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More than happy to get a point against Asian Champion Qatar: India coach

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He is “more than happy” with the solitary point that the Indian football team snatched by drawing against Asian champion Qatar but coach Igor Stimac says he has told the players to stay grounded as they can’t afford complacency during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.


The former Croatian international wants the Indian players to stay focussed and garner more points in their upcoming matches. India dished out a gritty performance to Qatar to a goalless draw in a FIFA World Cup Round 2 qualifying match here on Tuesday night.


“As a coach, I don’t have time to waste in thinking too much higher than it was a few days ago when we lost to Oman. Still today as a coach, of course, I am more than happy to get a point against the reigning champions of Asia,” Stimac said at the post-match press conference here.


“We need to improve in certain areas, on the other hand, all congratulations not just to my players but also for Qatar. There was excitement in front of both goals, of course.”

“It was a great experience for us. All credits to my players, I am very proud of my players. But the message to the team is to keep yourself down as it is just a point,” he added.


Despite playing without their talismanic captain and striker Sunil Chhetri, who was laid low by fever, the Indians denied Qatar, who won the Asian Cup title in January, despite the home side managing more than a dozen shots on target.


“Qatar deserved more from this game. They created more chances today but we also had many chances,” Stimac said.


Stimac also took a potshot at those who criticised his team’s fitness levels after India lost 1-2 to Oman in their campaign-opener, with both Oman goals coming in the final eight minutes.


The coach asserted that fitness was never a problem for his side.


“You see, I cannot reply to each comment after a game because not many people are well educated about football. We are a fit team and we proved it today.


“We played against Qatar and we made space for ourselves even in the last minutes. We made sprints even in the 95th minute, showing a lot of concentration. So we showed good fitness,” Stimac said.


India will play Bangladesh in their next World Cup qualifying match in Kolkata on October 15 and the coach expects a full house at the mecca of Indian football.


“Our country has a population of over 1.3 billion people compared to that this was a very small crowd.


“I want to see 80,000 people in Kolkata against Bangladesh. We deserve that and they need to come and support us,” Stimac signed off.



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From Patna Pirates to Bengaluru Bulls, playoff chances of teams on Day 57

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The seventh season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) has entered in the 10th phase with Jaipur leg getting underway on Day 55. The race for PKL playoffs has intensified with less than a month remaining for the final showdown. The PKL 2019 playoffs will kick-start from October 14. The first team to get eliminated from the playoffs race was Tamil Thalaivas after U Mumba defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants on Day 56 of Pro Kabaddi. Meanwhile, Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors became the first two teams to register their place in the playoffs.

Check Pro Kabaddi points table and schedule here


How many teams can qualify for playoffs?


The top two teams in Pro kabaddi 2019 points table will directly qualify for semi-finals while the remaining four will play Eliminator 1 and Eliminator 2. The winners of the Eliminators will play the PKL 2019 semifinals. The winner of semifinal matches will play the PKL 2019 finals on October 19, 2019.


Here are the playoffs chances of teams featuring on Day 57?


Dabang Delhi playoff chances


Thanks to Bengal Warriors’ win on Sunday (Day 55), Dabang Delhi along with Bengal are assured of a playoff spot as they will not fall out of the top six under any circumstances now. However, Delhi will look to consolidate their position in the league standings. They have played 16 matches so far and earned 69 points, winning 13 matches while losing only two. They still have to play six matches.


Bengaluru Bulls playoffs chances


Bengaluru Bulls after Sunday’s results find themselves in the 6th place, but with a win against Dabang Delhi on Monday could take them to the third spot but if Haryana manage to win against Patna today, then they will retain the third spot and Bulls will move to the fourth spot despite a win.


Bengaluru have 50 points in 17 matches played so far with nine wins and eight defeats.


Haryana Steelers playoffs chances


If Haryana Steelers lose this match by a difference of more than 7 points and Bengaluru Bulls win their match against Dabang Delhi, Haryana will slip to 4th place. Haryana have 54 points in 16 matches so far with 10 wins and five defeats.


