U.P. Yoddhas beat Puneri Paltan 45-41 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday to ensure that their opponents would not finish top of the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 table going into the playoffs. A complete team performance saw three U.P. Yoddhas players score five or more points.
Puneri Paltan and U.P. Yoddhas were eager to keep the momentum going before heading to Mumbai for the playoffs and put on a show for the crowd. The regular starters had been benched for this encounter but in their absence, the substitutes grabbed their chance to shine.
Aditya Shinde and Saurabh's raiding helped Puneri Paltan inflict the first All-Out of the game to move into a 19-10 lead. Right before halftime though, U.P. Yoddhas swung it back in their favour courtesy of an Anil Kumar Super Raid which took out Shinde, D MahindraPrasad and Akash Chaudhary. The teams went into the break with Puneri Paltan leading 22-19.
U.P. Yoddhas got their own back early in the second half, inflicting an All-Out to draw level and from there a war of attrition began. It was testament to U.P. Yoddhas’ depth that despite Pardeep Narwal's off day, they inflicted another All-Out on Puneri Paltan to take the lead. Durgesh Kumar's Super Raid had turned the tables on Puneri Paltan who were suddenly on the ropes.
Puneri Paltan stepped on the gas in the final three minutes, hoping to catch up but a series of Super Tackles kept U.P. Yoddhas' lead intact. Puneri Paltan drew close at the end but U.P. Yoddhas had done enough to earn a win.
Best Raider - Aditya Shinde (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Govind Gurjar (4 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Rohit Tomar (5 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sandeep Narwal (6 Tackle Points)
Where to watch vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 LIVE?
Catch all the LIVE action from vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 on the Star Sports Network and LIVE streaming on Disney+Hotstar.