and gets a point for UP
Thalaiva's Ajay Thakur goes in a do-or-die raid and fails to get a point as UP Yoddha's defense work in unison
Empty raid for UP Yoddha
Another empty raid from Ajay Thakur
Empty raid from Shrikant Jadhav
Tamil's Surjeet Singh starts with an empty raid
Yoddha's Rishank starts with an empty raid
One point for UP Yoddha as Jasvir Singh goes to lobby without touching the opponents
Yoddha's Prashanth Kumar Rai starts with empty raid
Ajay Thakur starts and ends with a empty raid
Toss time: Yoddha's Rishank win the toss and select his choice of the court
Tamil Thalaivas and UP Yoddha players are on the turf
Puneri Paltan

Top Raider: Nitin Tomar with 7 raid points

Top defender: Ravi Kumar with 3 tackle points
Stay tuned for Tamil Thalaivas vs UP Yodda encounter
PUNERI PALTAN BEAT HARYANA STEELERS 34-22
Puneri Paltan win the one-sided match
Puneri Paltan's Sandeep Narwal raids and wastes the mandatory time
Haryana's Vikas Kandola makes a successful raid
Surender Nada injured
Timeout taken by Puneri Paltan
Haryana Steelers' Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Puneri's Nitin Tomar takes a point as he touches the left corner
Puneri Paltan's GB More comes for a raid, wastes the mandatory 30 seconds
Timeout taken by Haryana Steelers
Haryana Steelers' Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Empty raid from GB More
Empty raid from Steelers' Vikas Kandola
Official timeout
Haryana Steelers ALL OUT for the second time
Surender Nada tries to make a Super tackle, fails and with this Haryana Steelers are all out for the second time
Mayur Shivtarkar unsuccessful raid
Empty raid from Nitin Tomar as he looks for 2nd all out
Steelers' Arun Kumar comes for 1st raid and dashed out by Puneri Paltan
Deepak Kumar Dahiya empty raid
Puneri Paltan's GB More gets 2 raid point in do or die raid
Mayur Shivtarkar empty raid
Another empty raid from Nitin Tomar
Arun Kumar HN comes in for Kuldeep Singh
Wazir Singh unsuccessful raid
Deepak Kumar Dahiya unsuccessful raid
Wazir Singh empty raid
Deepak Kumar Dahiya empty raid
Puneri Paltan defense works in unison and gets a point as Vikas Kandola fails to score
Nitin Tomar raids and he moves left to right corner, empty raid
Play in progress
Official timeout
Wazir Singh raids successfully and gets a bonus point. Puneri Paltan take a REVIEW and it is unsuccessfull
Nearly 11 minutes to go for half time
Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Nitin Tomar empty raid
Empty raid from Wazir Singh
Nitin Tomar touches Surender Nada, Haryana Steelers in spot of bother
GB More fails to score as Steelers' defense is in rock solid
Wazir Singh raids, touches Sandeep Narwal in the corner, gets one point
A brilliant tackle from Girish Ernak as he holds Vikas Kandola
Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Deepak Kumar Dahiya raids successfully
Haryana Steelers missing the services of Monu Goyat
Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Official timeout
Nitin Tomar unsuccessful raid
Vikas Kandola empty raid
Deepak Kumar Dahiya raids successfully
Play in progess
Half time break
Deepak Kumar Dahiya empty raid
Sandeep Narwal brilliant tackle gives Puneri Paltan one point
Nitin Tomar fails to score as Surender Nada blocks 
Nitin Tomar gets 2 raids points and with this Haryana steelers all out
And its a successful review
Puneri Paltan takes a review for no touch
Nitin Tomar raids and Puneri Paltan takes one point as defender goes out of back line in super raid situation
4 minutes to go for first half
Steelers' Wazir Singh dashed out in do-or-die raid
Haryana Steelers taking tackle point as Surender Nada playing superbly
Vikas Kandola unsuccessful raid
Nitin Tomar fails again as Haryana Steelers defense make a brilliant ankle hold
Haryana Steelers' Mayur Shivtarkar empty raid
G B More out as he takes more than 30 seconds while raiding
Empty raid from Haryana Steelers
Nitin Tomar empty raid
Puneri Paltan gets two points in last two raids
Nitin Tomar try hard for a part, fails to get a point
Brilliant tackle from Puneri Paltan 
Sandeep Narwal trying to get a bonus, fails
Wazir Singh trying to get a point but fails
Puneri Paltan's GB More gets a point in do-or-die raid
More G B empty raid
Wazir Singh empty raid
Deepak Kumar Dahiya unsuccessful raid
Vikas Kandola empty raid
Nitin Tomar gets a bonus but fell prey of Steelers' defense
Vikas Kandola raids successfully
Nitin Tomar not able score in the first raid
Wazir Singh starts with empty raid
Surprise!! Monu Goyat not playing
Puneri Paltan win toss
The much anticipated Surender Nada vs Nitin Tomar clash will start shortly
Haryana Steelers and Puneri Paltan takes the turf
Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers: Probable 7
Puneri Paltan Vs Haryana Steelers
Sandeep Narwal Right Corner Vikash
Monu Right In Vikas Kandola
Ravi Kumar Right Cover Amit Singh/Kuldeep Singh
Nitin Tomar Center Monu Goyat
Sandeep Left Cover Sachin Shingade
Rajesh Mondal Left In Wazir Singh
Girish Maruti Ernak © Left Corner Surender Nada ©
 
WILL COVERS STEP UP TO SUPPORT SURENDER NADA?
 