Patna Pirates playoffs chances


Of all the matches to be played on Day 57 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, Patna Pirates have a stiff chance to register a place in the playoffs. Patna Pirates have won only six matches of 17 and are placed at the 10th position on PKL points table with 38 points. If they manage to win their today’s fixture against Haryana Steelers, they will move to eighth position and still have to win the remaining four matches to keep playoffs hope alive.



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Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live score: Patna take on Haryana in today’s first match

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In today’s Pro Kabaddi 2019 match, the first game will be played between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers. Dabang Delhi will lock horns with Bengaluru Bulls at Sawai Mansingh stadium, Jaipur, in the second match. The Patna vs Haryana kabaddi match will begin at 7:30 pm IST.




Check Pro Kabaddi points table and schedule here

Pro Kabaddi 2019, Day 57, Match 2: Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live streaming details

Head to head, Dabang Delhi have a slight advantage as they won seven of 12 matches while Bengaluru Bulls won five. The Delhi vs Bengaluru kabaddi match will begin at 8:30 pm IST after the first match ends. Kabaddi fans can catch Pro Kabaddi 2019 live action on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD with English commentary, and on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also live stream kabaddi matches on Hotstar.


Stay tuned for Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers and Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live match score here



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Pro Kabaddi 2019 top raiders Pawan and Naveen to feature in today’s match

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In Match 105 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, Dabang Delhi will lock horns with Bengaluru Bulls at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, on Monday. Two of the top three raiders Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat will go face-to-face when table toppers Dabang Delhi meet defending champions Bengaluru Bulls. With 217 raid points, Pawan currently leads PKL 2019 raiders leaderboard while Naveen is in hot pursuit just 20 raid points behind and having played one match lesser.


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Most Raid Pts. – PKL 2019

Highest Raid Pt. Avg. – PKL 2019

Team

Raid Points

Raider

Avg. Raid Points

Pawan Sehrawat

217

Pawan Sehrawat

12.8

Pardeep Narwal

207

Naveen Kumar

12.3

Naveen Kumar

197

Pardeep Narwal

12.2



Led by their two star raiders, the two teams have been among the best raiding teams in the league this season. Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls both have a raid point average of 20.6 per match, which is the joint-2nd highest after Bengal Warriors. They also have the best raid strike rate among all teams – Delhi’s raid strike rate of 50 is joint-best along with that of Bengal while Bengaluru are just a notch below at 49.









Top Raiding Teams – PKL 2019

Team

Avg. Raid Points

Raid SR

Bengal Warriors

20.8

50

Dabang Delhi

20.6

49

Bengaluru Bulls

20.6

50



The two raiders are also among the best when it comes to picking up multi-point raids in Pro Kabaddi 2019. Pawan has been a master at picking up the bonus and touch point raids with 33 such raids so far this season, the highest among all raiders. Considering just touch points, Pawan has picked up 25 multi-point raids there too which is second best behind only Pardeep Narwal. Naveen Kumar’s 19 multi-point raids with just touch points is 3rd best again.














Most Multi-Point Raids (with Bonus) – PKL 2019

Most Multi-Point Raids (only Touch Pts.) – PKL 2019

Raider

Multi-Pt. Raids

Raider

Multi-Pt. Raids

Pawan Sehrawat

33

Pardeep Narwal

28

Pardeep Narwal

31

Pawan Sehrawat

25

Naveen Kumar

23

Naveen Kumar

19



Pawan will look to break the Cover trap

Puneri Paltan did the double over Bengaluru Bulls this season. Much of their success was down to how well they tackled Pawan Sehrawat using their covers to trap him in the middle of the mat. In total, Pune tackled Pawan 11 times combined in the two matches. Even looking at by position, most of his failed raids have come against the right corner and right cover positions. He had more trouble against the right side of defences which is where he is likely to battle Ravinder Pahal and Vishal Mane. He has been tackled 21 times in the middle of the mat just ahead of the baulk line as well as in the area to the left of it which is where the successful dashes have come from.









Pawan Sehrawat Most Failed Raids by Position – PKL 2019

Position

Unsuccessful Raids

Right Corner

22

Right Cover

15

Left Corner

14






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