The U.P. Yoddhas - owned by the GMR Group - beat Dabang Delhi K.C. 50-31 in match 83 of Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi on Wednesday, November 16.
While the Yoddhas and Delhi were toe-to-toe in the early exchanges of the game thanks to Pardeep Narwal and Naveen Kumar, it was the former who inched ahead midway through the first half.
Pardeep would then power his way through the Delhi defence, with a Super Raid, as U.P. Yoddhas extended their lead to five points. No sooner than that, the Dubki King reached his Super 10 and with his legendary moves, helped the Yoddhas inflict the first All Out over Dabang Delhi K.C. within the first 15 minutes of the game.
Taking a cue from Pardeep, Rohit Tomar registered a four-point raid and set the tone for U.P. Yoddhas to end the first half with a 15-point lead. At this point, the score read 29-14.
The start to the second half seemed no different as Pardeep Narwal continued in his merry ways, piling the pressure on the defending champions. The Yoddhas kept the Delhi side and Naveen quiet in the first part of the second phase, as they ran down the clock without too many concerns.
With just over 10 minutes to go, the Yoddhas defenders landed an All-Out on Delhi, as the lead continued to stretch.
Pardeep, meanwhile, had crossed the 20-point mark and even though Vijay Malik had a Super 10 of his own for Delhi, the spotlight was firmly on one player during the course of the game.
Eventually, the U.P. Yoddhas hit the half-century mark and eventually closed out a comprehensive victory.