Haryana Steelers have the best defender from PKL Season 5, Surender Nada in left corner. He is likely to be supported by Sachin Shingade and Kuldeep Singh in covers and Vikash at right corner
Sachin Shingade had a high tackle failure rate of 66% last season.
Kuldeep Singh did not play much, and finished PKL 5 with just 7 tackle points.
Right corner, Vikash will also have big boots to fill as he is replacing Mohit Chhillar, who has had a great partnership with Surender Nada. 
He has scored 26 points from 19 games at an average of 1.3 tackle points per match at a strike rate of 43 in PKL 5.
 
Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers: Starting probable seven
 
Puneri Paltan: Sandeep Narwal (Right corner), Monu (Right in), Ravi Kumar (Right Cover), Nitin Tomar (Center), Sandeep (Left Cover), Rajesh Mondal (Left in), Girish Maruti Ernak (Left corner)
 
Haryana Steelers: Vikash (Right corner), Vikas Kandola (Right in), Amit Singh/Kuldeep Singh (Right cover), Monu Goyat (center), Sachin Shingade (Left cover), Wazir Singh (Left in), Surender Nada (left corner)
Match 3: Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers match details and live streaming info
Date: 8th October 2018, Monday
Time: 8:00 pm (IST)
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai
 
Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers match will be broadcasted on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi in Hindi Commentary.
WILL MONU GOYAT OVERCOME HIS STRUGGLES VS PUNERI PALTAN?
 
Haryana have gone all in for 5 Star Raider Monu Goyat, who impressed for Patna in Season 5. He scored 191 raid points from 26 matches at an average of 7.3 per match. 
He was bought by the Steelers for 151 lakhs in the PKL 6 auction, which is nearly 40% of the team’s budget.
With 191 raid points in PKL 5, He had the 4th highest raid points by any player and the highest by a secondary raider in Season 5 and finished the season with an impressive strike rate of 52.
Playing under Pardeep Narwal’s shadow, Monu Goyat will have to establish himself as a lead raider of the side this time around. 
However, he struggled in his games against Puneri Paltan in Season 5 scoring just 6 points from his 2 games at an average of 3 per game and a strike rate of only 35.
Throughout PKL history, Monu Goyat has only scored 10 points in 4 games against Puneri Paltan, which is his lowest against any side. 
 
SANDEEP NARWAL LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK FROM HIS INITIAL MATCH DISAPPOINTMENT?
 
Sandeep Narwal has been one of the most successful defenders throughout PKL history and had a good season 5, forming a corner partnership with Girish Ernak.
Overall, he is the 3rd leading tackle point scorer of PKL with 215 tackle points to his name.
However, he had a disappointing outing in the first match against U Mumba, scoring just 2 tackle points from 8 tackles.
Debutant Siddharth Desai especially got the better of him multiple times, as Sandeep Narwal got out thrice within the first 6 minutes.
 
WILL NITIN TOMAR GET ENOUGH SUPPORT FROM HIS SECONDARY RAIDERS?
 
Nitin Tomar put in one of his best performances in the PKL in Pune’s first match of the season against U Mumba, scoring 15 raid points from 20 raids with an excellent raid strike rate of 75.
However, despite his performance, Pune could only manage to tie the game.
Nitin Tomar did not get the support that was needed from any of the other raiders.
Nitin has contributed nearly 71.5% of Pune’s total raid points in the game. 
All the other raiders together, had only 4 successful raids from a total of 24 in M#24 vs U Mumba.
Rajesh Mondal, their main support raider was especially disappointing scoring just 1 raid point from his 9 raids at a raid strike rate of 11 having 3 unsuccessful raids.
Their 2nd best raider of the night was Monu, who scored 4 raid points in 8 raids. (Raid SR – 50) 
 

PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall PKL: Nitin Tomar (PUN) 6 – 1 Sachin Shingade (HAR)
PKL 5: Nitin Tomar (PUN) 5 – 0 Sachin Shingade (HAR)
Overall PKL: Monu Goyat (HAR) 2 – 1 Girish Maruti Ernak (PUN)
 
PLAYER HEAD-TO-HEAD
 
WAZIR SINGH (HAR) v GIRISH MARUTI ERNAK (PUN)
Overall PKL: Wazir Singh (HAR) 4 – 4 Girish Maruti Ernak (PUN)
PKL 5: Wazir Singh (HAR) 3 – 2 Girish Maruti Ernak (PUN)

MONU GOYAT (HAR) V SANDEEP NARWAL (PUN)
Overall PKL: Monu Goyat (HAR) 2 – 3 Sandeep Narwal (PUN)

