Pro Kabaddi League: U.P. Yoddhas put on defensive masterclass to defeat Tamil Thalaivas 41-24
Bengaluru, October 24, 2022
U.P. Yoddhas beat the Tamil Thalaivas 41-24 in a match defined more by the brilliance of the Yoddhas' defense unit at the Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Raider Pardeep Narwal also chipped in with 6 points and with that became the first player to score to cross 1400 raid points in the history of the vivo Pro Kabaddi League.
The game kicked off with the Thalaivas taking out U.P. Yoddhas' two lead raiders, Pardeep Narwal and Surender Gill in their first two raids. Within minutes, though, the Yoddhas had recomposed themselves and clawed back to take the lead. From there on, the Yoddhas truly kicked on and inflicted the first all out of the match soon after to take a 10-5 lead.
Both team's raiders matched each other step for step through the half, but the difference truly was the well drilled and coordinated Yoddhas defence. With five minutes of the half left, Narwal, on a do-or-die raid, took out Sahil Gulia and Himanshu - two of the last three remaining Thaliavas' players on the mat, leaving them staring at a second all out. The all-out duly arrived immediately, and the Yoddhas went into the break leading at 23-11.
The Thalaivas came storming out into the second half, and had the Yoddhas on the ropes, on the cusp of an all out. Ashu Singh's super tackle on V Visvanath helped them avoid that fate and keep the lead intact. Successful raiding from the Thalaivas constantly left the Yoddhas on the brink, but Ashu's constant ability to pull off super tackles meant they never lost their emphatic lead.
The Thalaivas tried their best to make a comeback, but they couldn't catch up with their opponents. The Yoddhas capped it off in the best way possible, substitute raider, Rathan getting a super raid to get them over the 40-point mark and help clinch their third win of the season.
Award Winners of the Night:
Match 1: Bengaluru Bulls vs Patna Pirates
vivo Perfect Player of the Match - Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh (Patna Pirates)
Dream 11 Gamechanger of the Match - Bharat (Bengaluru Bulls)
Moment of the Match - Neeraj Narwal (Bengaluru Bulls)
Match 2: UP Yoddhas vs Tamil Thalaivas
vivo Perfect Player of the Match - Sumit (UP Yoddhas)
Dream 11 Gamechanger of the Match - Ashu Singh (UP Yoddhas)
Moment of the Match - Pardeep Narwal (UP Yoddhas)
7:30 PM: Puneri Paltan vs Jaipur Pink Panthers
8:30 PM: Telugu Titans vs Haryana Steelers
Venue: Shree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru