An incredible six Super Tackles from U.P. Yoddha’s defence helped their side beat the Bengaluru Bulls 42-27. Shrikant Jadhav had a great outing and finished the game with 15 points. Bulls’ Bharat made a significant impact off the bench, scoring 11 points. U.P. Yoddha finished the game with 22 tackle points, a new vivo Pro Kabaddi record.
The game was evenly poised for the first nine minutes, with both teams matching each other point-for-point to keep the scores level. The Bulls then seized the advantage courtesy of four unanswered points. Surender Gill and Shrikant Jadhav picked up points on offence to keep the deficit at four and then combined to Super Tackle Pawan Sehrawat to cut the Bulls’ lead to a couple of points.
The Bulls defence quickly revived Sehrawat, but his stay on the mat was short, as Gill and Gurdeep combined to Super Tackle him again. Gill then levelled the score with a bonus before helping the defence Super Tackle Chandran Ranjit.
U.P.’s defence continued their stellar work, as Sumit and Nitesh Kumar combined to tackle Bharat to push their team’s lead up to three. Substitute Mohammad Taghi extended U.P.’s advantage with a two-point raid and the defence then pinned down Deepak Narwal in the final raid of the half go into the halftime break leading 19-14.
A surrender raid from the lone Bengaluru player on the mat helped U.P. Yoddha inflict the game’s first All Out and take an eight-point lead. Shrikant Jadhav and Ashu added three more points to U.P.’s total, extending their advantage to 11 points. The Bulls then found their footing and matched U.P. Yoddha point-for-point over the next seven minutes to keep their hopes of a comeback alive.
A Super Raid from Bharat gave those hopes a massive boost as the Bulls’ deficit to six and left U.P. Yoddha with just three men on the mat. But just when Bengaluru found some momentum and were on the comeback trail, U.P. Yoddha’s defence stopped them short in their tracks with two Super Tackles in quick succession to push their lead back up to 11.
Bharat completed his Super 10 after escaping a tackle attempt from Sumit, but in his subsequent raid, he became the victim of U.P.’s sixth Super Tackle of the night, which ended the Bulls’ hopes of winning the contest. Despite their healthy lead, U.P. Yoddha did not relent and outscored the Bulls 5-2 in the final three minutes of the contest to win the game by 15 points.
Best Raider – Shrikant Jadhav (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender – Gurdeep (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider – Bharat (11 Raid Points)
Best Defender – More G (2 Tackle Points)