U.P. Yoddhas produced an emphatic performance to register a 43-24 victory over Telugu Titans in the second game of the evening in vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Monday. Surender Gill (13 points) and Pardeep Narwal (9 points) were the best players for the Yoddhas.
A slow start to the game saw both teams trade raid points constantly. The bane of the Titans' horrible run in the league has been their defence, and in the opening stages of this encounter, it didn't seem like they had improved. Surender Gill and Pardeep Narwal were running riot through their ranks as they continued to pick up bonus points with ease.
Despite their ineffective defending, the Titans managed to keep things on an even keel for the most part. In the last five minutes of the first half though, the Yoddhas pulled away and Gill in particular was rampant. They got the first All-Out of the game with the clock ticking away, to extend their lead to 16-8. Their dominance in the final five minutes was stark as they scored 11 points compared to a mere one by the Titans in that period as they went into the break leading 20-9.
The Titans kicked off the second half with a Super Tackle as Mohit Pahal caught out Pardeep to give hopes of a resurgence. Those hopes were extinguished soon as the Yoddhas took complete control of proceedings and secured two more All-Outs in quick succession to surge into a 36-12 lead.
From thereon, it was just a matter of time as the Yoddhas closed out a huge win to move up the points table.
Best Raider - Surender Gill (13 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Gurdeep (6 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Adarsh T (5 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Mohit Pahal (4 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.