Telugu Titans face a stern test in their second game of the season against a young and talented U.P. Yoddha squad. Telugu Titans started Season 6 on a high note with a clinical display in offence and defence against the Tamil Thalaivas to secure a 33-28 win over the home team.
U.P. Yoddha were involved in a high-scoring affair against defending champions Patna Pirates that pushed them all the way till the final moments of the match. Their players made some great plays on both sides of the mat and, judging by that display, they will be a force to be reckoned with in this campaign. They will be looking to commence the Sonepat leg with their second victory in Season 6 of VIVO Pro Kabaddi.
Match 13 (Zone B): Telugu Titans vs. U.P. Yoddha
Head-to-head: Telugu Titans 0-3 U.P. Yoddha
Telugu Titans kicked off their campaign with a triumph over Tamil Thalaivas in the Southern Derby. Rahul Chaudhari led from the front, scoring nine raid points and was ably supported by raider Nilesh Salunke, who managed five total points, and Mohsen Maghsoudlou with seven. Telugu Titans’ big names in defence showed their class as Abozar Mohajermighani and captain Vishal Bhardwaj scoring three points each. Left Cover Anil Kumar also chipped in with two points. Telugu Titans will look to build off their bright start and carry that momentum into the match against U.P. Yoddha.
U.P. Yoddha were involved in a high-scoring, back-and-forth contest against the defending champions Patna Pirates. The match was incredibly close and went on till the very last raid where Patna Pirates finally sealed the game off with a big tackle. Raider Shrikant Jadhav put in a splendid performance, scoring 12 points for his side while captain Rishank Devadiga managed eight. U.P. Yoddha hold a perfect 3-0 record against Telugu Titans and hence will be confident heading into their match on Saturday.
The big battle
Rahul Chaudhari vs. Jeeva Kumar
Raid Machine Rahul Chaudhari showed his class in Telugu Titans’ opening match, missing out on a Super 10 by a solitary point. The leading raider of Season 3 will be determined to become the first man to reach 700 raid points in VIVO Pro Kabaddi as soon as possible. U.P. Yoddha’s Jeeva Kumar will have a big job on his hands when he and his team try to contain Chaudhari but, given his vast experience and his unmatched ability to pull off Super Tackles, it is safe to assume that Kumar is certainly capable of putting a hold on the raider.
Vishal Bhardwaj – Telugu Titans
Vishal Bhardwaj’s form and leadership ability last season landed him the captaincy for Telugu Titans in Season 6. His innate ability to sense to a tackle and his physical ability to execute it to perfection makes him one of the best defenders in the game.
Shrikant Jadhav – U.P. Yoddha
Shrikant Jadhav was in inspirational form in U.P. Yoddha’s second game of their Season 6 campaign, scoring a team-leading 12 raid points. U.P. Yoddha will hope Jadhav can continue this run and keep delivering big performances for the team throughout the campaign.