In a Zone B match played on Sunday, UP Yoddha displayed solid team effort to beat defending champions Patna Pirates 47-31 in a Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula.
UP Yoddha raiders led by Prashant Kumar Rai (scored 11 points), were in impressive form and tormented Patna Pirates’ defence throughout the match. Shrikant Jadhav and Azad Singh, with 8 points each, made a vital contribution to UP Yoddha’s victory.
It was a quite disappointing night for Pardeep Narwal who was able to score just two points. Manjeet scored a maximum 10 points for Patna Pirates.
Patna Pirates started on a good note as Manjeet picked up 3 raid points to lead 4-0. In the fourth minute, UP Yoddha came back to level the match. The match was evenly balanced for the first 10 minutes as the score of both teams tied at 9-9. The greatest surprise was that Pardeep was not able to get a single point in the first 15 minutes.
With Prashanth Kumar Rai’s successful UP Yoddha inflicted an all-out on Patna Pirates to lead 15-10.
In the 17th minute, Pardeep Narwal finally got his first raid point as Patna Pirates trailed 15-18. At the end of halftime UP Yoddha were leading 22-17.
UP Yoddha were in attacking form in the second half of the game led by Prashanth Kumar Rai. The team inflicted another all-out in the 22nd minute to lead 26-19.
Then in the 27th minute, Shrikant Jadhav produced a raid to give UP Yoddha 38-21 lead.
With Pradeep Narwal misfiring, there was an onus on Manjeet to get raid points for Patna Pirates but that was not enough to stop them from defeat.
Patna’s defensive duo of Jawahar Dagar and Jaideep were not able to successfully handle UP Yoddha raiders. UP Yoddha were leading 43-25 after 34 minutes and were all set to a comfortable win. Finally, they defeated Patna Pirates by massive 16 points lead as final score reflected 47-31.
Patna Pirates are still in competition for a place in the playoffs but they need massive improvement. With this win UP Yoddha still have the chance to qualify for the playoffs.
In a Zone B match on Sunday, Gujarat Fortune Giants defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-29 at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Panchkula. Sachin scored maximum 7 raid points for Gujarat Fortune Giants while Prapanjan contributed with 5 points. Ruturaj Koravi and Parvesh Bhainswal’s solid defensive performance helped Gujarat Fortune Giants defeat Jaipur Pink Panthers.
With this win, there is a huge competition for top spot in Zone A between U Mumba and Gujarat Fortune Giants. Jaipur Pink Panthers are already out of the contest for the playoffs.
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