PKL: Yoddha climbs to fifth place, Naveen makes the stellar turn for Delhi
PUNE: Rishank Devadiga seemed to enjoy every part of his side. UP Yoddha 38-32 victory over Jaipur Pink Panthers in the Pro Kabaddi League at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Monday.
The assailant, who scored eight points, mocked Jaipur's defense every time he put his feet in the middle.
Even when he had an empty raid, Mumbai's boy had a playful smile, mocking his opponents.
Devadiga partners Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill continued with him. Jadhav was the top scorer with nine points, while Gill had seven.
Before the game, both sides were tied at 42 points with Jaipur in sixth. With the victory, UP climbed two places to fifth place with U Mumba in sixth with 43 points.
The first half took off with the incursion of Sushil Gulia in the third minute that eliminated Ashu Singh, Sumit and Amit from UP. However, the UP outfit, mounted in the relentless trio of Devadiga, Gill and Jadhav, did not flinch.
At the ninth minute, Gill put his side to the head, eliminating Amit Hooda and Pavan TR at once. He broke free of Amit's grip on his foot and turned to his left to take Pavan. Two minutes after Gill's raid, UP covered Jaipur to lead 12-6.
When he finished half, Jadhav was worrying Jaipur's defense. And in the 18th minute, he shot down three UP defenders in a 'super tackle'. In the raid that followed, Deepak Hooda He responded by sending two Jaipur defenders to the bench. The drama did not end until the last minute of the half with Devadiga securing two more raid points for Jaipur to lead 20-13 in half the time.
Later, in the second game, Dabang Delhi KC Naveen Kumar caused all kinds of problems for the defense of Titan Telugu. His team won 37-29 when the assailant accumulated 12 points, completing the successive 14th 'Super 10'. The 19-year-old has been a nightmare for defenses this season and the Titans were just a walk in the park for Naveen. Especially accelerated in the second half, where it seemed that the Titans could cause him great discomfort.