New Delhi: An all-round performance from UP Yoddha helped them beat Puneri Paltan 35-30 in an exciting Pro Kabaddi League match here on Monday. india sports news game reading todays sports news
Shrikant Jadhav, with a super 10 was the star for the UP team, as the result saw Yoddha jump to seventh on the points table.
Pune coach Anup Kumar was forced to assign the raiding duties to Manjeet and young Pankaj Mohite after Nitin Tomar was ruled out due to an injury.
Similarly, the experienced raiding duo of Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga weren’t part of the starting seven for UP as they handed over the raiding duties to Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill.
But the young players rose up to occasion, especially Shrikant Jadhav, who scored 8 raid points in a first half that saw UP Yoddha inflict an all-out on the Paltan in the 12th minute. A raid-heavy first half ended 16-9 in favour of the UP team.
Manjeet started the second half brightly for Pune, heeding to his coach’s advice and picking up valuable Bonus Points.
But UP’s defence, especially Sumit and Ashu Singh, picked their game up after the restart to ensure Yoddha remained in the lead.
A two-point raid by Shrikant Jadhav in the 11th minute of the half forced another All-Out on the Pune side while the raider secured his Super 10.
Pune struggled to come into the match despite Manjeet’s solo efforts that saw him secure a super 10 with 6 minutes on the clock.
He enforced an All-Out on UP with a two-point raid with two minutes remaining but the Yoddha defence held firm, thanks to a high 5 by Sumit, to clinch an important victory. Paltan’s defeat mean they continue to remain second from bottom in the table.