U.P. Yoddhas seemed to be well on their way to registering a comfortable win on the night, before Haryana Steelers roared back in the second half during their vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 9 match at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune on Saturday. The thrilling contest went down all the way to the final raid, with both sides settling for a 36-36 tie in the end.
While the Steelers tried to make some early inroads, it was Pardeep Narwal who took charge for the Yoddhas, giving them the lead in the early exchanges. The Yoddhas looked to build on from there on in, but Rakesh Narwal ensured the Steelers would be within touching distance after the first 10 minutes.
As the clock ticked on, the Yoddhas turned on the style too with their defence overpowering the Steelers’ raiders. Surender Gill and co inflicted an All-Out on the Steelers, as the lead swelled to 9 points soon after. U.P. Yoddhas ended the first half firmly in control with the score reading 25-15 and Surender having notched up a Super 10 as well.
In the second half, it was the Steelers who came out of the blocks faster, mounting a superb comeback with the likes of Manjeet and Meetu Sharma cranking up the intensity on the raids. Midway through the second half, the 10-point lead was down to 4 and the momentum had swung.
With five minutes to go, a big finish was on the cards as the Steelers were just 2 points behind the Yoddhas. Meetu was leading the charge for the Steelers in the final minutes and had a chance to go for the win on the final raid of the match. However, he decided to tread carefully as both sides settled for a tie.
Best Raider - Meetu Sharma (12 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Jaideep Dahiya (3 Tackle Points)
Best Raider - Surender Gill (13 Raid Points)
Best Defender - Sumit (3 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.