In one of the Eliminator match of Pro-Kabaddi League Season 6, UP Yoddha managed to defeat U Mumba at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi. A mammoth eight-tackle point performance from the league’s leading tackle point-scorer Nitesh Kumar and a High 5 from veteran cover defender Jeeva Kuma, helped UP Yoddha to register a win by a scoreline of 34-29.
With this, UP Yoddha also set a franchise record with 18 tackle points, their highest tally in a single match.
The opening exchanges of the match belonged to the raiders as U Mumba’s Siddharth Desai and Rohit Baliyan got 2 points each while UP Yoddha’s Prashanth Kumar Rai scored 3 to keep level pegging in the contest. But UP Yoddha upped the ante as Nitesh Kumar tackled Desai to send him to the bench followed by Shrikant Jadhav’s first raid point of the match, leaving U Mumba with just one player on the mat.
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Post the all-out, Nitesh Desai quickly added 2 more points to his tally but the defence side of UP Yoddha was playing with the highest confidence and soon after sent the raider to the bench. The rest of U Mumba’s raiding department also struggled against the mighty defence of UP Yoddha, as Narender and Nitesh tackled Kadian and Baliyan, respectively, to give their team a 16-11 lead in the match. But 3 tackle points from U Mumba’s defence and a touch point from Kadian helped them finish the half with some momentum on their side with a scoreline of 18-15.
UP Yoddha continued to starve U Mumba offence, as Nitesh and Narender added a tackle point each and captain Rishank Devadiga scored a raid point each in his first 2 raids of the second half. Then three points in 2 raids from Shrikant Jadhav followed by Nitesh Kumar’s sixth tackle point of the night gave UP Yoddha a good enough lead.
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Abolfazl Maghsoudlou finally managed to send Nitesh Kumar to the bench but it was a short stay as Jeeva Kumar Dashed Baliyan out of bounds to revive the right corner and put his team up by 7 points.
Fazel Atrachali’s tackle on Devadiga started a run of 4 straight points for U Mumba and reduced UP Yoddha down to just 3 players. But with the Super Tackle on, Jeeva Kumar got a block on Desai to put his team back up by 5 points and complete his High 5, his first of the campaign. Nitesh Kumar continued a stunning night with a tackle on Desai and shortly after UP Yoddha found themselves up by 7 points just over a minute left in the match
Substitute Abhishek Singh picked up a two-point raid and then got a tackle point on Jadhav to give U Mumba a slight hope. But Prashanth Kumar Rai’s touch point followed by Nitesh Kumar’s eighth tackle point of the game effectively shattered any hope of a U Mumba revival. Desai scored the last point of the match with a touch on Nitesh Kumar, but it was UP Yoddha who moved on to Eliminator 3 with a glorious performance dominated by strong defence.
Best Raider – Shrikant Jadhav (5 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Nitesh Kumar (8 Tackle Points)
Best Raider – Siddharth Desai (7 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Fazel Atrachali (4 Tackle Points)
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