After 2 weeks of exciting bouts, riveting encounters and memorable performances the group stages of the 4th season of the Pro Wrestling League draws to a close with the final fixture to be played between Punjab Royals and UP Dangal at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium in Greater Noida. Punjab Royals sit pretty on 2nd position while the UP Dangal sits bottom but has a chance to climb up the table if they manage to win this match.
UP Dangal has had a tough season winning 2 and losing 2 so far but a comprehensive victory in this match will lift them above Delhi, Mumbai and MP into 3rd place and into the semis. They will be hoping that their stars turn up under pressure to make sure of the team’s progress to the next round. Navjot Kaur has had a torrid time in this campaign but UP will be hoping that her experience pays off at the business end of the tournament.
Punjab Royals has already qualified for the semi-finals of the competition with an impressive record of 3 wins from 4 games and will be playing this game with an eye on the semi-finals which begins tomorrow. After a great win against table-toppers Haryana Hammers on Saturday and has a chance to go top of the pile with a victory today. Bajrang Punia has led his side with aplomb and will be looking to complete a troika of titles for Punjab Royals
The bouts to watch out for on the final night of group stages includes Bajrang Punia vs Pankaj Rana, Mimi Hristova vs Sarita and Amit Dhankar vs Jitender.
|Category||UP Dangal||Punjab Royals|
|53 Kg Women’s||Vanesa Kaladzinskaya||Anju|
|57 Kg Men’s||Naveen||Nitin Rathi|
|57 Kg Women’s||Sarita||Mimi Hristova|
|62 Kg Women’s||Navjot Kaur||Anita|
|65 Kg Men’s||Pankaj Rana||Bajrang Punia|
|74 Kg Men’s||Jitendra||Amit Dhankar|
|76 Kg Women’s||Epp Mae||Cynthia Vescan|
|86 Kg Men’s||Irakli Misituri||Dato Marsagishvili|
|125 Kg Men’s||Giorgi Sakandelidze||Korey Jarvis|
Here are the highlights from the UP Dangal and Punjab Royals match:
Anita wins the Player of the match
Anita wins the Player of the match award for her amazing performance against the experienced Navjot Kaur in the Women's 62 kg category.
Jitender wins a cliff-hanger bout for UP Dangal
1 point for Amit right at the start but Jitender hits back with some solid moves to lead by score of 6-3 with 2 minutes remaining. Amit stages a stunning comeback to lead 7-6. Amit scores further 2 points but Jitender is trying his level best and wins 2 points to reduce the lead to 1 point. Jitender takes down Amit to win the bout for UP Dangal by a score of 10-9.
Jitender leads in the final bout
Cautious approach at the start from both grapplers as Jitender takes a point's lead due to Amit's passivity. Jitender takes down Amit to win 2 points right at the death to take the round 3-0.
Men's 74 Kg category to be the last bout of the night
Jitendra will face Amit Dhankar in the Men's 74 Kg category in what is expected to be a blockbuster clash in the final bout of the night as Punjab has sealed victory on the night with a 4-2 lead.
Anita wins the match for Punjab
Anita equalises as she attacks Navjot. Both wrestlers are looking to strike the killer blow in this low scoring encounter. Anita wins the bout courtesy of winning the latest point as the scores were level 1-1 after full time. Punjab Royals has sealed the victory for Punjab Royals
Navjot ahead slightly
A slow round with Navjot gains a point which is the only point of the round as she leads the round 1-0 going into 2nd round
Women's 62 Kg category up next
Navjot Kaur will lock horns with Anita in the Women's 62 kg category in the 6th and penultimate bout of the night as Punjab lead 3-2
#PWL4 @punjabroyals17 vs @updangal: Continuing his winning streak, #Dato of @punjabroyals17 completely knocked out #IrakliMisituri of @updangal 5-0 @SPN_Action @Inkhabar @wrestling @NewsX #MatLePanga pic.twitter.com/Q9btg5BrJz— Pro Wrestling League (@Official_PWL) January 28, 2019
Dato takes Punjab into the lead
Irakli looking to attack but Dato is dodging expertly and trying to attack himself. Dato increases his lead courtesy of a 3-point push out and looks comfortable against his countrymate. Dato wins the round and bout by a collective score of 5-0 to give the lead to Punjab Royals 3-2 on bouts won.
