UP Yoddha defeated the Bengal Warriors 32-29 in PKL
BENGALURU UP Yoddha produced a defensive master class to overcome Bengal Warriors 32-29 in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Sree Kanteerava stadium on Sunday.
Nitesh Kumar, with a High 5, was the star in defense of UP when addressing the best raid unit of Season 7 out of the game.
Bengal Warriors , the team in form, raced to a quick start with their raiding trio of Maninder Singh, K Prapanjan and Mohammad Nabibakhsh looking in form. The Bengal side went into the match as the best raiding unit in Season 7 (19.8 average raid points) and quickly moved to take a lead.
The absence of Monu Goyat in the team meant that the assault tasks fell into the hands of a Rishank Devadiga out of shape and the assailant once again struggled to impress on the mat.
But Nitesh Kumar The two Super Tackles kept the UP side in the game. Ankush entered by Yoddha with 7 minutes remaining in the middle to save the situation and the young assailant was up to the challenge, securing two points of contact in a raid to make or die for his team to return to the game.
Both teams traded blows with the defenders, especially Yoddha's Nitesh Kumar, who raced to a High 5. The half ended with the Bengal side leading 13-12.
The UP side had the momentum with them in the first minutes of the second half. Shrikant Jadhav produced a major two-point raid, eliminating Rinku Narwal, K Prapanjan in the third minute and Yoddha sealed an All-Out in the sixth minute of the half to move to a two-point lead (19-17)
UP's defensive pair of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit were in outstanding form, not allowing Maninder and Prapanjan a chance to pick up points while at the other end Baldev Singh, who secured a High 5, and Rinku Narwal were equally impressive for the Warriors' defense.
UP moved to a three-point lead with less than three minutes remaining after Bengal tried to play on the do-or-die situations. The defense ensured they remained focused to see UP Yoddha through to an important victory and avenge for their 31-point defeat early in the season.