In the second semifinal of Pro Wrestling League Season 3, Haryana Hammers beat UP Dangal by 5-4 to storm into the finals where they will be clashing with Punjab Royals who had earlier gotten the better of Veer Marathas in the first semi-final encounter. The game turned out to be an absolute thriller as it was difficult to predict the name of the winner till the last moment with the tie tied at 4-4 at one point. In the last bout, Sun Yanan of Hammers clashed with Vinesh Phogat of UP Dangal and registered her second consecutive victory against Phogat to guide her team to a win.
Earlier on Wednesday, Punjab Royals continued their dominance to win the first semifinal against Veer Marathas. Upset queen Pooja Dhandha continued her winning streak and got the better of Marwa Amri to guide her team towards a victory. It is important to note that Haryana Hammers have reached the final for the third time, but are yet to win the trophy. They would like to break the jinx this time around and emerge victorious finally. All in all, it is going to be an exciting affair when the both teams wrestle it out at Siri Fort Sports Complex in the final.
Highlights of the match between UP Dangal vs Haryana Hammers:
09: 07 PM IST | After a thrilling semifinal, we are expecting it to be a splendid final. Do join us! Till then it is goodbye from us!
09: 04 PM IST | Sun Yanan wins the bout by 4-1 to register her second consecutive win against Vinesh Phogat. And with that Haryana Hammers have cruised into the finals! They will be taking on Punjab Royals in the final on January 26.
08: 56 PM IST | Phogat is trailing to Yanan by 0-1 at the end of first round. Not much action happening, but Vinesh more passive conceding the points.
08: 51 PM IST | The decider bout will take place between Haryana’s Sun Yanan and UP’s Vinesh Phogat in 50 kg women category. Phogat was beaten on Tuesday by Chinese, can she turn things around today? She will have to give it her all!
08: 48 PM IST | Bajrang Punia wins the bout by 4-1; scores levelled at 4-4. So the last bout will decide the tie. What a nail biter it is turning out to be!
08: 43 PM IST | Punia conceded one point right at the beginning the of first round. He, however, opened his account by a takedown and thereafter earned two more quick points. Punia ahead by 4-1 as the score stands at the end of the first round.
08: 38 PM IST | Welcome back after the break. In men’s 65 kg category Harphool of Haryana Hammers set to battle it out against Bajrang Punia of UP Dangal in an all Indian match. Punia MUST win this bout to keep UP’s hopes afloat!
08: 35 PM IST | Not a memorable debut for Mandeep as he goes down fighting to Roublejit Singh Rangi of Haryana Hammers 3-5 in 92 kg men’s category.
08: 25 PM IST | Mandeep of UP Dangal fighting it out against Roublejit Singh Rangi of Haryana Hammers.
08: 22 PM IST | Sarita gained 2 points in the second round, but could not gain the last point that would have taken her over the line. UP Dangal level the scores at Geeta wins the bout 3-2.
08: 18 PM IST | Something extraordinary needed from Sarita here if she wants to overpower Geeta who is certainly looking very strong, gains points by virtue of a pushout.
08: 15 PM IST | First round is over! Geeta leading by 1-0 as Sarita is very defensive and concedes points for passivity.
08: 12 PM IST | All right then, peeps! Next up is a bout that promises to be exciting as it features on of the Phogat sisters. UP Dangal’s Geeta warming up to clash with Sarit Mor in 62 kg women category. Can Geeta help UP level the scores, looks likely. But we would not underestimate Sarita either.
08:09 PM IST | UP Dangal’s Jamaladdin Magomedov beats his opponent from Harayna Hammers 7-0. Malik was absolutely clueless not being able to make his moves and score points. Dangal reduce Haryana’s lead at a very crucial juncture. Haryana 3 UP 2.
08:04 PM IST | Sumit Malik of Haryana Hammers and UP Dangal’s Jamaladdin Magomedov are wrestling it out in the second round. The atmosphere of the stadium is absolutely electric! UP’s wrestler was leading by 4-0 at the end of first round.
07: 59 PM IST | In the heavyweight category, Sumit Malik of Haryana Hammers is walking onto the mat to take on UP Dangal’s Jamaladdin Magomedov in men’s 125 category.
07:56 PM IST | Helen Maroulis wins the bout by 5-4 showing her dominance after conceding 4 points in the second round.
07: 50 PM IST | Helen Maroulis seems to be getting the better of her opponent, leads the bout by 3-0. She looks fresh from the rest. Kaladzinskaya has a huge responsibility on her shoulders to be able to level the team score.
07: 45 PM IST | All right people, give a hand to Haryana’s Helen Maroulis as she gears up to take Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP Dangal in 57 kg women. Remember, Maroulis is making a comeback from an injury, would be interesting to see how she performs in today’s bout.
07: 42 PM IST | Haryana’s Khetik Tsabalov makes a very strong comeback in the second round, eventually taking the bout by 9-7. Hammers extend their lead 2-1. A very disappointing bout for Abdurakhmonov indeed!
07: 33 PM IST | The first round has come to the conclusion. Bekzod Abdurakhmonov is leading 2-0. Not a very aggressive bout though, as both grapplers are taking it slow!
07: 30 PM IST | The third match of the night is currently underway between Haryana’s Khetik Tsabalov and UP’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov in men’s 74 kg category. The lead here would be great in boosting the morale of both teams as they would be able to play without much pressure.
07: 26 PM IST | Nemeth could not do much in the second round as Pooja desperately tried to gain some points. However, the Indian could manage only one point that too by virtue of her opponent’s passivity. Hungarian wins the bout eventually by 3-1.
07: 19 PM IST | End of the first round! Hungarian Zsanett Nemeth leading the bout by 3-0 banking upon her experience to the fullest. Sihag will have to bring something new to the fore to be able to make a comeback here!
07: 15 PM IST | 20-year-old Pooja Sihag of Haryana Hammers will be taking on Zsanett Nemeth in the second bout of the night in 76 kg women category. Can the youngster help Haryana in extending the lead, or will Dangal level the scores?
07: 12 PM IST | Haryana Hammers’ Vladimir wins the first bout of the night comprehensively against Nitin Rathi of UP Dangal.
07:02 IST | The first bout of the night is going to take place in 57 kg men category.
06: 29 PM IST | Check out the biggest and most exciting bouts of the night!
06: 21 PM IST | Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the game between UP Dangal and Haryana Hammers. This is the second semifinal of the tournament and the winner will clash with Punjab Royals in the final game.