Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls: Catch all the live updates from the Pro Kabaddi 2019 match between Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls through News18 Sports' live blog. Haryana Steelers are thrashed by Bengaluru Bulls 36-59 in the second game of matchday 61 at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana on Wednesday. In the first match of the day, U Mumba beat Patna Pirates 30-26 at the same venue.
Haryana Steelers have already booked their spot in the playoffs after an edgy win over Gujarat Fortunegiants on Sunday. But this loss to Bengaluru Bulls might hamper their bid for the top two league stage finish, which will take them straight to the semis. Bengaluru Bulls, on the other hand, have secured their playoffs spot with a win over Haryana Steelers. Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls are now locked at 2-2 in their head-to-head record. LIVE STREAMING
Oct 2, 2019 9:37 pm (IST)
Pawan raids for Bengaluru and takes out Vikas Kale.
Prashanth makes an empty raid and that's all, Haryana have been crushed by Bengaluru in front of their home fans.
Haryana Steelers host Bengaluru Bulls in the second game of matchday 61 in Panchkula. While Haryana have qualified for the playoffs, Bengaluru can secure their place with a win today.
Haryana Steelers host Bengaluru Bulls in Panchkula. (Photo Credit: PKL)
Haryana Steelers have been one of the more consistent sides in the league this season and will be looking to keep their positive momentum intact with more wins heading into the playoffs. A well-balanced team with an array of options in offence and defence, Haryana Steelers will want to make their home fans happy with back-to-back wins at the venue. They have already beaten Bengaluru Bulls once this campaign and will fancy their chances on their home ground.
Talisman Vikash Kandola will be their biggest offensive threat, but Prashanth Kumar Rai and Vinay have also proven themselves while raiding in crunch situations this year. Their defence looks very sound as well with Sunil, Vikas Kale, Chand Singh and Ravi Kumar being just a few of their options. Skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan's influence though cannot be stressed enough, making him an imperative cog for a smoothly functional Haryana Steelers defence.
With a foot already in the playoffs, Bengaluru Bulls will step on court keen on guaranteeing qualification. The defending champions have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far but have been a part of the top 6 for most of the season. They will be in a confident frame of mind after a thrilling win against U Mumba in their last game and will also want to avenge their loss against Haryana Steelers from earlier this season.
'Hi-Flyer' Pawan Sehrawat has been in imperious form and carried the team's raiding unit single-handedly for a lot of the campaign. In the absence of captain Rohit Kumar, coach Randhir Singh will want more from the likes of Banty and Sumit Singh to support Sehrawat in attack. Their defence, meanwhile, is anything but reliant on any individual with Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal and Mahender Singh being just a few of their players that have contributed heavily in terms of Tackle Points.