PKL 9: Pardeep star Surender as UP Yoddhas score comprehensive win
Pune, Nov 11 (IANS): Surender Gill starred as UP Yoddhas handed the Haryana Steelers their third consecutive defeat in the Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 as they recorded a comprehensive 40-34 victory at Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi here on Friday.
For the Yoddhas, Pardeep Narwal also scored eight crucial points.
Pardeep started the match with a raid point for UP Yoddhas. But Manjeet earned two bonus points and Meetu earned a raid point to put the Steelers ahead. Just when it looked like Haryana might take control of the match, Rohit Tomar earned two quick raid points to close the gap between the two teams. A minute later, Surender Gill won a Super Raid and UP Yoddhas inflicted an All-Out to take the lead.
Jaideep brought the Steelers back into the competition with two quick tackle points, sending both Rohit Tomar and the dangerous Pardeep Narwal to the bench. But Nitesh Kumar knocked Meetu down with a Super Tackle to make sure UP stayed ahead. Surender won a three-point Super Raid at the end of the first half as Yoddhas led at halftime at 20-12.
The second half started with K. Prapanjan earning a quick raid point to revive the Steelers’ hopes. On the other side, Mohit and Jaideep continued to earn quick tackle points as the Steelers All-Out Yoddhas to spark a sensational comeback.
Manjeet continued his good show on the night as he won a two-point super raid to level the score again and put pressure on the opposition, then he attacked Pardeep to put the Steelers ahead.
Surender won another Super Raid to help UP regain their lead. A minute later, Meetu was caught by Rohit and Yoddhas regained control. UP Yoddhas handed another All-Out to the Haryana Steelers as they took a 7-point lead with less than 5 minutes left in the game. Pardeep won a late Super Raid that sealed the deal for the Yoddhas.
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