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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22 Eliminator Highlights: UP Yoddha, Bengaluru Bulls qualify for semifinals

The winner of the first eliminator will face Patna Pirates in the first semifinal while the winner of the second eliminator will take on Dabang Delhi KC in the second semifinal on Wednesday.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk Bengaluru Updated on: February 21, 2022 21:50 IST
Pawan Sherawat of Bengaluru Bulls during a raid against Gujarat Giants in PKL 2021-22
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Pawan Sherawat of Bengaluru Bulls during a raid against Gujarat Giants in PKL 2021-22

Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22 Eliminator Highlights: UP Yoddha, Bengaluru Bulls qualify for semifinals

The Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22 playoffs will kick start with UP Yoddha taking on Puneri Paltan in the first eliminator of the season while the Gujarat Giants cross swords with Bengaluru Bulls in the second eliminator on Monday here at the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield. The winner of the first eliminator will face Patna Pirates in the first semifinal while the winner of the second eliminator will take on Dabang Delhi KC in the second semifinal on Wednesday. 

Also Read: PKL 2021-22 Playoffs: Schedule, Live Streaming, Venue, Time, Date All You Need to Know about PKL 8 playoffs

Eliminator 2 Bengaluru Bulls 49-29 Gujarat Giants

Second Half

  • Bulls inflict yet another all-out
  • Bulls cruising towards big win, 15 points lead for them with 7 minutes to go
  • Bulls inflict yet another all-out
  • Pawan Sherawat completes his Super 10. 
  • Super raid by Bulls' raider, four points, Bulls lead by 11 points 
  • Super Tackle by Bulls, two points for the team
  • Pawan gets caught in his first raid of the second half

First Half Gujarat Giants 17-24 Bengaluru Bulls 

  • Bulls have seven points lead going into the second-half
  • Four-point raid by Pawan, Bulls are on fire
  • Bulls take three point lead with a bounce by Chandran 
  • Ajay Kumar tackled by Aman in the first raid of the game

Eliminator 1 UP Yoddha 42-31 Puneri Paltan

Second Half 

  • Sumit Sagwan completes his High-Five
  • Akash Shinde scored five points in five games 
  • Pradeep out in the next do-or-die, this can start Pune's comeback 
  • Pradeep scores in do-or-die raid
  • Aslam Inamdar completes Super 10 with a bounce point
  • Pune all-out, 12 points lead for UP
  • Pune on the brink of third all-out
  • Another Super Raid by Pradeep Narwal! Third of the Match! Completes his Super 10
  • Pune score in do-or-die raid
  • Now UP trying to slow the pace of the game
  • Can Pune make comeback from this?

First Half UP Yoddha 25-17 Puneri Paltan

  • Another Super Raid by Pradeep in the last minute of the first half. 
  • Pune inflicts Super Tackle but gets all out for second time in the match
  • Pune's defender receives one and half minute suspension for a dangerous tackle
  • UP take a five-point lead
  • Super Raid by Pradeep Narwal! A five-point raid by Record breaker!
  • Pradeep Narwal is back on the mat
  • Scores are level
  • Seven points on the trot for UP and Pune get all-out
  • Pune on the brink of all-out
  • UP making strong comeback, Pune reduced to two players
  • Pune trying to slow down the pace of the game
  • Aslam out, UP finally get the first point in defence
  • UP Yoddha all-out in the 6th minute of the game
  • The first point for UP after 6 minutes in the game
  • UP to open their account with bounce point
  • UP has three players on the mat
  • Pune takes the early lead in the game, gets a point in the do-or-die raid followed it up by catching UP's raider
  • Pradeep Narwal out in the first raid of the match
  • Pune to start the match with a raid
  • Pune's starting 7
  • UP's starting 7
  • Both teams enter the arena for the big match

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The Battle of Heavyweights!

Puneri Paltan's ​journey in Pro Kabaddi 2021-22

Puneri Paltan's dreadful start to the season left with them a mountain to climb in the second half of the season. But against all odds, the Paltan picked up 44 out of a possible 55 points and qualified for the playoffs by a whisker. The turnaround was made possible by rookies Aslam Inamdar and Mohit Goyat. The duo has made their way into the league’s leading points scorers, a stellar achievement in their debut campaigns. Pune will rely on these two young guns to guide them to a semi-final appearance at the very least.

