U.P. Yoddhas put themselves in a great position to qualify for the playoffs of vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 after defeating Bengal Warriors 33-32 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
The Yoddhas held a comfortable lead for the most part, but the Warriors fought brilliantly in the last few minutes of the match and almost snatched victory in the end. However, Pardeep Narwal ensured that his team emerged victorious on the night.
Pardeep Narwal picked up a few touch points as U.P. Yoddhas took the lead at 5-3 in the 5th minute. However, the Warriors pulled off a Super Tackle and levelled the score at 5-5. Moments later, Ashish Sangwan tackled Rohit Tomar as the Warriors held the lead at 7-6 in the 9th minute. However, Vinod Kumar missed a raid as the Yoddhas levelled the score at 8-8.
The Yoddhas kept raging on and inflicted an All-Out in the 15th minute to inch ahead at 13-10. Pardeep Narwal continued to pick up touch points as the Yoddhas kept forging ahead. The star raider pulled off a multi-point raid and helped his team attain a stronghold in the match at 19-11 on the stroke of half-time.
The Yoddhas inflicted an All-Out in the opening minute of the second half and took a huge lead at 22-11. The Yoddhas tackled Maninder Singh in the 23rd minute as they continued to dominate proceedings at 24-13. The Warriors' Shrikant Jadhav caught Sumit and Sandeep Narwal, but the Yoddhas still held a comfortable lead at 26-16 in the 27th minute. Maninder Singh found it difficult to breach the Yoddhas' defence and the Warriors were down to just three players on the mat. However, the Warriors got in a tackle and managed to stay afloat.
Maninder Singh pulled off a magnificent raid in the 35th minute, but the Warriors were too far behind at 22-32. However, the Warriors didn't lose hope as Maninder pulled off a Super Raid and helped his team carry out an All-Out in the 39th minute to trail by just three points at 29-32.
Pardeep Narwal though made sure that he scored a bonus point before being caught and ensured that his team stayed ahead at 33-31 in the dying seconds of the match. Maninder effected another raid as the Warriors were behind by just one point at 32-33 before the final raid. But, Rohit Tomar treaded carefully on the final raid and made sure that the Yoddhas walked off the mat as the winners.
Best Raider - Pardeep Narwal (14 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Gurdeep (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Maninder Singh (10 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Ashish Sangwan (3 Tackle Points)
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