Dato ahead after 1st round
Dato opens the scoring for Punjab with a 2 point move. Both wrestlers are looking for an opening to exploit but are unable to score any more points. Dato leads 2-0 with the 2nd round to go.
Men's 86 Kg category is up next
Irakli Misituri will represent UP Dangal in the men's 86 Kg category against Punjab's Dato Marsagishvili in the important 5th bout on this final group stage night as scores are delicately levelled at 2-2.
Mimi wins the round
Mimi hits back to equalise at the start of the 2nd round. Sarita looking to win the round but is unable to break Mimi. Mimi takes the match with a score of 4-2 to level the match at 2-2.
Sarita leads Mimi in the 4th bout
An attacking start from both but nothing to show for it in the 1st minute of the round. Sarita records the first point in the round in the final minute and tops it off with another point to finish the round with a 2-0 lead
Women's 57 Kg category up next
Sarita will have to face the exciting Mimi Hristova in the Women's 57 Kg category in the 4th bout on the night. UP Dangal lead 2-1 after 3 bouts with 4 bouts remaining.
#PWL4 @punjabroyals17 vs @updangal: An easy 7-0 win for @BajrangPunia of @punjabroyals17 against #PankajRana of @updangal but still #UP are ahead in today’s game 2-1 @SPN_Action @Inkhabar @wrestling @NewsX #MatLePanga pic.twitter.com/kvqDNyBBwM— Pro Wrestling League (@Official_PWL) January 28, 2019
Bajrang brings Royals back into the match
Bajrang looking to attack Pankaj early on but is unable to break Pankaj's defence. Bajrang scores 4 points to finish off the round in style and win the bout 7-0 to bring Punjab Royals back into the match
Bajrang comfortably leads Pankaj
A probing start as both wrestlers are gauging each other's moves and Bajrang initiates to take a point's lead followed by another 2 points to extend his lead to 3 points. Bajrang wins the round by a score of 3-0 ahead of the 2nd round of the bout.
Men's 65 Kg category is up next
The most anticipated bout of the night pits Pankaj Rana against Padma Shri Bajrang Punia in the highly competitive men's 65 Kg category in the 3rd bout of the night as UP has a solid 2-0 lead with 5 bouts remaining.
#PWL4 @punjabroyals17 vs @updangal: A good show of performance by #Anju but #Vanesa’s strategy worked well against her and made her win the bout 12-6. Here are all the stats! @SPN_Action @Inkhabar @wrestling @NewsX #MatLePanga pic.twitter.com/pPv6YjnJ5U— Pro Wrestling League (@Official_PWL) January 28, 2019
Vanesa extends UP's lead
Vanesa takes down and turns Anju at the beginning of the 2nd round to win 4 points. A 2-point move for Anju while Vanesa takes a point with 30 seconds remaining. Vanesa wins the bout by a score of 12-6 extending UP's lead to 2-0 with 5 bouts remaining.
Vanesa leads Anju after 1st round
Anju starts the round positively and wins 4 points but Vanesa performs some lovely moves to gain 3 points. Vanesa takes the lead courtesy of a 2 point move as the round draws to a close. Vanesa leads by a score of 5-4.
Women's 53 Kg category up next
Vanesa will face Anju in the lightest weight category of women's 53 Kg in the 2nd bout of the night as UP Dangal lead 1-0 with 6 bouts remaining.
Giorgi snatches the win from Korey Jarvis
Giorgi up against the passivity clock as he attempts to score but Korey equalises. Korey then pushes out Giorgi to take a 1 point lead. 2 points right at the whistle for Giorgi which is challenged by Jarvis and the officials decide in Giorgi's favour to take the bout by a score of 4-2.
Giorgi ahead by a slight margin
The first round begins as Giorgi tries to attack quickly but can't convert it into points as the round winds up with a 1 point lead for Giorgi after a dull round.
Men's 125 Kg category is up first on the night
Giorgi Sakandelidze will compete with Korey Jarvis in the heaviest weight category of Men's 125 Kg category in the 1st bout of the night in the final league game.
Punjab Royals wins the toss and blocks 76 Kg women's category
Punjab Royals wins the coin toss and block women's 76 Kg category while UP Dangal decides to leave out men's 57 kg category in the final group stage match on Day 15 of the tournament.