Gujarat Fortungiants beat U Mumba 39-28
10-03 PM: Gujarat begin to take the lead now. Some valuable points through successful raids. U Mumba 19-25 Gujarat
Half-time – Nothing to separate the teams as the Mumbai boys trail 13-14
9-26 PM: U Mumba make a bright start to the proceedings. U Mumba 4-3 Gujarat
Next up is U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegiants
Patna Pirates beat Telugu Titans 46-30
8-53 PM: Last five minutes to go. Flawless performance by the Patna Pirates. Patna Pirates 36-26 Telugu Titans
8-34 PM: Pirates have accumulated some vital points. Titans’ defence has been inconsistent as they’ve been throwing away points. Patna Pirates 25-18 Telugu Titans
8-10 PM: Patna on top in the first five minutes. Some good raid points by the Pirates as the Titans look slightly off-colour. Patna Pirates 11-6 Telugu Titans
Patna Pirates vs Telugu Titans up next!
New Delhi: Hello and welcome to India.com’s LIVE coverage of Pro Kabaddi League 2017. Tonight, Patna Pirates will take on Telugu Titans in match 78 while U Mumba are up against Gujarat Fortunegiants in match number 79 at the Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Ranchi.
Patna Pirates vs Telugu Titans, Match 78 (Zone B)
Double defending champions Patna Pirates enter their first match in front of their home fans as clear favourites. Currently sitting third in Zone B with 36 points from 11 matches, the astounding form that captain Pardeep Narwal is enjoying presently is their biggest weapon. However, the defence has been an area of worry for the champions and they need to fix that to cement their winning ways. Get LIVE STREAMING here
Telugu Titans, meanwhile, have to win all the matches for the remainder of the league stage. Having lost both their previous encounters against Patna this season, the fourth-placed team in Zone B has a huge mountain to climb tonight. Rahul Chaudhari and Nilesh Salunke have performed reasonably well but it’s the defence that has let the team down all season. On current form, the Titans’ prospects look really bleak but one can never underestimate a team under pressure.
U Mumba vs Gujarat Fortunegiants, Match 79 (Zone A)
U Mumba enter Friday’s match on the back of four consecutive wins, with the team coming together wonderfully under Captain Cool Anup Kumar. Currently placed third in Zone A with 39 points from 13 matches, the Mumbai outfit has been unstoppable recently, especially in attack. Kashiling Adake and Shrikant Jadhav are in glistening form having picked up Super a 10 in their last match, while young Surinder Singh has been a revelation at the back. However, they will do well to remember what happened the last time these two teams met.
Gujarat Fortunegiants had been Zone A leaders until Thursday when they were toppled by Harayana Steelers. The debutants’ form has seen a slight dip in their previous two matches. The otherwise solid defence, headed by the Iranian pair of Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mighani, has failed to imitate their initial dominance recently, while the raiding department has also failed to fire. The Fortunegiants need to do well in all departments to get another win against the Maharashtra side this season.