Tamil Thalaivas decimate U.P. Yoddha to maintain a positive run

PKL 8: Tamil Thalaivas decimate U.P. Yoddha to maintain a positive run.
PKL 8: Tamil Thalaivas decimate U.P. Yoddha to maintain a positive run.. Image Source: IANS News

Bengaluru, Jan 4 : A complete performance by their raiders and defenders helped Tamil Thalaivas beat U.P Yoddha 39-33 in Match 33 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 at the Sheraton Grand, Whitefield on Tuesday. Manjeet (7 points) and substitute Ajinkya Pawar (6 points) were impressive among the raiders for Thalaivas while defenders Sagar (5 points) and Surjeet Singh (3 points) backed them up efficiently. Surender Gill scored 14 points for U.P. Yoddha, who could not match the intensity of Tamil Thaliavas on the night.

The first half belonged completely to the team in yellow. Thalaivas dominated the mat with their raiders Manjeet, K. Prapanjan, and Bhavani Rajput finding points easily. Yoddha’s much-famed corner duo of Nitesh Kumar and Sumit struggled against the lanky Tamil raiders. At the other end, Pardeep Narwal had yet another sub-par performance, moving gingerly and getting easily trapped by the defenders. Thalaivas got their first all-out in the 11th minute to open a six-point gap and went to dominate the closing stages as well. Tamil defenders Surjeet Singh and Sagar had two points in a half that ended 21-10 in their favour.

Kabaddi is a game of fine margins and the momentum surprisingly shifted to Yoddha right at the beginning of the second half. Two successive Super Tackles from the combination of Ashu Singh and Shubham Kumar suddenly reduced Thalaivas’ lead. Surender Gill then got his act together with a two-point raid. In fact, Surender Gill donned the role of the lead raider while Pardeep struggled to help Yoddha clinch an important ALL OUT in the 8th minute of the half. He secured his Super 10 two minutes later to reduce Thala’vas’ lead to just two points.

Coach Udaya Kumar brought in Ajinkya Pawar for Thalaivas and his quick raid points directed pressure back on Yoddha. Sagar clinched his High 5 in defence as Thalaivas secured their second all-out with four minutes remaining. They opened an eight-point lead in the closing stages, but Pardeep Narwal produced a three-point Super Raid in the final minute to reduce the margin to five. The raid ensured Yoddha got at least one point from the match.

After this win, Tamil Thalaivas are placed in the fifth spot with 19 points from six matches while U.P. Yoddha are eighth among 12 teams with 14 points from six matches.

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