UP Yoddha's journey in Pro Kabaddi 2021-22

U.P. Yoddha started the season slow and won only one of their first seven matches. But then they picked up form and racked up wins, largely due to the immense contribution of raider Surender Gill. U.P. boast the league’s third-best raiding unit and the fifth-best defence. U.P. have a plethora of game-changers in their lineup on both offence and defence. The team picked up 19 Super Raids and 24 Super Tackles, both league-high marks. U.P. were one of the favourites to win the title before the season commenced and they now have the chance to achieve their ultimate goal.

UP Yoddha gearing up ahead of big day

UP's captain has the mic in the hand

Bengaluru Bulls' journey in Pro Kabaddi 2021-22

The Bengaluru Bulls find themselves in the playoffs for the third straight season. This is the first time in franchise history that the team has qualified for the playoffs in three consecutive campaigns. The main reason, unsurprisingly, has been Pawan Sehrawat. This year, the raider became the first player in PKL history to record three straight seasons with at least 250 points. He created history in his last outing, as he became the first player in league history to score a High 5 and a Super 10 in the same game. The playoffs are where Sehrawat comes alive. In his past four playoff appearances, the Bengaluru skipper has scored 73 points, a scarcely believable average of 18.25 points per game. The Bulls will rely on their leader to put in another big performance.

Gujarat Giants’ journey in Pro Kabaddi 2021-22

Gujarat Giants’ inconsistent and up-and-down results had them outside the top for the majority of the season. But four wins and a tie in their last five matches helped them secure a place in the top six. The Giants' depth is their biggest strength. Rakesh, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Ajay Kumar and Pardeep Kumar have shared the raiding load and came up big when the Giants needed them to. Their famed Cover duo of Parvesh Bhainswal and Sunil Kumar haven’t been at their usual best this season but have picked up form of late. The Giants have earned their place in the playoffs on merit, and they will be tough to beat for any team they come up against.

Gujarat Giants vs Bengaluru Bulls​ head-to-head

The Gujarat Giants have won four and lost three of their eight matches against the Bengaluru Bulls. One game between the two sides has finished in a tie. Their first meeting this season finished in a 46-37 win for the Bulls, while the second saw Gujarat record a 40-36 win. The two teams have met twice in the playoffs, both times in Season 6. The Bulls won both matches. 

U.P. Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan head-to-head

U.P. Yoddha hold a 7-4 lead in their head-to-head matches against the Puneri Paltan. This season, U.P. won the first game between the two sides 50-40, while the Paltan won the second 44-38. 

Captain's corner!

The battle within the battle!

UP Yoddhas are on a role!

Unknown fact about Bulls!

The battle within the battle!

First game of the night?

Which game are you excited for?

Pirates are high on confidence

Anup Kumar's experience will prove vital for Puneri Paltan

The stage is all set for Pradeep Narwal

An unknown fact about Manpreet Singh!

Gujarat vs Bengaluru

Patna Pirates coach reveals fans reaction after letting Pradeep Narwal go

Gujarat Giants coach Manpreet Singh confident of his side's performance in the playoffs

Puneri Paltan coach Anup Kumar ahead of the playoffs

Ahead of the Pro Kabaddi League eliminator let's have a look at all key details. 

Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22 Eliminators

February 21, 2022, Monday

UP Yoddha vs Puneri Paltan Eliminator 1 - 7.30 pm

Gujarat Giants vs Bengaluru Bulls Eliminator 2 - 8.30 pm

Live Streaming

TV - Star Sports

Online - Hotstar

Probable starting 7

Puneri Paltan Starting 7 Mohit Goyat (raider), Abinesh Nadarajan (defender), Sanket Sawant (defender), Aslam Inamdar (raider), Titin Tomar (raider), Sombir (defender), Vishal Bharadwaj (defender)

UP Yoddha Starting 7 Pardeep Narwal (raider), Ashu Singh (defender), Shubham Kumar (defender), Ankush (raider), Surender Gill (raider), Nitesh Kumar (defender), Sumit (defender)

Gujarat Giants Starting 7 Ajay Kumar (raider), Sunil Kumar (defender), Parvesh Bhainswal (defender), Rakesh (raider), Mahendra Rajput (raider), Hadi Oshtorak (all-rounder), Girish Erknak (defender)

Bengaluru Bulls Starting 7 Pawan Sehrawat (raider), Mayur Kadam (defender), Mahender Singh (defender), Bharat (raider), Chandran Ranjit (raider), Saurabh Nandal (defender), Aman (defender)