PKL 2018 Eliminator 3: Dominant display of raiders help UP Yoddha to beat Dabang Delhi 45-33

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UP Yoddha’s raiders scored 26 raid points while allowing only 4 tackle points to help their team defeat Dabang Delhi 45-33 in Eliminator 3 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi on Monday. Prashanth Kumar Rai alone scored 13 raid points for UP Yoddha.

First Half

An early Super Raid by Prashanth Kumar Rai helped UP Yoddha take control of the game at 6-1 in less than 3 minutes into the match. Rishank Devadiga then gave the team one of the fastest All-Outs of the season immediately in the next raid and a 9-point advantage in the process.

Naveen Kumar gave Dabang Delhi their first touch point in the 6th minute but UP Yoddha immediately struck back, through Shrikant Jadhav this time, as all 3 of their raiders got raid points on the board.

UP Yoddha then sent Chandran Ranjit, Naveen Kumar and Meraj Sheykh to the bench in quick succession and extended their lead to 11 points through Jadhav as the scores reflected 19-8 in their favour. Pawan Kadian came off the bench and managed to keep Dabang Delhi from another All-Out but a two-point raid from Jadhav and another successful raid from Devadiga immediately after helped them finally inflict the All-Out in the 16th minute with the scores at 25-10.

Rai then added two more raid points to his kitty and both, Devadiga and Ranjit, got sent to the bench as the scores favoured UP Yoddha 27-13 at halftime.

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Second Half

The second half saw Rai rise to the occasion once again as he returned three successful raids on the trot. However, Kadian managed to match him point for point while sending the UP Yoddha defenders the bench in the process. His two-point raid in the 6th minute brought Dabang Delhi back in the game as they inflicted an All-Out and made it a 10 point game.

But once UP Yoddha took the mat, Rai’s excellent 5-point Super Raid which included a bonus and 4 touch points brought Dabang Delhi on the brink of another All-Out. The All-Out, UP Yoddha’s third of the night, came in the next minute itself as their lead increased to 18 points with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Naveen Kumar got a two-point raid in the 15th minute but a tackle on Ranjit followed by Devadiga’s successful raid helped UP Yoddha hold onto their big advantage. Kadian then pushed his tally to 5 raid points with two more successful raids towards the end and Naveen Kumar reached his Super 10 in Dabang Delhi’s final raid of the match. However, the lead UP Yoddha had built proved too big and Dabang Delhi finally succumbed to a 12-point loss.

This was U.P. Yoddha’s eighth consecutive win in Season 6 of Vivo PKL and they will now face Gujarat Fortune Giants in a battle for a place in the final on Thursday.

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