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Pro Kabaddi 2018, Bengaluru Bulls vs Telugu Titans: As it Happened

News18.com | December 13, 2018, 12:14 AM IST
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Following their defeat last night against U.P. Yoddha, Telugu Titans face another stern test against current Zone B leaders Bengaluru Bulls at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Vizag on Wednesday. A victory for the visitors will see them go 13 points clear at the top of the zone standings, putting them in a strong position to qualify for the Playoffs.
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Dec 12, 2018 10:18 pm (IST)
Dec 12, 2018 10:17 pm (IST)

Unfortunately, that is not to be for Telugu Titans as the Bengaluru Bulls have taken the match 24-37. The Bulls march on!

Dec 12, 2018 10:13 pm (IST)

The Titans would do well to come back into the match and try and keep the margin of potential defeat to seven points or less. That way, a bonus point can be earned from their end at the very least.

Dec 12, 2018 10:12 pm (IST)

It's now a ten point lead for Bengaluru Bulls as the score reads 23-33. What a turn-around it's been.

Dec 12, 2018 10:09 pm (IST)

The Bulls seem to have stolen a march on the Titans here. Abozar Meghani too looks like an isolated figure in defence. The early momentum they had gained in the match now seems to be a thing of the past.

Dec 12, 2018 10:04 pm (IST)

The Titans have lost Rahul Chaudhari to a Bengaluru raid and are hanging on by the skin of their teeth here.

Dec 12, 2018 10:03 pm (IST)
Dec 12, 2018 10:01 pm (IST)

Nilesh has entered the game here and affected it almost immediately for the Telugu Titans.

Dec 12, 2018 10:00 pm (IST)

Just about seven minutes to go here and Telugu Titans have managed to pull back Bengaluru's lead here to four points, score reading 19-23.

Dec 12, 2018 9:58 pm (IST)

Pawan Sehrawat has been the lynchpin in attack, executing an all-out which was instrumental in Bengaluru getting the lead when the scores were locked.

Dec 12, 2018 9:55 pm (IST)

What a turn around in proceedings it has been. Bengaluru Bulls have come storming back into the match and are now leading the Telugu Titans by a margin of five points. The score reads 16-21, and the tables have turned indeed.

Dec 12, 2018 9:48 pm (IST)

And the Bengaluru Bulls have pulled it back to 14-14 within minutes of the second half starting! Well, there's a reason they are at the top of the table at the minute.

Dec 12, 2018 9:40 pm (IST)
Dec 12, 2018 9:40 pm (IST)
Dec 12, 2018 9:39 pm (IST)

It's half-time here, and the score now reads 12-10 in favour of the Telugu Titans. They have the lead in this half, but only just!

Dec 12, 2018 9:35 pm (IST)

The half time team talks by either coach will be crucial in determining how the rest of the march pans out.

Dec 12, 2018 9:35 pm (IST)

Pawan Sehrawat of the Bengaluru Bulls is putting his best foot forward in order to salvage points whenever possible. The score now reads 11-8 to the Titans, and the match can swing either way at this stage.

Dec 12, 2018 9:32 pm (IST)

The score now reads 10-6 to Telugu Titans with about five minutes remaining in the half. A fascinating, low-scoring tactical encounter so far.

Dec 12, 2018 9:29 pm (IST)

And while the Titans' play is built hugely on the defensive work put in by the Iranian Mighani, here's an example of occasions when their attack might just be starting to come to the fore in matches as well.

Dec 12, 2018 9:26 pm (IST)

An unsuccessful raid here by Pawan Sehrawat means that the score now reads 8-4 to Titans. He has been uncharacteristically sluggish in the match so far.

Dec 12, 2018 9:25 pm (IST)

The match has been based on a combination of the Titans' defence and Bengaluru's attack, going a long way to show how the two teams approach their strategy.

Dec 12, 2018 9:24 pm (IST)

Abozar Meghani has absolutely been rock-solid in defense, and is a big reason why the score reads 7-3 to the Titans at the moment. 

Dec 12, 2018 9:23 pm (IST)

And Telugu Titans have taken an early lead in the match, displaying resistance and desire to get one over their much fancied opponents.

Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm (IST)

He plays it safe for an empty raid, and Rohit Kumar is up next from the Titans.

Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm (IST)

Rahul Chaudhari of the Telugu Titans is the first to raid here, as action begins!

Dec 12, 2018 9:16 pm (IST)

Bengaluru Bulls have won the toss here, and will have the choice of which court they want to start their attack from.

Dec 12, 2018 9:15 pm (IST)

The teams are due to arrive on the mat shortly, and action will begin soon. Can the Titans upset the Bulls and stake a claim for a place in the playoffs?

Dec 12, 2018 9:15 pm (IST)

While this is how the Titans are lining up - 

Dec 12, 2018 9:14 pm (IST)

The Bulls have announced their starting 7, and they are - 

Dec 12, 2018 9:06 pm (IST)

The Bulls are certainly gearing up for the southern derby!

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Pro Kabaddi 2018, Bengaluru Bulls vs Telugu Titans: As it Happened

The two teams last met in Bengaluru Bulls’ home leg where Telugu Titans succumbed to a 34-26 defeat.

Key Players:

Abozar Mohajermighani – Telugu Titans

With eight tackle points in his last two matches, Abozar Mohajermighani is well and truly back to his very best in Telugu Titans’ home leg. Bengaluru Bulls boast of three outstanding raiders in Rohit Kumar, Kashiling Adake and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and hence, Mighani’s performance on the night against Bengaluru Bulls’ potent raiding trio will be a huge factor in Telugu Titans’ quest for a third victory at home.

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat – Bengaluru Bulls

Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has been magnificent in Season 6 for Bengaluru Bulls and currently ranks third in the list of Best Raiders this campaign. The raider let skipper Rohit Kumar take the lead during his team’s home leg but, given his form and numbers this campaign, Sehrawat will be raring to take the mat by storm in Vizag and score his ninth Super 10 of the season in a crucial Southern Derby.
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