PKL 9 Matchday 19 Roundup: Bengaluru Bulls win four in a row, Telugu Titans and U Mumba lose by 11 points ￼
A Triple Panga night came to an end as Bengaluru Bulls, Gujarat Giants, and U Mumba came out on top at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium in Pune on Saturday in PKL 9. Dabang Delhi, Telugu Titans, and Bengal Warriors found themselves on the losing side of the table despite spirited performances.
In the first match of the day, Bengaluru Bulls pulled a terrific comeback in the dying embers to beat Dabang Delhi 47-43. Gujarat Giants turned the tables in the second half to beat Telugu Titans 30-19 in a low-scoring match.
U Mumba prevented themselves from being All Out in the first half and relied on Super Tackles to gain momentum and beat Bengal Warriors 36-25 in the final match of the day.
Bengaluru Bulls moved to the top of the table with the win, eclipsing Dabang Delhi by one point. At the bottom of the table, the gap between Telugu Titans and the rest of the pack widened as they are eight points below eleventh-placed Tamil Thalaivas despite playing an extra match.
Bengaluru Bulls 47-43 Dabang Delhi
Dabang Delhi started the game on a great note with Naveen Kumar completing a Super Raid in the second minute. However, Bengaluru Bulls slowly and steadily picked pace with Aman tackling Naveen and Bharat and Vikash Khandola notching up raid points to reverse the lead in the 8th minute.
The Bulls inflicted the first ‘All Out’ of the game in the 15th minute as Ashu Malik got encircled by rival defenders. Bharat replied with a Super Raid of his own soon after and all the seven defenders combined to prevent Naveen from crossing his dangling hand to inflict a second ‘All Out’ in the 15th minute. The scoreline read 26-14 at the moment but Delhi made it a nine-point game with Bengaluru having 27 points in their kitty at half-time.
Ashu and Naveen started the second half with successful one-point raids, trimming the Bulls down to three men. Dabang Delhi inflicted their first ‘All Out’ in the 26th minute with the scoreline reading 28-25 in their favour.
The scoreline was finally levelled at 31-31 with nine minutes left on the clock when Ashu Malik barged through the hold of a defender while taking two others with him and getting a bonus in a four-point raid. However, tables started to turn when Bharat cleaned up the last three defenders of Delhi to inflict an ‘All Out’ with just ninety seconds remaining.
The full-time scoreline read 47-43 in favour of Bengaluru as Delhi failed to hold on to their lead in the dying minutes of the game. The latter is now winless from their last three matches after winning five on a trot.
Gujarat Giants 30-19 Telugu Titans
The game was even steven in the first half with Telugu Titans and Gujarat Giants both nullifying their man advantage from time to time. Moreover, it was the former who went into the break with a slim three-point lead as the scoreline read 12-9 in their favor.
However, the second half saw total domination from the Giants. Sourav Gulia completed his High Five en route to six tackle points while Rinku Narwal notched up four tackle points to his name to inflict two All-Outs on the Titans. The Giants won the contest with a 30-19 scoreline as the Titans’ search for their second win continues.
Gujarat Giants climbed to the sixth spot in the points table with the win having 24 points to their name from eight matches.
U Mumba 36-25 Bengal Warriors
Bengal Warriors took an early lead in the game and reduced U Mumba to three men. However, Surender Singh’s assists helped the Mumbai-based side to pick up two Super Tackles and keep them in the hunt.
On the back of their defensive solidarity, U Mumba managed to inflict an ‘All Out’ on Bengal Warriors The cover defenders Rinku and Mohit Khaler both ended with six tackle points to their name. Bengal Warriors failed to sneak into the game as U Mumba kept on increasing their lead.
A bit of hurry towards the end finished the Warriors’ chances of staying in the margin of seven points as they returned empty-handed from the match. The final scoreline read 36-25 in U Mumba’s favor.