NITIN TOMAR (PUN) V SURENDER NADA (HAR)
Overall PKL: Nitin Tomar (PUN) 3 – 2 Surender Nada (HAR)

RAJESH MONDAL (PUN) – SURENDER NADA (HAR)
Overall PKL: Rajesh Mondal (PUN) 9 – 8 Surender Nada (HAR)
PKL 5: Rajesh Mondal (PUN) 2 – 3 Surender Nada (HAR)
 

Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers: BATTLE OF PKL’S BEST LEFT CORNERS
 
The two left corners in this match, Surender Nada and Girish Ernak are among the most successful defenders in PKL.
Surender Nada (Haryana Steelers) is the of most successful left corner defenders in the league with 218 points from 70 matches at an average of 3.1 per match. 
Girish Ernak is the 2nd most successful left corner with 176 points from 70 matches at an average of 2.5 per match.
Overall, Surender Nada is the 2nd best defender of the league with while Girish is ranked 7th with 176 tackle points to his name.
 
Key stats ahead of Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers match
 
Nitin Tomar (PUN) is just 8 points away from reaching 300 raid points, which will make him just the 11th player to do so in PKL history.
Sachin Shingade (HAR) needs 6 tackle points to complete 100 tackle points in PKL. (19th player).
 
Puneri Paltan vs Haryana Steelers Head-to-Head
 
Matches – 3 | Puneri Paltan – 2 | Haryana Steelers – 1 | Tie – 0 
Puneri Paltan have defeated Haryana Steelers in 2 of their 3 encounters in PKL 5.
Both of Pune’s wins against Haryana Steelers came with a comprehensive margin of 10+ points.
Puneri Paltan and Haryana Steelers qualified to the playoffs in PKL 5 but could not go further.
 
Battle of Left corner’s: Surender Nada vs Girish Ernak
 
The two left corners in this match, Surender Nada and Girish Ernak are among the most successful defenders in Kabaddi League. Surender Nada (Haryana Steelers) is the of most successful left corner defenders in the league with 218 points from 70 matches at an average of 3.1 per match. While Girish Ernak is the 2nd most successful left corner with 176 points from 70 matches at an average of 2.5 per match. Overall, Surender Nada is the 2nd best defender of the league with while Girish is ranked 7th with 176 tackle points to his name. This is also a match-up between the 2nd and 3rd best defender of PKL as left-corner Surender Nada of Haryana and right-corner Sandeep Narwal ready to take on each other
Puneri Paltan Team news
 
In a thrilling Maharashtra derby on Sunday, Puneri Paltan managed to hold U Mumba for a tie thanks to their last-minute tactics. Puneri Paltan need to work on their defensive tactics as both the corners Sandeep and Girish Ernak fails to get maximum tackle points. Sandeep Narwal had a disappointing outing in the first match against U Mumba, scoring just 2 tackle points from 8 tackles. However, Overall, Sandeep Narwal is the 3rd leading tackle point scorer of Pro Kabaddi League with 215 tackle points to his name. U Mumba’s Debutant Siddharth Desai especially got the better of him multiple times on Sunday, as Sandeep Narwal got out thrice within the first 6 minutes. So, Sandeep Narwal needs to brush up his tactics to give Puneri Paltan much needed boast in PKL 2018. 
Haryana Steelers Team news
 
Harayan Steelers are coming into the Pro Kabaddi League season 6 with a star raider Monu Goyat. He was bought by the Steelers for Rs 15.1 million in the PKL 6 auction, which is nearly 40% of the team’s budget. Monu Goyat had an impressive season five for Patna Pirates as he scored 191 raid points from 26 matches at an average of 7.3 per match but played as a second fiddle to Pradeep Narwal. It will be interesting to see how he excel his performance with all the limelight after Haryana bought him. With 191 raid points in PKL 5, Monu Goyat had the 4th highest raid points by any player and the highest by a secondary raider in Season 5 and finished the season with an impressive strike rate of 52. However, he struggled in his games against Puneri Paltan in Season 5 scoring just 6 points from his 2 games at an average of 3 per game and a strike rate of only 35.
PKL 2018: Can Haryana Steelers' Monu Goyat overcome Puneri Paltan challenge today?

In Match 3 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2018) season 6, Haryana Steelers led by Surender Nada will take on Girish Ernak’s Puneri Paltan at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai. In PKL 5, Puneri Paltan have defeated Haryana Steelers in 2 of their 3 encounters and both wins against Haryana Steelers came with a comprehensive margin of 10-plus points. Puneri Paltan will be high on confidence after they came from behind and held U Mumba for a thrilling tie in last 30 seconds. Puneri Paltan’s raider Nitin Tomar was in superb form on Sunday against U Mumba and score first Super 10 for the team. Haryana Steelers, who qualified to playoffs in PKL 5 but failed to move further, will look start their PKL 6 campaign on a high in today’s first match. Haryana Steelers have the best defender from PKL Season 5, Surender Nada in left corner. He is likely to be supported by Sachin Shingade and Kuldeep Singh in covers and Vikash at right corner

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