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What happens in tied games in Pro Kabaddi League playoffs - Tie-breaker Explained

One of the rare occurrences, Pro Kabaddi League has seen matches getting tied in playoffs only twice. What happens in such an instance?

What happens in tied games in Pro Kabaddi League playoffs - Tie-breaker Explained

Pritish Raj

Updated: 14 Dec 2022 8:14 AM GMT

Mumbai: In a rare instance, the Tamil Thalaivas and U.P. Yoddhas tied the second eliminator 33-33 in the ongoing Pro Kabaddi League season 9 playoffs at NSCI Dome, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

During the league stage, if a match is tied both teams share three points each but point sharing is not an option in the knockouts.

In season 7 when U.P. Yoddhas and Bengaluru Bulls tied the eliminator, a 3-minute mini-match was played like super over but now Pro Kabaddi League has come up with a new set of tie-breakers which resemble five penalties.

New PKL Tie-Breaker rules:

  • 5 different raiders will raid in a defined order one time each and time doesn't matter for any of the raids.
  • Both teams will field 7 players each.
  • The team that raids first in the match raids first in the tie-breaker.
  • The white Baulk line becomes the Baulk + Bonus line for the tie-breaker.
  • There will be no ALL-OUT or Revivals. Only the points scored will be counted.
  • No raider can repeat, they will raid in a definite order.

Thriller in PKL Playoffs

Tamil Thalaivas created history by winning the tie-breaker by 6-4 and qualified for the Pro Kabaddi League 2022 playoffs for the first time ever.

A close first half kicked off with the Thalaivas becoming the first team that won the toss and chose to raid this season.

It seemed the decision came with a gameplan as they raced into a 4-0 lead, Narender's raids brilliantly complemented by a tight defence. The raider continued to be a menace through the half constantly registering touchpoints to keep the Yoddhas depleted.

For the Yoddhas, the duo of Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill suffered, registering a mere five points between them through the half. The Thalaivas went into the break leading 16-14.

The Thalaivas kicked off the second half inflicting a first ALL-OUT on the Yoddhas to surge into a 19-15 lead.

With three minutes to go, Pardeep Narwal came alive, taking out M Himanshu and Abishek to leave the Thalaivas on the brink of an all-out. Pardeep Narwal came up with a super raid at the last minute to give U.P. Yoddhas the lead.

With the game being a rollercoaster, Tamil Thalaivas won a point in the last 15 seconds to force the tie-breaker.

The Thalaivas edged a tense back-and-forth tiebreaker 6-4 to take the game and set up a Semi-Final clash against Puneri Paltan on Thursday.

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