UP Yoddha narrowly missed the winning flight against defending Bengal Warriors defenders in their opening match in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) on Wednesday.
UP Yoddha, who started slowly, gave a brave fight towards the end, but narrowly missed his chances of winning as they lost 33-38 to the Bengal Warriors.
For Yoddha’s their star Pardeep Narwal earned 8 points for attack, followed by 5 points from Surender Gill, while captain Nitesh Kumar and Ashu Singh earned 3 points each in attack. UP Yoddha are currently fifth on the points table with 1 point for their cat.
UP Yoddha started at a slow pace giving points to the Bengal Warriors. Yoddha lost 12 key points in the first 8 minutes, but slowly returned through a series of intelligent attacks by Pardeep Narwal.
Pardeep who stood firm on his experience ensured that the Warriors were forced to make a mistake as they earned a total of 8 points for UP Yoddha. Both sides shared 2 points, while the first half ended with a score of 18-18.
In the second half, the Warriors started strong again. The Warriors rushed forward through their striker Nabibakhsha who came in a “do or die” attack in the 23rd minute, but eventually came back with a super attack that earned 4 vital points.
A few minutes later UP Yoddha won the All-Out and was 29-20 behind in the 26th minute.
However, Yoddha came back strong through several successful attacks and very effective confrontations, but could not make up for the gap in points as the match ended in favor of the Bengal Warriors.
UP Yoddha will play their next game against Patna Pirates on Saturday at 19:30 at the Sheraton Grand Whitefield Convention Center.
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