Bengaluru Bulls qualified for the semi-finals of the Pro Kabaddi League this weekend, after winning their last two home games against Dabang Delhi and Telugu Titans. The loss for Delhi means that the franchise will no longer be able to qualify for the semis this season. On the other hand, Jaipur Pink Panthers and Patna Panthers go into the last leg with one semi-final spot still up for grabs. Both teams are presently separated by 5 points.
Bengaluru Bulls lose 2, win 2; U Mumba set to finish top
The Bengaluru leg began with the home team losing 29-36 to U Mumba. The next day, they were at the end of another loss, when Jaipur Pink Panthers beat them by a scoreline of 27-25. The home team, however, recovered to beat Dabang Delhi 40-21 on the third day, and finally ended the leg with a comprehensive 43-29 rout of Telugu Titans.
In other games, U Mumba beat Patna Pirates 32-27 to ensure that they finish the league phase at the top of the table. Patna Pirates had earlier beaten Bengal Warriors to stay in contention for a spot in the semis. Meanwhile, in a bottom of the table clash, Bengal Warriors trumped Puneri Paltan by a score of 31-28 on Thursday.
The results mean that U Mumba will top the standings at the end of the league phase, having picked up 55 points from 12 games. Telugu Titans are 2nd with 45 points from 13 games, while Bengaluru Bulls are a further 2 points behind. Jaipur and Patna are on 36 and 31 points, respectively, while the other three teams are out of reckoning for the semis, irrespective of how well they fare in the final leg.
The best performers
Manjit Chillar, Ajay Thakur and Dharmaraj Cheralathan were the best performers for Bengaluru Warriors in the team's home leg,while Surender Nada and Mohit Chillar shone for U Mumba in their two wins. Gurvinder Singh, meanwhile, played a prominent role in Patna Pirates' two games.
Next stop: Pune
The tournament now moves on to its final leg in Pune, where the fourth semi-final spot will be decided. Jaipur Pink Panthers and Patna Pirates play Bengal Warriors and Puneri Paltan, respectively, before facing each other on the final day of the league phase. Patna Pirates will need to win both their games to stay in contention for a place in the semis.