Watch the ancient and exciting sport of kabaddi live online as the 2015 Pro Kabaddi League playoff race enters its final stages, with the PKL defending champion Jaipur Pink Panthers facing the struggling Bengal Warriors as Jaipur look to hold on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the 2-year-old league.
The second season of the Pro Kabaddi League has proven a sensation in India, where kabaddi has quickly become the sport not named cricket that arouses the greatest passion in the country’s sports fans.
TV viewership for the 2015 PKL was up an impressive 56 percent after 37 matches on the Pro Kabaddi League 60-match schedule. PKL matches are broadcast on eight different channels on Indian television, with announcers calling the hard-tackling action in five languages — Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, and Kannada, in addition, of course, to English.
To find out how to watch the Pro Kabaddi League Match 51, Jaipur Pink Panthers vs. Bengal Warriors, live online, try the streaming links at the bottom of this article. The PKL Match 51 is scheduled to get underway at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 16 at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India.
For United States viewers, that start time is 10:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7:30 a.m. Pacific.
These same two teams first met on July 22 in Match Eight of the 2015 Pro Kabaddi League. In that contest, Bengal managed to squeak out a two-point victory in a low-scoring 28-26 match.
But that win would turn out to be one of only three that Bengal managed in this second edition of the PKL, a seven-week tournament modeled on the structure of India’s wildly popular Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament.
Jaipur, on the other hand, has largely reversed their early-season run of bad results, to put together a 6-5-1 record with two games remaining on their league round-robin schedule, putting themselves in a position to get into the playoffs and win a second consecutive Pro Kabaddi League championship.
But with Panta Pirates just one win and five points behind the Pink Panthers in fifth place, the second-to-last game of the round-robin tournament before the PKL playoffs pits those two teams against each other and could be, in effect, a playoff to see which team qualifies for the playoffs.
But first, Jaipur must get past Bengal, securing a season-series split with their lower-ranked opponents on Sunday.
To get a taste of the sport now grabbing the imagination of India sports fanatics, watch the Jaipur Pink Panthers vs. Bengal Warriors Pro Kabaddi League 2015 Match 51 live online by clicking this link or this link.
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