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Welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the Pro Kabaddi League. This is Shyam Vasudevan and I will be taking you through today’s PKL 8 match between Patna Pirates and Bengal Warriors.

Patna Pirates vs Bengal Warriors

 

Maninder Singh has been the star of the show so far as he’s picked up 10 points in 11 raids. He has been instrumental in the Bengal Warriors’ performance so far, while Sachin and Monu have kept the scoreboard ticking for Patna Pirates. A high-octane second half awaits!

16-21 Monu tackles down Sukesh and it’s a five-point game!

15-21 Monu shuffles from one side to the other, attempts an audacious back-kick and multiple running hand touches before getting a touch on Rishank.

14-21 Abozar has finally turned up! He lunges in to make a monstrous ankle hold on Patna Pirates captain Prashanth.

13-20 Rishank pockets his first point of the game and that brings Maninder back on the court!

11-19 Maninder has been taken out this time and the Bengal Warriors will be without its captain for a while now.

10-18 It’s Maninder vs Chiyaneh again and it’s the Bengal Warriors captain who wins the battle this time. He slips out of the Iranian’s ankle hold and picks up his Super 10.

10-17 Amit Nirwal with a well-timed tackle and he slams Monu on to the mat. Monu has managed just ONE POINT so far.

10-16 ALL OUT! Guman Singh is taken out by the Bengal Warriors and the defending champion has inflicted an All Out. Six-point lead now!

9-13 Absolutely brilliant from Maninder. One defender steps off bounds and Maninder gets a running hand touch on Prashanth Kumar Rai. The Pirates are down to one man!

9-11 A double whammy for Patna Pirates! Monu and Chiyaneh are sent to the bench as they both fail to get the better of Maninder. The Bengal Warriors lead for the first time today.

9-9 That’s the first tackle point of the evening for the Bengal Warriors and it comes from Darshan. He makes a superb dash from the right and takes out the in-form Sachin.

9-8 Maninder invites Sunil to make a challenge and overpowers him to pick up another point.

8-6 Brilliant from Sukesh! The Patna Pirates were expecting a bonus attempt from Sukesh but he goes ahead and gets a kick on the right corner Sunil.

8-5 Sachin delivers on the do-or-die raid and pulls away from Rishank’s grapple.

The Patna Pirates’ defensive shape has been excellent so far. The side has offered little to no room for even a bonus point.

6-4 Look at the strength of Chiyaneh! He traps Maninder in a double thigh hold and that’s that! Superb stuff from the Iranian.

4-4 Maninder gets rid of the right-cover Neeraj. That was a clean running hand touch from the Bengal Warriors captain.

4-3 That’s good work from Sachin. He darts all around the baulk-line before taking a bonus point.

2-3 That’s a big raid from Maninder! He bag the bonus point and also gets the better of Chiyaneh.

1-1 Rishank Devadiga makes his first raid of the season and it’s not great one. He’s tackled by Sajin and has to go to the bench.

0-1 Maninder picks up a point off his first raid!

Patna Pirates won the toss and chose court, Bengal Warriors will begin with the first raid.

8:35pm: LINE UPS!

Patna Pirates: Monu Goyat, Prashanth Kumar Rai , Chiyaneh, Neeraj, Sumit, Sachin, Sajin

Bengal Warriors: Maninder Singh, Darshan J, Amit, Sukesh Hegde, Rishank Devadiga, Abozar Mighani, Sachin

8:30pm: Tamil Thalaivas has finally picked up its first win of the season! The side has beaten Puneri Paltan 36-26 and you can catch the highlights of that game here –

Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: Tamil Thalaivas vs Puneri Paltan; Ajinkya Pawar scores first Super 10 of PKL career

8:25pm: Head to head stats: Patna Pirates and Bengal Warriors have played each other 17 times in the PKL and the former holds a massive 10-4 lead in their head-to-head matches. Time for the Bengal Warriors to better that record?

8:20pm: I have to mention at this point that the Bengal Warriors has one of the most balanced teams in PKL 8. Captained by the powerhouse in Maninder Singh, the side features a plethora of stars including the ever-dependable Mohammed Nabibakhsh, Sukesh Hegde, Abozar Mighani and Rishank Devadiga. PKL debutant Akash Pikalmunde has also looked impressive, while defenders Rinku Narwal, Vijin and Sachin have looked in good stead.

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All-rounder Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh had a fairly muted game last time around and will be keen to pick up points today.   –  Special Arrangement

 

8:15pm: Patna Pirates has two wins in three matches and has a great raiding unit consisting Monu Goyat, captain Prashant Kumar Rai, and Sachin. The defensive duo of of Sajin C and Iran’s Mohammadreza Chiyaneh has also looked in great form and will face a strong challenge from the Bengal Warriors today.

Patna Pirates’ defensive trio of Sunil (4 points), Mohammadreza Chiyaneh (3 points) and Sajin C (3 points) was impressive in its last game.   –  Special Arrangement

 

8:10pm: Defending champion Bengal Warriors will be looking to bounce back after a deflating 52-35 defeat against last season’s runner-up Dabang Delhi, on Wednesday. The Bengal Warriors simply struggled to contain Dabang Delhi’s Naveen Kumar and that potentially lead to a few changes in the starting line-up against Patna Pirates. The only positive from that game was the performances from Maninder Singh and Sukesh Hegde, who picked up 25 points in total.

Naveen Kumar

Naveen Kumar was in incredible form as he scored 24 points in Dabang Delhi’s massive 52-35 win over defending champion Bengal Warriors in PKL 8 on Wednesday.   –  PKL

 

8:05pm: We have another game going on right now and the Tamil Thalaivas have squandered a lead (yet again!). The side had a seven-point lead which has since been cut down to three points by the Puneri Paltan. Follow that game live here –
Pro Kabaddi PKL 8 LIVE: Tamil Thalaivas vs Puneri Paltan; Ajinkya Pawar scores first Super 10 of PKL career

8pm: Hello folks, welcome to the last Pro Kabaddi League match of the year! And it’s only fitting that we have a clash of champions as three-time champion Patna Pirates takes on the reigning champion in Bengal Warriors. It promises to be an absolute cracker of a contest, considering the big names in the fray and a shot at the second position on the PKL table.

Before we introduce you to the fixtures of the day, here’s a look at the results from the last three days –



Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: Pawan Sehrawat, Ajith Kumar bag Super 10s; Bengaluru Bulls, U Mumba post wins

 



Pro Kabaddi PKL 8: Naveen helps Dabang Delhi rout Bengal Warriors, Gujarat Giants draws with Pardeep’s UP Yoddha

 



PKL 2021: Patna Pirates hand Puneri Paltan heavy defeat, Haryana Steelers edge Telugu Titans for season’s first win

 

Where to watch PKL 8?

You can watch all the games of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 8) on the Star Sports Network. The matches will also be streamed live on the Disney+ Hotstar app.

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